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!
It was hot 3-day Memorial weekend so of course, we went to the pool. Most of the neighborhood had the same idea so it was pretty packed.
Carter had his last soccer game Saturday morning and the team finished with an undefeated season! It was an awesome season but kind of sad because it is the last time I’ll be coaching Carter. He is off to bigger and better teams so now I get to coach my little princess next season.
Sunday night the four of us went to the Kane County Cougars game. We almost decided to skip it because of the heat but we got lucky and it actually wasn’t that bad. We were in the shade so as long as you didn’t move, the heat was manageable.
We were also going to walk with Carter’s cub scout pack in the Naperville Memorial day parade but it got canceled due to the heat. I’m pretty confident we would have been fine but I can’t imagine being in a marching band in the heat.
The weather was stellar this Memorial Day, so we spent most of the weekend outside. We accomplished cleaning up our yard and installing our mulch. The kids enjoyed helping spread the mulch this year. The pool in our neighborhood was open, but we thought the water could be a bit chilly, so we didn’t go. On Monday though, we all walked with Carter and his Cub Scout Pack in the Naperville Memorial Day Parade. It appeared that the entire city came out to watch, because the streets were packed! Everyone was as excited as we were to get outside and enjoy the day!
We kicked off summer with a great four-day Memorial Day weekend. The weather was wonderful so of course we did some swimming at our Ashbury pool. And what would a Memorial Day weekend be without a parade? Surprisingly it was the first Naperville Memorial Day parade we’ve been to because usually we’re out of town. The weekend got wrapped up with a neighbor’s graduation party.
What a beautiful Memorial Day weekend! We did a lot around the house and spent much of the time hanging with our neighborhood friends.
To start, as if painting trim and rehanging blinds on our new windows wasn’t enough fun, I decided to start the weekend off like Paul Bunyan and chop down a tree down in our backyard. I used an ax, and while it was a great stress reducer, I was sure sore the next day. Next time I’ll probably just use a chain saw!
We went to a couple of graduation parties at the neighbors, and also hung out with friends on Sunday. To prepare for the party, Carter and mommy baked some healthy banana and chocolate cupcakes to take for all to share. The kids had a blast at the part, and the parents took turn on duty supervising them on the swing set! Everyone slept well that evening!
We also went to the Naperville Memorial Day Parade. We met up with Carter’s friend from school. It was a really hot day, so while mom and Emery hung in the shade, Carter and I tried to get a closer view toward the front. The disappointment was there was no candy thrown at this parade!
And to top off the weekend of fun, Emery ate her first oatmeal (video below)! At her four month check up the doctor told us to start practicing using the spoon! She seemed to enjoy it, although she didn’t really consume all that much!
Memorial Day Weekend was way too short. The weather was kind of spotty but who doesn’t love an extra day off from work? I think we should have a Memorial Week.
As usual we hung out with the Wassmer family. This year was only for a day and it was at Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI. This place was pretty neat. It had something for everyone… Grandpa got to fly a simulator, Grandma got time with the kids, Carter got to push a lot of buttons, Julie got to walk a lot, the cousins had plenty of things to learn and touch, Aunt Lisa got to lay on a bed of nails, and Brent… well… he got to push a lot of buttons. After a long day at Discovery World we ended up at a pizza joint called Transfer. The neighborhood wasn’t too much to look at but the pizza was pretty good.
On Monday Julie and Carter went to the Naperville Memorial Day Parade. I was the unfortunate one that stayed home to do yard work. The parade had Boy Scouts, Cars, Trucks, Bands, and Airplanes… O MY! Carter loved it but I was kind of mad they didn’t come back with any candy. Isn’t it required to have candy at EVERY parade?
I’ve been getting pretty lazy with my posts because this one is a whopping 3 weeks late. Here is a recap of our weekend activities we had in the Dells on Memorial Day weekend.
Julie, Carter and I went up to the Wilderness Resort lodge and hung out with Grandpa/Grandma Wassmer and the Zaehringer family.
As expected the place was busy and all the pools were packed everyday. It was a tad chilly when we arrived so we opted to first visit one of the indoor pools. It had a few slides, a nice play area for the kids in the middle, and then a lazy river all the way around.
This was really the first time Carter has been in the water and he seemed to really enjoy it. We strapped him in his life vest and threw him in the pool. Well, we didn’t exactly throw him in. It took awhile for him to get use to all the people and the water. After a hour or so Carter was swimming around the lazy river, kicking like a mad man.
The next morning our whole crew went out to ride the Ducks. This excursion is something the Wassmer family has done every time that we’ve been in the Dells. The last time was over a decade ago and the ride hasn’t changed much but still fun. You drive through the forest then hop on the WI River to tour the rock formations and other historic sites. Everybody had a great time and we got some good pictures that are below.
Grandpa and Grandma took Carter on a carriage ride and then we all went out to the pool. Unfortunately the pool visit was cut a little short as Julie came to the conclusion that Carter had pink eye. A short trip to the local care center confirmed the pink eye. Poor Carter had to do drops for 10 days which he did not like at all.
Minus the pink eye, it was a good trip. It is always fun to hang out with the family.
Hope everyone had a good memorial day weekend. My wife and I went down to Grand Bear Lodge and spent some time with my family. If Julie wasn’t 9 months pregnant we would have stayed the entire weekend, but baby Wassmer cut the visit to only a few hours.
Grand Bear has an indoor water park, indoor amusement park, mini-golf and good ol mid west outdoor fun. It wasn’t too much fun hanging outside thought since it felt like 100 degrees. The amusement park was kind of small (and the air conditioning was broke), but the rides kept the kids busy for at least a couple days.