Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Air Show 2016

Another really successful year for the air show. 

Jeff worked his tail of for the last several months. The kids and I really get the best benefit from it as we get to meet all the pilots and get prime VIP status while attending the show. However, they days are long leading up to the show and we don't see much of Jeff. 

It was fun to attend the dinner and meet the pilots Friday evening. The kids and I attended the show on Sunday with Jack and family from Arizona. It was fun to spend the last day with them in Sioux Falls. 

The show didn't disappoint. The kids were into it and the day was really nice. 

We are so proud of all of your work, Jeff!

the kids and the black daggers

hanging on the runway

Fat Albert pilot

some of the Blue Angels team and the kids

fun night!

looking for the jumpers!

my girl

my boy

hanging with cousins

Oliver clan

my people

watching the Blue Angels

Diamond formation

the plane Jeff rode on and got rocked.
He has it on video.

Okoboji with cousins!

One of our favorite times of the year is when our Arizona cousins come for a visit to the lake. Nonstop cousin time for days on end. This year was no different. They all seem to pick up right where they left off even thought we don't see them for months at a time. 

The kids loved fishing this year. They spent many mornings on the dock trolling for fish- I know they caught several. 

This year the kids spent so much time on the boat- skiing and tubing! They are all getting bigger so it seems we are onto bigger things. 

The biggest shocking and exciting part was Anna going water skiing! I wasn't there so Jeff called to tell me that no one would go first to ski so she jumped up and went! Really proud of her! Jaxson and Isaac spent a lot of time water skiing as well and by the end of the week Isaac and Jaxson were able to start all by themselves in the water. The tube was a favorite, too. They all wanted to go faster and get crazy. Grandpa Johnny even went tubing. 

Its always fun to catch up with Patricia and Jack, too. 

Thanks for the fun!

golfing guys

fishing!

these boy are close in size!

Isaac skiing

proud kiddo

Jaxson skiing

Anna pulling herself up.
My favorite part about this picture is Jeff behind her with a giant smile on his face.
Proud Daddy

Anna skiing!

Jeff skiing

Tubing time!

flying!

having fun!

happy Anna!

Isaac. Jack. Jaxson

jumping off to swim in- favorite!

Grandpa Johnny tubing

Jordyn (1). Jace (4). Anna (5). Isaac (8). Jaxson (8)

girls matching

cutest outfits

Anna. Isaac. Jaxson

Denver with Suzie

Last fall- yep like last November Suzie and I decided we had to see Adele in concert. We started searching for dates and decided we would try to find tickets for Chicago. I got online and after having zero luck the Chicago concert sold out. I was bummed. I called Jeff to tell him about how unlucky I was when it comes to finding tickets for things.... He called me shortly after to tell me she was going to be in Denver the following weekend and would try to get us tickets. 

To make a long story short, he got them! Woohoo! So our plan was in action for a fun weekend in Denver in July. Suzie took care of some details and I took care of some and the next thing we knew the weekend was here! 

Suzie and I had to fly separately because of Joe and Amy's wedding so Suzie arrived several hours before me. I arrived late Friday evening for some appetizers and drinks. We went to bed and got a full nights sleep and woke up Saturday morning ready to shop! We spent a couple hours wondering downtown and then went to the mall to hit our favorite stores. 

First major highlight of the trip happened Saturday evening when we stumbled up Larimer Square for  dinner. It was so quant. They had all the tables brought to the street and had the street blocked off for live music and dinner and drinks. After we had dinner we walked around a bit and took a pedicab to the hotel. 

Sunday we slept in and got some lunch and went back to the mall. This is where the second major highlight of the trip was (for me)- running into Lauren from the Bachelor and taking a picture with her. It was pretty fun and awesome and I was pretty much freaking out. 

Sunday afternoon was the third highlight of our trip- we spent a couple hours hanging out on the rooftop bar at our hotel. We just chilled. Suzie brought her book and we had a couple raspberry mojitos. It was the perfect afternoon. 

Obviously our fifth and best highlight of the trip was seeing Adele in concert on Sunday evening. She was amazing. She was funny, it felt more like a story tellers concert as she would explain why she wrote each song and how it pertained to her life. 

Monday morning we were back at the airport coming home after a great weekend away! 

Thanks Suz, for the fun weekend! Love you forever! My soul sister.

Larimer Square

Larimer Square lit up by the twinkling lights

pedicab driver

twinning out

meeting Lauren from the Bachelor

Sunday afternoon chill time

Ready for Adele!

So cool!

Suzie's turn to drive the pedicab

Joe and Amy's Wedding!

The event of the summer! We were all so excited to celebrate Joe and Amy's Wedding in Des Moines. It was great to have the Oliver family together- even for just a short time. 

We went to Des Moines early Thursday to make it in time for the rehearsal at the church at 1pm. We had dinner downtown and then walked to the sculpture garden so Isaac could play a little Pokemon Go. My wonderful friend, Sonia lives in Des Moines and came to see us at the hotel that evening- she was due anyway with her baby so it was fun to see her in her last days of pregnancy. 

Friday morning Jeff and Isaac went golfing and Anna and I slept in, went swimming and then went and got our hair done for the wedding.

The wedding was beautiful. Jeff and the kids went to the reception and Sonia picked me up to take me to the airport so I could catch my flight and weekend plans in Denver. I got videos all night long of the kids dancing at the reception. I was sad to miss all the fun. Anna danced the night away. Isaac was, too. 

We are so excited to have Amy and Ellie in our family!

sculpture garden

Pokemon hunting with Kristy

Dinner group

Sonia and her baby belly!

swimming mermaid

hair salon

my best date

bride and groom

Oliver family

cutest kids... ever!

my family

Joe and Amy with all the kids

the boys

Oliver family

my beautiful girl