Finally some snow

The cold and snow came this weekend so it finally feels like winter. It just isn’t winter without blistering cold wind chills and messy salt-laden streets!

On Saturday Carter wrapped up another fun season of basketball with his buddies. On Monday we got outside and hit the “slopes” at Patterson. We didn’t get in much sledding time last year so we took full advantage of the first good snow.

Emery keeping busy

Emery has been keeping busy the past week. Besides having daily wrestling matches with her brother, she has also had a few play dates with friends. We also had to try out Emery’s new ice skates so so we went skating. As you can see below, Emery loves to be on the ice. She is still using the walker but getting much more comfortable and able to zoom around at a pretty good pace.

It was kind of a late Christmas present but I surprised Emery with a new closet system in her room. Her old hanger bar was too high so now she can pull down her clothes without getting a ladder out. Plus she now has a ton more shelves to fit all of the other stuff that was piling up on the floor.

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday break! With the incredibly nice weather the few days around Christmas, we spent a bunch of time outside. It was hard to keep the kids outside with all of their presents inside but we managed to get to a few parks. Santa brought some excellent toys for the kids, Emery got some ice skates with ice skating lessons and Carter got an Ipad controlled Star Wars Lego set.

 

Santa sighting

It was a busy weekend a few weekends ago. Friday, Emery’s Daisy troop made ornaments at the YMCA for the Ronald McDonald house. They got to customize a clear ornament with all sorts of sparkles and paint. Emery’s first one didn’t turn out very good but by the second one, we had the process down pat.

Saturday before Carter’s basketball game we all went to see Santa at the clubhouse. The kids got to tell him what they wanted and we stayed for a little breakfast. That night we went downtown Naperville and had an awesome dinner with grandma and grandpa Stubler.

Painting Fun

We decided to do something out of the ordinary and popped into Color Me Mine for some fun pottery painting. Carter and Emery (with a little help) did an awesome job painting their pottery. We can’t wait to get it back from the kiln.

Aunt Shelly sent Ali a nice little care package with some medicine and a new toy. As you can see from the picture below, Ali was vveeerrrryyy excited.

Halloween Prep

Friday we did Trunk or Treat at the Ashbury clubhouse.  Mom took Carter to a birthday party, so it was just Emery and I. The weather was much better than what it looks like it is going to be on Halloween. This might be the only trick or treat we get to do if it is too cold on the 31st.

Saturday was Emery’s final soccer game. It was another awesome season coaching the girls. It is great to see how much they are improving over the past seasons.

Welcome Back

School is about to start so we did a quick visit this week to meet the teachers and have some ice cream. Carter is excited to go back but Emery is beyond excited to start Kindergarten this year. To top it off, she got the same teacher that Carter had.

Carter the working man

Carter is finally old enough to come and hang out with me for Take Your Child to Work Day at TransUnion. The TU staff did a an awesome job with the event and Carter had a blast. All the kids got a robot to build in the morning and then played games in the afternoon. Top that all off with a cool train ride and now Carter wants to go to work every day.

 

Congrats Grandpa Stubler

Grandpa Stubler received a lifetime achievement award this week at the national bowling convention, in Las Vegas. Julie and the rest of the Stubler gang went with to celebrate.  The award he received was the V.A. Wapensky Award which recognizes an individual whose overall major contribution to the bowling industry involves endless good nature, remarkable business savvy, love for bowling and continual promotion of the game both locally and nationally.

 

Wassmer family fun

To celebrate my mom’s 30th birthday we did some Wassmer family fun in Davenport for the weekend. My dad spent months converting their old VHS tapes to digital videos so we started the weekend by watching some old home videos. Looking back on days from long ago is quite entertaining. The girl’s tall bangs and my baggy pants were just cracking me up. Saturday’s activities included the Bustout Escape Room in Davenport, dinner in LeClaire, and then a fire and smores at the house.