Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Okoboji!

Last weekend we went to Okoboji to help Uncle Ian and Aunt Kimberly celebrate their spring nuptials with the midwestern crowd. The boys had a great time playing with their cousin Alex (son to Mickey's cousin Anne Marie, also there) and their Great Aunts Betsy & Maureen from Utah.

En route to Okoboji, we stopped at the Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul, which was a blast.






While in 'boji, we did a ton of swimming, but we'll spare you more shots of the boys in their neon swimsuits. We also went to Arnolds Park, a local amusement park that Mickey used to go to as a kid. Very little has changed in the ensuing years, but the fun was still there. Finn loved the roller coaster and Spin the Apples, and Leif thought the fish ride was awesome.




Finn and Alex loving the rollercoaster:

Finn and Alex team up to secure Leif in his booster seat, per Leif's request:

Snuggling with Grandpa Perry:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Two posts in two days!

Our Sunday was a mellow, yet fun-filled affair. The clouds broke sometime in the night and we awoke to a particularly clear and beautiful morning. We decided to make it a beach day!

En route, we noticed a big ship coming in and as we reached Canal Park, the lift bridge started to come up. We took the opportunity to play like tourists and watch the shipping barge come through. The boys thought it was cool, but Finn was not pleased by the loud horns.
























Despite the somewhat chilly water, the boys frolicked for nearly an hour with nary a shiver!

Here's Finn, working at writing his name in the sand. He got the F & I done, but the water came in before he tried the N's, and then he lost interest.

























Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday!

We had a nice little Saturday - a visit to a new park and lots of time outside. We went to the Brewhouse for dinner to celebrate our six year anniversary (it's tomorrow, but the boys' moods were amenable to dinner out tonight).

Playing by the lake:












The only way Finn will have his picture taken these days is if he is making a silly face. Here are his favorite poses:
















































Finn learned a new trick at the Brewhouse tonight - dipping pickles in ketchup and...












feeding them to Leif. Yum!






























Sunday, July 12, 2009

Family Camping Party 2009!

This weekend was the first in what may very well be a new annual event. We, along with a bunch of our friends and their children, went on a family camping trip. We shared a spacious and secluded group campsite with five other families. This year's destination was Cascade River State Park, just south of Grand Marais. We had an awesome time hiking, running around, and sharing toy trucks. Here are a few photos from the weekend, with plenty more likely to be found with some hot cross-blogging action! (See Jasper's, Max's, and Tenzin & Rilo's blogs.)

Finn and Tenzin were the big kids on the trip and got along famously, as they always do. Here they are, exploring Lake Superior.



Me and the boys with Tenzin and her mom, Alina.

Leif and Jasper, sharing the finer points of toy truck driving.


A group photo of the kids, which was an exercise not unlike cat herding. I think I shot about 75 photos in two minutes to get this one as the most successful picture.


Thanks to all the intrepid camping families for an awesome trip. Next year, VEGAS!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New videos

Three new videos were posted last night right over there -->

Enjoy!

Monday, July 06, 2009

The big weekend recap

We had an awesome time in Grand Rapids for the long 4th of July weekend! As can be expected the boys were almost constantly in the water, so here are copious photos of the boys swimming!








Swimming wasn't the only activity, surprisingly. Here are Finn & Fetch snuggling up on the couch.


Le artiste:


Finn & uncle Sam practiced their golf swing in the yard and nearly hit the minivan with a particularly skillful shot!


Finn, fireworks-bound (and pretty darn tired by this point in the weekend.)

The fireworks boat crew!

Mommy lulls Finn to sleep on the boat ride home from the fireworks: