Jessica & Ashley
Mom, dad, Ashley and Jessica playing bocce ball.
Pier Jumper soda by Big Bay Brewing (Shorewood, WI)
Steph, Mom, Jess, Richard and Amanda opening gifts from Japan.
Steph, Mom, Jess
Stephanie and her boyfriend Joey.
Richard and Brian putting together a telescope that Jess got as a gift.
Jessica, Joey, Stephanie, Nick, Karen
Over the holiday weekend I went to Oak Creek for Jessica’s 10th birthday party. We grilled out and played yard games. The weather wasn’t as great as it could be, but it wasn’t terrible either. Jess requested brats and hamburgers, so my brother grilled those up. Dallas went to our friend’s lake house the day before and made up a bunch of Korean kalbi ribs. He gave us one bag to grill up and everyone seemed to like them. Jess got a ton of presents from Dallas and I, my parents, Brian and Sheila (and Ashley and Jason) and Amanda’s parents. I hadn’t seen my family since we went to Japan and had a bunch of little gifts for them. Some souvenirs, lots of candy and crackers, oragami sets, bonsai tree, some kokeshi dolls. Good to see everyone! Happy birthday, Jessica!
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Dad getting ready to carve the turkey.
Dad and Jess with the cake they made.
A few of the birthday gifts that Stephanie got from me and Dallas.
I think Amanda liked the Vosges chocolate bars!
Dallas was out of town,* but I drove up to my brother’s house without him on Easter. My parents went too and we had a all had a nice turkey dinner. For dessert we had a cake that my dad and Jessica made. The big surprise was that the not only was the cake decorated very colorfully, but inside the cake the dough was layered with different colors.
Amanda and Stephanie’s birthdays are not until this weekend, but that is when we leave for Japan, so I gave them their birthday gifts early. Fun fact via my brother: Stephanie was born on Easter Sunday 17 years ago, but it won’t fall on April 7 again until 2075, when she turns 79!
Nice seeing everyone! Hadn’t seen most since Christmas time!
* Dallas has been/is travelling on average, every other weekend for work or pleasure for about six months, I think.
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