August 13, 2017 | While D was on a guys’ lake weekend, I saw there was a cool Butterfly Festival happening at a garden/park about an hour away. Once again we grabbed Nana, and made our trek out to the event! First stop when you walked in was a wing-making station…and those wings are still in use today. We probably could have walked out the door after that and she wouldn’t have cared! We went through a set of double-doors to the free-flying butterfly area, and it was amazing. They were huge, and would land right on you! E was convinced that her wings were fooling the other attendees into thinking SHE was a butterfly… 🙂 Eventually we got lost in the garden…and it was like a survival trek to find our car again. E had to potty, as did I, and we were so hungry/thirsty after all of the journeying! There was a woman dressed head-to-toe as a butterfly, and E called her the Butterfly Princess. Her blue wings really made a big impression on E, and she loved her! We will be sure to return next year… 🙂
August 6, 2017 | When there’s a craft fair downtown, E, Mom and I have to go check it out. The Strawberry Swing has all sorts of fun handmade things, and E was thrilled to pick out a necklace and a couple of bracelets from Hazel & Ollie. Emily is the best! There was a food truck with the most amazing soup/bread (that took forever) but E got to wander around the Nelson a bit to find a picnic spot. Since we parked in the same lot of Kauffman Gardens for the shuttle, we thought a quick walk through the flowers was in order too. E liked the flowers, but the resident CAT was her favorite. 🙂
That night we hosted the C family for a cookout…Jenni and I talked so much that I only took one photos of the kids out back!
July 24, 2017 | Sometimes E is a bit of a homebody, which I don’t mind too much, but I also like for her to see different things! Especially downtown, and this Monday it was time to ride the street car. It was free, and the original plan was to ride to the Rivermarket. But she heard the announcer say we were passing the Library, so I had no chance of getting her past that. Turns out the downtown library is incredible! Not only is the building gorgeous, but they had all sorts of activities and cool books. Since we were right by Crown Center, why not stop in for the free Thomas the Train exhibit?! I had originally told her that we were going to eat at the Train restaurant (Fritz’s) but on the way in the line was a mile long. After Thomas, we returned and the line was even LONGER, so I had a heart-to-heart with her about choosing another spot with no line. I was completely impressed with how she handled it. She admitted that it was sad, but we got to eat our food right away! I really love our days together, and when we got home D took her out back where she loves to play with lizards in the pond. She could be out there for hours!
July 8, 2017 | Pizzas, fire engines, ice cream cake…oh, and CARS! A perfect day for B. 🙂 E couldn’t have been any closer to the gift-opening if she tried. I love seeing her grow up/comprehend what’s going on (she only pulled out ONE of his gifts from the bag), and make sure he played with the toys first before her turn. Pat was so nice, she brought a gift for E as well; a Minion! I think we may have to show E the movie tonight now…
J whipped-up an incredible Whiskey/Aperol drink — before we ate lunch #PARTY. After all of the food/gifts we let the kiddos loose in the backyard with the pool/slides/water table. C just wanted to dive her face into the pool, so everyone was on high-alert with her! B took a fall that we thought might be serious, but after throwing a balloon at me while I was holding the ice on his knee the tears stopped completely…stinker… 🙂 Such a fun family day with the whole crew!
July 4, 2017 | We always head to the lake for July 4th, and always enjoy some lame beautiful fireworks! This year she really got into the smoke bombs…a LOT. But I even convinced her to hold a few sparklers! We got the boat cleaned/in the water for the first time this season, and brother Bruce even helped! He didn’t want a ride, but we managed to get a couple of rides in. I think E tries to avoid the boat because she knows it always puts her to sleep… 🙂
We did let E swim a bit by herself off the boat, which was both exciting and crazy. Is she old enough for that?! But she loved it! Seriously, when did she get so big. I love watching her swim and jump into the water. Such a great weekend!
Then we returned home, and went to my parents house for a little cook-out. My sister purchased some small fireworks (not legal in our city) and thought she’d be sly and set them off in the backyard. Only the ladybug firework was loud, insane, and flew OVER the houses…even the kids were concerned!! LOL
June 18, 2017 | Since I hosted for Mother’s Day, Abbey agreed to host the whole clan for Father’s Day! The weather was lovely, so bubbles outside were perfect. It’s pretty fun seeing the kiddos grow up and have so much fun together. After the event, I asked Dad for a few photos in front of a tree across the street. It was well overdue! Then E needed a photo with her Dad…but it was almost impossible to tear her away from the mostly-dead WORM on the ground. EEEW!
May 26, 2017 | Turning 92 is a BIG DEAL, so we thought we should take three little kids to a sophisticated/higher-end restaurant…ha! Etch-a-Sketch was surprisingly fun for the toddlers…and great-grandpa… 🙂 Overall they did ok, but E had her share of tantrums and Cha-Cha just didn’t want to be confined. At least one kiddo made it to the candle & singing! Thankful for a hostess that didn’t mind coming outdoors to take a group photo…inside it was SO DARK I couldn’t do it at the table. I only had to swap two heads in the group, and remove a handicap sign! #worthit