Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fun in the Dells

We decided to take a quick trip to the Wisconsin Dells with some good friends of ours. A fun,before school starts,end of summer last hurrah.We decide to stay at the Kalahari(my favorite) We thought we were smart cookies planning it in August because August is usually the warmest month of the year.Um, not this summer! Friday we arrived and it was cool and overcast.Thank goodness there is plenty to do indoors.The kids swam in the lazy river, the wave pool, and explored the slides in the indoor park. Saturday morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny, if a bit cool day. The guys went golfing and we took the kids to swim. They enjoyed hanging out in the play zone. Something about boys and waterguns and dumping water buckets on people.We enjoyed it because all four kids were contained in one place! I must say...it is a lot easier than when we took the the kids to the Dells three years ago(Quinn was only 2!!) No swim diapers or hanging out in the baby areas.They are perfect ages and heights for all the rides.Tanya and I were actually able to visit some while they played. By the time the dad's returned, it had warmed up enough to go to the outdoor park. We hung out there for awhile(the lazy river was ice cold!!)but the slides were fun.That afternoon we took the the kids to the giant HEATED pool right outside our condo. We went to a fantastic steakhouse and then took the kids to the Kalahari's indoor fun center. They had laser tag, a ferris wheel, indoor go karts, and lot's of arcade games.We didn't do everything though;we promised the kids we'll take them back this winter.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lake Fun 4 Us

The kids are having a ball at their grandparents for a few days so Ron and I went to our friend's family "cabin" in Wisconsin for the weekend. We met some of their extended family and had a great time.I'm definately starting to see the allure of "going to the cabin" They were gracious hosts and we were able to be on the lake Saturday; we were able to jet ski, watch Mike wakeboard and do a flip!!!!. I even received a boat driving lesson. It rained Saturday night nixing the bonfire we had planned.That did not dampen the fun however. We hung out inside talking until 1 am! I can't wait until we can bring the kids back next summer.

Friday, August 14, 2009


We had a week filled with all things water.Summer made a comeback for August(so far) and I am THANKFUL.We took our jet ski on it's maiden voyage to a nearby lake. Went pretty smooth and were happy that it was a Monday so it wasn't that busy. I was also excited that we were finally able to meet up with my friend Sarah and her three boys. They came over to our neighborhood pool and were able to bring any pool toy imaginable...which at the YMCA pool is a big no no.Along with taking pics of your kids...glad I'm not a member;sounds annoying. All the kids played wonderful and we ran into some neighbor friends too. I'm loving this age where everyone gets along.they had a jump in contest and we were there for 3 hours. We also stopped by our dear friends and neighbors house for a happy hour that turned into an impromptu dinner. We have not seen these guys in a month so there was a lot of catching up to do. The kids did the slip and slide and played in the yard. On Thursday,we also met some friends at our outdoor pool at our gym which for some dumb reason I've never used. Well, it ROCKS! It's huge so it never feels crowded and they have a snack bar. the kids loved it and I will definately be back before summer's end.We managed to get a few boring things done too like going to Land's End and ordering uniform pants and shoes. Still working on organizing and cleaning the house but I'd rather be at the pool or the lake.Today I'm driving the kids to Morton MN(where Jackpot Junction is located-duh!!)to meet my mother in law. We're meeting halfway and the kids will get to spend some time with their grandparents and cousins. They are super excited.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just Beachy

We also spent a week in Destin Florida with my extended family(my dad's sister and her family)from Louisviile Kentucky. Ron also flew in and met us for a week of relaxing on the beach.Every day involved boogie boarding,floating in the waves, and hanging out. Evenings involved dinners at our condos. Each family took a night to cook for everyone.One night,some of us went to Pat O'Briens(which is a branch of one of my favorite places to go in New Orleans)and had Hurricanes. It was great to see all my cousins and spend time with everyone.It's been two years! I have hundreds of photos.... here are just a few

Louisiana:Family, Friends, and Fun

To say we had a great time visiting friends and family in my home state of Louisiana would be an understatement. Beautiful sunshine, swimming almost every day, shopping with my mom and girlfriends,it was a whirlwind.We went to a waterpark,had friends over every evening for cocktails on the patio, and the kids played baseball and soccer in my parent's backyard. The kids also spent time with their cousin Bailey and even though they haven't seen each other in a year,they picked up right where they left off. They have such a close bond even though they don't see each other too often.
Of course it's good to back home and have some routine back in our lives.I'm sure my parents will enjoy some peace and quiet too.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just a Few

photos from our trip to Louisiana and Florida. These are all from my Dad's camera so I'll have lots more to post once I download my gazillion photos. we took some great beach pics. It goes without saying that we have had a blast. We've done lot's of swimming. The kids are bronzed cuties. We've enjoyed many get togethers with family and friends. I've had many dinners out with my girlfriends and shopping at all my favorite boutiques. One night we even stayed out until 2:30 just talking!!We went to Lafayette Louisiana to visit family and and had a swim party/cookout. We also spent a week in Destin Florida with our family from Kentucky. Ron flew in for the week at the beach and we were happy to see him after ten days apart. We have two days left and they are filled to the brim. Even Cooper having strep throat didn't slow us down too much. Scheduled a massage through my friend Selitha's masseuse and then one last day of shopping and then swimming tomorrow. Thursday it's back to Minnesota where we are happy to see all our friends. Three weeks being gone makes me feel a little out of the loop. Good thing we still have one more month of summer so I can catch up. Plus, I'm ready to sleep in my own bed and get back to our routine because the last few weeks have been anything but!!