Our Life in Pictures
We had a great trip to visit Grandma Ike in Minnesota. Some highlights (in addition to seeing lots of Grandma): Owen napped on the plane (win!), we rented a minivan, PawPaw came and stayed at our hotel, and the Easter Bunny even paid our suite a visit! We were able to spend a lot of time with PawPaw – which of course meant lots of Uno and the guess-the-animal game, and exploring the hotel lobby on secret missions without mom & dad.
We celebrated Easter at Grandma’s house with a nice dinner, an Easter egg hunt, and egg dying (only one blue dye capsule was consumed, resulting in very blue lips and teeth for one participant). A huge highlight
was our trip to the Mall of America, where Grandma treated Anna to an outing at the American Girl Doll store and we all enjoyed the in-house amusement park (Mom was too scared for the coaster that did flips, but we at least got her on the more tame one!). We got to spend lots of time with Dad’s cousins both at the mall and various playgrounds, and were able to visit Grandpa Ike’s resting place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. We were sad when it was time to leave!
We made the trek to Indiana over Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with Aunt Suz and fam (minus cousin Pete) and Michelle and her crew. We will eventually share photos from our epic road trip and some of the fun stuff we did (hint: there was a birthday and some ear piercing!), but since Thanksgiving is about family and tradition, we thought we’d first share pics of some of the things we do (or mom and dad make us do) every single time we spend Thanksgiving in Indiana!!
First off was our trip to Steak & Shake in Greenwood:
Next up was the Norman Rockwell pose over the turkey:
And last, the family picture on the stoop:
Last weekend we did some crabbing with our cousins. The professionals use raw chicken legs as bait but we thought hot dogs would work just fine. Auntie Linda and Uncle Rick also brought a couple of kayaks so mom took each of us out for a spin. We caught 5 crabs and cousin Chris cooked ‘em up while we had a lobster fest at Auntie Linda’s. None of the Kochs were courageous enough to try the crabs and rumor had it cousin Kevin threw up 5 times after eating one. But it was fun!!! And Dad says his lobster was good!
That night Owen decided to wake up at 3am – for the day!! Dad and Mom took shifts with him but eventually Mom put him in the car and went to see the sunrise over Swan River. This knocked him out right away and the sky was so pretty, she forgave him for his antics. They even mustered the energy for a trip to Scargo Lake with some cousins later that day. Mom loves it there and so do we.
Captured in photos: reading, card playing (lots and lots and lots of card playing), picnic and ball playing at Castle Island, a trip to the Y pool that has big slides, breakfast out/Owen’s first taste of pancakes, and PawPaw and Owen at the farmers market. Not captured in photos: about 29 walks to Dunkin Donuts and 1 to BakerBaker (our local bakery), and some street hockey. Come back soon PawPaw!
We are trying to support all of our local ball teams. At the beginning of the summer we went to the Paw Sox, where we ate ice cream, mom got fried dough the size of her head (and you know how big that is), and we got to stay in a hotel, have the best breakfast of our lives (a tv built into our booth!) and swim!
Then, a few weeks ago we went out to support our local cape team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox play the Cotuit Somethings. We were so lucky we got a ball and the players passed it around the bullpen so they could all autograph it!
And this weekend, Mom is taking Anna and a friend to “Good vs. Evil” (Red Sox – Yanks). Anna won the tickets in the Read Your Way to Fenway contest at the Boston Public Library. Go Sox!