Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Silver Laking

Spring's been teasing us with some warm days here and there. While I'm pretty sure we're at a point where it's not going to get chilly again, it's been touch and go for a couple of months. One of our warm days, one of the kids thought of going to the beach. Once spoken, then there was no stopping the boys' desire. So, to the beach! Here's a few snippets (and I have a problem, I cannot stop with the black and white beach photos, I love 'em)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Hi! I'm Liam! I just turned six years old!

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I'm full of life and still love to be impressive. I like learning new things and exploring ideas. My mom is always impressed by my ability to come up with and then complete creative projects.

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While I sometimes don't have the most patience with my brothers, I'm a very nice friend and am always so excited when my friends do something good or exciting. And I adore my sister! Carrying her around is one of my favorite things!

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I really like to build things, be it with blocks or dominos or legos or hot wheels tracks. I'm a great student and love learning all sorts of subjects. But that doesn't mean I've forgotten my silly side- I can make the best of them giggle. Dash especially.

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Hi! I'm Dash! I just turned six years old!

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I'm a sweet boy who soaks up the best of life. While I can certainly have a good emotional meltdown when I'm frustrated by a brother, I'm generally a very kind-hearted, kind kid. I'm a really good friend and I can't get enough of my baby sister! It makes my day when she smiles at me.

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I love reading books where I get to learn new things. I do a great job in school! When I read, I like to make sure I read tricky words carefully so don't make mistakes. I like building too and making cool contraptions and mazes.

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I can be such a silly kid, making jokes, giggling with Liam, doing crazy dances. I love to make people smile. Happiness is my favorite!

Happy birthday, Liam and Dash!

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Bonus wish-making photo of Grey!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fargo Children's

The Fargo's Children Museum is a big house converted into a kid's wonderland. The kids had a blast and suprisingly (not) didn't want to stay all together, so Sean and I would follow a couple kids each and switch every now and then. I'm such an amazing mother that I took the same number of pictures of each child! So let's go through it person by person.

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Grey's going to make an excellent farmer one day.

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Or, perhaps, a cowboy.

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Just make sure there's a bubble wall in his life. He has the cheeks for it.

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Liam can't resist a map challenge, even if the state shapes are a little peculiar.

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Trying his hand at cowboyin' too.

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The original selfie.

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Dash is a bee with attitude.

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There were lots of musical instruments to try but I think the organ was a favorite. My grandparents had one and I always loved playing with it when we visited.

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Controlling the marble maze- so much power, ha ha ha.

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On the short drive from the air museum to the children's museum, Wren took about a 30-second nap and didn't go back to sleep once we got her out of the car. What a morning nap!

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She did remarkably well being carted around and occasionally having a chance to play too.

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And once we started driving back home, she took a nice long car nap. Phew.

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North Dakota, check!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Fargo Air

Growing up, we usually went on vacation via the car trip. And anytime I entered a state I had not yet visited, I got to color in that state on my very own state map, so I could keep track of each state I've entered.

Wouldn't you know it, Sean's family kept track of their visited states, too. Now it's a tradition that we're doing with our kids!

You know what's a tricky state to log? North Dakota. Not a whole lot of exciting things happening in that state. Way up north. In fact, there are North Dakota visitor centers that have shirts celebrating people getting their 50th state- they know. They know their state isn't the most enticing.

But do you know what it borders? Minnesota. So, gosh, we had to take a trip. I'd apparently visited the state when I was very young but the rest of my family has not.

To Fargo.

We drove over on a Friday, had some dinner, and played the night away at the hotel pool. The next day we hit up a couple fun venues before heading back home. First, we scoped out the Fargo Air Museum. Super cool planes, tricky keeping the kids from climbing into them.

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Ha! These boys are the funniest.

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Little Man found a cool motorcycle that he told us all about.

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(model plane, not the real thing)

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The drone was one of everyone's favorites.

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It was very much Wren's naptime so we thought she might fall asleep. That was a very silly expectation.

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Keeping his smile on despite a few time outs. Oh, what a three-year-old.

Coming up, a children's museum!