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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