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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

French Manicure for Paige

Andrea is getting everything ready for our Costa Rica trip. We got our passports, TSA pre-check, waterproof clothing, water shoes, etc. Andrea was also planning to get her nails done before the trip and decided it would be fun for Paige to do hers as well. Paige has been wanting a french manicure for a while and her nails were just long enough for it to work. She was super excited to show me when she got home and we snapped a quick pic of her with her fancy nails. Hopefully they last more than a day!

Father's Day 2018

Sunday was Father's Day and we celebrated by getting our kids back from Grandma and Grandpa. We took everyone to lunch at Barbara Jeans and then came back to our house. Andrea and I picked out some goodies for Father's Day and Mother's Day for Grandpa and Grandma (they were on a cruise over Mother's Day). The kids made me some nice cards, and Andrea picked me up some tasty macaroons and some nice shirts.

Week at Camp Grandma and Grandpa Vernon's

This past week, the kids spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa for a week. It's the second year they've done it, and it's a nice time for them to spend time with their grandparents and it's perfect over the summer. Andrea planned for them to also be involved in a couple unique camps during the day that were close to Grandma and Grandpa's house. Paige did an art camp, and Connor did a basketball camp at the Creekside high school.

Each day after camp, Paige would pose with her creations from art camp and Grandma and Grandpa would take a pic.

Connor enjoyed his basketball camp throughout the week and on Thursday they had a playoff elimination game. Grandma and Grandpa went to watch, but unfortunately they started a little earlier than scheduled and Connor's team was eliminated in the first round.

Connor had fun at the camp and got some good feedback from the coaches.

On Friday, the kids didn't have a camp day scheduled, and Grandma and Grandpa took them to the zoo. It was a hot day, but they enjoyed seeing all the animals.

The best part for the kids was probably all the puppy dogs. Although Pixie is no longer with us, Grandma did have some neighbor dogs over for one day and the kids got lots of puppy time with them.

Thanks to Grandpa and Grandma for making their week special and memorable!

Anniversary weekend

Andrea and I were home alone this past week since the kids and dog were at "Camp Grandma and Grandpa Vernon" last week. During the week, I worked like normal, and we spent our evenings together. We went to the beach a couple of times to walk together, went to Barbara Jeans a couple of times to eat peach cobbler, and enjoyed our adult time together. On Friday afternoon we drove to Amelia Island for a weekend at the Omni. Our 14th wedding anniversary was Monday, so we celebrated just a little early over the weekend.

On Saturday morning we went out and did some "Pedal Boarding" through the marsh. It was a nice way to move through the water and it wasn't too difficult. We managed to stay upright through the adventure and it was fun, although we liked the motorized boat tour we'd done in the past a bit better.

Saturday night, we went to "Steak Out" and had our favorite steak dinner. It was a fun time together and I appreciate Andrea planning it and putting it together for us.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Connor's UNF tennis camp

Connor attended the UNF tennis camp last week. He had a few of his buddies there as well, and knew a few of the other kids from previous tennis matches and from school. He did have a good time, although we were a little disappointed with the lunches and with the matchups setup for Connor. The weather was already getting pretty hot, but thankfully it didn't rain him out any days.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kansas City visit for Drew's Graduation

This past week we went to Kansas City to celebrate Drew's high school graduation and Graydon's 6th birthday. We flew in on Friday, and Amanda picked us up super early from the airport. Grandma Genie and Drew met us at McAlister's Deli for lunch, and we got our visit off to the right start with some yummy food and sweet tea.

On Saturday, we had a big day planned. Drew's graduation party would be in the early afternoon followed by the Herrick family reunion. It was all back to back at the Rudolph's house, and they had it decorated nicely and also had a bounce house for the kids. 

There were lots of guests, and Karen had the Anders side get together for some group photos.

Afterwards, we took some pics of Andrea with her Mom and sisters, and a few family shots.

The kids loved the bounce house out back. It was pretty hot, but it was super big with a nice slide.

Paige made fast friends with the Rudolph's cousin Janalee.

In the late afternoon, the Graduation party slowly turned in to the Herrick Reunion as the guests changed.

We snapped a few group pictures outside with the Herrick group.

The party went pretty late, and it was fun to see Uncle Nate playing with all his nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. I crowned him the "Fun Uncle", or "Funcle" for short.

On Sunday, we all got dressed up for Drew's graduation ceremony. We drove downtown and thankfully the Rudolphs had saved us some great seats near the front of the auditorium.

The ceremony wasn't too long considering how many students attended, however it was a little disappointing that the acoustics were awful where we were seated. I guess the students could hear ok, but we had such terrible echoing that I couldn't understand almost anything.

We all cheered for Drew and it was really neat that he and another senior classmate led the entire assembly in the Blue Springs school song to close out the ceremony.

We jumped up on stage after the ceremony to get some pics with our newest high school grad.

On Monday, Memorial Day, we went to Amanda's house to celebrate Graydon's 6th birthday. 

After the party we went back to Grandma's to play outside and for dinner.

On Tuesday, we went to Moments and Memories for family photos. We haven't seen how they turned out yet, but she always does such a great job, we're sure there will be some nice ones.

Nate had to work hard to get the kids to laugh.

On Wednesday evening, we all went to the Royals game. They played the Twins and won the game 11-8. It was a perfect night to see baseball, and the kids enjoyed the yummy food and snacks.

Friday, some of the family went to Summit Waves water park for Graydon's actual birthday. It was a pretty fun time for everyone except for the traumatic moment when Graydon got stuck in the waterslide. Paige came down, then Connor, and then after a long pause everyone could hear Graydon screaming for help. The slide was a dark enclosed tube and due to his raft was being a little overinflated, coupled with his small size, it got stuck in the slide. It took the staff quite a while to get the water shut off, and eventually Graydon was able to scoot his way out of the slide. Everyone was a bit shaken up by it, but enjoyed the rest of the day.

On Friday morning, I went with Connor, Nate, and Drew to play some tennis. We played about and hour and a half, with Connor and Drew playing a set of singles, Nate and I playing a set of singles, and then some doubles with the dads against the kids. 

There were a lot of other things that we did throughout the week, but those were the main points. I've got a few random pics from the week that I also wanted to drop in to the blog below.

The kids liked seeing pics of Andrea's childhood puppy dog, Socks.

On Saturday, June 2nd, we flew home early in the morning. The flights to KC and back were so easy this time around. It's amazing how much simpler it is to travel with kids that are 11 and 8. It was nice to see everyone and to spend some great quality time with family. I was still able to work throughout the week, so didn't have to miss any work days, which was convenient as well. Everyone enjoyed that the Anders, Gobles, and Rudolphs live so close together. We would often walk between the houses, meet at the pool, or get together more easily than ever before. Grandma's house has come together so well since she moved in last year. Her kitchen is looking great, she has a nice patio outside, she's setup the downstairs as a guest space that is perfect for us, and it's so comfortable. We are so happy that everyone was healthy and the entire visit went so well. We are proud of Drew for graduating, loved seeing Graydon on his birthday, and it was awesome that we got to share the experience with everyone.