Lots to cover here! Lets start with Mother’s Day. We went to eat at the lovely and fabulous Prairie Bay in Brainerd, did some shopping and then came home to spend the day outside. Winter has FINALLY left! I think. Here are the kiddies on the beach posing for me.
Dylan’s idea to do the feet thing (I know what you’re thinking, “REALLY?!?!”).
We put the dock in!
The kids got very dirty. Shocking, I know.
I made them get cleaned up to take a picture with me. Dylan was playing hard to get.
Then, out of nowhere, it was 90+ degrees. I believe we had snowflakes a few days before this? Yes? Or am I delusional from all the snow we had? That could be.
Here are some of my purdy flowers.
Here’s a visit to Dylan at school. This was the school picnic day. Avery and I stayed for a bit to watch them play during recess. It was raining outside. Like it does.
Avery always feels very at home in Dylan’s K class. She just jumps right in!
Hey! We put the pontoon in! Like 60 days later than last year! Serious!
She said to me later, “I knew you were taking my picture, so I smiled!”
While they were getting the pontoon launched, I followed around this little beauty for a photo shoot. Its a Scarlet Tanager. And it apparently is lazy. He didn’t seem to care about me getting close to him. So I took a ton of pictures. Don’t mind if I do!
I have since learned, that one of the neighborhood riff raff murdered this little fellow or one of his friends. The search for the perpetrator is still on. Probably a small brown cat or a big brownish red dog. I’m going to paper the neighborhood with their pictures. They must be prosecuted!
Here is Dylan’s Kindergarten picnic/graduation. Here he is shaking his teacher’s hand as she congratulates him for graduating with honors from Kindergarten. 😉
We loved Mrs Vagts – couldn’t have asked for a better 1st teacher for Dylan. He just adored her and he learned so much this past year. I think he’s really going to miss her.
Moving on – now we’re up at Maple Lake for Memorial Day Weekend (welcome summer!?) and the first of 3 birthday celebrations for Miss Avery.
Hennie was there!
Mimi was there!
Avos was there!
I thought Dylan was there, but I can’t seem to see him in this big pile of branches?
Hey! There’s Reed, he was there! Oh and I guess I see Dylan now. He was there. Very busy with his cousins, so I barely saw him or spoke with him. He was in a perpetual state of extreme dirtiness.
Avery and one of her best friends (Kelli/Mimi) relaxing.
Finally, after having been made to WAIT ALL DAY for the party (Lulu and Gpa Danny were working – suckers!) it was finally time for the party. Avery ran upstairs and put on her party dress!
Present opening time! AKA, time for me to get a bunch of pictures of the back of the gift recipient’s head!
Here is the cake we selected for this particular party. Since there are like 50 people in this family, we opted for the Costco sized cake, from, where else – Costco!
Cake time! Please note her sign, that Mimi and I made.
I like how Easton and Addi are waiting to swoop in and help her should she need help. The 4 year old muskateers – always looking out for each other!
Avery got a fishing pole from Mimi for her bday and wanted to try it out right away!
First fish of the year!
As always, the kids spent a good portion of the time running down the many batteries in the Pow, Pow, Power Wheels vehicles. (who remembers those commercials?)
Gpa Danny and the tids.
And finally, the last day of school!
Here’s the comparison shot! Can’t believe how fast it went. He’s now a 1st grader! 😦 A taller, 1 less tooth kid who can now read and write. Time is going too fast.
The last day for Kindergarteners is called Kinder Friend Day and they have a processional with all the Kindergartener’s in the Brainerd/Nisswa district – the class of 2025! Here comes Harrison Elementary’s K classes!
And there is Dylan!
He was chosen by his teacher to hold the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. I didn’t know this until I picked him up from school at the end of the day. I am apparently too short! I couldn’t see!!!! So, I missed it. Luckily, I was able to snag these photos online! Yessssssssss
Here he is singing with his classmates some of the songs they had practiced for the day.
After Kinder Friend Day was over (for the spectators anyway) Avery and I walked back to the car and stopped at the “Mippysippy Rivuh!” (Mississippi River) She was pretty pumped. She loves to yell out, “There’s the Mippysippy Rivvuhhhhh!” everytime we cross over it. So today she finally got her chance to see it up close. Just her luck that I had the camera with! 🙂
After the school day was through, we picked up Dylan from school. I made him take a picture in front of his bus since he wouldn’t be riding it home anymore.
And a final picture in front of his school. Goodbye til next year Harrison!
That is all for this installment! Join us next time for Avery’s bday, parts 2 and 3. : )