Monday, November 23, 2015

Slammers Game

We left New York in enough time to make it to a Slammers game in Joliet.  We got a great deal for the tickets and they were already purchased when I found out that it was Princess Night at the ballpark. Ha!  Since we were meeting Sophie there I went out quickly and bought a tiara and some jewelry for Sophie and the boys to share.  That didn't go over well. With any of them.  I had a good laugh though.

 Gus was ready.  He even had a glove to match his outfit!

 John is always enthusiastic.

 Sophie hates that I take pictures all of the time.  She usually tries to block me as she is now. But look at those eyes...she is enjoying it.

 We did actually watch a little of the game.

These two just love each other.  Sophie really loves Anders because she shared her slushy with him and she is a major germaphobe.

No tiaras, princess dresses, or jewelry were worn...but we all had a great time at the ballpark.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Three Rivers Fest

Right after we came back from New York it was time for the annual Three Rivers Fest. We decided to amp it up this year and actually decorate our float for the parade.

 Everyone was put to work stapling streamers and blowing up the balloons.

  Our banner was designed by my brother Mark.

 Everybody was festive and having fun.
I love our congregation.

 These two are the best of friends.
I don't know why these two always look so pained in pictures together.

 These two munchkins have become good friends too.  Colton and Anders are actually in the same class at school this year and get along very well.

 Sophie is not as peppy as I am.
This is the look she gives me when I'm being too peppy...or taking too many pictures.

 While we were waiting for the parade to start Logan and Gus spotted a minion.  I'm sure they could tell you which minion this is...but they are all the same to me.

 We really wanted to step up our game this year.  Along with actually decorating our float Hans and some other members passed out ice pops along the parade route.  So Hans pushed this ice cream cart the whole way.  It was a big hit.

 So we had people on the float throwing candy and walkers passing out ice pops and pencils.  I'd say it was pretty successful.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Strong Museum

One of the days while in New York we drove into Rochester and went to The Strong Museum.  This place was amazing!  I think we spent 5 hours there, but it was not enough. (Editor's note: Yes, it was.)

 This room made you into Lego-type figures that move around.  The boys had a great time dancing and watching themselves.

 I had to pry them away from every exhibit so they could at least see half of the museum.

 We had to take our picture in front of the Sesame Street door.

 As you can tell this wasn't as exciting as the other activities.

 I'm not sure what happened right before this.  Although I'm sure the wind just blew the wrong way.  As you can see, Anders was in a mood.  Shocker, I know.

 Hans made friends with a troll.

 John wanted to do the same thing as his dad.  And this must be what his dad's facial expressions look like to him.  Love it.

 Anything art the boys are game.  These light tables are so simple and yet kept them captivated for a long time.

The museum also had a pretend grocery store.  The kids could take little carts, shop for things, and check out themselves.  Gus loved using the register and even put on the store manager apron and talked on the intercom.  

We ended the day by getting milkshakes.  That was the only thing that was going to get these kids to leave.