Monday, June 12, 2017

Outside Time

We've been trying to make the most of the nice weather we've had the last several weeks.  It got really hot, but we couldn't put the pool up since we were getting ready to list.  Parker started climbing the fence a little last year, but has really upped his game this year.  
Esme fell asleep in the swing and almost nothing could wake her up!
 No pool, but we were able to get out the water table.  Esme loved splashing in it until Parker tipped it over.
 Outside snack time makes clean-up easy!  Esme just kept dumping the Cheerios out and Parker was saying "uh-oh" and trying to clean up.  I giggled at how much that mirrors myself and Jimmy!
 We also had another play date with our ECFE friends and are making the grand tour of area parks.  It's been nice to relax with friends during all the craziness.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Parker's Last Day of Pre-School

It's been a while since I posted, but I warned you that would happen.  I will probably backdate a bit just to keep a good timeline of posts.  Parker's LAST last day of pre-school was June 7th.  They had a short program at the end of the day.  We got to be a part of circle time, sing songs, and see a slideshow of pictures from the year.  Parker had some trouble facing forward once he saw us.
 One of the cutest songs was "Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun."  Each student got to pick out a sun and wave it up high as they sang. 
 He learned so much over the last 2.5 years going to school here and we are so grateful for the wonderful teachers and staff.  It is off to Kindergarten for this guy! Cue the tears!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

My blogging is going to be a bit more sporadic in the coming months.  We are preparing to put our house on the market to move closer to Parker's school and get a little more space.  We've been busy with lots of projects as we complete our preparations.  We did take some time to relax over Memorial Day weekend.

We spent Friday evening strolling around Lake Harriet.  We even got to see a huge family of geese!
 We headed outside again on Saturday to spend some time at the park.  Esme is getting a bit more adventurous is doing lots of exploring.
 We spend Sunday in the country.  We ate dinner outside and played on all the toys.
 Esme was very intrigued by Jimmy on the 4-wheeler, so she got to sit with Jimmy for a bit.
*Insert obligatory twister ride picture*
We spent the night on Sunday and were all exhausted driving home on Monday.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rainy Nature Center Birthday Party

Parker was invited to his pal, Avery's, birthday party on Saturday.  It was at Westwood Hills Nature Center.  A week prior the weather was looking perfect, but the tides turned and it rained ALL DAY!  We did lots of fun indoor stuff including petting a snake and searching for things in pond water.  Parker participates in his own way, but still had a lot of fun!
We had Costco pizza and a yummy chocolate snake cake made by Avery's mom, aunt, and grandma.
Thanks for inviting us to your awesome party Avery!  Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Esme's One Year Pictures

We had so much fun in studio with Christy at Rustic Media Photography at the beginning of April.  She had so many great set-ups and these are a few of my favorite shots!
This one is my absolute favorite and will be printed very large and hung somewhere!

Quick Nebraska Trip

My mom, the kids, and I took a quick trip to Nebraska this weekend for some of my cousin's grad parties.  We spent Friday night at my parents so we could easily load up and head out in the morning.  We had a campfire and burned the original Esme tree that dies last year.  She doesn't remember it, but it made me a little sad.  Esme tree 2.0 is budding already, so it should be a winner.
 We got on the road a little later than planned, but still had enough time.  Lunch was at a little Pizza Ranch in Sibley, Iowa.  Parker loved the dessert pizza!  Fun fact: Pizza Ranch franchises are not allowed to have Cactus Bread (aka the best non-chocolate dessert in the world) until they have $45,000 in revenue.  Super bummed, but it was still delicious.
 We strolled around the veteran's memorial to burn off a little energy before finishing the drive.
 Parker has always been an awesome traveler and it seems like Esme is following suit.  She got a little crabby a few times, but that is expected.  We made both trips in 7.5 hours, which is pretty good with  hour long lunch stops.
 The first party was down a bunch of hilly gravel roads.  It's hard to see in this picture, but it is a really gorgeous area.  Most people don't realize Nebraska has parts like this!
 We saw a few family members on my mom's side last summer, but lots of them got to meet Esme for the first time.
 Above with cousin Melissa and below with great aunt Margaret and cousin Carly.
 So many cousins! Melissa, Claire, Megan, Landry, Ellison, Me, Esme, Carly, Felicia.
 We went to visit all the farm animals before heading out Sunday morning.  Parker was saying "puppy" the whole time he was with the sheep.
 Then we found some real puppies.
 Esme was super sweet with the bunny and even "let" the cow lick her hand.
It was a speedy and fun trip that ended perfectly with a twist cone!  I hope we get back again this summer to see some more family.