It's Colin and Mama's first official Shoreland block party- and we had a blast!
Here's Mama starting out with the kids activities that our neighbor Allison asked me to help plan (we made slime and goo, blew big bubbles, "magically" stuck skewers through balloons, dug for treasures and had a scavanger hunt)! Whew, I don't think the kids ever got tired but I think Allison and I were by the end of the day :)
Natalie and Colin race down the street; the kids loved having the entire block to play in all day and night!
Waiting in the bar area for our tables to be ready at Benno's at the FFF with the Reas and other friends! Here's Brendan, Katelyn and Colin. I think these kids looked just a little too comfortable in this bar setting...
What can I say, you start them young in Wisconsin!
On this great bike that Colin received as a hand-me-down from Tommy, the boy who previously lived in our house! It was Colin's idea to wear his helmet (he has to have on his "hat" just like Grandpa does when he watches him ride his bike!)
So, we're still a ways off from real bike riding, but Colin is getting the hang of the concept and Mama just helps with a few pushes from behind :)
Colin's new favorite- to use David's ears for handles while riding on his shoulders :)
Auntie Marissa and David took Colin all over downtown this morning while Mama went to help at a fashion show for work. The early birds walked down to the 3rd Ward, watched some skateboarders, hit up the Public Market, walked down to the lake and played outside of Discovery Pier, and then back to the farmer's market at Cathedral Square where they were playing football in the park when Mama came to find them (all by 11 am!!) Thanks MM and David for helping us out and showing Colin such a fun time!!!
Mama had a business trip to NY this week and Colin helped me pack. He was a great helper (as you can see :) and he had a great time staying at his Daddy's with his GeeGee and PaPa for the week too! Needless to say, Mama and Colin are both very happy that Mama is back now!
Thanks to John B, Colin's already sporting his high hopes for college acceptance letters in the form of this t-shirt. He's also trying on a new fall hat that Mama just got him (just in time for the first chill...)
Here's Colin with his friends from next door, Natalie (6) and Teddy (16 mo). They are great kids and are very nice to share their toys with Colin if the kids are all playing outside. Colin loves playing with Natalie and Teddy!
Mama is so excited!!! Her (I mean Colin's :) rec room is finished with the small exception of putting pictures in some frames! Just in time for our first Wisconsin winter in our new house as I am sure we will be spending many winter days/evenings playing down here when we can't get outside!
Thanks to Grandpa to helping to finish up this great room! Oh yeah, and there might just be a little ILLINI blue/orange influence :)
The "wall quotes" are decals from The Land of Nod-- besides the one below above the chalkboard, the others read "Wouldn't it be better if the moon was made of mac and cheese?" and "The rock, paper, scissors invitational. Today at 4:00."