Yum, yum....their own Dunkin Donuts inside Great Wolf Lodge. Makes for a sweet breakfast.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
After showers and a pizza dinner we headed downstairs for their nighttime activities. First it started off with a story book reading and then a dance party. Grandma stayed with the kids during the reading while James and I went to the store because I forgot to pack our fan....and we must have a fan.
When we got back Grandma had taken the kids in with their passes and they each got their own stuffed Violet and Wiley. It's your own little build-a-bear store, they got to fill them up with stuffing. Each of the kids badges have fun things they get to do while they are here....One was get the ears, another was a stuffed animal with back pack. Tomorrow they'll make a t-shirt or pillow case, get ice cream, play a ton of games at the arcade, and get a large cup jammed full with any flavor of Mike and Ikes.
Tucked in and ready for bed. Hopefully they both can sleep with all the new additions to their beds.
We're all dressed and ready for some water fun!!!!! The kids had to see if they were tall enough for the rides. Andrew is tall enough but will need someone with him, Adeline is tall enough to go by herself if she wants (or if we let her). Let's go kids...
It has to bee 100 degrees out for James to get in the water in the summer....thankfully here we are in a heated room in heated pools, so he was in the whole time. Good job Daddy!!!
After climbing up some crazy obstacles you find yourself with the option to go down a few slides side by side.
I love this second video because it shows how much my kids love each other..oh wait nope, it shows how competitive they are...."who won Mommy?"
Lily pad walk with Grandpa...
Two very happy/thankful kids enjoying this time with Grandpa and Grandma.
After a long trip we finally made it. The kids are more than excited. Grandpa went and got us all checked in and led us to our rooms.
On our way up we saw the water park. Andrew is ready....let's go get those suits on!
Our room was great. The theme was kids kamp. The kids had bunk beds, their own little room and even their own tv.
My two sweeties....super excited.
Andrew up on the top bunk...
James took an up top picture, looking down. As you can see the kids unpacked their suitcases and got their room all set up.
Adeline and I started reading the first of eight books when she was about four years old. We would take breaks here and there reading others books together but we would continue to plug away and follow Laura Ingalls Wilder and her childhood. I feel like taking our time really worked out because we hit the last two books this last year and Adeline was old enough to get caught up in the life and romance of Laura and Almonzo. And when I say romance I mean him walking her home from church, taking her on sleigh rides, and proposing to her. Adeline and I grew to love these books and it is very bitter-sweet that we are now done. This has been our "thing". Adeline said the boys (Daddy and Andrew) have Iron Man (a video game) and we have Little House.
Although I am sad that we are done I am excited to start reading some other fun books together. Adeline plans to go back and read the books on her own now. She probably hardly remembers the first few books. I love my little reader, her big imagination, and the time we share each night on her top bunk getting pulled into a story....followed by a snuggle. I don't see how a night can get any better than that.
Adeline was pretty excited about this game for three reasons:
1. Grandma and Grandpa were here and after the game we were heading to Great Wolf Lodge
2. This game was being videotaped to help raise money for lower hoops.
3. Her friend Rebecca came (yes, her American Girl Doll)
Adeline played a very good game today and her team came out with a win. James had a couple fun plays that the girls were able to use. The first and third video shows her dribbling and passing skills, and the second video you have to wait until the end to see her aggressive side come out as she rips the ball out of a players hand. I don't think I can watch the video without laughing....our little baller!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at home and celebrating Andrew turning five. He was so excited once again to have everyone there to sing and celebrate him. You can see that the evil minion hat now fits and stays on with less hair. Here is our sweet, talented, aggressive (sometimes way too rough) young man. I am thankful he is mine.
And in case you didn't know.....he is five now!
Two scary Evil Minions
Addy and Brooke
Aunt Erin scored big with the Despicable Me 2 Blue Ray...
And Grandma scored with the Rancor Pit...I'm glad we caught these moments on camera.....just look at his face.
Gabby was finishing up her cupcake :)
All four cousins in their minion hats before it was time to go. I love how the girls were with their dolls and Andrew is with his minion Dave.
This was a pretty fun game to attend. Uncle Josh and crew came late last night and beat the weather and Grandpa and Grandma Bean and Aunt Erin braved the storm and made it just in time. Adeline had a big cheering section today. She was excited and ready to play hard.
And this was her best game yet. She was fast, positive, had good passes, and was aggressive. She got her first foul today. James told her she had five fouls and he wanted her to use every one of them. She was very happy with the fouls...eventually she will not want to foul but if this gets her playing harder and more aggressive we are all for it.
Coach Bean with the girls.
I have had many parents come up to me and tell me how happy they are with James and what a good job he is doing.
Andrew is dressed all in Minion thanks to his buddy Eli Horne.
This is his Angry Minion face.
Addy Kay with Aunt Erin
And Addy with the Goshen Bean Family.
Thank you all for coming to watch Adeline play and for cheering for her.....she absolutely loved it.
Friday, January 31, 2014
After a fun time at the bounce house we all headed back for pizza and cake. This year we decided to keep Andrew's party small because our house just can't fit that many people in it. So we invited a few buddies and their sisters and then tomorrow we will have a small, quiet, family party. Andrew didn't seem to mind because that meant that he got two parties. We'll see how he does on Sunday (his official birthday) when there is no party :)
James set up the projector so the kids watched the Minion Mini Movies while eating. It was so quiet....
The kids all had their hats on and were ready for cupcakes. Andrew's hat was a little top heavy so I will need to fix it by tomorrow so that he can wear it. He wore the crown sissy made instead.
This is one excited kid.
Present time was crazy as usual. The kids were just ripping open all of Andrew's gifts. Next time I will make sure once a gift is open that we set it aside instead of pass it around. Andrew didn't seem to mind until all of his mustache's were gone. Note to self, get new mustache's.
Minions with mustaches
Me and the birthday boy! He was very happy with all the party fun tonight and can't wait until tomorrow....
My two minions ready and waiting for their friends to arrive.
Andrew with his buddies Nick and Eli
Adeline with Anna and Maya
Andrew and Matthias
Nick, Andrew and Matthias....Andrew's two best buds.
This boy has no fear when it comes to climbing and sliding down!
Our group.....Adeline, Maya, Anna, Eli, Brayden, Brynn, Sophie, Olivia, Eli, Nick, Matthias, and Andrew.