Thursday, August 21, 2008

August 21, 2008

First day of school today! He was finally excited to start! It will be a little different this year - he will be going 3 days a week in the afternoons, so it will take a little adjusting! After picking him up today the teacher said he did great - here's to a great year!!!


Happy 1st Birthday Keegan!!!

We hope you have a wonderful day and dig into some yummy cake!! We love you so much!

August 20, 2008

Braden and I went to McDonald's for lunch and then hit the park for some fun on his last official day before starting school!!

August 19, 2008

This was his firefighting outfit this morning - Wow!

August 18, 2008

My little daredevil

August 17, 2008

A little cuddle time with Daddy after taking a pretty hard fall off of the monkey bars tonight. He knocked the wind out of himself and turned pretty pale - but nothing was broken and he bounced back pretty quickly - this was our first, but I'm sure not our last for our little monkey!

August 16, 2008

Today we had our First Annual Block Party - and I think it was a hit! The road was blocked off at both ends and no cars were allowed on the street from 4pm till midnight! The kids had a blast just being able to ride their bikes and 4 wheelers in the street -they just couldn't believe it!
We got to have a water balloon fight...

...tattoos galore...
...drove around like madmen in the street...
...ate yummy cotton candy from our very own cotton candy machine!... to ride in the front of the fire truck...
...and the back of the police car...
...then they pulled up a chair to rest their tired legs...
...and ended the night with some crazy dance moves on our dance floor... (man I wish I would have had video of these two bustin' a move!!)

August 15, 2008

Baby shower for Lindsay tonight!! It was a great night! Can't wait to meet Miss Grace!!

August 14, 2008

Beautiful flowers from a beautiful friend!

August 13, 2008

Quote of the Day
"There's nothing better than corn on the cob on a hot summers night" - Braden
(seriously, whose kid is this??? :) )

August 12, 2008

Ethan and his 2 buddies making a *spider web* on the back deck - that was fun to clean up - but at least it kept them busy for awhile!!

August 11, 2008

Pictures of the new curtains that Chris picked out AND hung while I was out of town

August 10, 2008

Today I went down to Missouri to visit my good friend Angie and my Godson Ethan - here is the goofball! We love you all!

August 09, 2008

We celebrated Keegan's 1st birthday early today since we won't be around for the actual date! Braden picked out a John Deere Farm when we were there last week - Keegan was pretty surprised :)

Then Keegan had fun knocking down Uncle Matt's blocks - it was a fun game!
After present time we all headed to the county fair!
Braden and Keegan thought the goats were pretty silly!
Love this picture of father and son!

All Braden wanted was a blue snowcone! He was a mess - but at least sitting in Keegan's stroller with one of his bibs cut down on the blueness :) What a goon!
Then on the way out Braden and PopPop found a camoflauge *truck* to drive!!

August 08, 2008

Look at the little man's hair :):):)
Love it! I got to go see Michelle and Kade tonight and had a ball *babying* him!!

August 07, 2008

Braden thought it was pretty cool helping PopPop Joe set up the tent to air out!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

August 06, 2008

Let's just say my heart skipped a beat when I saw my precious camera tumbling off the counter - I thought the lens was shattered - thank goodness for filters - it took the blow and the rest of the camera was fine - big sigh of relief - I mean really, what would I do without my camera :)

August 05, 2008

Today was quite possibly the first time that Braden took the time to try and color (or paint in this case) in the lines! Usually it's just not his thing! He was so proud of his rocket ship!

August 04, 2008

This is how he *rolled* out of his room when I told him to go get his swimsuit on - what a goon!

August 03, 2008

One last trip across the street before we headed home today! Braden had so much fun! It was a great way to end our family vacation!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

August 02, 2008 - Not home quite yet

We made a little surprise detour on our way home today. We left bright and early at 6am to make sure we got plenty of time to play at the JOHN DEERE PAVILLION in Moline, IL. Braden had NO idea we were stopping - and has been asking to go here since he saw it on one of his videos. He got mad when we pulled off the interstate and said he "just wanted to go home"...that was until we turned the corner and he saw it - we absolutely LOVE that we were able to put that kind of smile on his face. He said it was the "best surprise ever". He also loved that we stayed in the hotel right across the street for the night! Pure joy I tell ya!! It was awesome - Enjoy!

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Monday, August 4, 2008

August 01, 2008 - Day 7 - Final Day :(

Today is our last day in Michigan! It has been a beautiful week! We spent EVERY single day on the lake - there wasn't even time to go into town - just couldn't waste a beach day :)
It has been a great vacation - as always!!

Braden loved riding on the paddle board with Uncle John

Braden finally found a boat to play with in the lake - (he's been looking for weeks) Meena and PopPop found this one with him at the grocery store! What fun $1.99 can buy you :)

Braden loves his Aunt KT

Our little family 2008

The 4 *kids*

Of course KT and I enjoyed some yummy wine - it wouldn't be Michigan without it!

All of us - thank to you all for such an awesome week! It is awesome that we can all take the time and spend it together! I did luck out in the in-law department :)