Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Paxton!!

Yesterday, the 27th was Paxton's 7th birthday. He had a party at school along with all the other September birthday kids on Friday and then we had a party for him Sunday evening at our house.
Paxton in his classroom
With his teacher
The cake
Excited Birthday Boy

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to School

September 1st was the first day of Second Grade for Paxton. Shaelyn was a little better this year about Paxton leaving on the bus than she was last year. So far he is really liking school and his teacher.
Ava, Shaelyn, Ellie and Paxton waiting for the bus.
Paxton ready to go to school
Shaelyn giving Paxton a hug before he gets on the bus
The three kids getting on the bus
Paxton at school with his teacher

Climbing Trees

A couple of weeks ago Paxton climbed this tree near our house. He had fun trying to pick the best route to get as high as possible.
Hi down there
Working his way up

Sunday Afternoon Hike

One Sunday in August we took a picnic lunch up Pack Monadnock and then the kids played around on the rocks for a while. We also climbed up the observation tower. It was a beautiful day.

Convention Time

Mel, Rudonna and Karra stayed with us at convention time for about a week. Matt and Christina stayed with us for a night before they headed back home after convention. The cousins had fun with each other.
Shaelyn and Phoenix on the deck together
Having breakfast together
Paxton making Gillis laugh while Grandpa is holding him
Shaelyn helping Gillis with his bottle
The four cousins on the bench
Phoenix found the fourwheeler
Karra with the kids
Grandpa with the kids before they headed home
Grandma with the kids

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pipgras Family Reunion 2010

The second week of our trip was spent in Wisconson at some condos a little north of Wisconson Dells. The resort had a pool, golf course, lake, basketball, volleyball etc. So there was lots to do right at the condos. One day we went out to a dairy farm that Mel's cousin has there. That was a lot of fun and the kids had a good time seeing all the different animals and tractors at the farm. One evening the ladies went out to a pottery place to decorate some pieces of pottery and have them fired. Another day a group went to a water park in Wisconson Dells. That was a big hit!! Paxton really liked that day. The rest of the time was spent visiting with family and swimming and playing games and EATING!!! We headed home on Friday before lunch and stopped at Jen and Greg's for the night before coming the rest of the way home on Saturday. It was a really fun trip. Two countries (US and Canada), ten states (NH, VT, NY, PA, MI, IN, IL, WI, OH and MA), 3,100 miles.
Playing catch just after we arrived on Saturday

The back of the condos that we stayed in. Our unit was on the top floor on the far right.

Looking out the back of our unit

Sunset one evening on the lake at the resort

Kids playing in the sprinklers one evening


Paxton helping shuck corn at the farm

Looking across to where the milking operation takes place

Checking out the cows

Shaelyn looking at a calf

Paxton at the water park

Shaelyn enjoying the water park

Some of the kids at the water park

The Pipgras siblings and spouses

The siblings

The cousins and spouses

All the kids

Mel and Rudonna's family

Mel and Rudonna

Our family

The whole group that was there

Monday, September 13, 2010

Road Trip

In July we took a road trip to Wisconson. We spent a week driving out and stopping along the way to see people and places. We left on a Friday and stopped at Claude and Rebekah's for the night. Saturday we drove out to Jen and Greg's and spent a couple of days with them. On Monday we drove up to Canada and saw Niagara Falls. We drove through Canada to Michigan. Tuesday we met up with Jeff and Pam and then headed to Lake Michigan to meet up with Jason and Amanda. We stayed with them Tuesday night and spent the day on Wednesday at the beach with them before heading for Chicago that night. Thursday we spent the day in Chicago and then went to my cousin Jeff and Ashling's for supper that night. My Aunt Donna and Uncle John were also there. Friday we headed to Milwaukee to meet up with Tama and Shannon. Saturday morning we went to Madison for a little while before heading on up toward Wisconson Dells area for the Pipgras Family reunion.
Jen, Greg, Liam and Weston

At a lake near there house
Niagara Falls

Pam, Jeff, Zach and Elana

Paxton and Zach

Shaelyn and Elana

Shaelyn at Lake Michigan

The kids helping Steve build a sand castle

Amanda and Jason and kids
View of Chicago from the Lake
"The Bean" in Millenium Park in Chicago
Our reflection in "The Bean"

Spent most of the day at Navy Pier

Ashling and the kids with Aunt Donna and Uncle John
Paxton at the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee
Shaelyn the biker chick
Outside the Harley Davidson Museum
Shannon and Tama with the kids in Madison, WI