I can’t believe that we are just a weekend away from the first day of school. We had the school open house tonight. Andrew got to meet his teacher, see some of his friends (yeah, 2 of his friends are in his class this year), and put away his supplies in HIS DESK! He has a desk this year, in Kindergarten you sit at tables. I think he is excited to start, while he likes having a lot of free time, he also gets bored and loves learning.

We have been very busy this last month. The weekend of August 10-11 Andrew and Al were in Milwaukee for “boys weekend”. They do this every year, leave me at home (a quiet house!!!), and go to a Brewers game, and check out a state park in the Milwaukee area. They had a lot of fun and even saw a Brewers win! They didn’t bring the camera with, so I don’t have pictures.

The weekend of August 16-17 we were in Durand/Lake Elmo, MN. Andrew had fun just hanging around the farm on Saturday, even “helping” grandpa chop hay. Mom and I froze sweet corn…it’s always nice to do those things together instead of by yourself. On Sunday we packed up and headed to Lake Elmo for the Brunner Cousins Birthday Bash. Since Andrew and his cousins all have summer birthdays (even the new baby coming will be here soon!!), we get together for one fun bash instead of tons of individual birthday parties. We went to the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, had a cookout lunch and spent the afternoon swimming and playing on the beach.

Here is a picture of the beach area (I wished we lived closer, it is such an awesome, clean area!!).

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

After we were tired of the sun and sand, we went back to Aunt Kristen’s house for cupcakes and presents (and later, pizza for supper). Here are the 4 cousins (soon to be 5!!):

Cousins

Cousins

Fun was had by all. I left Mom, Dad, and Andrew in Menomonie to head home alone. Andrew spent the whole week with Grandma and Grandpa. He had tons of fun “helping” Grandpa hay, feed calves, and various other farm chores. He “helped” Grandma bake for the church fall festival. Meanwhile, Al and I had a mini-vacation to Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Dells. I worked Monday & Friday, but we were gone Tuesday – Thursday. We saw 2 Brewers games (they lost one, won one). We also went to the Tommy Bartlett show in WI Dells, and on a boat tour of the upper Dells. It was lots of fun, and even better because we didn’t have a 6 yr old complaining that he was bored!

Andrew is now safely at home, and enjoying the last few carefree days of summer vacation. Hopefully now with school starting, I will have more time to keep the blog updated.

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