Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekend in Photos

I didn't really mean for the focus to be on our car, but wouldn't this be a great advertisement for GMC?? hahaha

Father/Daughter dance at Germanfest.

Polka dance.

Couldn't help but get the booty shot.

He starts Preschool in one week. Amazing how time flies when you're having fun.

Practicing some editing techniques with this one. 

Happy Birthday, Nani!

Me and the kids decided at the last minute to take a trip to Chicago and surprise my Mom for her birthday yesterday. We were able to visit with all the Aunts and Uncles (minus Ro Ro) and little Leo. Lots of pizza, pasta, and cake later, we headed home and rolled the kids right into bed for the night. A great surprise for Nani well worth the mileage. Happy birthday, Ma!

I think Max must have been practicing for Wrestlemania 2 on Grampy!


Nick laid out our inflatable mattress for the kids to jump and bounce onto, but rather than play nice, they created Wrestlemania.

It usually starts off like this - jumping, bouncing, having a good time.

And then this happens. 

On my count, she takes home the gold belt!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We had a hot, hot day today, so we wanted to get out and enjoy it while we still can. The kids played on their backyard playground a long time. And, little Miss Sunshine wanted nothing to do with my helping hand down or up the slide. I think she forgets that she can't walk yet!

Showing off her Madonna teeth gap.

This was interesting/frightening to watch.

The breeze through her three strands of hair.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Next Annie Liebovitz

Not even close, but I did get a fancy new camera for my birthday and have been trying to get some good photos in when I can. I still have A LOT to learn, but I'm having fun in the process. Here are a few pictures from a Maritime Heritage Festival we attended on Sunday.

His sweet angel face.

Nick has a dream to own a boat someday. I could buy into the dream too if we just stayed dockside!

Ice Cream

Violet has a new love - ice cream! She's gotten a little taste here and there, but recently her Daddy has really given her full control of her wants.

Little too cold for the little lady.

Sugar rush!

Seconds, thirds and so and so on.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Bonanza

With our back-to-back birthdays this week, we've had a busy few days. Nani and Grandpa came to visit on Tuesday and watched the kids while Nick and I went out for my birthday. Considering it was a Tuesday night, we didn't party till dawn (although even if it was the weekend, I doubt we'd ever make it to dawn)! Wednesday morning we woke up bright and early to celebrate Max's 3rd birthday with gifts, a pancake breakfast and play time at the park. After Nani and Grandpa departed, Max had a couple neighbor friends come to play and stay for a pizza dinner. Lots of cupcakes later, the kids (and me) were dragging our tails. Early to bed for all and we were happy to have our birthday bonanza come to an end.

We settled for 3 candles instead of 30.

New scooter.

Playing at the park. I think Nani and Grandpa were having a better time than the kids!

No longer the birthday girl, but that didn't stop her from stealing the spotlight!

1st birthday cupcake of the day.

Killing time before Daddy got home. My back and shoulders are paying for it today!

A competitive game of Hungry Hungry Hippo.

Interview with a Three Year Old

I've seen these questions on other blogs and wanted to try out the interview on our newest preschooler. Here are the transcripts from our sit-down.

I asked Max about some of his favorites things.

Cereal - Cheerios
Vegetable - carrots
Drink - water (I was shocked to hear this as he slugs a juice box or milk like it's going out of style.)
Toy - this (while pointing to his new Hot Wheels track.)
TV Show- Mickey [Mouse Clubhouse]
Game- Candyland
Book- Pumpkins
Dinner – fish
Lunch – i don't know
Breakfast - pancakes
Animal – horsey
Color – blue
Sport – baseball

What is your favorite thing to do? playdoh
What are you going to be when you grow up? a costume
If you could change your name, what would you choose? Mark and Tucky
Where would you like to go on vacation? Cincinnati
What do you and Mommy do together? work on something
What is something Mommy always says to you? sit
What makes Mommy happy? go potty (assuming he's referring to himself!)
What makes Mommy sad? not going potty
How old is Mommy? 9
What does Mommy do for a job? make lunch
What is Mommy's favorite food? vegetables
What does Daddy do for a job? at Milwaukee
How old is Daddy? 9
What is Daddy’s favorite food? fish

Monday, August 15, 2011


We turned a breezy Sunday afternoon into loads of fun at the Harrington Beach. Armed with too many sand shovels, chairs, towels, snacks and anything else we could fit in the double stroller, we walked a short distance to the beachy waterfront. Violet was in heaven on the sand and Max threw about three thousand rocks into the lake. We made it home sandy, wet and tired - but it was well worth the exhaustion.

Isn't this the cutest? Holding hands while strolling.

She loves the sand and sunshine.

Her crazy hair (of the little she has).

If you can spot the stairs in the background, that's where she was heading. What a little stinker!