Monday, April 2, 2012

spring break (or is it summer?!)

If it weren't for the fact that our weather has been unseasonably warm this past winter, I would've thought yesterday's weather was some kind of April Fool's joke.  87 degrees! On April 1st!  No kidding.  We even had to get our kiddie pool out to cool off.  I'm sure you all have been experiencing similar weather too.  I LOVE IT!!!

So, anyways, Addie and Chad had spring break a few weeks ago and it was so fun to get to hang out as a family for a week!  Here are a few of our highlights:

We headed down to my hometown of Oskaloosa on Sunday night because we had a tax appointment on Monday.  I know, it's crazy we drive over an hour to have our taxes done, but we just love our tax guy! And he's very inexpensive :)

The kids had fun checking out Baba Cornie's big truck.

He even let them drive it! ;)

 This is my truck driver face.

 We didn't trust Chad to drive it by himself, so Tate helped him out.

 On Monday we headed out to the big wooden playground with Nana.

 My favorite part of the playground is the "old school" part.  This is what I remember playing on when I was a kid.
It's so fun seeing my kids doing the same things I did when I was little.

Back home on Monday night.  Chad spent the next 3 days working on finishing the basement (I'll show those pics in a later post!).  So we set aside Friday for some more family fun.

We took the kids to the mall for a surprise bowling trip.  Although they didn't know there was a bowling alley in the mall, so they thought our "surprise" was watching these bunnies.  I think they were a little disappointed. We played along for awhile and then took them to our real surprise! :)

Our first family bowling adventure!

There's more than one way to get a strike!

After bowling, we headed downtown to tour the state capitol (or the "palace" as Tate calls it). 

What is everyone looking at?

Ah, the top of the dome.  Beautiful!
Gotta love free tours!

I thought this case of first lady dolls was very interesting.  They're all dolls of the governor's wife from every term wearing their inaugural ball gowns.  So if we ever have a female governor, they'll make a male doll for her husband.  Wonder if that guy will be a little humiliated? ;)

We were lucky enough to even get to see the governor's office.

My favorite room was probably the library.  Stunning.

Here we are in the House of Representatives.  Cool to see the room where lots of important stuff goes down.

 Chad and Addie got to go all the way to the top of the dome, but Millie and Tate weren't old enough, so we hung out below.

Addie thought that was quite a treat! I tried to get a pic of them at the top, but couldn't get the camera to work. :(

 Playing around on the capitol lawn.

Saturday night, we headed back to Oskaloosa to go to my cousin's son, TJ's, fundraiser.  If you don't know what I'm referring to, check out my last post for a link to his CaringBridge site.  He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just a few months ago and is already in Hospice preparing to go home to heaven.  Truly heartbreaking, but I encourage you to read his CaringBridge page.  It's so full of hope.  His parents are truly amazing! 

 So, back to the fundraiser... here's my niece Taryn and Millie showing off their "TJ Tough" bracelets.

 Tate hangin' out with my brother Travis and my dad.
Addie and Kaiden were there somewhere too, they were just too busy to get a good picture of!

Lots of fun inflatables for the kids.  And Tyler Sash was there signing autographs!  (He's our hometown hero who plays for the NY Giants who just won the SuperBowl. Pretty cool!)  Turns out there were over 6,000 people there that night!

It was so great to see all the support for TJ!  

Eventually Sunday came around, signaling our last day of spring break.  So we headed out to the Circus for one last hurrah!

It had everything a circus needs... trapeze artists,

tigers jumping through rings of fire,

clowns (the freakiest part for me),

crazy guys who like to defy death in balancing acts,

13 year old girls doing tricks on prancing horses,

and this guy,

balancing elephants,

and impressed onlookers.

So, that was our Spring Break 2012! Hope you had an enjoyable one as well.  And enjoy this summer weather! :)


This Heavenly Life said...

Your kids are getting so grown UP!! What a fun spring break you guys had -- lucky!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Can you get free tours at the Capitol any day or was that a special spring break thing? Definitely something I want to keep in mind for when the girls are older...not sure they'd appreciate it now although Lily would probably love those first lady dolls! :)

Also, we have a lady in Ogden do our taxes by I don't think you're crazy for going to Oskaloosa! She does an amazing job and is super cheap -- it's definitely worth a little extra hassle when you find somebody like that :)