Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Big Family Reunion

I am a little late in posting about what happened this weekend but it took me a few days just to recover. Saturday was Logan's 7 months!  I actually took these pictures a day ahead because of all the festivities planned for the weekend.  He just started really sitting up on his own about a week ago and here he is not even leaning against the chair.  What a big boy he is getting to be!

 I LOVE this smile

Saturday was filled with a baby shower, a lunch, and a dinner with Bill's family.  

Sunday was a much anticipated event as it only happens every three years---our family reunion.  The reunion is my dad's side of the family.  I have two brothers and two sisters which today would be considered a big family in itself, but my dad was one of 13 kids!  That blessed me with 12 aunt and uncles and 31 first cousins just on one side alone!  But it doesn't stop there- the reunion actually starts with my Great Grandparents and down for a total of about 350+ people attending it this year.  I have always felt so lucky to be part of a big family.      

Just to give you an idea- here is our immediate family, my mom, brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The next step up and here are the 13 kids (My Uncle Wally and my dad watching from heaven), my first cousins, and their children.  Crazy huh?! That's one big family reunion.
 But there's more- a couple hundred more!  When you start with my Great Grandparents this is our family!  They had to take this picture in two sections and put them together just to create this photo.  

Like I said this only happens every three years so when it does it is a whole day event.  We eat, catch up, play games and our favorite--POLKA!  I had the best partner and Logan loved it!

Here he is dancing with Aunt Julie too!

And a good Polka means Uncle Jim is playing the accordion.  

But the best part is just spending time together.  And these two did a great job at that.  Look at these cute cousins.  I think Logan is wondering what is on his cousin's head.  Don't worry buddy, you'll grow some hair soon.  

Poor cousin- I think Logan thought he was a toy.

So Sweet!

Just lounging with dad.

And after all that fresh air and fun comes one tuckered out little guy.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Our final court date was on July 11th and we received word yesterday July 16th that the adoption is final.  It was a happy day to have everything legal even though we have been a family long before!  I remember sending in our initial application with the agency on Jan 1, 2011 with so many steps still ahead of us.  And now here we are a family of three!  We were meant for each other!

Our biggest dream come be a Mommy and Daddy to this little guy.  He is the love of our lives and was worth the wait!  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Vacation Time

We were on vacation last week and had a great time!  We decided to take Logan to Door County, WI where we could relax and spend some quality family time together.  It was perfect for our first vacation as a family of three.  We stayed in Sturgeon Bay at a great hotel right on the water.  

This was the view from our balcony.  We talked to a few people there and they have been coming to this hotel for years.  I can see that it is a little treasure.  

The first thing we needed to do was plan out what we wanted to see.  Logan really helped me plan out our itinerary. 

We did some shopping and Logan found this police car that has lights and sounds.  

We did some hiking at the state parks. Here is Bill with a little monkey on his back :) Hehe  

Logan just loved this backpack.  Thanks to our friends for loaning it to us for this trip!  It was awesome.  

At the Peninsula State park there was a look out tower.  We only made it to the second big platform before the height got to us.  Even on the ground you are already looking over the water so climbing the tower made it feel even higher.  

We went to the beach on Lake Michigan.  

But as much as Logan likes the pool he was not to sure of the waves at the beach.  His face says it all.  He did not like it.  I think the sound scared him and when we dipped his toes in the water and he saw the water rolling in he did not enjoy it.  Maybe next time.  

And in the evenings we got to enjoy some beautiful sunsets on Green Bay right from our balcony.  

We loved it so much here that we are hoping to come back over time and experience it in all the different seasons too.  

We had so much fun taking Logan on his first family vacation!