Tuesday, February 21, 2017
|Finn and his buddy, Cole, entertaining themselves at Luke and Liam's team hockey party|
|Finn is serving cheese for the tacos at his big brother's party|
|Finn and Cole serving taco toppings|
|An absolutely beautiful day at the park with Jack, Charlie, and Andy. Yes, the lakes are still a bit frozen as you can see in background.|
|Another gorgeous day with neighborhood friends playing basketball|
|Luke and Liam's hockey party. Shockingly, they were able to keep this ice in good shape at a nearby community center. It has a refrigeration system, but I still don't know how it was in such good shape for skating.|
|That's John dragging Finn on the ice.|
|Watching the lego Batman movie with our best friends, Jack and Charlie as well as two other classmates. Sadly, Aiden had to miss the movie because he, Finn, and Dad went to Aiden's hockey game.|
|Buffalo Wild Wings after the movie|
We celebrated Jack and Charlie's 9th birthday with a movie, dinner, and a sleepover at their house. This was the first sleepover that Luke and Liam have done (kind of). They slept over at Kirsten's out of necessity the night before we closed on our previous house because we had no beds, no furniture, etc...Kirsten kept all three big boys for us while we signed papers and prepared to move to our present house (that was nearly two years ago). All of the boys had a fantastic time together and went to bed super early the next day, but I am sure we will do it again sometime soon.
Have a great week!
Monday, February 13, 2017
|Dryland hockey practice. Liam is super serious.|
|Luke has quite a funny personality|
|Team Canada in red plus our buddy Jack in yellow at the fun Olympics practice|
|Go Team Canada (Liam's team)|
|Luke was practicing so hard, he broke his stick!|
|If we can't skate on the ice, we just move to the driveway. Finn really loves his little roller skates. He wants a pair like his brothers (which are roller blades).|
Monday, February 6, 2017
|Backyard skating with neighbors. Luke is trying out his new goalie gear and goalie skates!|
|Finn is "helping" Daddy with the sink|
|This happened over the weekend. More below...Luke is holding the faucet in place, John is installing the lines, and Finn is talking non stop.|
|Skating and bonfire|
Our kitchen faucet started leaking over the weekend. Thankfully, we noticed the water quickly before it caused a lot of damage. John went the following day to purchase a new faucet and installed it within a very short period of time. It was relatively seamless, which doesn't always happen with home repair projects. Finn was so excited to help John and he spent an hour under the sink with his tools "pretending" to repair the sink. Thanks to John, we have a brand new and very much improved faucet!
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Luke and Liam at Mariucci Arena, Home of the Men's Golden Gopher Hockey team|
|Liam waiting to get on the ice|
|Finn and Aiden watching the game|
|The Team before the game|
|Center Ice before the game|
|Luke was really excited to play goalie|
|A trip to the WILD game|
|Fun time at the game|
|Sitting with Friends at the WILD game|
|MN WILD vs. St. Louis Blues|
|Finn and Daddy on our backyard ice|
|All SuperMite teams from House League played each other over the weekend. They divided the four teams into six teams and had three scrimmages going on the ice. Lots of fun to watch!|
|Due to some very unusual warmer temps in the 30's, we took a break from skating last week on the backyard rink. John finally has the rink back up and running after a few warm days of melting. Finn has been asking to go out and skate so I am glad we have a bit longer. |
Luke, Liam, and Aiden received tickets to an NHL WILD hockey game for Christmas. The game was against the St. Louis Blues and the WILD won 5 to 1. It was super fun for the boys (and John). This was Aiden's first trip to the Excel center for an NHL game and Luke and Liam's second trip. Very generous gift from Santa this year!
Luke and Liam are playing on a winter league for hockey in addition to their regular house league hockey. We initially turned down the opportunity, but later decided to give it a try. It has given the boys a chance to have several full ice games. In their house league, they only skate cross ice with a few full ice games and the rest of the season is spent doing lots of practicing on stick handling skills, skating frontwards and backwards, skating around cones, etc...This league has been a nice break from all the practice and a fun way to learn and play various positions on the ice. Their games are at either Mariucci or Ridder arenas which is where the men's and women's gopher teams play as well.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
|Heading out to sled!!|
|Lots of boys by the fire|
|Kirsten and lots of boys!|
|Adam with his hot chocolate|
|Burning energy on the hill|
|Left to right: Dylan, Andy, Aiden, Jack B, and Jack W. (sitting)|
|Aiden and his sled|
|Enjoying some hot chocolate|
|Lots of boys warming up|
|Our lonely girl...Ms. Vanessa who is quite spunky and loves to hang out with the boys|
|Time for skating|
|Aiden and Luke|
|Aiden and Luke|
|Cake cutting time|
I found a community room at a local park about 5 minutes from our house that was very economical and more than adequate in size. We rented the room which had an outdoor bonfire pit, giant sledding hill, and outdoor ice rink for us to use. The boys, thankfully, loved the idea and we began putting together plans to serve hot chocolate, roast s'mores, sled, and ice skate. They were thankfully thrilled and I was thrilled that we could invite everyone we wanted to include and not be limited as much on numbers. I **might** have gone a bit overboard since we ended up with 28 friends of Luke, Liam, and Aiden. We had almost 100% attendance with 18 friends of Luke and Liam and 10 friends of Aiden. We had several siblings attend the party that are friends with all three boys.
I was even more fortunate to have three friends who offered to help as well as a couple parents who stuck around to assist so they made our gigantic number of boys a bit more manageable. Many thanks to the girls who helped us keep the chaos under control and ensure that no one was injured during all the fun.
We purchased enough graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate for everyone to have several s'mores, we bought 100 packages of hot chocolate, and I gave everyone a choice of one of three coffee mugs as a party favor (that doubled as a hot chocolate mug during the party). I found some very cute coffee mugs at the Dollar Tree so it was an easy gift!
Overall, the boys left saying it was the best party they ever had so I think John and I felt like it was a success!! I can't lie....I am glad to have the triple party over for at least another year.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
|Luke watching the WILD practice|
|Luke and Liam wanted to go to a Hibachi steakhouse to celebrate their birthday|
|They are both wearing the goofy heads while the staff sings "Happy Birthday"|
|My late grandmother (who also had twins) holding Luke, Me holding Liam, and Aunt Sarah holding Calvin on their first Christmas and just a few days before the three boys turned a year old.|
|Luke (left) and Liam (right) a few hours after birth|
|Luke, age 4|
|Celebrating our 5th and 3rd birthdays with best twin friends, Jack and Charlie|
|Luke (left) and Liam (right), 6 months|
|A bonus room marker party|
|First day of kindergarten|