Summer is quickly approaching it's end. In an effort to make the most of it the last few days have been jam packed with activities.
On Grace's birthday the weather cooperated just enough to visit one of the kids' favorite places, Bookworm Gardens. And this time Todd was able to join us. It was a special treat.
On Friday we drove up to Green Bay for the day. Todd had to check out the new Cabelas (and of course the kids loved looking around too) and then we stopped off at Lambeau Field to check out a sportsmen show. The kids are always thrilled at any opportunity to stop at the stadium so that was a bonus.
After that we checked BAY BEACH off of our "to do" list. We have always meant to take the kids there but have never gone. And, it was also a first for Todd and myself as well. That is really unheard of in these parts as Bay Beach is legendary. For those of you not in the know Bay Beach is an amusement park that has been around since long before my day. In all that time it has maintained the same price of 25 cents to 50 cents for the rides. We were so unaccustomed to such amazing prices that we really overbought on tickets. We figured a family of six might need about $40 in tickets and that more than covered it. They had swings, bumper cars, a scrambler, pony rides, a huge slide, a train, kiddie rides, a carosel, a tilt a whirl, you name it! They even a really nice size roller coaster! We rode every ride at least once and we went on the roller coaster five times in a row. It was the boys' first time (Grace was just a bit too short for the roller coaster this year) on a roller coaster and they are still talking about it. It was an awesome day!
Kaleidoscope. The kids were literally crying with hunger and exhaustion by the time we got to the restaurant. Thankfully, a few kiddie cocktails, some amazing appetizers, and a delicious meal was enough to perk them up.
Overall, I think it was one of the best days we've had all summer.
On Saturday Todd and I attended his cousin's wedding. It took place on a big farm with a beautiful barn. The setting was absolutely gorgeous and so appropriate. You see, Todd's grandma and grandpa owned a huge farm. Todd's mother grew up on the farm with her 13 brothers and sisters and the cousins now operate some of the largest dairy farms in Calumet County. So a farm wedding. Charming. And very appropriate.
The view inside the barn.
Shabby chic decor. Mason jars, flags, and flowers. Each guest even got a mason jar mug for drinks and to take home. Love that.
Hubby and I in the barn.
(please notice my shoes)
There were animals wandering around (a farm, people) and this peacock decided to get in on this picture with us. How perfect is that?
I turned out to be a kind of unofficial photographer that night and I can't tell you how many aunts, uncles, and cousins wanted pictures on this couch. I was happy to oblige but I made them take a couple of Todd and I as well.
The beautiful bride and groom.
A barn dance! AKA- the reception.
It was a gorgeous wedding and I had an absolute blast. Todd's family is just so much fun and the bride and groom are so perfect together. It was lovely.
Remember when I pointed out my shoes in the above picture? I LOVE those shoes. However, I found out that they are not the best shoes to wear for 12 hours in a row when there is lots of walking and dancing. Toward the end of the night I was joking with people that my feet were bloody little stumps (and I am told that the bride even put a note in the invite not to wear high heels- again, the wedding is on a FARM- but I missed that note and I probably would have worn them anyway). Indeed, the next day my feet really were bloody little stumps. I had approximately 6 bandages on my toes just to make it to church. *sigh* The things we do for fashion. FYI- I'd do it again too.
There really was no time to rest my aching feet (which are still sore, swollen, and bloody today, by the way) as we had to head out to our nephew's (and Todd's godson) high school graduation party. It was the perfect day for it. Beautiful sunny weather, lots of games, great food, and awesome people.
I think I'm getting payback for it today, however. The kids have been crazy out of control. But, oh well. Weekends like these don't come around often and they serve as good reminders of how quickly time really does fly by.
The weather is finally supposed to be hot enough to go swimming this week so hopefully we can make it to the lake to make some more wonderful memories before our summer ends. Never can have enough wonderful summer memories.