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Friday, July 31, 2015


Well, it looks like another month has passed since I last blogged. Crazy how fast that happens.
I have tons of fun pictures from the past month, since we've been so busy enjoying every moment of our summer break.

For today, though, I am going to share about our new basketball court in the backyard.
This past week, we had the pleasure of having the company "Sport Court" come out and install our very own basketball court.

Here are the pictures of the progress: 

The digging started Monday morning, and the cement was laid before noon.
On Tuesday, the cement continued to fully dry and was cut.
On Wednesday, the hoop was installed and the sport court tiles were painted white.
Then, on Thursday at noon, the paint was finally dry enough for us to get out and play.

Peter has got a portable, wireless speaker so we can have music on the court, a deck box to store the basketball inside, and an easy way for us to stay hydrated with water.

What a fun way to spend time with the family.
We all LOVE it so far!!

These boards helped to protect our grass, making the only damaged area the grass right around the court.

Watching the men work from the deck while eating breakfast and playing in the sandbox.

The hoop adjusts low enough for Marshall to make it too!
The quality of this picture is not good, but I wanted to show how well our deck lights actually light up the court at night. We've been out the past 2 nights until almost 10pm.

We'd love to see you out at the court for a quick game, so just let me know if you're coming down to play.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Wow, I can't believe it's been over a month since I last blogged!
We have been SO busy, so I think I'll just share a few of the pictures.

We finished school during the last week of May, we 've been to Valleyfair 6-7 times (depending on which of us you ask), the boys have attended 3 library events and finished over 1/2 of their reading lists already, we've celebrated Brady and Logan's birthdays, and the big boys attended their first basketball camp.

Here are the pictures:

Marshall at soccer

Marshall at T-ball

Marshall helping pick weeds

Birthday boys sharing a tender moment

Learning to roller skate at Skateville for a friend's birthday

Reading a book on the front porch

Marshall in his second tricycle race (he came in 3rd place)

Matching Minecraft shirts at Brady and Logan's birthday party

Birthday party and cake

Swimming at the Lifetime outdoor pool

Getting wet on "The Wave" at Valleyfair

Getting wet on "Thunder Canyon" at Valleyfair

Having fun at Valleyfair!

I have some fun pictures from basketball camp too, and from Brady's first Twins game, but they are on Peter's phone. Hopefully I can get them from him soon.

I also wanted to mention the incredible weekend that the boys were able to spend with Grandma and Grandpa a couple weeks ago. They got to spend 2 nights sleeping in the camper, having a bonfire, visiting a couple parks, planting flowers at the cemetery, playing lawn darts, and wearing Grandma and Grandpa completely out :).
Peter and I also received the gift of a peaceful weekend together. We took advantage of spending time together at home. We went out for a couple meals, went for several walks, and played a million of our favorite board games. It was very relaxing and we felt so blessed for our special weekend alone. I was really starting to miss my noisy boys by Sunday afternoon!