"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up...

On Sunday, after all the partying, we enjoyed the weather and the boys enjoyed a new game Gramps got for his birthday!  It was a great way to end the weekend.  Plus, this is the week that our boys will be staying with Nana and Gramps, so Nick and I will be heading home with just the two of us!

It was a wonderful weekend and now Nick and I are looking forward to a quiet week while our boys have fun with Nana and Gramps!  I will miss them so much!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Party, Party, Party...

This weekend, we headed to Nana and Gramps' house to celebrate birthdays and to enjoy a retirement party for our Gramps!  On Friday night we celebrated Cari's, Josh's, Nana's and Gramps' birthdays.  On Saturday evening, Nana and Gramps had a party to celebrate the fact that Gramps is now retired after 40 years at John Deere!  We all had such a fabulous time!  Family, friends, drinks, great food, shots, gifts, and fun all made for a great night!  Congratulations Gramps!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Off to the Races!

Ben and Conner got to go to their first dirt track race tonight!  They had lots of fun with Daddy and Papa!  It is definitely something that they will want to do again.  Nick said they did really well and loved watching all the race cars!  They were obviously exhausted by the time they got home!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cooling Off...

After some morning bike and scooter riding we were definitely in need of some cooling off!

Monday, July 21, 2014


We took the boys to see Planes Fire and Rescue tonight and we all thought it was a great movie!  Ben wanted to take a picture after the movie, but Conner was not in the mood...  But it was a great time!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


The boys got Badminton for one of their birthday presents so we got that set up today.  The boys love playing it and are getting pretty good!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Today Nick took the boys on a little fishing trip and they even got to meet up with Gramps!  It was a great day to go fishing and the boys had a lot of fun!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy 7th Birthdays!

The day is here... July 14, 2014... Today our two boys turn seven years old.  Ben was quick to assure me that he was still my baby so I didn't need to cry!  Nick and I are the luckiest parents to have such sweet boys that continue to amaze us everyday!  Happy Birthday Benjamin and Conner!  There aren't adequate words to describe how much Mom and Dad love you.  I just hope you know and can feel that we love you more than anything and we are so proud of you both!  I can't believe you are 7 years old!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Post Party...

Everyone had a great Saturday night celebrating and soon it was Sunday morning... always too soon... The kids all enjoyed being together!  We were able to get a great picture of the 5 grandkids!  The rest of Sunday was spent playing with all of the new toys (and finding places to put all of the new toys!)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birthday Party!

On Saturday we had a birthday party for Ben's and Conner's 7th birthdays!!!  The boys had so much fun!  

Happy Birthday Conner!

Happy Birthday Ben!

Thank you everyone for coming and for all of the presents!  It was an awesome day celebrating our two boys!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Conner and Ben did a few sparklers and snakes before heading to bed tonight to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


We took the boys to see the new Transformers movie today!  They did really well!  It was a great movie, but it was a little long, so I was very impressed that the boys managed to sit for that long!  Now, of course, we just have to deal with the fact they think they are Bumblebee and Optimus Prime...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sundae or Sunday...

The boys had big plans today... they were going to go to their first race tonight with Daddy and Papa.  Of course, those plans were made before all the crazy weather so the races ended up being cancelled for the night.  We had two very sad little boys.  We tried to make the best of it with spending time playing outside and decided at the end of the evening we needed to make a trip to the ice cream shop!  As we were all getting into the van, my favorite conversation of the day began...

Mom: So, what kind of ice cream do you want?
Ben: Ummm... banilla with caramel.... and sprinkles
Mom: So, you want vanilla ice cream with some caramel and sprinkles on it?
Ben: Yep.
Dad: So, you want like a sundae?
Ben: No Dad, it's Tuesday! What?!  I just want banilla with caramel and sprinkles!
Dad:.........Okay Buddy........

Conner decided he wanted the same thing!  We enjoyed some ice cream and called it a night!