Sunday, June 30, 2013

Some catching up to do ...

It's been awhile so there are things I'd like to catch the group up on.

First, it was Father's Day a couple of weeks ago. Mom, Dad and I went to an I-Cubs game and it was HOT! Wow. After four innings we realized it was time to head home. It was a good thing we did ...
... because we got home in time to see boards for our new fence unloaded from a big truck!
After the first round of swimming lessons this summer I've decided that lounging at the pool is as much fun as actually swimming and diving. Mom is very happy that I've learned the value of lounging. 
Last week was vacation bible school at church. I really had fun and Mom was one of my teachers. Here I am performing a song we learned with all my friends.
The best part of vacation bible school? After church we got to play in bouncy houses and slides! It was awesome!
Later that day Dad and I went golfing so Mom could have some time. I did a really good job hitting balls and also filling in divots.
There is sand on each cart and you pour it in the hole then tap on it with your foot.
Fast forward to this week and it was time to tour the Judicial Building. Mom and I grabbed a quick picnic lunch and sat by the Capitol.
On the grounds of the Capitol there are lots of monuments and this one caught my attention. I told Mom everything I know about submarines and she was impressed.
Mom's an excellent tour guide.
Someday I might argue a case here! (I don't ever plan on being the subject of a case argued here so no worries loyal readers.)
The Des Moines Arts Festival was happening Friday so after our tour we checked it out. I got to do lots of fun things like paint with vegetables.
I also got to sit under a tree and rest for a bit.
Finally, I'm proud to report that the tomato plants Mom and I planted have produced! I'm a farmer!
Until next time, my friends...


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

From Portland ...

... direct to Des Moines! Uncle Chris, Uncle Matt and Aunt Emily came for a visit, to hang out and celebrate Grandma Margaret and Papa Jack's 71st wedding anniversary.

Uncle Matt has the coolest camera and I got to use it. (Sorry for the scratches and dings, Uncle Matt.) Anyway, I've discovered that I really like taking pictures. In fact, several of the pictures you see this week were taken by me!

Here is Mom and Dad at Grandma Maggy's.
Uncle Chris and I playing airplane! (I talked the guys into playing that a lot this weekend. I suspect the game wore out its welcome.)
My Mom is so pretty! Love ya, Mom!

We met the Krahn and Knautz families in Chariton Sunday afternoon and it was good to see everyone. 
Here is a picture Cousin Ellen took of me taking a picture of Cousin Ellen!
Dad, Uncle Chris and Uncle Matt. I have so much fun with my uncles!
It was a quick but a good visit. 

Have a great week everyone!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

We've got some catching up to do ...

Hello, everyone. Sorry for the delay since my last post. Lots of things have been going on!

Going back a couple of weeks, Mom, Dad and I go our tomatoes planted. It was hard work. 

Mom and I had several days to ourselves as Dad had his annual Okoboji trip. I laid on the charm and talked Mom into letting me sleep in her bed while he was gone. I don't know why Mom thought she needed to take a picture of it, but I look pretty comfortable. 
The day before school got out for the year my class got to go to the park and pond near our school. Mom came along to help. It was a lot of fun. 
That night I had soccer. It was the best weather yet and I played really well.
Signed copies of this photo are available for purchase. (I don't want to brag, but I'm an attractive fellow!)
Friday school wrapped early so Mom and I headed to Grandma Kathy and Papa's house. It was wet and cold all weekend. Papa hasn't been in the field yet! (As of the date of this blog, June 5, 2013.) I had hoped for lots of tractor time but it wasn't meant to be.

This gave me the opportunity to do some fun things in the kitchen with Grandma. You should have seen our rainbow cupcakes!
We did go to a couple yard sales and one of my pick-ups was this awesome police helmet. 
Uncle Eric came home that weekend so there was lots of guy time. We talked farming, firefighting, police work. It was a good time.
Finally, as we were wrapping up our visit I got to go drive tractors with Papa!

Once back in Des Moines Mom and I had a few days to fill. First up on the agenda? A trip to the Capitol. We took a shuttle bus which was fun.
What a big building! Mom? Will I live here someday?
Mom was nice and read all the signs to me as we toured the building. This sign was about the U.S.S. Iowa, a very famous ship. I was fascinated. 
There were lots and lots of stairs in the Capitol.
And, after our visit we had lunch with Dad. It was an awesome day!
Uncle Howie and Aunt Jeanne sent me an awesome fire chief notebook and I couldn't wait to put it to good use.
The next day, keeping with the same theme, I continued my art pursuits outside with my hip sunglasses.
Mom and I hit yard sales in Des Moines too this past week. I got awesome boats and have totally taken over the bathtub with my new toys. (I gave them a good scrubbing before playing with them.)
The week ended with a fun bike ride with Mom ... 
... and swimming lessons! It's that time of year again and I'm so excited to get back in the pool!
That's it, gang.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

A blog update ... can you believe it?!

Once again I'm late with an update. Sorry, gang.

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but they all are it seems. 

It was the first of May which is May Day which means giving and receiving anonymous baskets. Fun! I ended up getting lots of candy.
The next day it snowed. May 2, 2013. Huh.
Thankfully Uncle Eric came up for the weekend and we practiced pulling people over. It's always good to share best practices with another officer.
The weekend got even better after I got to go to a fun birthday party at a gymnastics place. I rolled, tumbled and jumped. (Uncle Eric went with me and learned four year old birthday parties aren't really his thing. There were too many loud, little sticky people.)

Later in the week it was the academic fair at school. This is a big enough deal that I got both grandmas to come as well as Papa, Mom and Dad.
Everyone seemed really impressed with my room. I showed them all the things I knew and we had a super good time.
The next day I got to stay home from school. It was a great day! McDonald's for lunch ...
... then soccer ...
... then some rest!
The next morning Grandma Kathy and Papa were leaving but before she left, Grandma and I went looking for yard sales.  I went to my first one the day before, I think I'm hooked.
Sunday was Mother's Day. I have the world's best Mom and it was a good day for me. We went on a bike ride together!
Down the trail we go!
This week at school we hosted a tea for Mom's and I helped my classmates sing a song in appreciation for all the Moms do for us.
Friday night was soccer and I scored a goal! 
Afterwards I got a treat.
Saturday was busy. We got some new furniture so Asa and Jill stopped by to get the old couch and a chair. They had a very cool trailer and I enjoyed helping carry things.
I also had a birthday party that afternoon, and got to have a pony ride!
The best part of the day? A visit from my friend Henry from Madison. His Dad is Mom's cousin and we had a lot of fun.
Not only did he like playing fire and rescue and skeleton ghost hunter with flashlights, but we got to have a camp out in the living room!
Today, before he left, we went to the park and played hard for an hour or so. I was pooped and sad that Henry had to leave.
That's it for now. Have a great week everyone!