August 2016 was FULL...get ready this is a photo heavy post :)
We found ourselves back at the lake at the beginning of August! My cousin Bailey (who's in college) and his girlfriend decided to come for a visit so my grandparents and us came up too! We all had fun hanging out, grabbing ice cream and celebrating Solon's birthday at the Mall of America.
|We rode the boat to the marina to grab some ice cream...|
|Ice cream is a fan favorite!|
|Vera can get ANYONE wrapped around her finger...Bailey was no exception!|
|Great-Grandma and Lucy enjoyed swinging together|
|We celebrated Solon's (8/7), my dad's (8/21) and my (8/19) birthday|
|We also invited our MN cousins to come over and play with us for the day|
|Maui mat races at sunset...summer at its finest!|
|While at the lake Lucy learned to stand in her "crib"|
Somehow, it became a tradition for Solon to go to MOA for his birthday and he never forgets. We all had the best day. We split up after lunch and everyone did their own thing. We stayed the longest we ever have and the kids got to do all their favorites several times. We got our money's worth!
|Vera can get anyone to ride the rides she wants ;)|
|Good sports along for the ride...Cousin Casen met up with us too!|
Then it was a right of passage for Solon, his first upside down roller coaster. Off he went with my cousins (had he been with us I think we might have chickened out). He came back with the biggest grin and a "that was AWESOME!" He and I did it together later in the day...do you see his little noggin???
|...and more rides while Lucy snuggles with Grandma (they didn't mind ;)|
Then after a fun time at the lake we decided to extend our mom and me road trip and hit up our cousins in MN for a few days. The kids had a blast playing, swimming, going to the park, getting ice cream and just being together :)
|some video gaming...|
|Water balloon fight...|
After our road trip it was time to celebrate Solon's birthday some more with a friend party and a cake on his actual birthday and some swimming with Nana and Papa!
|We hit up the state fair after cousin camp...|
|We spent time with friends having picnics at the park...|
|and going swimming in the afternoons...|
|more park fun...|
|And sonic shakes in our jammies after 8!|
|plenty of downtime at home reading and playing...|
|just another game of guess who...|
|And plenty of play time outside in the pool and riding bikes!|
|How many kids can fit in one baby pool - the answer is at least 3!|
|A trip to the eye doctor for Solon before school starts with a "holding steady" report...|
|And Daddy returned to reefing so we kicked it off having our friends over while their parents went on a date. Squished couches movie night with popcorn :)|
|I stayed busy hosting a back to school breakfast for the staff...|
|And helping with our annual PEO fundraiser the "Back 2 School Ball" where little girls can be princesses and scientists too!|
|Vera got in on the birthday action with a little party prep...|
|A few afternoon neighbor playdates...|
|The kids decided to wash the dishes for me one night...|
|And plenty of snuggles and still nursing twice a day!|
|And we kicked off September decorating for fall...|
|And checking out our halloween costume stash...|
|and a girls night complete with dinner and pedicures with Emilie for our birthdays!|
So glad we get a chance to take a peak back...Happy August 2016!