Milo resting in the shade.
Quarter keg of Spotted Cow.
Rock and Jeff
Richard and Brian
Shorty again. We debated how old he is… 13? 15?
Jason and Jessica
Jessica and Jason
Brian, Sheila, Ashley playing beersbee
Richard and Rock playing beersbee
Fire pit, where the play gym used to be.
Over the weekend my brother had a barbecue at his house. I hadn’t been up to his house for a visit since Christmas, so I wanted to make sure to go. The weather was a little hot at first, but then cooled to comfortable temperature. I played a game of bocce with Jess and played bags with my brother and his friends. Steph had band until 3 and then invited a few friends over. Like typical teenagers, they mostly hung around each other, away from the rest of the party, except when Sheila infiltrated every now and then! My brother and his friends also played beersbee, which I thought at first was the frisbie game, but is not. My brother accidentally made the hamburgers, frisbee style, the way my dad makes them, but redid the batch. Those frisbee burgers would have worked out well for the beersbee game! It was fun to hang out and relax and meet some more of my brother’s friends.
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Jason was trying to get in on the gift fun.
Milo was sitting next to me while Jess was opening gifts.
Stephanie & Courtnie
Jessica & Amanda. Amanda made this cake.
The cake Amanda made.
Courtnie, Jessica, Ashley
On Sunday we went to Oak Creek for Jessica’s 7th birthday party. Crazy to think she’s 7 already. I was just thinking about when I lived in New York and got the call that she was born. And how the first time Dallas met my family was at her 2nd birthday party. (Here are links to her 3rd birthday and 4th birthday, if you’re interested.)
Sunday was HOT. Like 90+ degrees outside. But it was nice that it was finally warm. We sat around outside and visited. I hadn’t seen Amanda’s family or Brian and Sheila for a while. I’d met Ashley, Brian and Sheila’s daughter, when she was a baby, but they have since had another, Jason, who will be a year old in July. Actually, I think I saw Brian last year, but without the kids. They grow up fast!
My brother grilled hotdogs and hamburgers. Jess had a ton of gifts to open up. She didn’t really talk the whole time, but I think you could tell she was happy and excited for all the nice presents. She tried on the outfit we got her soon after she opened it, so that’s a good sign.
Amanda made a Barbie birthday cake. There were a lot of jokes made about ladies jumping out of cakes, but it was really well done and a unique idea. Amanda is now on the hook to make two cakes for our wedding. One a Barbie and one a Hawaiian guy. haha
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February 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment
Milo, Logan Square, Chicago
Over the holidays my brother’s dog, Milo, was visiting with his family. I took a few photos of him but never posted them. He does look a bit like Vegas but not as much as I thought before I sat here and compared their photos.
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February 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments
Originally we were going to spend Super Bowl 43 at Jen & Chad’s house, but Jen and Quinn are visiting relatives in California and Chad was traveling on business and got stuck there longer than he’d anticipated. So Dallas and I volunteered to host the party at our house.
It ended up being a fabulous food party. Dallas made 4 pounds of slow cooker pulled pork and blue cheese cole slaw to eat on the sandwiches or on the side. I made cocktail wieners and guacamole. Loden made cheesy potato casserole and mini football-shaped brownies. On each one there were the frosted football details. Kristin made cornbread and chicken fingers. Jill made pumpkin cake and chocolate chocolate chip cake. Liz made cookies. And everyone brought beer and wine. So much food and drinks. So delicious.
The game? I thought it was ok. Everyone keeps saying how it was such a good game, but I don’t think any of us really got into it until the 4th quarter.. and specifically Brian and Loden were just cheering for their numbers at the end (they both won money). I don’t really even remember any of the commercials. They weren’t that great this year. Some were even old commercials that were already playing on TV. We did like the Cash4Gold commercial, though. It sparked a long discussion about Snuggies and ShamWows.
Killian and Liz brought their new dog, Sandy, over to the house. She’s only about 6 months old and they’re still training her so they couldn’t leave her at home the whole time. I thought she was going to be a crazed puppy, but she was really relaxed and listened very good. .. and no accidents! Sandy is the 4th dog (Maggie, Milo, Jackson) to visit our house and we’ve only lived there 3 months. Guess that means we have a dog-friendly condo. Jill and Brian brought their extra Wii controllers and the Mario Kart game. After the football game we all played Wii.
Abby and Phil’s wedding was Saturday night (more on that later) and I was so exhausted that I couldn’t bring myself to take any photos yesterday. I know. Crazy!
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Jessica, Stephanie, Tessa :: Waupaca, WI
Jessica, Milo, Stephanie :: Waupaca, WI
Jessica, Milo, Tessa, Stephanie :: Waupaca, WI
After Riley’s party we went to my parent’s house. Kelly and Jeff and Tessa came over in the afternoon to visit and for a big dinner my mom made. I hadn’t seen Tessa and Jeff since last summer. Tessa sure is cute and running around and talking like crazy. .. speaking of which… I don’t know if Jessica is finally coming out of her shy stage or if it was because Dallas wasn’t with me, but she was really excitable and talkative on this trip too. I told Jess when Dallas was done traveling I was going to give him a big hug and say it was from her and she basically ran out of the room screaming. Ha. Jess and Tessa were happy to see each other and running around and playing hard. Add in the two dogs and it was a bit of a crazy house. Kelly is 8+ months pregnant and much bigger than the last time I saw her. It’s strange to think that the next time I see them they’ll have another daughter!
It was a good visit to my parents’ house. The next morning we all had brunch then had to head back. It always goes by so fast!
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