Macy’s Department Stores are headquartered in Minneapolis, so at their Minneapolis store they put up a pretty nice Chirstmas display. Target also sponsers a Christmas parade. We had never been to either events, so on a Thursday night Tammy and her friend Leslie took the kids for some Christmas fun in the Twin Cities.
Taking rest and getting ready to see Santa.
The rule with Santa at Macy’s is that you can use your own picture, but you can only take two pictures. Kenny eventually got happy, but Tammy had already used her two picture quota.
As with Halloween, the downtown businesses put on a little Christmas Festival. With fresh snow it felt a lot like Christmas even though there are still 3 weeks to wait.
Aunt Tessa was one of the volunteers, so we stopped by to see her.
Getting a picture for the banner at the top of this blog is always unpredictable. This was one of our better shoots in terms of the happiness level of our children.
In recent year Thanksgiving has been celebrated at the Maloney’s. No major cousin fights helped make for a great time together thanking God for all that He has done for us.
This last picture is significant because the camera was sitting on the table and Kenny actually took this picture.
We didn’t want to put it off until the last minute, so we got our tree today, the day before Thanksgiving. It was actually nice because the tree farm wasn’t busy and we were able to drive our own car out into the tree fields.
Kenny is often right there with me trying to figure things out.
Emma kept us informed in which way the tree looked like it was going to fall.
Emma’s preschool celebrated Thanksgiving in costume. According to Emma, she was a Native American which is like an American Girl.
The businesses in downtown Eau Claire hand out candy. It was on the Friday before Halloween this year. It was really busy, but there was plenty of candy to go around.
At preschool everybody dressed up for Halloween.
The Maloney’s had us at their house for some 4th of July Festivities. We spent a little time by the lake, ate some good food, and everyone stayed up for some fireworks. Fun the whole time.
Emma had lots of fun riding the Sea Doo with Uncle Tracy.
Kenny never left the dock.
Kenny did have fun watching from the dock though.
Somewhere there is older picture of Aunt Tessa with all her nieces and nephews, but I can’t find it . Here is the current one though.
Oklahoma City has a nice science museum and the four of us spent the whole morning learning and playing there. Emma really enjoyed the gymnastics exhibit and then the kids’ area where she could do her own face painting. Emma also got to ride on a Segway. Kenny enjoyed the water area and the bubbles.
In the afternoon, we decided to try going to a movie with both Emma and Kenny. We went and saw Toy Story 3. Emma did a great job, but Kenny being only 20 months needed to get out of the theater for a while to stretch his legs. It was a great Father’s Day.
Memorial Day in Eau Claire means a parade. Papa Swany (who was drafted during the Viet Nam War and served in Oklahoma joined us). The last picture is of cousin Carter who actually walked in the parade handing out Express Baseball schedules. Mom and Emma were in the cities getting Uncle Joe from the airport.
After all of the festivities the kids still had a little energy to play outside for a bit.
Here were all of Emma’s Easter Projects. Her mom finds some great projects for her to do.
This paper mache egg ended up taking days to complete. There needed to be enough layers so that it would be strong enough for painting. After each layer, it seemed like it still needed more. In the end it turned out nicely.
Tammy was giving Kenny some spins and dips.
A dad is basically required to throw his children into the air when they are young. You can also see Kenny’s new shoes.
We celebrated Easter at the Ternberg’s house. It was also Carter’s birthday so we celebrated that too.
Here is a picture of all the kids. This was taken just before the Easter egg hunt.
Kenny found one egg. His cousin Avery did the hiding and set the rules so that they big kids couldn’t take any of the eggs that were easy for Kenny to get.
Kenny quit after his one egg, and did a little posing for the camera.
We couldn’t get the best pose from the two of them, but you can at least see thier Easter outfits.
Uncle Ryan and Aunt Tessa helped us get a family picture.
Landry and Emma had lots of fun.
The Boy and Girl Scouts of Eau Claire put on a really nice Easter Egg Hunt for the community. It was a lot of fun.
Kenny did a nice job waiting for the hunt to start. The coloroful eggs were tempting.
Kenny and I set the goal of getting one egg. I placed him in front of a blue one. He just stood there for a moment mesmorized by all of the other kids running around. Finally he reached down to pick it up.
Next was getting the egg into the basket. It looks like he is on his way, but what actaully happened right after I took this shot was that Kenny saw another little boy put an egg into the grocery bag held by this little boy’s mom. Kenny decided that must be the thing to do, so we walked over and with out the mom seeing he put his blue egg in the the bag. The mom did end up noticing and gave the egg back to Kenny and he got it into his basket.
After getting his one egg we went to the egg trading post where eggs were traded for a bag of candy.
If you look really close you can see his bag of jelly beans. Kenny really likes jelly beans.
The hunt was divided up into age groups so Emma and Landry went with Tammy to the 3-5 year old area. The compitition was stiff, but with a little sharing, both girls ended up with 4 eggs.
They too traded in their eggs for candy.
They both like jelly beans also.
Besides just the egg hunt, there were some inflatable jumping areas and one had a slide.
The girls loved the slide and had to do it twice.
We waited in the short line at our local mall so Emma and Kenny could meet the Easter Bunny. Emma was so excited and Kenny was too.
No crying or fussing from either of our kids. And we did get some nice smiles.
Kenny did have to check out the bunny every once and a while.
Emma even gave out a hug to the big bunny.