Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4th of July - Part 1

Happy belated 4th everyone!! Our great friends, John & Jen Madden, invited us to Ely, MN for the holiday. We spent the long weekend lakeside and enjoyed every minute of it. Dane loved the water this year and had tons of fun "swimming" with Grace. Erik worked on his walking and enjoyed the baby pool. Matt flew his kite in the water for the first time (no pictures...darn!). And I took in the scenery, napped a few times and enjoyed the boat rides. It was so relaxing...even with two kids!

Here are the Madden & Zitzlsperger kids. Grace (2), Emma & Nick (9 mo), Erik (13 mo) and Dane (3).
Hey Erik, are those pants or shorts???
Testing out the waters.
Dane found a turtle in one of the ponds. He would look for it every morning and carry it around for a few minutes each day (until we would make him put it back). Here he is proudly showing it to Erik.
Here is my mama's boy giving me some snuggles. What a cutie!!!
Dane spent the majority of the weekend naked. He was all about his swim suit until he saw Grace swimming naked, and then it became a battle to get the suit on. So we just went with it. Of course, we had to slather on the sunscreen with his Twilight-ish skin :-)
Again, naked! Even with his dee dee.
One of the best smiles ever. When Erik is happy, he is happy.
Dane's FAVORITE park of the weekend was singing karaoke. Does this surprise anyone??? :-)
We hope everyone had a great 4th! I'll post Part 2 soon!

8 comments:

Hans-Dieter said...

This is an explosion of cute. I cannot wait for Part 2!!! Hurry up!

Hans-Dieter said...

BTW... thank you for the TWILIGHT reference. Check is in the mail.

Wendyhooten said...

There are no words that truly do justice for how absolutely super duper uber cute my nephews are! \
LOVES a latte!!!

Nana said...

LOVE E's swim outfit and floppy hat! And Dane naked is an absolute riot... next year you guys should scratch Ely and just go to a nudist resort!!! Miss you bunches!

Nana said...

By the way, I think E's starting to look a lot like his daddy as he's getting older... at least in these photos!

Cathy Bolander said...

First of all missed your blog posts. Welcome back. These 2 pictures need to be blown up big & put in your house...LOVE them. The one of E in the red hat leaning against Shell's face & the one of D standing in the water with his bottom out. So great.

boo and stacy arnold said...

What a party! I LOVE the kareoke!! Looks like a fun trip! You look great Shelly!! Such a pretty mama!!

J.J. Killins said...

dane is the most hilarious kid ever!!!

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