Monday, July 6, 2015

Ava's 5th birthday fairy party invitation

If you read this, you're invited!  (Just let me know ahead of time!)  I guess it's happening for real now - only 12 sleeps!  

Can't believe my girl will be 5!

Independence Day

Happy birthday, America!  I love Fairmont on the Fourth!  Although we were so tired from Friday, we didn't have the energy to celebrate properly Saturday.  We spent the afternoon at Heritage Acres hearing the music, touring the buildings, talking to people we ran into that we knew.  We had popcorn and a root beer float from the old fashioned store, and the kids tried to polka dance. Normally, we love to hear the music in the park and fireworks by the lake, but were so tired after our busy days that we didn't make it this year.  We were excited to find out that we can see the fireworks from our driveway.  Awesome!  And with it being Saturday night, we had our church picnic Sunday which was also fun.  But three days of celebrating will wear anyone out.  Or maybe I'm just old.  Today was nice relaxing. The kids played, and I worked on some house projects.  Coming soon!
Root beer floats!

Blurry but I love the old schoolhouse!
Fireworks from our driveway
Ava is afraid of the noise and watched from the window until she gave up, and we found her like this when we came in.  The end of a long two days. 


We had a great day off at Lake Okoboji.  We walked and walked, shopped, and even took a boat ride.  I love boats and seeing all of the beautiful houses and feeling the breeze.  It was wonderful.  We scored a couple of fun things at the flea markets that you will be seeing in future posts!  Stay tuned!

More kid stuff

Jack has had tennis camp for one week and has one week off and then another tennis week next week.  It's kind of nice to have this week off since we were so busy last week.  But here's some more shots of him in action.  

Ava was invited to her friend Hannah's birthday tea party last week.  The girls wore fun dresses, had heart-shaped sandwiches and lemonade with a real tea set, decorated cupcakes, and drum roll... pony rides!!  I would have so loved that as a kid!  I loved it as a mom!  So fun. 
Ava, Hannah, and Sophie

Ava's friend Kinley and Cami in the background. 

Ava with the birthday girl

Happy girls!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What the kids are up to...

When we talked about the kids having their own rooms again, Ava said she would like it if she could have a pwincess bed.  I didn't know what that meant, but apparently she had seen a canopy at IKEA and wanted it to make her bed a princess bed.   So happy early birthday to Ava!  She also found a stuffed dog that looks like Jock a little, and Matt said that's his favorite kind of pet.  

Jack is officially a 3rd grader!  He got all A's and a couple of B's, and we are proud of him.  He also got a letter from his teacher with stickers that made him so happy.  

Jack started tennis this week and so far loves it.  He really loves anything he's a part of, and I hope he never loses that enthusiasm and confidence.  He has loved every sport he has tried and I'm glad he likes trying different ones. Matt enjoys tennis too, so it could be something they can do together.  I pretty much just enjoy it if the ball is hit to me.  Ha!  And then it feels like time to go get ice cream or something.  But anyway it was fun to watch Jack having fun.  

Monday, June 29, 2015


Well summer is here, and we are so happy about that and also busy!  Maybe the busyness is another reason summer seems to be too short in Minnesota.  It just flies by.  I'm happy it's warm, but still thankful for air conditioning.  I am not into extremes either way, but would probably pick warm over cold.  Matt thinks Hawaii would be our perfect place to live for the weather.  Just a side note!  I'm not too sure I wouldn't get island fever but 82 and sunny most of the time would be hard to refuse.  ANYWAY - I'm not sure why we have those conversations, just fun to pretend sometimes I guess.  But Minnesota is home, and we do love it here!
So we have now lived in Fairmont for two years as of June 14th, and the summers are my favorite.  This past week of course, we were busy with VBS; but we also had a special lady in our church named Joyce go to Heaven.  We are happy she is no longer suffering, but sad for us and all of her family and friends who were always uplifted by her sweet spirit.   Our church is blessed with many people like Joyce who always uplift you when you see them.  
Then we also had a couple of fun outings over the weekend to help us unwind.  We went out with some friends Friday night, and Saturday we went to the zoo and Mall of America.  The zoo has camel rides this summer, and they also have a new seal exhibit which was really fun.  We also stopped at IKEA and got Ava what she calls a "pwincess bed", or in regular talk, a canopy for her bed.  We are looking forward to another busy week this week.  Lots of play dates!  We say yes as much as possible because there's nothing much better than time spent with friends.   It's how memories are made!  And then this weekend is the 4th of July, so there will be lots of doings with that!  Fireworks, picnics, friends, and maybe a flea market!  So much fun!  So happy summer is HERE!!

There's a seal in the corner of the picture below.  

Fun with friends 
A sweet lady in our church is giving out some of her collections to the church kids, so Ava and Jack scored with a Precious Moments doll and a model car.  Ava especially loved the little goose that came with her doll.  I guess she's more of an animal person.  Ha!