More summer fun!

I’m not quite sure how we’ve been able to squeeze all the fun we’ve had into the past few weeks.  It’s been a whirlwind, but we know that summer’s going to be over soon, and we did a good job taking advantage of the time we had.

We started Sunday with both great and new friends at a brunch hosted by Becca Gruenspan of RG Adoption Consulting.  (You can read more about Becca in a previous post.)  There were over a dozen families who have been built through adoption hanging out in the backyard, sharing stories, and enjoying a potluck breakfast.  All the children played t-ball, helped each other down the slide, and zip-lined across the backyard having great fun.

On Saturday, we traveled all the way out to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL for Day Out with Thomas.  Colin likes Thomas the train and knows the “L” train, Metra, and Amtrak, so we thought we’d check it out.  When Colin first saw Thomas, he was absolutely thrilled.  While we were there, we went for a ride on Thomas, Colin got a temporary Thomas tattoo on his leg, and he burned off some energy walking through old trains and jumping around in a variety of bouncy houses.  Overall, it was another fun morning out.

Earlier in the month, we took a family beach vacation to Lake Maxinkuckee in Indiana.  It was so nice walk to the beach everyday, splash in the warm water, and build sand castles.  We biked around a bit and saw the Notre Dame football team practicing at Culver Academies.  We also spent a rainy morning at the nearby Marshall County Historical Society – mostly to check out their cool model train room.  Colin made such an impression on the museum staff, that our family photo was added to their facebook page.  But, the most fun was had on the days immediately before and after our trip.

Colin’s much anticipated 3rd birthday was earlier this month.  We started the month with a small family party and ended his birthday week with a rockin’ garage band party for his friends.  I baked ice cream cone cupcakes which everyone thought was fun.  (The kids couldn’t figure out why the ice cream wasn’t melting!)  Colin had so much birthday fun and received some great gifts – guitar, puzzles, books, wheelbarrow, scooter, games, and so much more.  He’s so excited to be 3 years old.  It’s an extra special day in our family as Colin shares a birthday with his great-grandma.  She turned 95 this year!

Somehow, throughout all this fun, potty training has finally been successfully completed.  (Knock on wood!)  In addition, we’re preparing for the beginning of school, which starts at the end of the month.  Of course, I’ll write more about this in the coming weeks.

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Brunching with friends

colin and thomas

Look…there’s Thomas!

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Fun family birthday photo

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Enjoying a swim

Rockin' out on the guitar at his garage band party

Rockin’ out on the guitar at his garage band party