"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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


We have been so excited to take the boys to Adventureland!  I wasn't sure what they would want to do, but they wanted to do everything!  They both did so amazing, even on the big roller coasters that I don't particularly like.  I offered to go do something else with whoever didn't want to ride the roller coasters, but everyone wanted to go, so I did, too...  Their faces lit up on every ride.  It was awesome to watch these two 8 year olds!  I am so proud of them!  The ferris wheel thingy was first (can't remember what its name really is!)  We found out it was not Nick's favorite...

The boys laughed and giggled the whole time on the teacups!

The air balloon ride was fun!

We were going to bypass the ladybug ride, but the boys walked right up, got in line, and told us that this ride was just for kids...  okay then.  Apparently they needed to strut their stuff without Mom and Dad for a few minutes!

The boys absolutely loved the bumper cars, but were a little disappointed because they are still a bit short to drive, so they each had to ride with Mom and Dad.  It was pretty fun!  I think that Conner and I bumped into Dad and Ben way more times, but Ben insisted that they won...  There was a little truck ride next.  Conner and Ben loved it!

Nick had to do the Space Shot so while he stood in line for that, the boys and I found a motorcycle ride and we revisited the trucks they liked so much!  Nick enjoyed the Space Shot, although I have no idea why...

Dad met us at the Frog Hopper after his Space Shot!

We had some lunch and then wanted to do the log ride.  We stood in line for a long time, only to be told when we got to the front, that the ride had to be shut down for a while, so that was frustrating for us all!  In the meantime, we did the big Outlaw rollercoaster.  I screamed the whole time and Conner will enjoy telling you how Mom freaked out!  The boys did amazing!  We did a water ride and a few other rides that it's hard to take pictures on!  Then the boys got to fly their plane...

It was getting close to dinnertime, but we wanted to check on that log ride one more time.  It was open and the line wasn't as long as it had been earlier in the day, so we were able to do it!  It is my favorite!  Poor Conner, who was in the front, was soaked from head to toe!  Nick got pretty wet, too.  Ben and I sat in the back, behind Nick, so we got wet, but not as bad as Nick and Conner did.  

One more picture of our brave boys on their first trip to Adventureland!  It was an amazing day!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Big Boy Toys...

Conner and Ben had some birthday money that they wanted to spend so we scoured the toy aisles today looking for the perfect toy.  And, we found it!  They are so excited to have their very own remote control helicopters.  It was so sweet to watch them march through the rest of Target telling anyone who would listen that they are old enough to buy their own helicopter!  They were so proud of themselves!  (Funny side note about our trip to Target is that when we were all done, it was pouring rain outside.  We made a mad dash for the van but got completely soaked in the process!  Especially me, since I was trying to push a cart, protect my purse, and keep Ben and Conner right next to me!  When we all finally made it into the van, we looked like we had all just stepped out of the shower... dripping. with. water.  Wow.  The first picture is when we got home after drying off just a little!)

As soon as Dad got home from work, the helicopters were tested out.  The boys love them!  We did good today!  The boys took the flying pretty seriously!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Free Day!

We finally have a day at home when we don't have to go anywhere!  We have stayed busy with numerous activities including an experiment where we made "fireworks" in a glass!

We spent a chunk of the afternoon outside playing in the sprinkler! Although, tossing the bucket of water at each other became the preferred method of getting wet!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July Birthday Fun!

We went to Bettendorf today to celebrate all of the July birthdays in my family!  The boys enjoyed the day playing outside!

After an awesome dinner made by Nana and Gramps, we all had some ice cream cake.  Here is Uncle Josh with all the boys, Conner, Brecken, and Benjamin!

Ben wanted a turn with the camera, so here are his best two shots!  One of Conner, Josh, and Brecken, and the other one of Nana working away in the kitchen!

Of course, Conner had to have a turn with the camera, too, so here are his best shots.  One of Ben, Josh, and Brecken, and one of Gramps being silly!  The boys love taking pictures lately!

It was a great day celebrating!!!  Thank you Nana and Gramps!

Friday, July 24, 2015


After a rainy morning of swimming lessons, Conner and Ben got their computers out to check the radar!  They were a little worried and they are definitely a little obsessed with the weather!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Night Out...

Nick and I got to enjoy a night out with friends at the Toby Keith concert tonight!  It was so much fun!  Thank you Aunt Peggy for babysitting!!!