Monday, July 27, 2009

Wisconsin trip part 1, to the North Woods!

We had a wonderful trip to Wisconsin in mid-July. Sorry it took me so long to put these pictures up, Grandma!

At the Portland Airport. ready to go!

Watching planes during a long, long layover in Denver. And no, those are not giant sodas, just water. :-)

Cheese curds--we have arrived in Wisconsin!
My grandparents' beautiful lake, and Uncle Kevin's new speedboat.

Aidan ready to go tubing with Ryan. Off they go...Aidan smiling all the while.

Sparklers on the deck.

Next day: Aidan goes tubing solo! He had never done anything like this before, and we were impressed with his willingness to try new things on this trip.

Then Lauren decided to get in on the action, and took a ride with Ryan. She loved it!

Singing around the campfire...the kids LOVED my great Auntie Nancy! Aidan taught everyone his "Bongalo" song from the summer program he's doing this year.

My awesome cousins Quinn and Logan hard at work making money origami.

Floating with Lauren. That dragonfly stayed on my arm for several minutes.

Innertube canoeing.

Lauren having a little quiet time on the dock. Both kids were in their bathing suits almost the whole trip!

Aidan caught a fish. He even put the worms on by himself!

I took Aidan out for ice cream in town one day while Lauren napped.

Amy and Grandma.

Aidan pumping water at my grandparents' community garden plot. We harvest kohlrabi, radishes and lettuce while we were there!

The Meyers' plot in the community garden.

Cute sign in another of the garden plots (the Oneida Village is a local restaurant).

Wisconsin trip part two: Madison to home

We spent a day and a half in Madison on our way home. I had driven through on the way up north but had never had a chance to check it out. We stayed at a hotel right by the Capitol, stumbled upon an art fair when we first arrived, rented bikes, checked out the university and Picnic Point, swam in the hotel pool, did some shopping...we really enjoyed it!

We stopped at Culvers in Stevens Point. The kids did not seem to notice they were eating frozen custard rather than ice cream.

The kids got new shirts at the art fair and then played at the Capitol.

A fountain by State Street--woo hoo!

Famous chairs on the Memorial Union terrace at the University of Wisconsin.

The lake was pretty but so very stinky. People were eating right by it and sunbathing--we think we may have been the only ones to notice. Aidan called it "stinkwater."

Aidan exploring during our picnic at Picnic Point.

Lauren having a mid-picnic nap in the rented bike trailer.

We were able to rent a tagalong for Aidan, too! Just like home...

And flying home. What a great trip! It was very fun to see the kids with so many family members, loving it up with everyone. They did great!

Friday, July 03, 2009

And she's three!

Happy third birthday to Lauren! She had a great day!