Pink Cake And Presents

Kaitlyn has been talking about her birthday since the boys had theirs in February. Her biggest requests were a party, pink cake, and presents. We decided to celebrate a few weeks early so that she could have a “real” party with her Chicago and Milwaukee friends. Hoping to make my life a little easier, I planned a beach birthday party and prayed for sun. We pulled up to the parking lot 15 minutes before her party and sat and watched it pour.

Miraculously the sun came out 5 minutes before her party was supposed to start and stayed out till just after her party ended. Nobody was scared off by the rain and everyone showed up to help us celebrate.

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Annual Hoyt Pool Excursion

We had planned this day at Hoyt Pool for a while and were sad the Kubickis wouldn’t be joining us – especially since I hadn’t been able to get a picture of the three big boys yet. (Nicki had to work.) Tony came to the rescue and brought Glenna and Riley! There was a dad in the sand burying his kids. The minute he was done, both Grant and Kaitlyn wanted to be buried. They loved it.

Now for my favorite part. Let’s compare past years of the entire group (2015, 2016, 2017)

Here are the big boys year after year (2014, 2016, 2017)

I’m pretty sure needing to carry on this picture tradition ensures a trip to Milwaukee next summer for the kids and I.

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Girl Day

Knowing we are moving quite a distance away, lots of extra fun activities have been planned. Amber had the great idea to plan a “Girls’ Day” for Glenna, Iris, and Kaitlyn (and the moms)! We met up for shopping, lunch, and build-a-bear. The girls had so much fun!

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What A Day

We started the day with an early drive to Milwaukee. The FARE walk is today and we wanted to be there to support Iris. We spent the morning at the event and then headed to Amber’s for lunch and a bouncy house.

Alex evidently had an incident in the bouncy house and we made our first trip for stitches due to an accident. He bit through his lip and a pediatrician at the party pointed out the cut crossed the lip line (which evidently is an automatic stitch to fix). I left the younger two and took Alex to a pediatric ready-care and they suggested two stitches. We didn’t anticipate the trouble Alex would have (in retrospect an ER would have been better – they could have given him something to calm down). We finally got the two stitches and headed home.

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Milwaukee Comes To The Beach

Knowing our time is short, we are spending every last minute with friends. Today the Strouds and Kubickis joined us at the beach. (And it was marginally warmer so I gritted my teeth and got a dock picture.)

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Beach Monsters

Alex and Ruby thought it was hilarious to get wet and then roll in the sand…

You’ll note they all got wet but I still haven’t wanted to venture out into that freezing water for a real dock picture. Hopefully soon.

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Hoyt Pool

Today we ventured to Milwaukee (with three car seats in the tiniest rental car backseat you have ever seen) and Hoyt Pool. Everyone had a blast but Kaitlyn and Iris were the cutest to watch. They loved the water slide and spent the majority of their time sliding. Kaitlyn couldn’t quite get herself out at the bottom but the girls quickly figured out a solution.

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Beach Birthday

We were out of town for Leah’s birthday party, but we were happy to celebrate the real day at the beach.

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