Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tyler's 5th Birthday Party!

What a perfect day we had to celebrate Tyler's 5th birthday party.  We were surrounded by all of Tyler's favorite friends and family.  It made for a full house...full of fun:)  The kids enjoyed fishing, playing yard games, and smashing the pinata that Zach so generously brought to the party.  It was a day of memories for sure.

Yogi Bear Camping with Friends

 Our first day at Yogi Bear was wet.  Jim and I hurried to put up the camper in the rain while the boys played games on the ipad in the Tahoe.  We were pretty much homebound and made the best of it by playing Yahtzee in the camper.  The rain finally died down and we enjoyed a picnic dinner with the Sawdey's, Mitchell's, Yager's, and Fulk's.  After dinner, we sang Happy Birthday to Tyler and ate cupcakes.  The kids enjoyed the finger flashlights that Tyler shared with the Happy Campers.

Saturday turned into a much nicer day.  The sun was shining and the kids enjoyed each other's company.  The bouncy pad was a big hit.  The bigger boys spent the day riding bikes and scooters and discovering adventures in groups of 2 or more on their own.

I loved getting this surprise photo from Tamara.  I stayed back at camp while Ava and Tyler went to the store with the crew.

 It's always tough to get a group shot so we bribed them into actually smiling by promising a silly shot next.  Below is the outcome:
no lack of silliness here.  Good Day;)

Christmas in July at Comerica Park

Zooming, Hopping, and Shivering at Michigan Adventure

Ryan, Tyler, Hunter, Zach, and Kaylee had a great time at Michigan Adventure!  The parents had a good time too.  We spent the majority of the day in the waterpark since the temperatures neared 100 degrees.  It was smoking hot.

Tyler and Miss had alot of fun riding the Frog Hopper back-to-back-to-back-to back.  The spent some time on the the other kiddie rides too and looked really cute together;)

I had a near scare that I had lost our smartphone and was ready to call it quits when Miss Amy discovered it buried in the cushion of our stroller.  (We take it to haul all our loot and tired little boys even though they have well outgrown the it.)  What a relief.  The evening ended at close of doors after Ryan talked Zach into riding Shivering Timbers.  What a thrill!  Zach had an upset belly from the combination of adrenaline and lack of food and was feeling better after a McDonald's dinner. 

We stayed again at the Duck Creek RV resort across the way from the Adventure and had a nice day at the pool to rest up the following day.  However, the ride home was smoking hot with no air conditioning and a pit stop to Discount Tire for new tires for our camper. 

Grand Haven Sun and Sand

We were really looking forward to our weekend trip to Grand Haven and then to Michigan's Adventure when the unexpected happened....we got a flat tire on our camper on the busy highway.  We couldn't even get the tire off because we only had the tire iron fitting for the Tahoe.  It was a little long to fit in the wheel well of the trailer.  When I called AAA, they said see you in an hour.  I was so worried with fear of having my kids sitting along the side of the highway that I gave the tire another go and sure enough loosened the lugs with only about a 2 inch spin.  Luckily, the Fulks were following closely behind and Jason helped Jim finish the task.  We must have run over a wire on the highway and it wrapped around the wheel well reeking havoc on the rubber.

Oh well, about an hour later we were headed for the sun and sand and the boys made the best of a bad situation by being patient and calm.  Thank goodness.

The water was refreshing.  The sand was cool and the kids loved getting buried.  Our tire dilemma was long forgotten.  We ended the evening at a local pub with the Yager's and the Fulk's and a good time was had by all.  Jim had the best burger he's ever eaten.  Rack it up as a good day!