Friday, May 27, 2011

Wisconsin Dells

Last weekend Anna went with her friend and their family to the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. It was a family reunion for her friend, so there were lots of girls to hang out with!! They did lots of swimming.....
lots of rock wall climbing.....and other scary endeavors.....

and even lots of shopping........but mostly just hanging with Alisha's cousins.....
Our kids have the best friends!!!! and great opportunities to have fun!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Camp Minikani

A couple of weeks ago Luke and his 6th grade class had a 3 day field trip to a local YMCA camp. The teachers stayed with them through the day and night.....they had a great time!!! and yes, Luke did get pushed into the lake a few times by the teachers....he said that was the best part of the trip!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just hanging out.....

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my DAD today!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bon Jovi

Saturday night we traveled downtown Milwaukee to see Bon Jovi!!! We met friends downtown, had dinner and then headed to the concert. Our seats were pretty high up, but we had fun anyway!! Great music, great band, and great company!!! Here are a couple of pics from the concert....
Before the concert...waiting for the band....
and during......
the area holds about 18,000 people and nearly every seat was filled!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011


This weekend brought SUNSHINE to the state of Wisconsin.....Yay!!!

John came home from a business trip to Washington D.C. on Friday night.....we spent the evening on the patio.....a friend joined us....she liked the sunshine too, but it make her squint a little....
Andrew spent Sunday afternoon reading, and got a little did Bella. I guess that's what Sunday afternoons are all about!!
John and I went to a concert Saturday night.....more pics to come!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fast Pitch Softball

Anna had her first fast pitch softball game this week!! I caught a few pictures of her playing last night....She played 2nd base and made 2 plays in the field. She got those runners out at 1st base!!
Batting didn't go as well, but she did manage to get a nice hit and get on base!!!
Not many players in her league can hit the ball into the outfield, so the fielders play "up"'s Anna in the field!! The coaches are so good to let the girls try every position in the infield and outfield! It was a beautiful night for softball!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mixed up sports...

What's wrong with this picture??.......playing basketball in our baseball uniform???

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Congrats, Ben!

Congratulations Ben on earning an academic letter!! These are given to the top academic sophomores at HUHS........a SUPER accomplishment!!

Monday, May 16, 2011


My parents had a rummage sale at their house this weekend......We wanted the weather to be beautiful, sunny and about 75 degrees, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Anna's plan to sell lemonade and cookies quickly changed to selling coffee, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies fresh from the oven!! Who could resist buying from this little entrepreneur........She pocketed about $14!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011


We stopped by my parents house last night and Anna and Grandpa decided to play a little catch....of course this tugged at my heart strings because I remember playing catch with my Dad...spending countless hours throwing the ball around.

One of the things my Dad did to make me better at softball was to throw the ball AT ME as hard as he could. Some may perceive that to be mean, but I learned to concentrate and catch ANYTHING that came at me. I felt that it was part of the training for softball!!

So, last night I told Dad to throw the ball at Anna pretty hard....and what was his response???
"She's much too young for that!!!" hahahahaha!!!

and then I held my hands up and said..... "YOU HAD ME MOWING THE LAWN AT AGE 9!!"
He just smiled and laughed!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jr. Girl Scout

Anna joined Brownies two years ago.... last Tuesday she was a part of a ceremony where the Brownies "flew up" to become Jr. Girl Scouts......we had a nice little reception after the ceremony complete with punch and cookies.....and then it was off to softball practice =)

The picture is Anna with her Brownie Troop Leaders......

Mr. and Mrs. Baltimore Oriole at my feeder

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's that time of the year....

I love this time of the year, when the weather gets warm and I can give haircuts out on the driveway.....I don't hafta sweep the laundry room that way!!!!

Here's the final product.......

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day weekend!!!

Beautiful weekend here in Wisconsin!!! Bella was sad to see Andrew leave again....he left for a trip to the U.P. in Michigan for a week...he'll be back on Friday...
Luker mowed the grass for the first time this year!!! Fun to see him on the mower!
On Mother's Day, we went to church and then went to spend time with my Mom and Dad. The guys tilled their garden and Mom and I started setting up their rummage sale....
All in all...a GREAT weekend!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring Pictures

Our school takes photos of the kids twice a year. Here are Luke and Anna's Spring photos.....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Summer for Andrew

Any guesses on who is happy that Andrew is home for the summer????