Saturday, January 31, 2015


Today was a day of celebrations.  We spent part of our afternoon celebrating our friend, Kristin, at her birthday party at Ozaukee Skateland.  We had never been roller skating before, but jumped right in and gave it a shot.  We left with plenty of bumps and bruises, but there were no tears which always means it was a success.  We had so much fun that both of us added roller skates to our wish lists as soon as we got into the car.

Later in the day Mom and Dad took us out for dinner to celebrate our great report cards, and then we stopped at our favorite spot, the Cedarburg Coffee Roastery.  Here we indulged in hot chocolate and monster cookies while playing UNO with Mom and Dad.  This stop is always a treat for us here in our world!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rainbow Tiger

This is what birthday parties for 7 year olds result in...I guess things do keep getting bigger and better  here in our world!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Frosty and Friends

We've been dying to get outside and play, and this weekend finally allowed us some time to do just that.  Warm temperatures resulted in some quickly disappearing snow, but it also made what was left of it super packable which means Frosty is back!!!  This year he isn't alone either as he brought along a mini Frosty as well as a snow dog.  Due to the lack of snow we weren't able to break out the sleds or snowboards, but we did dig three tunnels which we love!  Playing in the snow just never gets old here in our world!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7 Year Check-Up

We're a few months late, but we made it to the doctor today for our yearly check-up.  I came in at 47 inches (18%) and 52 pounds (50%).  Lily was 45 1/2 inches (9%) and 47 pounds (28%).  The doctor said based on our growth curve over the last 7 years we most likely have what is called Constitutional Growth Delay which is something Mom most likely had as well.  It just means that we will grow at a slower rate than most of our friends until high school or maybe even college and then we'll have a larger than average growth spurt and catch up to everyone.  He said it is nothing to worry about as we will simply be "late bloomers".  Everything else looked good from our heads down to our toes so we're set for another year of just being Ryan and Lily here in our world!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

There is No Place Like Home

Today our vacation came to an end, and it was time to fly home with Mom.  This was both good and bad as we were ready to get HOME, but we really wanted to stay and hang out with Dad.  Once at the gate, sadness was replaced with excitement as we watched tons of planes take off and land which is still so amazing.  Our flight was good, although delayed, but Mom said we were troopers and great travelers.  The free snacks always help our cause, and this time we got hot chocolate to drink from the very nice flight attendant which made the flight even better.  We also saw a beautiful sunset which disappeared faster than we could count to 100.  We arrived back in Wisconsin to frigid temperatures and a freezing cold car, but we warmed up quickly and were pretty happy to be home.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vacation - Day 5 & 6

Day 5 (Friday) was not very eventful as it rained all day.  We tried to go to the aquarium, but the lines were too long so we switched up our plans and relaxed for most of the day at Ms. Kim's.  We did travel to Dacula, Georgia for dinner and to visit our cousin Tommy and his family.  We were introduced to Alex and Avery for the first time, and spent hours playing checkers with them.  We were pretty bummed when we had to leave, but I guess the fact that we passed out upon leaving their driveway was a pretty good indication that we were tired and ready for bed. 

This morning we woke up refreshed and ready to go.  Titi Nery and Uncle Choo-Choo stopped by to say good-bye as they were leaving to make the trek back to Illinois.  Then we headed out to give the aquarium one more shot, and this time we were successful.  We thought this visit would be a quick one since we were just here seven months ago, but I guess we were mistaken.  Nearly 3 1/2 hours later we exited through the gift shop, where we of course scored a few new treasures.  We loved the whale sharks, belugas, and manta rays as much, if not more, than the first time we saw them.  After the aquarium we walked through Centennial Park to the SkyView ferris wheel.  We took a ride on the giant ferris wheel going almost 20 stories up.  We unfortunately couldn't see very far due to the fog and rain, but it was still pretty cool being that high up and seeing the teeny tiny world below.  All the fun made us pretty hungry so we grabbed a bite to eat at Yeah! Burger (Daddy's favorite burger joint), and then headed out to Serenbe, a community just outside Atlanta, to check out some homes and grab a treat at a yummy bakery Ms. Kim told us about.  It was another busy day for us, but we love the adventures here in our world!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Vacation - Day 4

We started off the first day of 2015 with a little swim and a dip in the hot tub.  We then said good-bye to Hilton Head and headed back to Savannah where we did a little shopping and strolled down River Street.  Before leaving we waited in the block long line for Leopold's Ice Cream which was well worth every minute of the wait (even though I didn't think so while we were actually waiting).  The drive back to Ms. Kim's was uneventful, and we quickly settled in to bed so that we can be ready for another day.