Niagara Falls, Canada Edition

At the border
Familie
Enjoying a much-needed snack at Tim Horton’s, our favorite Canadian donut shop.

Today we made our first visit to Niagara Falls. We parked by American Falls and then walked across the bridge to Canada. It was actually my first time ever leaving the country! We enjoyed the evening. 

 

Lucia’s 5th Birthday!

Lucia turned 5 over the weekend. It was a bit of a crazy time because on her actual birthday we spent most of the day in San Francisco with the Liess clan. We still tried to make it a special day and then on Monday night we had cake and ice cream. 

Lucia at 5 continues to be an angel. She is smart, sweet, and enthusiastic. She loves life and socializing with other people. She is showing an interest in learning her letters this year, even though it is not something we encourage. She shares a bed with Rose in the RV and helps out when Rose needs it, either helping her find her pacifier or cuddling in the morning. 

She loves to bike with all of the kids and she is a master with her two-wheeler. It would be awesome to be back in Des Moines to try out some of the single track trails. 

Favorite song: Victor Vito
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Noodles
Favorite book: Thumbelina

Lucky Charms for her breakfast cereal
Aunt Mary made sure Lucia got a piece of cake at lunch on Pier 39.
This girl knows how to pose!
Mac & Cheese for her birthday dinner.
Playing her new game with Cameron.

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for the kids! It means a new and more structured routine for our life on the road. Andrew is in 8th grade, Mari 6th, Elliot 5th and Lucia still in preschool, though she is insisting that Susan teach her letters. 

Group shot
Andrew, 8th grade
Mari, 6th grade
Elliot, 5th grade
Lucia, preschool
classroom

Crazy Day

It was a crazy, emotional day today. Susan, Erin, and her mom went to the house this morning to clean. They were there for a few hours, getting everything perfect for the new owners. 

All of the Lieslands went over after Rose’s nap, to say goodbye. There were a lot of tears shed. We also had one last visit and popsicle with Rick & Donna, our closest neighbors ever. 

By dinnertime it was time to transition to the traditional May 29th affairs – our 13th anniversary. Erin & Nate watched the kids so Susan and I could go out to dinner. We ended up at Cool Basil – table 13!

Mobile
One last popsicle with Rick & Donna.
Table #13

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Today we celebrated Andrew’s birthday! It is hard to believe it has been 13 years. We celebrated Andrew’s birthday after soccer with the Liesses and the Reagens, and Will. I think Andrew had a fun day, with school work in the morning, piano, hanging out with Will in the afternoon and dinner, and then everyone came over to celebrate with us.

At the age of 13, and continues to be a young man who is happy and excited about life. He is passionate about and open to many things. He still loves to read, listen to music, and play sports. He continues to excel in school, open to learning about each subject and taking pride in his work.

Favorite song: Heathens
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food: Chicken Noodle Soup
Favorite band: Coldplay
Favorite book: Harry Potter 7
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: Jurassic Park

Andrew at age one (day).
Andrew at age one (day).
Andrew at age 13.
Andrew at age 13.

Photos from Andrew’s first year or so.

Rose’s First Words

Rose is starting to make more noise that sounds like talking. She has been saying ‘uh-oh’ for a few months, ‘hi’ maybe for a few weeks, and just recently she has started saying ‘baby.’

Rose Walking

Slowly, but surely, Rose is starting to walk. She took her first steps on Susan’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and has been adding a few more each day. We have had a hard time getting a good video, so we combined a few.

Susan’s 20th High School Reunion

This weekend Susan’s friends were in town for her 20th high school reunion. The Foley-Murphy’s (Andrea, Murph, Grace, & Jack) stayed with us, which was great. It was great to be able to spend so much time with them.┬áSusan, Megan, Missy, and some other classmates have been planning the reunion for a few months – tracking down classmates, choosing the venues, and decorating.

The weekend consisted of a girls’ night at Megan’s, family time at Beaverdale Park on Saturday morning, Mass and a school tour on Saturday afternoon, and then a Saturday evening event at Noce. For the Saturday evening event Susan and I got a babysitter for the first time since Rose was born.