Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fun in the Sun

Fun with Friends at the pool

Luke

Golfing with Dad while mom enjoys some time alone.

Happy Birthday Mom!
Twins

Jack and Liam playing at the beach

Fishing with Liam, Aiden, and Jack Bakken

Aiden's first of three fish!

Liam also caught a few fish

Liam took Andy's fish off the hook
We had a fun week filled with lots of sun, water, and a little sand.  I celebrated another birthday this week and enjoyed some extra time at the pool.  Warm weather and going to the pool are two of my favorite things so I can't think of a better way to celebrate.  We invited several friends and enjoyed a beautiful Minnesota summer day at the pool.  It was one of those days that I will remember when the weather turns cold and snowy.  Thank you all for the birthday texts, phone calls, cards, Facebook posts, and gifts I received from friends and family.  It was a fun birthday!

We also had our first fishing excursion with friends this week.  Luke and Liam, especially, have been asking to go fishing all summer.  We do not have fishing poles or any other type of fishing supplies, but we went with friends who had enough supplies to share and we had a blast.  The boys loved it.  They were putting the worms on their hooks and learning to take the fish off the hooks by the end of the day (especially Liam and Luke).  I think the purchase of fishing poles is definitely in our future!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Another Busy Summer Week....

Lemonade Anyone?

The neighbors and the boys put together a lemonade stand

Finn bought some ninja turtle gear at a garage sale

Aiden and his buddy Anders (and Finn) played Pie in the Face

Down time in the toy basket

Working on his dog house from Grandma and Grandpa Carrithers

Fun day with friends at a new park

Lots of Friends!!

Beautiful day at the lake

Andy and Liam at the Lake

Finn

Liam's creation

Luke was hot and said the water felt really good

Luke on the climbing wall at a birthday party (bottom one with red shorts)

Liam climbing
We had another fun week.  This summer has been quite busy, but fun.  We don't have anymore camps or activities this summer so we are enjoying a bit more free time in between sports activities.  Early last week, there were some garage sales in our neighborhood so the boys decided to capitalize on the activity and sell lemonade.  This was also possible due to the fact that I had several gallons of lemonade remaining from Finn's birthday party so as the boys pointed out, "it won't cost us anything to do a lemonade stand."  A few neighbor kids joined the group and they set up a table on the corner in the middle of all the garage sales.  They did pretty well at $0.50 per cup and made around $25.00 that was then divided among all the workers.

We also enjoyed a fun trip to a new park at Lake Rebecca.  After everyone got too hot on the park, we walked down to the lake to cool off.  It was a picture perfect Minnesota summer day with warm temperatures, but low humidity and a slight breeze.

Lastly, in other news, Finn had his 4 year well visit.  He continues to be the largest of the 4 boys when compared at their yearly well visits.  For his four year well visit, Finn measured 43.35 inches tall and weighed in at 47.4 pounds.  The only one comparable to Finn at his four year old visit was Luke who was 42 inches tall and 45.9 pounds.  Big boys!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Finn's 4th Birthday



Finn received his very own set of golf clubs from Grandma Mimi and he is so excited about them.  He began practicing out in the yard after they arrived.

Luke at VBS last week

Liam at VBS

Finn's buddy, Erik, came to his birthday party and even tried on a few costumes.  He's super fun and Finn loves Erik.                                                                                                                                                                       


Finn's 4th birthday cake

Getting ready to sing to Finn

This was Finn's favorite part!!

Note:  Aiden giving the candles a little blow to the right of Finn.  

Sneaking in a few bites of cake after it was all eaten!
Finn and his buddy, Kathleen
Thumbs up for the water slide

Adults enjoying a beautiful summer night

We celebrated Finn's 4th birthday over the weekend.  His birthday fell on a Saturday this year so we had his party on Saturday as well.  He has been talking about his "birthday party" since January when we celebrated all of his brother's birthdays.  He was very specific in requesting a ninja turtle birthday party with green and blue.  He doesn't actually watch the ninja turtle cartoon or even know the names of the ninja turtles, but apparently he likes them!

We rented a bouncy house with a water slide (at Finn's request) and invited several of his friends, neighbors, etc...We had a beautiful summer evening that was perfect for swimming and playing in the backyard.  John smoked some chicken and pork on his smoker and we had several side dishes.  I think Finn's favorite part was when everyone sang Happy Birthday to him.  The expression on his face was priceless.

He received several fun presents from his buddies and family members.  Mimi got him his own set of golf clubs which he was super excited about since his brothers have picked up golf over the summer and we have been to the driving range several times.  Grandma and Grandpa Carrithers got him some cute books and a dog house to color and use for all his "dogs."  Finn loves it and when he finishes coloring the outside, I will post a good picture.  Grandpa Morse brought Finn some clothes and a fun baseball game when he visited over the 4th of July.

Overall, it was a fun birthday and fun to celebrate Finn.  His enthusiasm for life is contagious.  He is inquisitive, smart, funny, and loves his brothers (especially Lukie, whom he often says is "his best friend").  He loves tools, trucks, painting, puppies, hockey, and can't wait to start preschool in the fall.

Happy 4th Finn Morse Carrithers!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Haircuts and Landscaping


Soccer began for all three big boys.  This picture is our first practice for Luke and Liam.  Our first game was cancelled due to rain, but hopefully we will have some pictures soon.  

Fun day at the pool with friends


Aiden and his buddies at the pool
John's landscaping project.  We are putting mulch in the front yard and moving all the rock to a flower bed and garden area that John is building in the backyard.  

Removing all the rock in the front yard and transporting to the backyard with the rock vacuum.

There is more than one way to pick up rock!
Liam's long hair.....IS GONE!

Liam is getting it chopped

So much better

He got a big trim for sure

Luke is in the dunk tank at our neighborhood carnival.  We have the carnival each year to raise money for families who have children battling cancer.

Down he goes

Aiden's picture before the haircut!
POST HAIRCUT!!


Looks awesome!
Luke, Liam, and Aiden are enjoying Vacation Bible School at church this week.  Finn and I are enjoying a slightly less chaotic schedule and a bit more quiet during the day.

John began a big landscaping project in our front and backyard about two weeks ago.  We have thankfully made a lot of progress and it is already looking a lot better.  Last weekend we rented a giant machine that picks up rocks.  Many of the flowerbeds in Minnesota are filled with rocks rather than mulch, but we really prefer mulch so we have been trying to move and repurpose all the rock.  As you can imagine, moving rocks one shovel load at a time is a LOT.  It is exhausting work and very time consuming.  John found a machine that you can rent to help us with moving all the rock.  It was still a long process that required a substantial amount of manual labor.  We were also very thankful to have the help of some teenage boys and their Dad.  As of Sunday evening, the rock is officially out of the flower beds, the old bushes have been cleared out, and all we lack is some leveling of the flower beds and then planting the new bushes.

We convinced Aiden and Liam to get new haircuts this week!  We did away with the long hockey hair and they look so much cleaner.  Luke and Finn are not interested in cutting their hair anytime soon, but they both have curly hair like me so I am not sure a different haircut like Liam's or Aiden's would actually work too well.  For the time being, we have two with long hockey hair and two with short hair.