What a weekend. I'm wiped, you guys!
Kael and I baked some orange soda cupcakes last week. He is just the best baking buddy. He can do so much of it on his own and he's so happy while we're in the kitchen!
Kase had his last tee ball game. We had such a fun season. Our neighbor and Kent did a great job coaching and we had such an awesome group of boys on the team. And I enjoyed getting to know their parents during the games! I think we're all a little sad his games are over!
Kase couldn't have been more excited about the medals. He wore it all night and into the next day.
Thursday morning we loaded up early and headed to Minneapolis for the Edward Jones Summer Regionals! We drove through heavy rain on the way there. I was thankful the kids are such good riders. We got into town in time for lunch. Kase enjoyed his Mickey pancake!
We waited for awhile to get checked into the hotel while the Financial Advisors were in meetings. The kids were more patient than I was, for sure. It was a cool hotel and the kids loved riding the escalators. Then we had a welcome meeting while the kids went to the Kids Club (babysitting provided by Edward Jones) and they LOVED it. They had the best time decorating masks and swords and had so much fun with their caregivers.
Later that night we all went to a welcome dinner. The kids loved the spray tattoos they got after dinner! There was also a basketball contest that Kent and I participated in and there was also a fun photo booth.
Kylee made a quick friend and they enjoyed spending a lot of time together over the weekend!
Friday morning I had a meeting with some of the other spouses and we decorated bird houses to be auctioned off and the money would be donated to charity. We were pretty proud of our barn bird house! I had such a fun team to work with.
We had a great view from our hotel room!
We were so thankful to have an adjoining room to my parents- we did have a funny thing happen when the comforter got ripped! There were feathers everwhere!
Later Friday afternoon we had a group bowling outing. It was great!
Then we stopped for ice cream and took in a lovely view of the river.
Friday night we ate as a big group at Hell's Kitchen. These big kids have totally taken Kase under their wing. They even approached me to ask if Kase could sit with them! Kase just idolizes these boys and they are so, so kind to him. A true testament to the awesome families we've met through Edward Jones. I hope when my kids get older they remember how well they were treated by the older kids and they can do the same for other families! It was a fun night out! And there were even cupcakes at the end- Kael was thrilled!
Saturday we walked to a fun restaurant nearby and had fun playing the piano along the way.
Only Grandpa Terry would get away with ordering two giant cinnamon rolls as an appetizer!
Kael's ear started bothering him and Kase was looking really tired so we went back to the hotel for a little while to relax, then headed to the Mall of America! We let the kids each pick one ride and also we stopped at the Lego Store for Kase.
Kylee picked the zipline, of course! Kael did the Log Chute with Grandma.
Saturday night was the big awards banquet! We knew the kids were in good hands at Kids Club- we got all dressed up for a night out! I was so proud of Kent and loved seeing him being recognized for all his hard work! The other financial advisors are truly the only ones out there who really know what all Kent has been through in the last year and a half getting this business started so Kent really enjoyed having the evening to talk with them. He also got a couple of really cool awards which made the night extra special.
We loved being able to spend the weekend with my parents. It's so cool getting to be a part of all these events with them and I heard from so many people how they think the world of my parents. I've known for a long time how awesome they are- it's fun to hear about it from someone else!
While we were away, we found out that Cindy and Keith had been moving their fridge downstairs at the house and Cindy fell down the stairs. She went to the hospital and even had to stay over night. She fractured her wrist and I know we are all so very thankful that it wasn't worse than that! She finds out tomorrow when surgery will be so we are all thinking of her as I know she is still in a ton of pain.
We stopped by to visit Cindy today, then spent the rest of the day catching back up- laundry, groceries, etc. Needless to say, everyone is exhausted tonight- a weekend filled with late nights, interrupted sleep and lots of junk food was tons of fun, but we're ready to get back on track tomorrow!