Monday, June 19, 2017

Grandpa's Visit and Father's Day 2017

Liam at Luke at the All Star Game

Luke and Liam with some other teammates at the all star game

Twins game with Grandpa Morse

Twins game!

Chin up

Liam pitching at the all star game

Finn playing with Grandpa

High Five from TC Bear

Getting ready for the game

Luke got a ball!

Checking things out

Go Twins!!

Running the bases

Happy Father's Day

Base running

Checking out the dugout
We had a super fun weekend of baseball and time spent with Grandpa Morse.  Grandpa arrived on Thursday afternoon in time to eat dinner with all of us and then head to Aiden's baseball game.  On Friday, we enjoyed a pool day with friends and played with Grandpa.  Friday night was the Home Run Derby and All Star Game for Luke and Liam's baseball team.  Liam was selected to play on the All Star Team so we all went to cheer for him.  It was a fun game to watch and very exciting that Liam got to play in it.  On Saturday, Luke and Liam had a regular season game and then we enjoyed a nice dinner in a nearby town on Lake Minnetonka.  The weather was gorgeous for most of the weekend and it was fun to take Grandpa around to all the baseball games.

On Father's Day, we made our annual trip to see the Twins play the Cleveland Indians.  Although they ended up losing the game, it was fun to watch with Grandpa.  We enjoyed lunch, snacks, treats and enjoyed the game.  When the game was over, we went down to run the bases.  It was fun to be on the actual field.  After the game, we headed to a local pizza place with some amazing pizza.  Such a fun weekend with Grandpa!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Last Day of 1st and 3rd Grades

Our first "Pool Friday" with friends on the first day of summer.  This is Finn with his buddy, Landon.  They are holding their "balloon babies" (water balloons).

Our second annual bike to school day

Aiden and his first grade teacher, Ms. Heuer

Finn and Sam rode to school on the back of my bike

Last day of 1st and 3rd grade

Getting on the bus for the last time

First day of 1st and 3rd grades

Luke and Charlie celebrating after the last day of school

Fun Carnival party after school

Pool party with friends over the weekend
We had a very fun final week of school last week.  We are definitely in the summertime mode now although we are still trying to find our routine.  We have a couple camps and various things coming up so we will need to adjust quickly to a new schedule.  It is definitely nice to not have to be up quite so early in the morning and to not have to worry about homework in the afternoons.

We did our second annual bike to school trip right before school let out.  It was a bit of a last minute decision, but the boys really enjoyed it and thankfully the weather was perfect.  Aiden rode the bus with our neighbor, but hopefully he will be ready to make the roughly 3 mile trek next year.  Its a bit of a tricky ride with some busy streets and one big hill to climb.

Although she said she was "keeping things simple this year," Kirsten had her annual last day of school party last week.  She did a carnival themed party and had all kinds of games and things for the kids to do.  She even had the ice cream truck come through so the kids could each buy something.  It wasn't exactly my definition of "simple" as the kids had water gun fights, water balloons, a photo booth, face painting, and many more fun games to pick from.  The boys had a tremendous amount of fun.  Thanks to our friends for organizing a fun event.

We love summer and we are looking forward to many fun days ahead!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Finn's surgery

Getting prepped for surgery

Marshall (from Paw Patrol) is also getting ready for surgery

Very sleepy after surgery in recovery room

Relaxing on the couch after surgery.  Daddy bought him the giant dragon at the hospital
Sticker fun with a gift from his friend, Kathleen
New headphones and a car from Mimi

Bubble Bath

Finn was born with tonsils that are much larger than what is considered normal.  Within the last year, this became an issue when he had a couple ear infections and a few bouts with strep throat.  He had tubes placed in his ears when he was around six months of age and those tubes have worked quite well until a few months ago.

In January, we began noticing that Finn did not seem to be hearing very well.  He wasn't responding when we called his name, he talked to us very loudly, and we had to talk loudly for him to hear us.  After some preschool testing where he failed a basic hearing test, we took him to the ENT.  He failed the hearing test four separate times and we tried several antibiotics and other measures to try to clear his ears and throat that were filled with thick fluid.

Ultimately, the Ear Nose and Throat physician recommended his tonsils and adenoids be removed and a new set of ear tubes would be put in.  This was a pretty aggressive treatment method for his age, but we were all sure that things were not going to get better without doing something drastic.  Finn really couldn't hear anything at all.

His surgery was on June 2 and he's doing amazingly better.  He has been in some pain and has not felt great, but overall he is adapting well.  He comments on how things are so "loud."  The toilet flushing, the airplane in the sky, his brothers playing, the bath water running, the television, etc...  We are so thankful that the surgery thus far has been a huge success for him.  Hoping for a fun summer filled with lots of new and fun adventures for Finn especially now that he can hear so well!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Finn loves a good strawberry smoothie!!

Liam and his school buddies on a field trip recently

Luke and his buddy, Adam, on a field trip.  They were covered in mud when they got home!

Aiden and John at the Memorial Day 5K in our neighborhood

Luke, Liam, and buddy Jack at the 5K

On the to do list....Luke needs a major haircut!  We tried over the weekend, but the haircut place was closed.  

Before the 5K race

Daddy and the boys before the race
We enjoyed a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We didn't really have specific plans, but that was ok.  We enjoyed some down time at the house and some extra time to play outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather.  We had a nice break from any sports activities so no games or practice schedules.  We participated in a very low key neighborhood 5K.  The big boys ran the mile recently at school so they were interested in trying a race similar to the one we did last summer.

Liam was our fastest runner in a time of 22:20!!  yes, that is fast for a 9 year old!!  John and I finished shortly after Liam in around 23:00 minutes.  John was pushing the stroller with Finn and we stopped to make sure Luke and Aiden knew how to follow the random signs throughout the neighborhood after they stopped to walk around 1.5 miles.  Nonetheless, I am not sure either of us had the speed to beat Liam!  Liam is quite the runner, for sure.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hockey and Birthday Parties

Since playing in 5 hockey games and watching your brother in four games isn't enough in three days, you can always come home and rollerblade.  

They make me nervous

Liam's team before their 3rd place victory game!

Go Blue!

Celebrating after a 10-0 shutout and 3rd place win

The other team didn't get many shots off because we played some great defense

3rd place!

Liam also got the MVP award and 3rd place trophy for his team

Liam and his buddies, Alex (left) and Ethan (right)

Celebrating at lunch

We had quite possibly our busiest weekend ever.  I will attempt to record it here because I have a feeling we will surpass this number of games in a few years when Finn and Aiden are a bit older.  Over the weekend, Luke and Liam each played in a different hockey tournament in different places and at different times.  They are on slightly different AAA teams this spring and summer.  While thankfully all of their practices are together, their tournaments are different and sometimes fall on the same weekend.  With the help of friends and a babysitter for Aiden and Finn, we survived.

Liam's team came in 3rd place in the Mountain Dew Blast and Luke's team was challenged by some fierce competition from Canada and ended up in 4th place at the Independent Classic.  Liam's team has a lot of new players this year and has struggled a bit to get things going so it was really fun to see all the hard work pay off for these boys.  Luke and Liam played in a combined 10 hockey games over the weekend with 1 game Thursday, 3 games Friday, 4 games on Saturday (two each), and 2 championship games on Sunday.

Aiden was not without his own agenda for the weekend with a whopping FOUR birthday party invites over the weekend.  It seems that all of Aiden's close buddies were born in the month of May so we made arrangements for a babysitter to stay at the house so Aiden could ride with friends to and from each party.  He had a blast and was exhausted by Sunday night.  Finn, too, had his second birthday party invite.  He attended the 4th birthday party of his buddy, Max, at a local gymnastics gym and loved it.  He, in fact, did not want either John or myself to stay with him since he is so big now.

We had a really fun weekend of hockey with several fun friends and families.  We are taking a break from hockey for awhile and will pick back up at the end of the summer.  For now, its baseball and hopefully a bit more free time.