Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Cole "Camp" 2011

In lieu of an actual Cole camp this year (in which my mom's side of the family normally gets together for a long weekend in June every year), a few of us decided to get together in the Twin Cities. (Okay, Jessie really booked tix for her and her sons to come up and visit and then informed me and Niko and Missy that we were all getting together, right Jess?) It was great to have the girls around, and to see Jessie's boys - they're getting so big! Will is almost 4 and Huck is exactly Mia's age - now 19 months! If you remember, I mentioned that Jessie and I had Huck and Mia on the same day - in two separate states! It was pretty exciting. So it's always fun to get the two of them together to see how they get along. It was amazing to me, again, to see how much bigger Huck seems - he's not much taller, but he's a lot more dense. They seemed to get along fine, although Mia kept calling him baby (she's saying this A LOT lately - to all kids, not just babies). Huck can already say "please" and "thank you," which we'll have to start working on a little more with Mia (evidently we don't encourage this enough...). Because we moved the pack 'n play downstairs for Huck to sleep in, our stairs were left unguarded (normally we use a toy and the pack 'n play to block off the bottom of our stairs since we don't have a railing or wall on one side to easily put up a baby gate). This led to the kids wanting to play on the stairs all of the time (why is that?). In addition to watching the kids play - which we did a lot - we took them to the Como Zoo, David's fire station (Will LOVES firefighters and has been excited to see "Fireman David's" station!), played outside in the wading pool, water table, and sprinkler, made and ate homemade ice cream (Will kept asking when the ice cream would be done - we made it Saturday afternoon and he didn't get any until Sunday afternoon. He wanted some for breakfast, but we held him off with monkey bread!), shopping at my favorite thrift store (for a couple of hours - we came back loaded!), and (for the adults) stayed up late talking, playing Pandemic (I got Niko hooked!), trying out drinks for the parents' 50th birthday party (we've got a great BOOZY mai tai recipe!), and discussing plans for next year's Cole Camp. Ready for picture overload? And these are just the few that I took...












3 comments:

J-Funk said...

Looks like a ton of fun!!

What's your favorite thrift store?

Mandy said...

Unique Thrift on Rice & Larpenteur!

J-Funk said...

Oh, I've never heard of that one. I'll have to try to remember it. We have TWO kids' thrift stores in our neighborhood, and both are small but very good. I feel lucky!