Tuesday was Addilyn and Asher's first day of school in Albert City. Addilyn is starting 2nd grade.
And Asher is starting Kindergarten!!
He got tired of smiling and decided to look fierce instead.
This is the standard showing-off-the-backpack pose that I always make them do.
"Seriously, Mom, can I be done?"
Addilyn shows off the backpack like a pro.
I love this picture.
I always like getting pictures of the kids' with Mom and Dad on their first day of school. This picture is so awesome!
And the picture with Mom.
A picture with my boy on his first day of school.
A picture with my girl on her first day of school in a new town.
"Well, it's getting to be about that time; we should probably head out."
Outside their new school.
This picture is just about perfect. This is Asher's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Frederick. She was very nice in posing with Asher and he wasn't having it. He apparently didn't say much that first day (or the following). As of Thursday, he's starting to come out of his shell just a little bit. It took him until December to decide it was okay to talk in his preschool class so he's definitely made some progress.
And here's Addilyn in front of her second grade classroom. She was just about as excited as could be to get back to school.
Yay for the first day of school!
Here is a spattering of pictures from here and there and everywhere all throughout July.
Elias was pretty excited about these cookies.
This unruly gang was out to get me.
Asher helped me make no bake cookies. We substituted almond butter and they were awesome.
Albert standing on Daddy's shoulders.
I love his intensity. You'd think he'd be reading something equally intense.
Helping mod podge. Painting with glue...can life get better? He'll submit that it canNOT!
We spent an afternoon with some of the best people!!
Nick and Brittany (and Albany) were in town!!!
We hadn't seen them in a couple of years and hadn't even met Miss Albany yet. It was an awesome day of fun hanging out (we even went to the zoo). Best day ever!!
Tyler calls this, "90s grunge band photo."
The boys chat about their popsicles.
The kids and I went to Nebraska to visit my parents for a few days while Tyler was busy with teaching his Greek intensive. They were enjoying some books together.
The kids were definitely planning on spending the entire trip playing in the inflatable pool in Grandma & Grandpa's backyard. Unfortunately, it was really chilly all week. Finally, Asher couldn't stand it any longer and went in anyway.
After he got over the horror of the marshmallow stickiness, Albert really enjoyed it.
It may have only been in the mid 70s but the kids went swimming anyway.
Ironically, Elias was the one that got too cold to enjoy the pool.
Albert had a wardrobe malfunction.
Those swim trunk would just not stay up! Apparently the elastic finally died. We have since gotten him a new pair.
Running along Lake Michigan.
My Mom visited us too (twice actually). She actually flew in to help me drive out to Nebraska and back. Thanks Mom!
This post is only 20 days late.
For the Fourth, we went downtown to watch the Navy Pier fireworks. We set up on a hill just off the Lakeshore trail. It was a pretty sweet setup.
We got there early so we could find a good spot and enjoy the unseasonably cool weather.
I'm not sure what is going on here, but it makes me smile.
We stopped at the Portillo's in the city and got ourselves some very delicious takeout. Mmm...burgers and Italian beef.
The kids played with some cars.
Albert thought that was pretty cool.
Then Tyler broke out the glowing frisbee.
Super exciting! (I'm not sure what he was actually saying but I imagine, "Fore!")
We finally tried out Portillo's milkshakes. They have a specialty, a chocolate cake shake, that I've heard lots about and really wanted to try before we leave Chicago. I also find Asher's stance/dance in the background very amusing.
More spread out picture.
We may have killed some time by taking pictures. This was the best one of the lot.
Most of them were more like this one. I love all that is going on here: Elias talking, Addilyn digging some hair out of her mouth, Asher staring off somewhere, and Albert trying to get Asher's hand off his shoulder. Awesomeness.
Our set up from the top of the hill.
Later on we broke out the bubble gun. It was quite a hit.
Albert thought it was the best thing ever! He would make this face every time I pointed it in his direction. So fun!
As for the actual fireworks, they were okay. We were set up a little off (due to them moving the barge they were shooting off of just before starting the show) so we had to scramble to be able to see once things got going. Honestly, the rest was so enjoyable, that the fireworks were a bit of an afterthought for me. Tyler and I even enjoyed biking our crew through the insane crowds that dispersed through the city after the show ended. It was like biking through a puzzle. All-in-all, it was a pretty enjoyable evening.