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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A photo review!

Gack! I'm so far behind so I thought I'd update with some photos!

Some cousin-fun at a family birthday party

My niece Marley, grandma and cousins!
These two!
Brady helping me put baby Gracen to bed!



Flower shopping!

When you get new things, the kids all still love the boxes more
Their box house!

This kid doesn't take off his goggles when out of the water!

Last day of school for these goons! (I GUESS they look like twins now...)

After parking, I looked back and saw Brady reading about the American presidents...

... and Jax escaping from a magician trick.

The ice cream truck came to our house for the FIRST time!

Cute Gracen!

Some boys from Jax's class

We're trying to read this this summer

A baseball game with nana

Cousin-time at the pool with Aidan

Brady showing Santina how to bat!

Jax and his first grade teacher!

Pool time after a lesson

First grade boy chaos. (Yes, Jax is dabbing)

No words.

My lunch date

When you tell the kids no iPads and to go outside, and you find all the kids in the neighborhood doing this...

Stop the cuteness.

Brady with his first grade teacher

Saturday morning video games

Brady hanging with Jameson on Father's Day

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Final Countdown

Yup, the last day of school is upon us. We're ready for summer!
We're going to kick it off this weekend with a couple little league games and day trip up to Green Bay for a family party. We'll see cousin Marley too, so it's a treat!

We'll have a new little buddy as part of the family for a few days too. I know a family with a 2 year old tubie with CP who needed some help in order to go on vacation, so we're going to love up on him for a bit to help them out. I asked the boys if it were ok that we had him for the first few days of their summer break and Brady told me he wished we could have him for the whole week... awe, ok, they're fine with it!

The boys are doing well. Jax is stalling out with eating again lately, regardless of his feeding meds. I'm hoping it's a phase. I have feeding therapy for the summer set up for him where I'm hoping he'll get the hang of how to spit. This marathon feels like 2 steps forward, and 1 back most times. All we can do is keep forging.
I have Brady's speech therapy for summer set up with the same therapist he's had the last 2 summers. She was SO surprised to see his progress last summer and I'm hoping she'll have the same reaction next month when she sees him again this year.

The one new development the boys have started, which seems like a normal sibling thing that all our friends tell us about... TATTLING. My boys never ever told on each other, and I was always nervous they'd cover for each other as teens. Well, they now tattle on each other, but only for really, and I mean REALLY ridiculous things and not anything important. The moment they start to speak, we find ourselves interrupting them saying "are you tattling?? If you are stop".  Parents of the year...
It seems to have gotten better as fast as it started, but in surround sound it's exhausting. I hope the phase is on it's way out for good, ugh!

Wish us luck for the last day, a dentist appointment and a hot weekend with some running around!


AMAZING, lol! Brady doesn't smile often with his mouth open and I guess the lady said to "show your teeth". So, he did. Yup, he's on the right. Showing his teeth.

Hee hee, there's his normal smile :) Ignore their socks please - kids are weird. 

Some Memorial Day Weekend fun over at the Bonins

A spouse-retreat from Jay's company in the Dells - fun for mama!

More Memorial Day Weekend fun swimming at a friend's house

I'm the mom that made the boys and their friends pick up sticks after the last storm before they could play baseball :) We have 2 trees down to deal with - fun, grrrr.

Cute Bubba showing his choppers 

Memorial Day Weekend games

Jax flying a kite!

Timber Rattlers

My view for the next month

Brady munching on some grilled chicken during a pool-break. Tough life kiddo...

Another end-of-1st-grade photo... I love them!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Back to reality!

We're BACK!

We had a wonderful trip and it was worth the chaos that ensured the days leading up to take off. I felt better within a day of getting to the island, but Jay and I made the mistake of not wearing enough sunblock on a cloudy day of moped along the west coast of the island. We were SO sunburnt on our backs that it was embarrassing to start the conference like that, OOPS! Oh well, we had an amazing time, and I did pretty good with being away from the boys since I had such great daily updates and face time with the boys. I had that "yearning" for them on day 5, but I did ok.
The boys themselves had a GREAT time while were gone too. They really missed us but didn't miss a beat while we were gone. It's good for all of us to have these breaks, but the boys were sure to make sure they're along for the next trip ;)

The boys had some baseball, photos and swimming while we were gone, along with their regular school schedule and everything went smooth and fabulous. The only hiccup I heard for Miss Gina was that Jax's pump extension came apart from the tubing the first night and she said that Brady jumped out of bed and started to offer help and guidance on how to clean Jax up with getting him new pj pants and wipes to clean up the floor. Miss Gina got tears in her eyes describing the scene and said how amazing of a kid Brady is. Omg, he really is. He's been asking for directions to run Jax's pump lately, so we let him prime it while we get them ready for bed. He's such a care taker.
Otherwise, the week went great and I'm so thankful for that!!

This is the last full week of school for the boys since next week is Memorial Day and the following week they end on a Wednesday, so these little dudes are almost done! I'm quickly preparing for that circus ;)


This was the scene of the boy's first game the night before we left - it was HORRIBLE outside!

Opening ceremonies with the other agent from Wisconsin that qualified. Love the Brinkmanns!

Lahaina


Pictures don't do this party justice

I didn't get photos of the fire breathers since I was so mesmerized by the show!

Oh these little girls!



Mopeds!
Polo match!

Our Bed and Breakfast place the weekend before the conference began. We wanted non-resort for this portion and it was perfect.

The boys picked us up at the airport and carried our bags, ha, the reason to have kids!
I love ornaments as souvenirs.
I thought these two looks like two peas in a pod right here after church 
Miss Gina sent me constant updates of the boys and here they were before their game when we were gone. They both scored and did well!
It's amazing how long a child can play with a simple ball!