Friday, July 20, 2018

High Five for Friday (7.20.18)

Though we missed our boys, Hallie and I had a great week in Madison with my parents. I adore spending time with Hallie on her own, listening to her open up to her grandparents when she has them all to herself, and watching her lose track of the world around her as she quietly reads, swings, and plays all alone.

Highlights from our week include watching Grandpa play his ukulele at a local coffee shop, eating dinner on the Terrace at the UW Union, walking to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream, trying our first "burgrito" (burger + burrito = AMAZING), learning a new card and dice game, shopping at the Farmers Market, going water "skiing" on Lake Mendota, getting a pedicure, bird watching, and reading Archie comic books.
Sitting on the steps to the basement of the coffee house (it
was packed - standing room only) listening to Grandpa play. 
Gramps is on the right in the black Hawaiian shirt.
Visiting a nearby neighborhood's giant buffalo. (?)
Playing in one of the UW fountains after jumping
in Lake Mendota. Wait, you mean you don't walk
around downtown in your 4th of July swimsuit?
Saying hello to one of the UW campus'
many unique Bucky Badger statues. 
A stop on State Street with the
Wisconsin State Capitol in the distance.
The mother ship is calling me home...
Showing off her entry in Burgrito's weekly
drawing contest: it's a pot of gold (hamburger)
at the end of the rainbow (burrito).
Sunday afternoon on Lake Mendota.
Water "skiing".
She would literally go for hours if we'd let her.
Narwhal = the unicorn of the sea.
She's read that comic book at least six times. Who knew
she'd find Archie, Betty, and Veronica so interesting!
Hallie loved every minute of her pedicure.
And now we have pretty toes.
For someone who doesn't love birds, I found
watching the mom and dad birds bring food to
the baby birds surprisingly fascinating.
Summer Love 😍

Tom and Will (at least from what they shared with me) crushed their week at home alone, just the two of them. They made it to every appointment, activity, and event on the lengthy schedule I assembled for them, and Will even blended in among the college students (and apparently asked insightful questions) at one of Tom's talks. They cooked a few of their own meals (?!) and managed to coordinate - thanks to friends of mine - a playdate to Altitude. Not too shabby!
I LOVE that Will is willing to take on anyone across the chess board.
A round of disc golf in celebration of Tom's birthday.
Snuggling with Tux.
Tom cooked dinner multiple times!
Warming up to play goalie. 😬
Demonstrating his new Safe Sitter skills.
College Station's newest Safe Sitters!
Friends at Altitude!

Talk about a fantastic World Cup! The USA men's team may not have made the tournament, but the excitement surrounding group play games all the way through last Sunday's final match undoubtedly had a positive impact on soccer in the United States.

Will's back! After spending nine days back in College Station with Tom (he had two mandatory allergist appointments during that window), Will flew back to himself. This was our first experience with "unaccompanied minor" flying, and thankfully we all made it through!

Happy Friday, Chasing Roots!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wayback Wednesday: Big, Bigger...

After an extensive search, I finally found all of Will and Hallie's end-of-the-school-year graduation shirt photos. And so that I can make finding these photos in the future a less complicated and time-consuming process, I decided to share them all here, in one post. 

End of Kinder 

End of First

End of Second

End of Third

End of Fourth

End of Fifth

End of Preschool

End of Kinder

End of First

End of Second

End of Third

Big, bigger...but not yet biggest, thank goodness. It goes so fast.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wisconsin Bucket List: Lambeau Leap

Ok, so I didn't do the Lambeau Leap myself, but we did take a tour of the famed Lambeau Field.

As part of my dad's birthday festivities, my parents, my sister and her family, and the four Ferri met in Green Bay for an official tour of our beloved Packers' stadium. My parents took the tour a couple of years ago and Sara, Jeff, Tom, and I attended a Packers game back in December 2008, but the kids had never even seen Lambeau in person, let alone had the opportunity to check out the stadium's inner workings. And with the exception of not including a simulation of the legendary celebratory leap into the arms of Packers fans post-touchdown, the tour delivered. (To whom it may concern at Packer Headquarters: perhaps you should come up with a way for tour participants to try a Lambeau Leap for themselves.) 
Welcome to Lambeau!
Curly (Lambeau) and Vince (Lombardi)
Waiting for our tour to begin. You can't tell from
this picture, but the atrium floor tiles are perfectly aligned
with and created as a replica of the lines on the actual field.
Another view of the impressive atrium.
Some of the art in the hallway outside the suites.
View from the upper deck.
I think this tour was as much for
him as it was anyone else in our family...
View from the rooftop deck.
The Four Ferri
Carter, Jeff, Sara, and Lily
Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Paul
View from the suites.
Loving the sweet suite seats.
The suites common area. For somewhere in the neighborhood of $500
a game, a seat in this section and all you can eat catering can be yours!  
2010 Packers Super Bowl Ring
View from the first row of the stands. (New sod/grass had just been
laid and was taking hold so we couldn't walk on the actual field.) 
My football-loving boys.
A couple of our favorites.
The tunnel through which the Packers run on their way
onto the field. (The opposing team does not use this tunnel.)

After the tour we ate lunch at the 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the on-site restaurant and bar. I shared with my sister the Wisconsin-ist meal available on the menu: beer cheese mac skillet, stone-baked soft pretzel sticks with Blue Moon beer cheese, Green & Gold pizza, and a pint of beer. We also did a little shopping in the gigantic Packer Store, where Hallie scored a pair of green and gold pompoms and Will picked up a new Packer soccer ball.

I loved sharing this experience with Tom, the kids, and our larger family unit. Thanks, Mom and Dad for the opportunity, and Go Pack Go!