|Flying a kite at a park near the lake|
|Jamison with a praying mantis|
|Wishing they could run with the animals|
|Pressed against the glass checking out the antelope|
|Riding a bear at the museum|
|Enjoying German Night at Regner Park in West Bend with Grandma & Pop Pop|
|Someone liked the slide!|
|Visiting camels at the Milwaukee Zoo|
|We got close to the flamingos|
|Look at those grins...these boys love the zoo!|
|Tired after 6 hours of walking|
Saturday we experienced what seems to be a tradition in most small towns in the midwest: the local festival. Port Washington is a medium-sized town on Lake Michigan which hosts "Fish Day" each summer, and boasts the "largest one-day outdoor fish fry" in the world. The boys and I left early with my dad to catch the parade,
|Parade watching with Pop Pop George|
|Lake Michigan - view from Port Washington, WI|
|The boys and I with Grandma Bonnie|
Port Washington's location on the lake, many sailboats, and the festival atmosphere reminded me of Vermilion, Ohio, a cute town on Lake Erie where Brad and I lived for five years. It is also home to the Festival of the Fish, a fun local tradition.
|Jamsion's Jenga-block tower|
|Building with Lincoln Logs!|
|Fun on the deck|
On Monday we went swimming with a friend at the private lake in her neighborhood. Jamison and I got to watch small bluegills swimming near our feet, while Nathanael mostly wanted to dig in the sand. It was fun to watch the boats in the other part of the lake too. While it was hot outside, the water was pretty comfortable, as there was a slight breeze and a place to sit in the shade.
|Enjoying sand and shade at the beach|
Monday night we went to our first little league baseball game to see our cousin play (and to play on the playground nearby). The boys found a toy they could sit on that operated like an excavator, and both tried it out (and both bumped their heads on it), though it was better suited to someone Jamison's height. They also both rode a merry-go-round for the first time! (We don't have them at parks here, so they both watched for awhile before trying out the new park equipment.) Fortunately they did have some help from their cousins.
|Jamison helps get it started...|
Here's a pic of the boys with our cousins...so cute!
|The kids enjoyed playing together|
On our last day in Wisconsin we dropped off my mom at work, then spent time at a park in town, and visited the local library. We had a quiet afternoon at my parents' house while I packed and prepared for an early morning. Since our flights were through Chicago (O'Hare) we needed to leave around 4:00am for our 7:15am departure. To my parents' great surprise, all was packed and ready by the time I went to bed around 10:00pm, AND we were able to get the luggage, the boys, and myself out the door, into the car, and on our way about 5 minutes early! (If you ask, they'll tell you that the only time in my life I was early was at my birth; and my brothers could easily tell stories of me missing the bus numerous times in high school; so for me, this was a momentous achievement!)
Though we missed Brad, as this was the longest we've all been away from him in the past two years, we were really glad that we had the time and resources to travel to be with my parents. We still missed some of my cousins I had hoped to see, but were thankful for the time we had, and for the good memories. It was pretty sweet to see the boys run to meet him in the baggage claim area at the airport. If one hand had been free, I'd have taken a picture, but as it was, I'll remember the scene and smile, just the same.