Thursday, July 21, 2016

4th of July at LHF

 We had a SUPER fun and memorable 4th of July this year! We decided to finally visit the Living History Farms here(like Nauvoo as far as it being an old timey town where you learn about history...but on a much less grand scale) A friend of mine from church told me about how on July 4th they have lots of fun I am so glad we chose to go on this day! It was so fun! From the stilts, to the watermelon seed spitting contest, to the pie eating contests with real pie(Joey and Joe both won! Joe got first and Joey got second :), to sack races, 3 legged races, a parade where the younger kids were even involved, to getting to watch a little bit of a re-enactment of an old fashioned baseball game, it was an All-American day. It was extra fun to share it with Nana & Tata! Joey got some great photos of this fun day. I think this will be a new tradition while we live here in Iowa for sure.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Luke's 1st Birthday Luau!

Another luau has come and gone...sniff sniff. It was amazing! I still can't believe the generosity of Joey's parents. This is SO HUGE. So much work. So much money. It has been such a wonderful thing to celebrate our children this way. This time, the traveling luau had to come all the way to Iowa!  We waited until the summer so the travel plans would be easier for everyone(and the weather would be much better). We really enjoyed sharing this tradition with our new friends here. They were wowed by it. How could you not be?! So much amazing food. Dancers. Candy leis. Roasted pig. Biba. Birthday cake. It was an awesome day. And a fun and exhausting week preparing for it. We made a lot of fun memories chopping, deveining shrimp, chopping more, making candy leis, rolling lumpia, the list could go on and on. And Joe and Joey manned the grills like bosses :) We were also blessed to be able to have my grandma, mom and Aunt Cindy there to share in the fun(and help out that day too!) It was so fun celebrating our little Lukey with family & many new friends! He is such a blessing to our family! Enjoy the many photos from Luke's special day...

Wiped out. . .thanks Nana & Tata! We love you!