Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Cousin's Wedding. . . and other Kilps happenings

Our kids have kept the tooth fairy very busy during these past few weeks.  Graydon lost two teeth and Curtis and Bella each lost one!

Graydon's second top tooth looking oh so loose!
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Curtis was so fearful of losing a tooth that he never tried, even with its replacement already halfway grown in.  Then during our drive up to Wisconsin, he sipped on a milkshake and the straw put enough pressure on this super loose tooth that it just came out.  No pain and no blood.  Just the way he wanted it.  But if he continues at this rate, he may still have baby teeth when he heads off to college!

I tried to take a photo of him later that evening, but you can hardly tell that he lost a tooth since his adult tooth was already mostly grown in.
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Nora and Grandma relaxing together on a Saturday morning.
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The two first-graders and their missing top teeth.
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The main reason we went up to Wisconsin at the end of January was for my cousin, Bridget's, wedding.  Here are three of my sisters at the wedding.
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Andy officiated
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Introducing Brett & Bridget Bjorn!
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Their wedding took place at a museum that overlooked Lake Michigan. (By the way, this happy couple right here just got engaged last night in Chicago!  Another family wedding to look forward to!)
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Aaron wasn't feeling very well this day, but he was a trooper!
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My new favorite picture of us.
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Mary and our parents. :)
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Hanging out with the fam at the reception.  I love our family!
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Congratulations Bjorns!!!
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Bella received another American Girl doll and a Bitty Baby from Gaga recently.  One Saturday morning, I found her and Curtis the dolls, and Curtis's kitty enjoying a special breakfast.
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I found them snuggling together a different morning.  I love witnessing the friendships develop between the kids.
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We accidentally locked ourself out of our house and had to break in. The only window that wasn't locked was the one over our sink. Bella took one for the team (and then Graydon followed her in because he wanted to break in too).
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Graydon lost his other top tooth! Andy pulled it out at Cracker Barrel on our last morning in Wisconsin.  DSC_0525_01

Graydon and I enjoyed lunch in my classroom at school one day.  Bella (and some of her friends) usually join me at least once a week.  Seeing them throughout the day is one of the greatest perks of my job. Also, Graydon gave himself a haircut, which is why his bangs are SO short!
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Graydon's Birthday Party

Almost a month after his actual birthday, we have finally fully celebrated Graydon's seventh birthday.

This was his year to get a friend birthday party.  He chose to have a sleepover.

His friends arrived around 5pm on the evening of his party. They decorated pillow cases first.
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To be honest, I probably put the least amount of planning into this party than I have for any birthday party. A few days before the event, I realized that I probably should have some sort of plan for the eight 6/7 year-olds that would be at our house all night. I did a quick online search and found a bunch of "Minute to Win It" game ideas.

In this game, they had to move the cookie from their foreheads to their mouth without use of their hands. I tried it. Very hard! But a few kids did it!
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Bella was one of them.
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One-handed penny stacking.
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Transfering M&Ms from one plate to another with just the use of a straw.
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Eat the donut in a minute with no hands.  These kids were lucky to even get a few bites.  Not easy!
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Transfer ping pong balls from one ball to another with just the use of a spoon in your mouth.  Again, no hands.
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Stacking sugar cubes on popsicle sticks.
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Don't let the balloon touch the ground.  This game started off with two balloons/kid.  But that was pretty impossible for this group, so we brought it down to one.
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For each game, every kid received 3 points for attempting the task and 5 points if they succeeded.  The boys with the highest total got first pick of the prizes.

After that, the boys went wild with our toys and especially the costume bin.
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Cupcake time!  Smile Graydon!
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No. . . smile!
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Third time's a charm.
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Our house was a pretty noisy place for a few hours.  Popcorn and movie time was very welcomed! Graydon chose VeggieTales: Jonah.
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Everyone was officially tucked in by 10:30pm.  Whew!

Fun party!  But I definitely found myself napping on the couch the next day.