Thursday, June 30, 2011


We arrived in Lexington on Sunday afternoon and have been having a great time! Here is what we have been up to:
Tennis matches. James loves to "help" out on the courts. Gillian has been working with him on his strokes. She is so good and patient with him.
This is James' ice cream treat from A & W after he took care of business on the potty for the 1st time!!!!! We were so excited and went to celebrate immediately. We have been talking a lot the last month about how there will be no more diapers in Michigan. We decided to tackle potty training here and it has gone very well. James has only had a few true accidents. We brought a portable potty for when we are playing outside and at the beach although he does like to water the grass sometimes!
Lots of running and playing on the
Lots of rocks and buckets
Spending a lot of time in beach chairs. Unfortunately, Blake also would not stop eating rocks and sand on the beach.
Obsessed with climbing on chairs
We have take a few family bike rides. The boys have done well in the trailer but are only good for about 30-40 minutes.
Todd precious cargo!
We took the crew bowling one evening and it was a blast! James was great entertainment!
Poor boy with the wide feet. Can't even get bowling shoes that fit!
We went strawberry picking at a farm in Deckerville(about 30 minutes north). We went once with James, Gillian, and Jack and then I went back a couple days later with aunt Lynda.
Lots of yummy berries! We had strawberry shortcake almost every night the first week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hagar Shores, MI

We usually try to get together with our friends the Schneiders for a little summer getaway each year. It is so hard to try to find weekends that work for both of us. We decided we could leave 2 days earlier than planned for Lexington, MI and spend 3 nights on Lake Michigan. Trying to find a place proved to be quite the challenge. Trying to find a rental in May for June, a place big enough for our growing group, and only needing it for 3 nights vs a week was a little stressful. Thanks to Ashlee and Glen and craigslist we found the perfect little place for us.
Our rental house
The kitchen
We arrived Thursday afternoon and everyone was excited to get to the beach. It was a little cool so we bundled the kids up in pants and sweatshirts. They had so much fun!

I love all the squeals in this video!

Friday morning was still chilly so we drove to St Joseph. It was a darling town with lots of family friendly activities. We all enjoyed the carousel and then pizza near the Amtrak.

Friday afternoon and Saturday it was finally nice for beach time!

So much fun that James didn't want to leave...
Our annual Wilson/Schneider family photo... We are officially outnumbered!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

We celebrated Fathers Day with a family pool party! James LOVES swimming and the water. Blake is quickly following in his footsteps! Todd is always so great to get in the water and play with both boys. I'm so thankful for the wonderful dad that Todd is to our boys. He is so patient and kind with them. I can't imagine going through life with anyone else. Thank you for every single thing that you do, give and are to our family. We love you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Couple time

Todd and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary! Sometimes I just don't know where the time went. The last few weeks we have had several fun couple outings. We love our growing family but we truly cherish the moments when we can go out by ourselves for a few hours or get a night away. We often talk about how we didn't truly appreciate our time together as a couple until after we had James.

Early June we went to a Royals game and sat in the dugout suite right next to the Twins dugout. Todd LOVED it! He even got thrown a ball from the 3rd base coach and ended up on TV a couple of times.

The next weekend we had a date on the Plaza. We went to see Midnight in Paris, had dinner at Jack Stack(al fresco), and got cheesecake to share by the fountains!

The rest of the pictures are from our getaway to a local bed and breakfast on our actual anniversary. We really enjoyed it! Thanks to Jami and Andy for the great recommendation and to my parents for keeping the boys overnight. We will definitely be going back!