Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Double Digits

Luke and Liam turned 10 on January 11th.  Double Digits!

Just a few minutes after they were born 10 years ago

The first time I held them both after they were born

Popsicles at the beach
Finn and his buddy, Landon, playing while we were having the big birthday party
Finn went to open gym with his buddy, Landon

We skated on the outdoor rink at the birthday party
Hockey games with friends
Hot Chocolate with lots of whip cream, marshmallows, and peppermints
Happy 10th Birthday Luke!  The jerseys were designed to look like their actual hockey jerseys this year
Liam's cake with his hockey number 
Aiden's cake on his North Stars jersey
Knee hockey
Watching knee hockey with buddies
Group Birthday picture!!!  
So silly...
Singing to the boys

TEN.  DOUBLE DIGITS.  Its hard to believe, but Luke and Liam turned 10 last week!  Since they had to go to school and hockey practice on their birthday, we celebrated over several days.  We had a quick dinner on their birthday at a local taco place we all love before we headed over to hockey practice.  Over the weekend, we went to a new restaurant near the Lakes that was really fun and and had great food with about 50 different types of milkshakes and malts to pick from so the boys were sold.

On Martin Luther King holiday, we had a winter birthday party to celebrate Aiden's birthday on Jan. 2 and Luke and Liam's birthday on January 11th.  After much discussion, we opted to do a party very similar to last year.  We went sledding, ice skating, and roasted marshmallows and warmed up with hot chocolate  Despite the brutally cold temperatures, the boys seemed to have a blast.  None of them complained about the cold weather even though John and I slept in sweatpants after the party since we were still trying to warm up.  I am not kidding....It was so cold, in fact, that the marshmallows were starting to freeze before we could get them on the sticks to roast!   Yikes.

Thankfully, a good friend of mine offered to watch Finn so he had a super fun day on his own doing gymnastics and playing at a friend's house.  He really didn't miss anything and the cold weather would have been rough for him since he takes his gloves and hat off every couple of minutes.

It was a great week celebrating Luke, Liam, and cousin Calvin's birthdays and their big milestone of 10 years! birthdays for us until July.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Christmas 2017

Our annual Skate with Santa with the hockey association

Aiden turned EIGHT years old on January 2

Luke and Liam played in a kids vs dads hockey game with their team.  The boys claim they won and I think the dad were just happy that they walked away with no major injuries.  

Sweet gifts from a neighbor friend

Finn got a WILD hat and a WILD jersey/sweatshirt that he loves

Kids vs. Parents game

We had a wonderful Christmas.  So wonderful, in fact, that I haven't posted in a few weeks and I need to sort through our pictures in order to have a decent post.  Nonetheless, it was a fun time with family and friends.  The average temperature in Minnesota over Christmas break was well below zero.

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a very happy 2018!

Monday, December 18, 2017


Its not always such a good idea to put our "Cowboy" elf up so high!!

Aiden's hockey team got the opportunity to skate with the high school boys and Aiden skated with the goalie

Aiden is on the left

Finn was super excited to try on his skates for Santa skate and to go out on Dad's hockey rink

Aiden's team getting ready to skate with the high school boys.  Aiden is second from the left

We went to see Star Wars with some good friends.  They have a middle school daughter who watched Finn for us.

Trying out Daddy's rink for the first time this year

It needs a few more cold days and nights, but overall is in great shape.

Finn trying out his skates
The boys have started their final countdown to Christmas.  Finn, especially is super excited for Santa to make a visit.  He has been following the calendar and searching for the our Elf "Cowboy" every morning.  And, as you can see in the picture above, hiding Cowboy up high isn't always a good plan.

John's ice rink made its debut over the weekend.  The boys were very excited to skate on it.  The rink still needs another day or two of freezing, but overall it is looking good and thankfully all of the water/ice is INSIDE the rink...not on the outside (huge relief).  We are actually hoping for some below zero temps that are expected later this week so it can get a good couple days of freezing.

Aiden's team had the opportunity to skate with one of the nearby high school hockey teams.  It was fun to watch and hard to imagine having kids that old and that BIG in a few years!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Baby, its COLD outside!

Liam is showing me the icesicle that he found in the backyard

And a big chunk of snow and ice

We went to see the movie Wonder!  We read the book over the summer and the movie was so amazing.  Our big take home message, "if given the option of being right or being kind, Choose KIND"

Mimi bought all of us Christmas cookies at the bake sale at church
Temps have dropped in Minnesota.  We have had some snow, ice, and bitter cold.  John began filling the ice rink over the weekend and it is currently freezing, but won't be ready to skate on for several days. We are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and excited to be out of school for awhile!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Christmas Program

Forgot to post this picture last week from our tournament win.  The boy in the middle with yellow shoes is our good friend, Jack Weigel.  We began skating in the backyard with Jack when we were two years old and he's on our team this year.

Finn is showing off his lego tower

That's Liam (black jersey) in the middle taking a decent shot on goal

Luke with the save

Luke in goal.  The white #2 on the opposite team happens to be our neighbor who goes to another school
Flashback to December 2012: Luke and Liam were in the preschool program at Montessori at the same age (4 yrs) as Finn

Aiden, Luke, and Liam (ages 4 and 2) in the Montessori preschool program in December 2012

Luke as Frosty-Dec. 2013 at age 5

Liam-Dec 2013 at age 5

Luke-Dec 2013

Aiden as a penguin-Dec 2013 at age 3

And Aiden as Frosty-Dec 2014 (Aiden was 4 years old)

December 2014-Age 4 years old.  The teacher on the left in the purple sweater is still at Step by Step and teaches in Finn's classroom.

December 2014-As Liam recalls, Aiden spent the entire program messing with the Frosty Hat!!

December 2015-Aiden as a Dreidel at age 5 years in his final year at Montessori.
We missed the 2016 Montessori program, but fast forward to December 2017 and here we are again with Finn.

Luke took this picture of Finn

Finn the Frosty

December 2017 with Finn at 4 years old

Finn as Frosty

Treats after the program
We have attended many Christmas programs at Step by Step Montessori over the last couple of years so I wanted to look back at those this week.  Its funny because not only are we still with the same teachers, we are still wearing some of the same dress clothes!  Note the bowties and the Christmas sweaters along with the white shirts and kaki pants.  It was fun to look back at these.

Finn had his program over the weekend and he loved it.  On the way home, he asked if I wanted to talk about it some more.  He was so proud of himself and had so much fun singing the Christmas songs.