Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

The kids didn't have school this week because of Spring break so even though we didn't go away we made the most of our time at home. On Monday I took the kids to Williston Fitness Center in Minnetonka where we played in an indoor splash pad and climbed in a two-story tree house for over 3 hours. It was so much fun that we all came home and napped that afternoon.

On Friday, Mike had a rare day off so we took a day trip in our own city - venturing all the way to St. Paul. We started at the Children's Museum, then had lunch at the Blue Door Pub, then went to the Como Zoo and Conservatory. It was a really fun adventure and again - by the end of the day we were all tired.

Keeping with the festive theme we had our own Easter egg hunt in the yard on Saturday. The kids loved hunting under leaves and shrubs to find their treasures. Then we colored Easter eggs that evening.

Today the Easter bunny visited our house and brought the kids candy and Play Mobile camping sets, we hosted my parents for breakfast, went to church, and then to a party for lunch and another family party for dinner. I'm exhausted just typing this! I love to be busy having fun with my family - I hope that we're building some great memories for the kids. I know that I'll remember these special times with my favorite people. What a joy-filled week!

Fun at the indoor splash pad
Miles and Hadley went down this little water slide for 2 hours straight!
Classic big brother moment caught on camera
Goofing around during nap time
Road trip!
Imaginations hard at work at the Minnesota Children's Museum
Miles built this creation himself - it's the indoor wiring of a house
Playing with bubbles
Miles loved being the cashier and Hadley shopped
Waiting for a table
Making goofy faces during lunch
So happy to spend this family time together (not a bad photo by Hadley!)
Gorgeous tulips at the Como Conservatory
My monkeys watching the monkeys at the zoo
Saturday morning at our house - watching cartoons
Easter egg hunt!

One of the first signs of spring in our yard




We're into all of the Spring activities - despite the chilly weather

Coloring Easter eggs


Easter morning - pretty girl
My handsome boy


Grandma and Grandpa Nickolay with 2/3 of their grandkids
The kids table during lunch
Another Easter egg hunt on Lake Minnetonka

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Grandview 2015

This was our third annual trip to Grandview Lodge in Nisswa - we stayed in the exact same house (beautiful view of the 8th fairway), ate the same yummy breakfast, swam in the pool, and had lots of fun with family.

These first two pictures are from before we left for the weekend. I love staying home on Mondays and Fridays with the kiddos - they love it too because everyday they ask if I'm going to stay with them tomorrow. We often like to spend the mornings in our pjs - here, we even decided to play outside... in our pjs. Anything goes sometimes.

All of the cousins were SO excited the first night we arrived at Grandview.
We had them snuggle in for a movie before bed so they'd calm down and get sleepy.

At the pool
The adults and kids played pool and Foosball at the house we rented. 
Movie night #2
Running to the main lodge for breakfast
At breakfast - the kids get to pick whatever they wanted to eat (as long as they had a side of fruit). The first morning Miles ate a huge donut, a whole waffle with strawberries and whipped cream, and a side of fruit. This morning Hadley wanted lots of bacon.
After breakfast
We all enjoyed the water slide again and this year Hadley was brave enough to want to go by herself. This morning she was the only one on the slide for awhile and must have gone down it 20 times! That girl is fearless! Here she is zooming down with either Mike or I always catching her at the bottom.
This is our water baby.
Hanging out in the hot tub.
In the splash pad.

Cousin picture in front of the lodge.
Miles and Hadley eagerly anticipated this trip with their cousins and even made a sign before we left to mark the occasion.