Friday, August 15, 2014

Dream League Baseball

Bryson had another successful baseball season.  He just loves playing the game and loves reenacting what he sees the professional players do on ESPN.  Ashlyn also looked forward to every Saturday because it meant she got to spend a whole hour playing on the playground right next to the baseball field.
 This is how Bryson "slid" into base every single a very slow motion fashion:
Getting some Sonic drinks with some friends after one of his games:
Wool E. Bull showed up to pass out trophies during the final game of the season:
 Getting Wool E. Bull's autograph on his hat:
Bryson and one of his buddies:
He is already looking forward to playing again next year!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Washington D.C. with Cousins!!

We got to take a really fun trip to Washington D.C. in the middle of June.  This was so exciting because not only were we getting to travel somewhere just 3 weeks before our baby was coming, but we were going to meet up with Zane's brother and his wife and kids!  It has been a couple years since we have all seen each other so everyone was looking forward to having a couple days to just hang out and let the cousins play.  We all met up with each other at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
We loved watching this panda bear:
It was extremely hot outside so all of the kids enjoyed these misters they had set up around the zoo:
Our big group of animals checking out the barn animals - Ha ha!
These cousins got this play area all to themselves while us parents got to sit in the shade and rest for a few minutes:
We ended our day by grabbing dinner and eating out by our hotel's swimming pool so the kids could swim.  Then it was off to bed so we could all be well rested for our next day of being tourists around D.C.

The following morning we took over the hotel's waffle maker and breakfast room before heading into D.C.

White House:
Heading up to the Washington Monument:
Ashlyn loved all the girls she had to play with and told us she wanted to be part of their family so she always had other girls around.  Ha!
We also spent some time in the Holocaust Museum and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing:
Unfortunately,  after lots of walking, it was already time for us all to head home.  We had a great trip and loved getting to spend time with our family!!  This was so sweet to see as we walked to our vehicles:
As we were driving home, Zane noticed a Friendly's restaurant at one of the exits.  Bryson, Ashlyn, and I went to Friendly's when we were in Ohio a few months ago and they absolutely loved it.  They have told Zane many times that they need to take him one day so he can experience the food and ice cream.  :)  As expected, they were so excited when we pulled into the parking lot:
And just like they remembered, the food and ice cream did not disappoint!!  :)
This was a great end to an amazing (but WAY too short) vacation!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

4th of July

It's no secret that our kids have been wanting a dog for a long, long time, so they were so excited when we got to help out some friends by watching their dog over 4th of July weekend.  While we really only needed to feed the dog, let her out each morning, and bring her in each evening, the kids enjoyed staying for a while to play with her too.  It definitely occupied their minds and kept them busy over the weekend so they weren't constantly asking about fireworks!:
I think they wore each other out:
Unfortunately there were no fireworks at the location we usually go to and I was only 5 days away from having a baby so I had no desire to go sit in the heat outside and wait for fireworks somewhere new this year.  I made up for that by making cookies with the kids.  They each made their own batch so we had plenty to bake and also some balls of dough to freeze!
 Once the sun started going down, Zane pulled out the sparklers and small fireworks:
The kids seemed to love their calm, laid back 4th of July weekend!!