This past weekend my brother flew in for about 50 hours of fun!
The boys were SO happy to have him here. They love having family come stay with us! And he came bearing gifts which was extra special!
Friday evening we went out to Dad & Dudes Breweria for dinner. Tyler is used to much more calm and peaceful and upscale dining. Breadstick fights and fork patrol made for an interesting dining experience for him, for sure. But he jumped right into our chaos and we had a good dinner out.
On Saturday morning we headed over to Nolan's soccer practice.
Tyler enjoys watching soccer and following his favorite football club, so it was fun for he and Nolan to mess around a bit on the field.
Oh Nolan...what a funny EXCITED smile! Love that kid.
After practice we chilled around the house for a bit. The boys LOVED all the extra attention.
Uncle T and Nolan worked on his new Ninja Turtles Lego set, which he has played with NON STOP since.
Then we headed off to the Rockies game. We decided to drop Brooks off at Oma & Opa's for the afternoon so that he could nap and we could have less stress at the game.
I love these pics of the boys! So cute!
We had great seats out in left field. It was the perfect location for the kids. We didn't have to walk too far to get up and down to our seats. We were close to bathrooms and food. And we were right in between two play areas.
The boys were super excited to get Cotton Candy. Nolan ate half of his bag right away. Heath didn't end up liking it. He said it was "fuzzy".
We took a break from the game to go play on this playground. Heath loved climbing this little wooden arch and then running down and around to do it again and again.
Tyler likes to try new or interesting foods at each ballpark he visits. At Coors field he had an Elk Dog and Cajun Fries. He said they were both good. I had a Rockie Dog and Mark had a Helton Burger. All delicious!
Oh my...did we have some good food. A vanilla milkshake for this sweet tooth!
Taking yet another break from the game, and the sun, at the new play land. The boys both loved climbing in this area.
Me and my #1 Rockies fan! The weather was perfect. It was hot, but we also got a good cloud cover, and it was very pleasant.
Uncle T got some ice cream in this cool Rockies bowl. He was happy to pass it along to the boys as a souvenir.
For the last couple of innings we moved down to the front row. The boys had a little more room to move around and we got to see Cargo up close.
I love Nolan's Rockies shirt. He got it a couple of years ago from the Sloothaaks and it finally fits him now.
He wanted to catch a Home Run ball in his hat. There were plenty of Home Runs and good hits, but none in our direction. The Rockies won and the boys had a great day. They made some fun memories. And Mark and I left thinking that it is nice that we are now getting to a point in life where it is easier to do fun things like this with our kids.
We picked up Brooks, went home, and put our exhausted boys to bed. We all sat out on our deck and chatted and enjoyed another beautiful sunset. Then Tyler and I watched the series finale of our favorite old T.V. show- Everwood. It was only on for 4 seasons in the early 2000's. But it is seriously one of my favorite shows of all time now. I've been watching the DVDs non stop for the past few months. And I have Tyler to thank for introducing me to it! So it was fun to be able to watch the last episode with him.
Sunday morning was Father's Day! The boys woke up early, as usual, they tried to stay quiet for a bit to let Daddy sleep in, but when that didn't really work, they rushed in to shower him with cards and kisses.
We had a lazy breakfast and then Mark headed out to golf with Wes and Brad- their Father's Day tradition. (Brooks loves eating with a spoon. I love this cute moment- sharing cereal with his FAVORITE person.)
Here are the cards the boys made for Mark. I made these with my students at school as well. (See the hearts!)
Since Mark was gone for most of the day, Tyler and I were on kid duty. He got a real taste of a typical day at home with the boys.
They wore these cool soccer uniforms that Uncle T bought for them. They are the home and road jerseys for his favorite soccer club- Aston Villa. They looked so cute. Heath LOVED his soccer socks!
We ran to King Soopers for a few things we needed. It's not a stop at King Soopers without a ride on the horsey. Nolan looks so huge on the horse...this may have to be one of his last rides...I think he's getting a bit too big!
Then we came home and Skyped with Grandpa, Grandma, and Auntie. It was fun to Skype with Uncle T here. And the boys got to "see" Grandpa on Father's Day! Then we made Father's Day Funfetti cupcakes. The boys thought they needed party hats to celebrate "Dad's Day". Then they pretended to be unicorns (ha!) and enjoyed their beaters. Yum!
We spent the afternoon playing games. Candyland...
and Guess Who? After I played a few rounds with Nolan, Tyler and I decided to play each other for old times sake. He beat me, 5 to 4.
When the guys were done golfing, Bruce & Barb and Brad & Jayne and the kids came over for cupcakes on the porch. We had intended to go to the pool, but a storm front came in and it was cloudy and drizzling and cool. It cleared up, but it wasn't exactly great weather for the pool.
We gave Opa his new flip flops- perfect for Cancun!
Father and Son
After a taco dinner, we snapped a quick pic with Tyler and Brooksie and then we were off to the airport.
Thank you Uncle T for coming into our crazy! We loved having you! The boys adore you and think you are oh.so.funny! We can't wait to see you (and Laura) next month!
The boys fell asleep on the way to the airport. They were exhausted. They slept almost all the way home as well. Once they were out of the car they got their second wind and we gave Daddy his Father's Day gifts- shirts, shorts, and a Tigers hat!
And the evening ended with pushups. Daddy time is always super fun, no matter what you are doing.
We sure are thankful for such amazing Dads in our life! 2 special "Grandpas" and 1 awesome Dad! Mark, you are fun, funny, patient, and loving. Thank you for giving me 3 wonderful boys! I heart our family!