Sunday, July 31, 2016

Canaries Game, Fishing and the Zoo

Checking each other out. :)  We pulled the bumbo chair out for Emma to try.  

Thursday evening was Michael's company picnic at the Canaries game.  Unfortunately Clara woke up with a temperature that day, so it turned into a boys night out.  They had the best time!

Emma and I stayed home with our Clara.  Her temperature didn't stop us from getting in several games of Four in a Row and Bingo! :)

Clara insisted Emma get her own Bingo card. ;)

dress up :)

Friday night Michael took David and Clara fishing and they caught about a dozen fish!

I guess Michael was having her hold her fish's line for a picture and the fish started to wiggle.  You can see how Clara felt about that! ;)

Clara is always wanting to hold Emmy.

Emma has been checking out her hands the past several days.  Oh, sweet baby! <3

We went to the zoo yesterday!  Emma slept through most of her first time at the zoo, but she did wake up towards the end.

The bear came right up near us and went for swim while we were there which was pretty exciting for my crew!  Clara and David love the zoo maps so much!  Davey insisted on sleeping with his last night. ;)

The parrot said hello while we walked by so we had to come say hi!

Emma was really checking the birds out!

my little climbers

Clara said, "one last picture, Mama" and hopped up and posed by the statue.  #sheishermother'schild

yummy baby

We spent the evening with Jessie, Chelsea, Brenda and their families!  So fun to see everyone!

Mason and Davey were fast friends :)

This sweet pea has been all smiles today as usual.  She was melting everyone's hearts at church, smiling at everyone who looked at her.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Our 10th Anniversary and Family Time

This past Friday was Michael and my 10th wedding anniversary!  Michael took the day off work and my sister came over to take care of our "big" kids so Michael and I (and Emma ;) could go on a date.  Ten years is kind of a milestone for our marriage and as I think back over this past decade we have so much to be grateful for.  It hasn't been all roses all the time, but there has been so much good and I love our life together.  Michael does so much for our family every day.  He's hard working, loving, playful, easy going, steady, and it doesn't hurt that he's super good looking. ;)  He's an amazing daddy to our three beautiful children and he loves us all so well.  I'm so thankful to be his wife.

I woke up to these. :)

Well this made me cry...  Michael and I got an anniversary card in the mail from my grandma on our anniversary.  She must have signed it already before she passed away and my sweet, thoughtful aunt Teresa mailed it.  It meant so much to get one more card from her.

Probably not every year, but Michael and I both tend to look at the traditional and modern anniversary gifts for each year to get gift ideas.  The modern gift for 10 years is diamonds, so he got me this diamond necklace. <3

The traditional gift is tin/aluminum.  Those Minnesota Twins grilling utensils are close enough to the right material and I knew he would love them. ;)  He's also wanted bean bag toss boards for years, so he was a happy guy.

our pretty little third wheel on our date

We ate supper at Crave.  So. good.

Then we went splitsies on cupcakes at Half Baked.  They were both good but the cake dough one... yum!

After cupcakes we still had some time so I asked Michael if he had any ideas for what to do and he said he had a plan.  He ended up driving me around to key places while we were dating.  He drove me past the dorm I lived in when we met, a friend's house we hung out at a lot while we were just friends, he had a few more stops planned, but Emma was ready to call it a night, so he skipped ahead to the church we got married at.  We got married at this random church for a few reasons.  One, we planned our wedding in like three weeks since we found out Michael was getting deployed to Iraq and we wanted to be married for a few months before he left.  Two, we didn't have a lot of money to spend so we needed a church that had room for a reception.  Grace Lutheran was available and met our needs so we ended up getting married there.  We hadn't been back since our wedding day 10 years ago.  It was really sweet.  We went home and watched the movie The Intern which we both really liked.  I never knew I was such a Robert De Niro fan. :)

The next day we went to my aunt and uncle's to hang out with some cousins.  We we joking that it looks a little different than it did before we all had kids.  There were 15 little ones running around between the four of us!  Emma and Kennady are the two littlest ones. :)

Davey, Jase and Isaac

Kaitlyn, Clara and Kierstyn

Sunday morning when Emma and I woke up we found these three outside playing bean bags. :)

I love how Davey celebrates.

Monday my whole family came over to hang out and go to Davey's T-ball game.  Look how content those baby girls are with uncle Zachary. :)

uncle tickles times two

Jacob is such a fun uncle!

I love this picture so much!  Jakey is so tall he had plenty of room for the four big cousins on his back.

Davey's rather impressive cheering section at his T-ball game :)

playing 1st base

back to our place for some more hanging out and bean bags

Jacob texted me this picture. <3

last night with cousin Atika for awhile

I found this Batman costume on super clearance at Target which is perfect for the superhero themed birthday party I'm starting to plan for Davey.  He's pretty excited although he is set on dressing up as Cyborg.  Have you guys heard of this superhero??  I had never heard of him before Davey started talking about him.