Visit from Aunt Nancy

My Aunt Nancy, who lives in Indianapolis, stopped by for lunch today. She was visiting my cousin in Kansas City and made the drive up to Des Moines. We had a nice lunch and she took a few minutes afterward to play on the trampoline with Rose.

Mari’s 14th Birthday

This evening we celebrated Mari’s 14th birthday with Susan’s parents and the Reagens. We had Skyline for dinner and the candy-dish cake that has become popular among our kids.

Mari at 14 is turning into a smart, independent young woman. She does well in school, is very responsible, and is particular about many things in life. She does not hesitate to share her feelings openly.

Favorite song: None
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: None
Favorite band: None
Favorite book: She is reading Twilight right now
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: Spiderman (Tom Holland)

Rose’s 4th Birthday

This morning we celebrated Rose’s 4th birthday! We had Susan’s parents, the Reagens, and the Thibodeaus over for brunch, cake, and presents.

Rose continues to be a joy to have around. She brings a lot of energy and excitement to the house, appreciating the little things that most of us take for granted. She shares a room and a bed with Lucia, and manages to stay on the same schedule as the rest of us. She often sneaks in a nap in the car to help keep up with our hectic schedule.

Favorite song: Baby Shark
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: Macaroni & Cheese
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy

Weekend Getaway

This weekend Aunt Mary came to watch the kids and Susan and I went to Omaha for a few days. It was the first time we left all five kids for an overnight.

Mary let us borrow her convertible!
We went for a hike in the Loess Hills.
Susan on the ropes course at Mahoney State Park.

Mari’s Projects

Mari made this locker caddy and pandunicorn this year in school. Mari had a good year in school this year, doing well in the academic and non-academic classes.