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.
My girls are dancing superstars! Emery is a seasoned pro, making her 2nd debut with Midwest Edge Dance. Julie, on the other hand, made her rookie appearance this year with other parents for the first act of the recital. Both did super awesome, couldn’t be prouder.
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.
Carter, Emery, and I joined the Cub Scouts and went to the Naperville Kite Fest. The weather couldn’t have been better and, as usual, there were a bunch of people out there flying all sorts of crazy kites. Emery’s Spiderman kite didn’t hold up very well but Carter’s did great.
On Sunday I did a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Zurich. The water was 70 degrees which was perfect for a long swim. I got to try out my new wetsuit and crushed my last year’s time.
We kicked off the holiday weekend by helping our Cub Scouts Pack put flags on fallen soldiers graves. There were a bunch of different groups that all did different sections of the graveyard. It was great to be out there celebrating all the contributions of our military.
Luckily we got some good patio time with friends before the big storm. On Memorial Day a huge stormed ripped through Ashbury. There were enormous amounts of rain, wind, and hail that left a huge mess. We have a destroyed roof, skylights, and some siding. I never thought I would have to shovel in June but I had to get it out to move all the debris and hail off of the driveway!
Goodbye Goddard and hello Patterson, Emery is on her way! Emery is bummed to be split up from her besties but super excited to start a new adventure in Kindergarten. Big man on campus, Carter, will have to show her the ropes when school starts in August.
Julie, Carter, and Emery spent some time on Mother’s Day spreading kindness to honor Carter’s friend Grace who passed away just a short 3 months ago. To spread some cheer amongst our neighbors, they took a bouquet of pink flowers to all the moms on our street. #thegraceedition
Shortly after that, Emery was running full speed down the driveway and face planted on the concrete. She had a pretty rough first night, but her ouchie is starting to feel a bit better each day.
For Spring Break this year, we just went on the biggest cruise boat on the planet, the Royal Carribean Symphony of the Seas. It was a 7-night cruise to Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and the Bahamas with the Stublers and Uncle Jason. We kept busy with the 4 days on land and all the crazy things they had to do on the boat.
At Roatan we hung out on a small island. Carter held a monkey and we spent the day swimming and enjoying the sun. In Cozumel and Costa Maya we found some nice pools and beaches to enjoy. In the Bahamas, we did a dolphin encounter.
On the boat, there was an endless supply of water slides, pools, shows, laser tag, carousel and so much more. Needless to say the whole family had a great time!
You know it is spring time when the weekends start to fill with outdoor activities. Soccer started for both Emery and Carter so now we have games every weekend for the near future. Luckily we got a few games in before the freak April snowstorm that came through.
Soccer started which means Boy Scouts is wrapping up for the year. The last big even for the pack is the Rain Gutter Regatta. Carter’s boat didn’t sink so we’ll call it a win.
After this week Carter’s smile looks a bit different. Only a few more baby teeth to go!
Carter wrapped up another science fair last week where he studied the effects of cutting holes in parachutes. Apparently the more holes you cut into your parachute the faster you fall. Whatever you do, don’t let Carter pack your chute.
Carter and I did a sleepover at Wild West Town with his cub scout pack last night. The boys had fun running around and doing a bunch of different activities. Carter did his very first leather project where he got to make his very own bookmark. Other than having to sleep on the floor it was a pretty good time. Is the ground getting harder or am I getting older?
Carter was a little under the weather so he stayed in while Emery and I had some fun in the snow. Emery finally got to use her snowman coloring and decorations she got last Christmas. I think we made the snowman a little too big because the hat looked pretty tiny on his head.
Carter raced in his pack’s annual Pinewood Derby this weekend. We exceed 88 mph but for some reason, the flux capacitor didn’t kick in. I don’t think the nuclear reactor was pushing out the necessary 1.21 gigawatts to trigger the capacitor.
To bring in the new year, we escaped the cold and went to Florida for a few days. Casa Stubler in Bradenton was our home base but we ventured to Orlando for a day to visit our favorite place, Disney World. It was busy at Disney, but the weather was awesome which made a great vacation.
Grandpa and Grandma Stubler and helped us wrap up 2018 and bring in the new year. Carter finished his Pikachu and Emery made some desserts. We played a few games and wrapped up the night by watching the ball drop in New York.
It was pretty eventful in Davenport this year, Grandpa Wassmer ended up in the hospital for a couple nights. He’s ok now but gave everyone a bit of a scare. As usual, Ali was chasing so many squirrels she wore herself out. She was soooo tired she actually touched a cat!
At Grandpa and Grandma Stubler’s, we did our usual Christmas bowling and Grandpa let Emery drill her bowling ball. Grandpa measured her hand and then let her pull down the drill press. Bits of plastic were flying everywhere.