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Thursday, August 13

My kids decided tonight that they were going to wear each others PJ's for bed. As you will see my little Jared chose Natalie's purple Dora PJ's. So I thought this would be cute to show to everyone.

I also just wanted to update everyone on where we are at and what is going on. School will be starting back up soon. Haley will be a 4TH grader this year and we are so excited and so is she. She is hoping that her teacher from last year will be her teacher this year (her teacher last year is moving into fourth grade to teach). We still have a little bit of school shopping to do. She has already got her school shoes, we just have a few school supplies and some school clothes to get. As far as Jared he will be in 4K and that is very exciting as well; well he calls it "Kitergarden" but I know what he means. He did really well in 3 YR old preschool last year so I know he is going to do just as well in this. All though it is only for 3-4 hrs; it will definitely do him some good, considering he has been home all summer. Natalie will be staying home until November, when we are able to put her in full time 3 year old preschool.

I also have some fantastic news, we have decided that our kids are going to be FULLY Potty trained. Natalie & Jared both were daytime potty trained and we really have not been working on the nights, they still would get a pull up. We have now decided that we are not putting pull-ups on them, but that I would work on getting them up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom; and besides there have been a few nights already Jared went pull up free and was hardly wet in the morning. So good bye baby stuff and hello big kid stuff. Anyways Jared is going to be 5 in November and we want him to realize he is a big boy and big boys can get up to go potty in the middle of the night if they need to and who knows maybe we will put in a prize if he goes so long with not getting a diaper at night. And if there are accidents that is what washing machines are for.

Also in a few weeks; with school starting , dance class at a place called Richard School of the Dance in Oshkosh, WI ( ). It is going to be great because both Haley and Natalie are going to take dance. First class for Haley's Tap & Jazz is on the 1ST Thursday in September and it will work out great for Natalie's Tap class as well (her class is called Tiny Tots) because it is also on a Thursday. Both girls will get costumes this year and be in the recital at the end of the "dance year" which will be May or June 2010. So very exciting stuff coming up and if you want to see what kind of dance studio this is for those that have not heard about it -check out the website they have pictures from last years recital.

I also wanted to say that last weekend we went to WI Dells to the Wilderness; which is by far one of our favorite places to go there. We had a ton of fun with everyone and I know we are going to be making more frequent trips to visit Dennis's family in IL more often; with the next being in October for Pumpkin Picking.

Well sorry for the length in this post but I wanted to let everyone know what we were up to and say enjoy some pictures of the kids.

Monday, August 10

WI Dells 2009

August 8 was our annual trip to the Dells and once again we stayed at the Wilderness Resort. We made it a semi-family Reunion for Dennis's family. It was a nice picnic on Saturday; especially since he has not seen most of his cousins in about 5 years. I know we plan on making frequent trips to Illinois so this way not so much time passes by. Hope you enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed getting together with everyone.

This first picture is of Jared at the picnic being goofy of course.

This next picture is of Dennis's cousin Roberta, they are only a few weeks apart and from what I understand were best friends growing up .

This picture is of me trying to shoot the balls at whoever I could catch in the dry play area at the hotel. I think my husband calls this one "Rambo Stacie "

This is Samantha and Jackie's (another cousin) daughter Kate

This is Lori & Frankie

Haley with her bad girl attitude

Almost the whole gang, (Jared is missing, because he decided he was going to not be in the picture), Try to get everyone's name :
Back row: Dennis, Kiersten, Tim (Roberta's boyfriend), Mark (Lori's husband), David (cousin & Lori/Mark's son)
2nd Row : Stacie(me), Natalie, Roberta (cousin & Lori/Mark's daughter), Debbie, Lori (Debbie's niece), Samantha (Lori/Mark's daughter) , Samantha
Front Row : Haley

Mom and Kate

This is Amy and her two daughters : Abby & Emma. Amy is another cousin her mom and dad are Lori & Frankie pictured above. Her husband Jeremy was not in the picture, I think he was cooking

Mom hanging out

Mom and her Niece Lori

Jackie and her daughter Kate (Jackie is a cousin)

Me and Kiersten in the soft play area looking pooped after trying to get all the balls in the bags


Dennis trying to smooch me :)