***I still need to add a few pictures. The batteries on my little camera died, and I can't find the charger! Grrr....
Caden is now certainly a world traveler. In the last few weeks, he has traveled to: Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. I don't think I missed any states. I feel that I should list both Indiana and Georgia multiple times since those states take forever to get out of! We had a wonderful time in Florida. Before I describe that trip, I need to go back in time a little.
The last time I posted was after Pam's retirement party, so I will back it up to right after that. The week of June 15th was pretty busy. It was also the first official week of summer break for me. I had a training at school on Tuesday and Wednesday all day, so it wasn't a completely carefree summer break week. Caden is now army crawling everywhere. Here he is in action with his monkey butt pants:
Caden, Pam, Sheri (my friend from school) and I headed to Appleton on that Friday to make the rounds at the scrapbook stores. We stopped at Olive Garden for lunch. Caden tried a breadstick. He liked it!
That Saturday was Stephanie's baby shower. It was very nice. I wasn't thinking and didn't bring a camera. I will see if I can snag some from Cara. After the shower Ryan and I took Caden to Little Oshkosh to see if he would like the playground. He seemed to like it very much.
That night was our 10 year class reunion at Fratello's. It was nice getting to see everyone. I spent a lot of time with Alexis (of course) and Nicole Borsuk (who lives in Atlanta now) and Ellie Blades (who lives in Minneapolis). Here are some pics of them and some other random ones that we took. We had a great time. I am already looking forward to our 20 year...Actually I can wait for it. It was depressing enough to realize that we graduated 10 years ago! Wow!
The week of the 22nd I had summer school from 8-12 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, Linda, Pam, Caden, and I headed to Fuddrucker's for some burgers. Here is Caden enjoying his lunch, too.
Thursday night we headed to Minnesota. We went for the weekend because Sara Aulizia graduated from Augsburg with her MBA. We made it a double trip by staying with Joel and Mindi instead of a hotel. We then were able to spend some quality time with them and the girls. We stayed until Sunday. The ceremony was on Sunday and was very nice. The graduates were all hooded before the ceremony, which I had never seem before. The entered from across the street while a video camera showed them. It felt like we were at Hogwarts or something. Here are some other pics of the kids. We went to a beach park on Friday, so we took a lot of pics there.
The week of June 29th was all about getting ready for Florida. We left Wednesday when the guys were done with work. We drove straight through and switched drivers every two hours. It was a long trip! Here are some pics from the way there.
Once we got there it was pretty relaxing. Here are some pics of playing in the pool.
Saturday night was my mom's party. It was really funny because it was a surprise. Her friend Latricia told her that it was a 4th of July party. Mom was tired, so she told me she didn't really want to go. She wanted to just stay home. I just told her we could pop in, grab a bite, and then head home. She was REALLY surprised. I think she cried for two hours. It was fun. Here are a bunch of pics from the party.
The week of July 6th we did a lot. Sam flew in on the 3rd, and she had never been to Florida. We tried to get in as much for her as possible. We went to Clearwater Beach, Dunedin, Honeymoon Beach, Ygor City where we went on a WWII boat, and Tarpon Springs. Yes, we did all of that before Sam left on Tuesday. Here are some pics from the various places.
That Wednesday we spent the day in the pool. It was a nice relaxing day. Our last full day there was Thursday. We went to the Tampa Holocaust museum. There were no photos allowed, so I can only show what the sign on the outside looked like. It was a nice museum, depressing of course, but nice.
We left then on Friday, July 10th. That was Dick's birthday. Happy Birthday...why not drive in the van forever? It took us longer to get home. There were a couple of traffic jams in a couple of states. The ride back seemed shorter though. It wasn't too bad. Here are some pics. So we got home early Saturday evening.
Sunday we celebrated Dick and Cara's birthdays. Cara's is the 13th of July. We had tenderloin and salmon on the grill. I made the cake from hell. It was good..that's not the problem. The mold was the problem. It was one of those large cupcake molds. It was a pain because it takes forever to cook. The bottom took around 75 minutes, and the top took almost an hour as well. It was pretty cute though. I guess I will have to use the mold again when I have Caden's first birthday party. Believe it or not, that will be in around three months!
Last week I starting teaching for the APPLE program through the Precollege Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. APPLE stands for Aspiring Pupils for Professional Leadership in Education. There are 15 8th-10th graders who I am teaching a computer class for. The first week I went through the Office 2007 software. Next week I am showing them how to create and operate their own blog. The kids are very excited about this. Don't worry... I am going to show them how to password protect their blog. I am also going to go through Internet safety with them. I am having a pretty good time with the kids. It is only from 3-4 in the afternoon. This week will be the last week. The last day is only an awards luncheon on Friday, so it should be a pretty easy week.
Tomorrow I am meeting with a woman named Kelly who may be watching Caden on Wednesdays for me. I am meeting with her to see the house, check her references, blah blah blah. I am excited to meet her. I hope I like her a lot. I plan to pick Caden up after the APPLE class and buzz over to meet her at 5 pm. I will update tomorrow night to give you the results.
I think that should catch everyone up now!