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!

Friday, July 13, 2018

High Five for Friday (7.13.18)

Last Friday I skipped over a High Five for Friday post in favor of celebrating my Ninja Warrior cousin, so this Friday I'm covering two weeks worth of high fives. Happy Friday, friends!

Will had an incredible time at camp. For those who might be curious, this was Will's second year attending Education in Action's week-long Lonestar Leadership Academy, which focuses on "Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders" with a week of fun and engaging leadership activities, academic learning, and field trips to some of Texas' most unique and historic destinations. Last year in Dallas/Fort Worth, Will visited the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Fort Worth Stockyards, National Cowgirl Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Texas Rangers Ballpark, and more. This year in Austin/San Antonio, he visited the Alamo, Witte Museum, Meadows Center, Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas State Cemetery, Texas State Capitol and State Legislators' offices, LBJ Library and Museum, and more. Next year in Houston/Galveston will be his third and final summer attending camp, and while we'll be sad when he finishes the three-year program, we hope Hallie can start attending in the next year or two! (If you'd like more information about this incredible program for your kiddos, email me at
Witte Museum
Witte Museum Rock Wall
Witte Museum
Welcome Cookout
The Alamo
The Alamo
Natural Bridge Caverns
Texas State Cemetery
Texas Supreme Court
Austin Panic Room (an escape room)
2018 Commemorative Photo taken prior
to their Lonestar Riverboat Bat Cruise. 

And then we all had a superb time celebrating Independence Day a few days early at the lake with friends.
Big group selfie...minus one. Javier, who is swimming
somewhere in the lake in the background, missed the photo.
(some of) the boys
(some of) the girls
mama friends
Inside, taking a break from the heat.

Next we headed far north to Minocqua, Wisconsin for a week of fun at the Lincoln Lodge.
Roasting marshmallows for s'mores.
Sunset fishing.
Watching a summer storm roll in. (One of
my favorite parts of summer at the Lodge!)
Some of us played in the summer rains...
...and some of us enjoyed the storm
under the safety of the awning. 
BB gun target practice.
A bald eagle soaring above the trees.
Showing off the day's bounty. 
Preparation for Friday Night Fish Fry.
Hammock reading is the BEST!
Sweet cuddles in the rain.
This picture perfectly captures Hallie.
Hallie's nail salon.
Sunglasses models. 
Girls' excursion to town.
Nap time.
So. Much. Ice Cream. 😍
Pontoon-ing across the lake.

Following our week of lake living, we zigzagged back and forth across both Wisconsin and Illinois for a bucket list excursion, to share a childhood experience of mine with the kids, to play with cousins, and to celebrate my dad's birthday.
A teaser...more to come in a separate post!
Bay Beach is an amusement park in Green Bay that my
grandparents used to take my sister and me to when we were little. 
So many fond - and one poor, of a bird
pooping on my head 😂 - memories here.
This exact slide has been here for decades.
As has "our" wheel...
...and the bumper cars. This was Will's
first time to drive bumper cars by himself.
And Hallie's first ride ever.
Helping Grandma with Grandpa's birthday pie.
The birthday boy having a good time.
Outdoor picnic, because in Illinois we can
go outside in the evenings without dying of heat!
Lily's dance studio let Hallie attend two
days of their mini dance intensive with Lily.

And now Tom and Will have flown back to College Station, where they're both working and playing. (More specifically, Tom is working in between shuttling Will to and from his allergist appointments, soccer camp sessions, safe sitter class, chess club gatherings, and Futsal game.) I don't love having my family separated by 1,000+ miles, but Hallie and I are enjoying our girl time with my mom and I know the boys are having a great time at home just the two of them (and Tux).
Tux missed Will SO much.
He'll never let go...

Happy Friday, Chasing Roots!

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