First day of Kindergarten

Tyson started Kindergarten today!  He's been looking forward to this day for months.  He did so well on his first day! He woke up extra early because he was excited :)

He wanted to do 1,000 things before we left the house. But he was excited, not trying to delay things. Luckily I dropped him off so the timing didn't matter too much. He really wanted me to tie this balloon for him before we left, even though he left it in my car. (?) Cute.

Hailey really wanted to be in the picture, so we took one with both kiddos!

In front of his school sign

At his desk - his teacher has gotten rave reviews from neighbors so we're optimistic about everything!

Tyson was so happy to start Kindergarten. He has 4 friends from Primrose (his previous preschool) so we're all excited about that.  He misses those friends! He also has a friend from his current after-school program in his class, so he'll have someone to ride that bus with every day.  Once he gets settled, he'll ride the bus to school in the morning (he really wants to do that NOW), and he'll go to his after-school program for an hour or two until Daddy picks him (and Hailey) up.  Pretty sweet deal and he's really happy.  Among many other positives, he FINALLY doesn't have to deal with nap time.  He hasn't taken one consistently for over 2 years so it's nice to not deal with that time of the day anymore!  (Side note, Mommy did really well and didn't cry. I was actually really happy for him because he's been looking forward to it!)  YEA TYSON!


Moriarty reunion wrap-up

If I continue to do blog posts of each day of our trip, I'll never get through this at my posting speed, so here's a final post about the remainder of the trip!

Hailey got her toenails painted for the first time. She got a chip on one nail the next day and was upset until we fixed it :)

The kids had a lot of stories read to them by different family members. Loved it.

We went to a really cool park in Oshkosh. It looked like a castle structure with TONS of things to do.

This was always one of my favorite toys as a kid. Only seem to see these up north.

Ice cream break after the park!

There was a small zoo next to the park so we checked that out too. Pretty fun.

Throwing pebbles in the lake with the big boys!
I love the next 3 pictures.  It's one of Tyson's favorite things to do. He was having a ton of fun chasing these birds and even recruited me to do it with him a second time.  Here's the progression...

Grammy with her birthday cake! Happy Birthday!!

Loved this pic of Rachel, AJ and Tyson snuggled up reading and laughing!

I'm a bad cousin, after we were there for a few days I remembered that I also have cousins in the same town on my Mom's side (DUH!!!).  I contacted Cassie and she was able to stop by with her adorable son Will for a few hours to play!  Can you tell I'm beyond tired at this point in the pic?  Yikes!

Hailey asked my cousin Kiki "what's in your tummy?"  Thankfully she is pregnant or that would have been embarrassing, HA!  She wanted to touch the baby.  Adorable.

Group pic of as many of us together as possible. This is everyone who could make it that week except Tommy and the Bursaw family (they had already gone back by this day).

The guys got some basketball time together at various points in the week!
After these group pictures, we drove back to Chicago.  The trip back to Chicago was MUCH better than the first time around.  My kids had some space between them, which made a huge difference.  Thanks again to Aunt Lynn who drove us back and forth!  On our last night, we got to see my cousins Brett and Kari, their significant others and their awesome dogs.  We had different kinds of authentic Chicago pizza (yummmm!!) We literally saw everyone in our family that lives up North (except my Cousin Sean, who is on a Navy boat somewhere...).  So awesome since there are SO MANY of us.

Meet Marshall. He loves to watch TV.  He especially loves horses though.  When horses came on, he would go nuts, get really excited, try to find them behind the TV, etc.  It was great.
This is Kiwi. She's some kind of huge dog.  Very well behaved and my kids loved her.  This was great since they're usually intimidated by large dogs.  I got a candid pic of Bonnie, Brett and Kari too. (Picture taking skills waning by the time this night rolled around).
On the way back to O'Hare the next morning.  Seth volunteered to be a punching bag.
Taking a break after going through security, before heading to our gate.
Looking for Daddy once we took off. On both plane trips she told me she saw Daddy riding a pink flying dolphin.(?)
The kids weren't quite as well behaved on the way back. They did fine on the plane but were more challenging in both airports.  I'm sure they were exhausted, I know I was (Hailey had one normal nap the whole week).  We were all very happy to see Daddy, get back in our own beds and have an easy going day before we went back to work and school.  It was a fun week!  One more thank you to all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins who helped me with the kids at various points.  I love seeing our family and need to make sure Daddy can make it next time!


Mort Reunion Part 3: Lambeau / Packers

On Tuesday, we got all packed up to head to Lambeau Field to watch Packers training camp!  I was sooo excited!  When we got there, it was a little empty.  We thought the time had been changed to a morning practice, but it turns out that was actually for the next week.  So, we headed into Lambeau instead and checked it out!

I don't know what was going on with my kids this day, but they were acting up from the moment we got out of the car.  (See picture above, this was the best I could get, and it was about 3 minutes after we got there.) They weren't listening, weren't cooperating, Hailey threw a few tantrums, it was good times.  I was pretty frustrated... 
Lambeau has a really nice gaming area that is apparently open even when there's not a football game going on.  We played some games, and Tyson liked this route running/ touchdown game.

 Couldn't get the kids to get in a picture together. So we took separate pictures. Nice.

Even the equipment is Packer'ed up!!

Construction/ expansion that my stock ownership helped finance (maybe a beam or two, ha)
We headed back to Appleton to get ready for a pool/ swimming afternoon.  I was pretty bummed that we missed training camp and that we didn't get to go to the Hall of Fame or do a stadium tour.  All of those were possibilities, but I'm sure the kids' behavior made everyone want to go home (understandably).  In my head, I tried to figure out a way to go back but didn't want to put myself through dragging the kids back when they obviously didn't want to go.  I asked if anyone would want to go back with me, but they really wanted to go to the pool.  They offered to take my kiddos to the pool so I could go back and go do some of the things we had originally planned.  After telling them to be on their best behavior, I headed back to Green Bay.

I got there just in time to see the players riding the local kids' bikes from Lambeau to the practice field. I've always heard about this but had never gotten to see it!  I saw a lot of players up close... pretty cool!!  Here's just a few...

Tom Crabtree - always very interactive with fans

Jordy Nelson

James Starks (44)

James Jones

Randall Cobb

Clay Matthews (in back) - the place went NUTS when he came out. Might be why he rode by quickly on the side of everyone and not through the middle like the other players.

RAJI Freezer!

Jeff Saturday - he was being really sweet to this little girl and asking her what grade she was in, hobbies etc. Many of the players weren't really talking to the kids but he was.

Jermichael Finley

Rodgers throwing passes in warm-up

I walked over to the offensive side of the field and watched drills for awhile.  I saw something that would never happen in a real game - Donald Driver INTERCEPTED Aaron Rodgers. The offense was playing defense also.  Haha!! The fans loved it.  Better get those INT's out of the way now!

After standing in the heat for about an hour (yes, it was actually hot that day in WI!), I headed back to Lambeau and checked out the Packer hall of fame quickly.  Here's a few of the notable pics.

Superbowl trophies!

Self-portrait with the XLV trophy

Reggie White's "locker" in the HOF

Lombardi statue

Lambeau statue

GO PACK GO!!!!  Thanks to my family for taking the kiddos swimming.  I know they had a blast too!  More to come...