This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity! It started Thursday night when Annika and James stayed up late so they could go with me to the airport to pick up Gramme. Annika declared it “the best day ever” because they had soccer in the morning and Elyse and Liam were going to come over and go with then they had more play time in the afternoon with Elyse and Liam then that night we had t-ball (James’ first of the season) which meant Annika got to play at the adjourning playground and then she got to stay up late and go get Gramme. It just may have been Annika’s best day ever. It wasn’t so bad for the rest of us either! It was really great to see Gramme again – for all of us.
Friday while I was at work, Gramme was at our house with Kris and the kids. We didn’t have any activities planned for that day so Gramme and the kids had a whole day to be together. Kris used this time to work on some landscaping outside. When I got home that afternoon the kids told me all about their day. They played squinkies, cards, went on a trip to Target and did tons of other fun things with Gramme. That night while Kris was at work the kids and I drove Gramme out to her friends John and Donna’s house to pick up her truck. It was being stored there while she was in Florida. We stopped at Dairy Queen on the way and ate some Dilly Bars and ice cream cones. I shared a Dilly Bar with Levi. He devoured that thing so fast! He did let me get a few bites in but it was 75% Levi and 25% Mommy on that one. And when our treat was done he slid over next to Gramme and “helped” her finish her treat too. Then when that treat was done, Levi crawled up to sit by Annika and looked up at her adoringly. So adoringly that she just had to share her ice cream with him too! Luckily James finished his or he would have been next. As it was, James was the only person who didn’t have to share his treat! While at John and Donna’s house we chatted for a bit. Gramme needed to do some catching up with her friends after all. I went outside with the kids and let them run around when they started getting rambunctious inside. There was a playset with swings and monkey bars outside so Annika and James were set. Levi though had his eyes set on something else. A 4-wheeler. It was just sitting there innocently in the yard. And Levi was so enthralled with it that he just had to climb on it and pretend to drive it. Over and over and over again. When the others came outside and we were getting ready to leave John offered to give Levi a ride on it. I was worried that Levi would be scared and he jumped a bit when John started the 4-wheeler but I needn’t have worried. Levi loved every second of it. After making a circle of the yard, John stopped by us and asked Annika and James if they wanted a ride. Being bashful, both said no. John asked Levi is he wanted to go again and never having actually gotten down from the 4-wheeler he simply nodded his head and he and John took off for another lap. That was one happy little boy! He totally loves construction vehicles and big trucks right now so this was right in his wheelhouse. Every time a semi or other big truck is seen while driving, we hear a big “Whoa!” coming from his car seat. He is so adorable.
Gramme stayed with us again Friday night because Saturday morning we had to get up early and head out for the Heartbeat 5000 5k. Gramme, the kids and I met the rest of Erin’s Cardiac Crew about 8:15am so we could get a team picture taken. Krystle, Pierce and Ayla joined us as did some other neighbors and family members of Erin. Maria said there was about 45 members. After the team picture Annika and James ran in the age 5-9 kids run. They ran their little hearts out and received a goodie-bag of prizes at the end. Then it was the 5 and under kids run. I ran with Levi in that one. Levi was so excited to run with the kids even if he did peter out about 3 yards from the finish and I had to scoop him up and carry him to his goodie-bag. Then it was time for the 5k to start. With that many people there (around 3000 participating) it was hard to find everyone from Erin’s team to start the walk together. We kind of ebbed and flowed with some in front of us, some in back of us and that changing from time to time. We caught up with most of them at the water stop just after the 1 mile mark. At least Krystle and Pierce and Ayla stayed with us the whole time. With about 3/4 of a mile left I asked Annika if she wanted to run it in with me. She declined but James said “I do!” so he and I took off and ran. He had to stop to take a couple of walk breaks but he overall did a great job running with me. He does have to learn some running etiquette like no cutting your mom off by crossing over from left to right or right to left just in front of her. It was fun to run with him though. Maybe I can get him and Annika to run with me more at home! After the race Krystle, Pierce and Ayla along with Gramme headed for home. They had plans that day that they needed to get to. The kids and I stayed for a bit so they could jump in the bounce house and pick up some of the food treats. Then we went home and picked up Daddy.
Once we had Kris with us we went to Jeff and Maria’s house for an Erin’s Cardiac Crew lunch. There were a ton of kids there and it was so fun to see the old house again (at least from the backyard). The trees there are getting SO big! We just have to plant some trees at our house this summer/fall! We couldn’t stay too long at the lunch though because we had to meet Kris’ friend Jon in St. Louis Park at 2pm that afternoon to pick up Talia, Jon’s daughter. Both Jon and Michelle were out of town this weekend and so Talia was staying with us for a couple days. We picked her up and then went home so the kids could play for a while.
Carrie and Adam and the boys were traveling through the cities on Saturday on their way north for a week’s vacation so Saturday night we met them at their hotel and went swimming with them. All the kids had a great time. Annika, James and Talia were playing a game of keep away with some floating balls. Levi was having fun jumping off the side into my arms or “swimming” to Kris in his life jacket. Even Isak eventually got into the water (he’s afraid) so he could join the kids in tossing the balls around.
Sunday morning on our way to church we drove by the Savage police department and saw all the trucks outside on display. They were having an open house and pancake breakfast. So after church was over we drove back and let the kids climb all over, in and out of the firetrucks. Then we fed them pancakes for lunch and let them climb in more firetrucks before heading back home. They had a blast! Once home we got everyone changed into their swimming suits and sunblock applied and then we got out the kiddie pool and sprinkler and let them play in the back yard all afternoon long. They had a great time and Jack even joined them from next door. While they played, Kris worked on the landscaping some more (retaining wall on the South side) and I helped him by carrying the ripped up sod to the top of the hill in back (to lay down as a buffer between our yard and the weeds of the undeveloped land behind us). When I wasn’t doing that I was getting water and freezies for the kids or carrying more cement landscape block to Kris from where it was dumped on the driveway. By 4pm that day Kris and I were done. We were both exhausted from all the physical labor plus the beating sun. We picked up outside and shooed the kids inside. They had had enough time in the sun for one day too.
And now we’re back to the work week. Annika and James have soccer M-Th this week. James has T-ball Thursday night. James has a Star Wars Lego building class on Friday morning through Community Ed and I’m sure we’ll find a ton more fun things to do in the “down time.”