Sunday, August 26, 2012

College Days

I graduated from college almost 10 years ago. It is easily the some of the best years of my life. I met Tony at ISU, I learned my craft, I got to go to Italy to study abroad, and I met some of my best friends. We are still close by the way. 

Last weekend, Adam, one of Tony's college roommates, got married in Minneapolis. Most of the ISU crew was there, and we had a fantastic time.

This is most of our group, and we are doing the signature "look away" pose that became synonymous with our friends. 

We stayed at a beautiful hotel that also hosted the wedding reception. We are big fans of this. Tony and I did the same thing. 

I can be a bit of a hotel snob, I really like to stay in nice hotels. It's a quirk of mine. 

This hotel did not disappoint. All rooms were suites, and we were right next door to some friends. It worked out perfectly.

We stayed at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. I would highly recommend the hotel. Tony and I even talked about bringing the family up and staying. The 2 room suite would work perfectly for us. We could put Avery down for the night, close the door, and hang out in the living room portion with room service and a movie. 

Tony and I at the reception. 

Hanging out in the lobby

Cha Cha Slide everyone!

Tony and Troy having a heart to heart...

The best part of the reception was the photo booth they had in the lobby. Adam and Adria encouraged guests to use it as much as they wanted. This was their version of a guest book. It was hilarious!

Tony and Jim getting ready to enter the photo booth...

This was so much fun.

The groom with us girls!

The guys...

Baby Bower had to make an appearance. 

Tony and I did a more serious attempt. 

We ended the night with a little "Sweet Caroline" serenade by the groom...

Congrats Adam and Adria!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Iowa State Fair

Last Wednesday, our daycare was closed. We decided to make that "Fair Day", and we picked up Tony from work after Avery had her nap. 

We took Avery through the Little Hand's Farm, where she did little farming activities.

This kid activity had different stations that showed kids how to feed animals, plant veggies, milk cows, pick eggs, and fuel up the tractor. 

At the end of the trail, you "sell" your goods back to the market and you get money. Each kid gets a dollar to spend on 1 item in the general store. There were items like ice cream, milk, muffins, chips, and small toys. We got Avery her mini muffins she likes, and she gobbled them right up. 

I think Avery's favorite part was looking at the horses. She loved them. She was a big fan of all the animals, especially the big ones. 

We took a break after the livestock barns to try the Iowa Craft Beer tent. Tony got to try some samplers of local breweries, while Avery and I split a root beer. She quickly found the bags game and worked on her technique. 

We made our way to the petting zoo before heading home. Avery got quite the kick out of feeding the animals. The animals on the other hand, have been fed all day, and were not all that interested. 

...except for this guy. We think he could taste the cheese curds on Tony's hand that we had just eaten.

And with that...we had another successful trip to the Iowa State Fair! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy Birthday little men!

We recently celebrated our great-nephews 3rd and 4th birthdays. They are the cutest little guys around.

Here, Avery is playing Pop the Pig with her cousins. 

This game is hilarious, and I wanted to play with it, but was not about to push the little ones out of the way. The boys got a ton of new toys, but everyone seemed to want to play with the little pig. Funny how that works....

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Survival Days, Hogfest, and Sami's 21st...

Each year, we travel back to my hometown for Survival Days. We usually have team in the volleyball tourney, and we camp at my parents place, and boogie at the street dance. This year was no different. We had a team, we ate our weight in riblets, we camped at my parents place, and we boogied at the street dance. This is the only photographic evidence I have of this year...

The next weekend was Claremont HogFest. My parents are from Claremont, and they are part of the school district where I went to high school, so it is basically my other hometown. We went out that night to celebrate Sami turning 21. Sami the youngest cousin on my mom's side, and basically my younger sister. We are all very close. So we celebrated!

My mom made Sami an hangover kit. It was filled with goodies and gag gifts. There was even a pregnancy test in there! Ha!

I made Sami a basket full of 21 mini bottles of booze. Not to be consumed that night!

Before we met at my aunt's house in Claremont to get the party started, we carpooled from my mom's house.

Isn't my mom beautiful?!

L-R: Breanna, Me, Patty, Mom

My sister-in-law, Bre, made this jello shot cake for the occasion. I was told it was delicious.

My mom and Sami. They are close. 

The whole crew. I was 1 of 2 sober cabs for the evening. 

The Olbrich cousins! {all our mom's maiden name}

At Harold's for a combat of course!

The pregnant sober drivers, with our N/A beer!

We ended the night at the Claremont street dance, of which I currently have no photos of. If I can get my hands on some, I will update this post with proof of our shenanigans. It was a great time, but I was ready to be done being the sober one at street dances for a while. 2 weeks in a row is too much.

Happy Birthday Sami!