Summer Fun

It was a whirlwind summer and I had an amazing time…

Activities with the Little One’s. 

One of the biggest reason’s I come home, especially at Christmas, is to see my little people. We did lot’s of activities this summer and had a great time.




Played with Lego’s on a light board.


Indoor climbing fun zone.


Played with blocks at the learning museum.


Went on carnival rides.


Played pie face.


Went down the slide…about 5 times.


Had a bad attitude because she didn’t want her birthday picture taken.


Was all smiles after picking out her birthday present – Peppa Pig’s camper.


Grumpy face…


Happy face!


Played at home…a lot!

St. Louis for a Bachelorette Party

My soon to be sister-in-law had her bachelorette party in St. Louis so my BFF and I headed down for a night out.


Best decision ever….taking the train!


With the soon to be bride


Out in ballpark village – looking into Busch stadium from the balcony. This place is awesome!


Reserved – that’s us!


Bar area upstairs looking into Busch Stadium. Awesome – even if this is where the Cards play 😉


In a word – Amazing! I was lucky enough to travel with Autum again. Her parent’s are living there so we stayed with them and they did a great job of playing tour guide and taxi. We stayed for ten days and did so much in that short amount of time.

The diving was great. We did two dives, well actually I only did one. I got super sea sick, which I never have before so I sat the second one out. We made a lot of touristy stops such as The Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Culture Center but also went to local beaches and hangouts. Pearl Harbor was amazing and very somber at the same time. The entire place is set up very nicely and gives you so much background information. I walked away with a much better understanding of the events leading up to, the day of and what came from Pearl Harbor. The Polynesian Culture center was very cool. We watched a show that featured dancing, fire dancing and a story of local culture. We hung out at a few different beaches and saw the most beautiful landscapes. My favorite part of Hawaii, Oahu to be exact because that is the island we were on, is that one side has beautiful beaches, one side has huge, beautiful mountains and in certain places in the middle there are forests.


Morning of our dives – what an awesome looking sky!


My view for the second dive…Got sea sick, puked over the side of the boat and got fried by the sun.


Arriving in Hawaii – Aloha!


Coffee plantation


Dole plantation


Another great sunset on the way home


What a view!


At the Polynesian Culture Center – yes we are all matching 🙂


The Arizona at Pearl Harbor


Total tourist – sunburned, local Hawaiian wear, and headphones on for the tour!

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Wreck Dive – upside down barge. This view is coming out from under it.

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St. Joseph’s, Michigan with the kids

We took a short weekend trip with three adults and four kids. We played at the beach, swam in the hotel pool, ate at a pizza place that was in the train station, rode on the indoor ferris wheel and then headed home. It was a nice little weekend trip.


Everyone all loaded in the mini van.


On the indoor ferris wheel while we waited to go eat pizza in a train station.

Jesse & Lisa Brenwall

Jesse and Lisa got married July 23rd. I went down the week of the wedding to hang out and to help out with anything that I could. It was nice to hang out with Jesse and Lisa before the wedding. We went out to eat with friends, watched t.v. and planned honeymoon activities. The wedding was amazing, Lisa was beautiful and it was a great reception. Jesse and Lisa headed to St. Lucia for their honeymoon. And now I have a sister!


The family at rehearsal dinner.


Steph and her brother from another mother 🙂


The happy couple 🙂

Cubs Game!

For a thank you gift, Jesse and Lisa got me Cubs tickets. Jesse was able to upgrade me thanks to his good friend Jackie who had better seats. These tickets were from her work so I figured they were good but did not realize how good they exactly were. The Cubs were playing the White Sox at Wrigley so it was a perfect game to take my BFF with (she’s a Sox fan). We found a sweet parking spot a block from the field that was easy in/easy out, had a bathroom and the guy was super nice. Once we got to our seats we realized how amazing they were. It was a great game, a little slow until about the 6th inning when the Cubs blew it open. There were a couple homers so I was up cheering and high fiving people. It was so awesome.


Wrigley Field


The new jumbo screen – not as bad as I thought it would be.


Jim Harbaugh threw out the first pitch.


Charles Tillman sang at the seventh inning stretch. Dwyne Wade was also there in a skybox.


We were 6 rows up from the Cubs bullpen. It was crazy close.


Cubs won 8-1

Brandy’s In Charge

In March my BFF asked me if I would watch the girls while they go to Boston for a few days for their honeymoon in August. Of course was my answer as I was silently freaking out at the fact that I would be by myself and in charge. I’m glad it was at the end of summer so if gave me time to get my feet wet with these kids on a full time basis. It actually wasn’t that bad, I can say that now that’s it’s over. I only completely freaked out once and wanted to loose my mind about three times. Steph’s response to that was “oh that’s not bad”.  The first day we stayed home, Raegan woke up with a swollen eye due to a mosquito bite. The second day we also stayed home but had some visitors. The third day was jam packed with going to gym time, lunch, and then ice cream after dinner. We took a bath every night because they are always sticky – always, all the time! In the end it was a good experience, next year will be better with the little one being older or it could be completely worse who knows that’s the fun with kids you never know when they will loose their shit!


Having a tea party – yes I put those braids in her hair and yes I clearly need some practice.


Sitting in a tub, I’m not even sure if she has pants on.


We take naps where ever we fall


Or where ever they will fall asleep


Watching Monster’s University. We alternated between this and Monster’s Inc. on repeat for three days.


Dairy Queen


Every summer and winter when I come home I am fortunate enough to get a few days with friends that I taught with at the high school. They are all busy with their own lives but make time to hang out and we even keep in touch all year though messaging, thank goodness for technology. This year we decided to go to Milwaukee for two nights. We drank, went out, went to a Brewer’s game, went out some more, drank some more – it was awesome! Love you girls!


Milwaukee we are here!


Small guy with my bloody mary – amazing.




Henry’s hard ginger ale is awesome taste like a Moscow Mule which I just found out was a thing!


At a Brewer’s game – Mille Park was awesome!


The end of the summer came quick as it always does but I can honestly say that it was a great summer filled with great memories. Now it’s back to school.

Later skaters






  1. I love reading this! Makes me smile and tear up at the same time! Glad you had a great summer and I’m thankful we were able to see eachother! Have a great school year! See you in December!

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