It’s been a busy few weeks in our household!  A couple of weekends ago, my sister Kelly and her kids Emma and Evan came to visit us, and brought Mom with them!  Friday night we celebrated Emma’s and Andrew’s birthdays.  They enjoyed “make your own pizzas” for dinner and cupcakes before opening a few gifts.  Then we packed up and headed to the hotel where they were staying to play in the pool for a bit.

Andrew playing in the pool.

Saturday we had a picnic in the park.  Afterwards the kids got to play in the park area for a bit before Kelly and gang headed towards home.

Playing at the park

Emma and Evan loved the bridge.

That Sunday, Andrew and I went to the indoor water park for the afternoon with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Andrew has been fortunate to be assigned a Big Brother with the school-based program and loves having lunch on Friday’s with his brother.  Andrew doesn’t have any visits planned with his brother through the summer, but he will be in again in the fall once school starts up again.  At the water park, we met up with friends of ours, so Andrew had someone to play with.  He had no fear and loved all the water slides.  I think this year, we definitely need to look into going to the Dells again.  He is finally to the age where he can do all of the rides/slides and I think he will really enjoy it.

Andrew and his friend Trevor.

Coming down the slide

We were invited to join my family at the cabin for Memorial Day weekend.  Andrew was sooo looking forward to fishing and his only goal was to “catch a keeper”.  I’m proud to say that he met his goal.  Grandpa even showed him how to bait his own hook and take the fish off once caught.  Even though he was told he could go down to the lake and fish off the dock by himself whenever he wanted (as long as he wore a life jacket…safety first), he chose to wait until either Grandpa or Uncle Tim would be down there with him.

Waiting for that Keeper

We also enjoyed just playing in the Lake.  It has been such a warm spring that the water was so warm.  Andrew wanted to try out water skiing, but Grandpa talked him trying out the knee board first.  You know the saying…the third time’s the charm.  Well…Andrew made it up on the knee board his first and second time out, but didn’t make it around the lake.  On the third try, he made it around the lake…3 times!  He was so excited and proud of himself.  Grandpa said that since he did so good on the knee board, next time we come to the cabin he can try water skiing.  He can’t wait!

Getting started

There he goes...

Finally…Andrew turned 8 on Wednesday.  He was excited to bring cupcakes to school for snack time, and enjoyed that I came to have lunch with him and stayed for the afternoon in his classroom (I’m normally in the classroom on Wednesday afternoons, but stayed longer this week to help out his teacher and to spend more time with my guy).  After school, we had 3 of his friends (and neighbors) over to play.  It was supposed to be a water fight outside (with water guns as party favors), but the rain and cold temperatures moved the party inside.  The boys played Wii.  They bowled a game and had a boxing mini-tournament.  They all had fun.

Boxing Tourney

Eating cupcakes.

Thursday I left the boys at home and went to Minocqua for a scrapbooking retreat with friends I met online.  I had 4 days of scrapping, eating, drinking, laughing, and fun.  As much as I missed my family and couldn’t wait to get home to see them, I now miss my friends.

Andrew has 2 more days of school and then he’s on vacation.  He can’t wait!  This year he is going to “College for Kids” and is so excited for that to start.  That will be 2 weeks long and then he is just going to hang out at home and play.  We have pool passes again for the summer, and am hoping for warm temperatures so we can spend many afternoons there.