Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Family Fun

Over the past few days we have had almost 20 people in our house and we have had so much fun. We had a huge BBQ and family kickball game. Our cousins came over and joined in the fun too. The kids all played in the sprinkler and wore themselves out running around like crazy. We have been sitting on the deck just drinking and chatting to the wee hours. It has been a blast and we look forward to the next time we can get everyone together.

Family Pictures

Well we had our own Modern Family moment when we attempted to take some family pictures this weekend. We figured we better attempt since we may not have everyone back together for another 5 years. Of course nobody was cooperating so these are as good as it gets. MJ didn't want out of her Mom's sight and Jeremy didn't want his picture taken at all and Caity was grimacing in most of her pictures. But that is life in a big family. We tried and we will enjoy until the next big reunion.

Memorial Day Weekend

 The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Site

 All 5 cousins under the Washington Monument

 The boys at the American History Museum

 My niece MJ, the cutest almost 2 year old I know!

 A panoramic of the WW2 Memorial

Love this picture of the Korean War Memorial where you can see the Freedom is not Free slogan reflected in the water.

We were blessed to have the entire Olson side of my family in town for Memorial Weekend. We took them sight seeing on Saturday and saw as much as we could take in the heat before we all collapsed from all the walking. We started at the Washington Monument and then hit the American History and the Natural History Museum. We also saw the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the World War 2 Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and the White House. It was a busy but fun day. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Williamsburg Weekend

We had a great weekend in Williamsburg. It was a really short trip because we didn't leave until Saturday after the boys baseball games and getting up early on Sunday to take Jeremy to his race left us with some crabby kids Sunday evening but otherwise we really enjoyed our time together. Williamsburg is a really beautiful area. I wish I had taken more pictures down on the William & Mary campus where Jeremy's race ended. A gorgeous campus right on the river. It is the oldest college in the United States. The boys swam for hours in the hotel pool both days. It is nice that they both can swim now because I read most of the third Hunger games book while they swam. We ended our trip with a trip to Pirate's Cove mini-golf. Both boys still cheat a lot at mini-golf and Aidan hit his ball in the water at least 3 times but we had a blast laughing at each other not being able to get the ball in the hole.

Jeremy's Half Marathon

Jeremy ran the Achieve the Dream Marathon in Williamsburg last weekend. He completed this one in a little over two hours which is a little off his personal best but right where he thought he would be given his training over the last few months. We are so proud of him and enjoyed a great weekend down in Williamsburg. The race benefited the wounded warrior program and they had hundreds of wounded cyclists do the marathon too which is just amazing to see these people overcome the odds they have been dealt with such strength. Totally inspiring to see.