Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The rest of Iowa Vacation 2014

Slip-n-slide fun:

Jay slip-n-slide:

Andy Slide-Jump-Fail

Andy tells about his first time fishing:

Andy learns to play volleyball:

Other things we did were:
Decorate cookies-

Jay was thrilled with the train grandma got him from a garage sale.

We also visited the "Mater" in town.

Jay caught his first batch of fireflies...and slept with them.

They came up with a new way to skateboard:

We read plenty of these books...
Jay was stoked to split a fancy bakery cookie with Andy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Family Vacation 2014 Day 3, 4 & 5

We had a lot of fun the rest of vacation too! We went to my other favorite place Casey's Bakery one morning for a treat.

We all wore Orange on Saturday to cheer for the Netherlands in the World Cup.
We ate amazing food and desserts all weekend long.

Lori and Christine made a bunch of Strawberry Jam from the strawberries we picked earlier in the week. It is delicious.
Some of the little ones went fishing again

We borrowed this from the neighbors who owned it one day and had a lot of fun.
We made paper bag parachutes with superhero figurines and plastic bags. Uncle Chad even got out the big ladder to throw them from.

Then there was the water slide...HOW FUN!
We had a campfire:

We did some sparklers and Andy burned his finger:

Livia was super cute with the hula hoop and her falling out braids:
Christine and Jay were twins one day:

We played outside with bubbles:
We tried our hand at some archery with a bows and arrows my dad happened to have in his garage.
The guys also did some shooting
and we played frisbee golf in the park. (no pictures from that)
There were plenty of tractor rides (and sitting on the tractor)
Andy chased a bird around for 5 minutes until he actually touched it!
The kids had some breakfast outside.
We hung out, ran around and laughed
Finally, we had a little church service in the living room for ourselves on Sunday. Grandma read some childrens Bible stories and stories that she related to Bible stories
And here is a short clip from worship team rehersal:

 And we did kid awards before everyone left just for fun...
THANK YOU Grandpa and Grandma!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Family Vacation 2014 Day 1 and 2

The first full day we were here, Dad and John took the boys fishing: Andy LOVED it and told stories for days about how he caught a fish and it was "this big!". He would pretend cast and reel...and then yell "I got one!"
Then we had a campfire and played in Grandpa and Grandma's large backyard for hours.
Next we went for rides on Grandpas rug-rat Rod and his lawn mower.
The next day Lori and family came. We started by playing outside with the houses mom made which was so much fun:
The next day we went strawberry picking.
Then we took some candids with the kids:
John and Jay had a great time there.
After that, mom made a phone call to a guy who had a farm and his own train tracks. We came over to his house a bit later and enjoyed his animals, his
Then we went for Ice cream to Wells Blue Bunny!