Monday, July 10, 2017

Andrew turns THREE!

Andrew turned three on Saturday and we celebrated with 65 of his closest friends at our house for a BBQ. Thankfully Tom, Bonnie, and my brother Mikko came out to help.

We had lots of food...


Andrew was very happy with his "BIGGEST CAKE EVER". 

He felt he had to remind his friends not to touch it.

Other than that, everyone played with toys...

And ziplined...

And just hung out.

Cake time was very exciting.

I can't believe our little boy is growing up.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Last day of school

My, how the school year has flown.  It seems like just yesterday that we were posing them for the first day of the school year.

Last day
First day

Allison will be doing summer camp at Andrew's school as well as a few weeks of swim class.  Andrew is surprisingly unexcited about Allison attending his school.  When we told him, he said that she should go to her own school instead.  We'll see if he changes his tune next week.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Easing into Summer

Our town has a big Memorial Day weekend festival and parade, and just like previous years (2013, 2016), we enjoyed it to the max.

Andrew loaded up his backpack and arms with toys for the walk there, just in case he got bored. 

 The rides were awesome.

And Allison and I walked in the parade with her Girl Scout troop.

The next weekend, Allison's school also had an end of the year picnic with bounce houses and food trucks.  We even ran into friends who don't go to her school yet; she enjoyed chatting with one of their dads.

Besides school and Girl Scout events, we haven't been doing much. Jonathan made the mistake of using a pillowcase that Allison made, so the kids took it upon themselves to hide his pillow.  They were shocked that we could find it.

 We've been getting our naps in...

and playing at the local splash park. 

I have a cold and I'm working on getting the kids to take care of me.  Allison brought me a "bubble water" and Andrew brought me a blanket.  But, Andrew then took the blanket back because he too was chilly.  It's a work in progress.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


We had two Pennsylvania trips last weekend.  Allison and I went to Philadelphia first; she wanted to see the Liberty Bell and I was happy to see the city.  We went to a pizza restaurant the first night that served ice cream in tea cups (shown above). It was amazing.

The next morning, we started the day with Pirate Allie and headed to the Bell.

It was pretty cool.  After about 10 minutes, I suggested we take off to go see some other sights.  This initially seemed like an OK plan but then Allie got really bummed.  She wanted to see more of the Bell.  So, we went back and saw it again!

Once she was ready to leave, we walked to a great market for some brunch and then on to a very cool fountain.  She played there for two hours.

Later that night we went bowling.

The next morning, Allie discovered that she really liked bitter orange juice. 

And then we went to see the Bell one last time before we went mini golfing.  She got a hole in one!

Then she rode the carousel four times.

The golf course and carousel were surrounded by a Chinese lantern festival. 

She liked all the zodiac animals.

It was a great trip!

Allie and I drove home, Jonathan and I went to a concert, and then the four of us drove up to a different part of Pennsylvania to visit our friends the next day.  It was an exhausting ride but a very fun visit!