Sunday, May 25, 2008

Graduation, Swimming and Hiking

The past nine days or so have been packed full of big activities for us. This blog post really ought to be written as at least three different posts, but I didn't ever take the time to sit down and blog, so now they are all going in as one. I have tons of pictures and won't add them all to this post but maybe I can upload them somewhere and post a link for anyone who wants to see them.

First off, Josh graduated with his PhD. I like to tease him now that he is Josh Price, PhD because we always laugh when people sign their names like that (you know-like they have to throw that part about having their PhD in there). While he actually got to walk across the stage and get handed a "diploma" (which was of course empty at this point) and wear the fancy robes with the hood and everything, he still has to finish writing his thesis, so he isn't done and he didn't feel all that excited to graduate. It was neat to see him walk across the stage though. He has also always wanted to wear the hood and be able to do this:

A few days after he graduated we went to the Wisconsin Dells for a little family vacation. We drove up Tuesday afternoon (it is about an hour from here) and stayed through Wednesday afternoon. The Dells are famous for waterparks (seems kind of funny in Wisconsin-not exactly where you would imagine a bunch of waterparks being). We stayed at a hotel called the Wildnerness that has three indoor waterparks and 3 or 4 outdoor ones. It wasn't warm enough to be outside and one of the indoor ones was closed but the boys didn't mind at all. We spent hours in the water and they were happy the whole time. Well, Nathan was happy the whole time anyway. Dallen mostly slept in his car seat near the pool (he did get in the water a little too though) and Jack went back and forth from the water to sitting all wrapped in his towel on the side. His favorite part was the "wazy wivah" (also sometimes called the Lazy River). We went with our friends the Dickmans which was especially fun. Nathan loved having his best friend Trey to go on the water slides with him. I was so proud of Nathan-he tried all of the big water slides and enjoyed them! That is a big step for him-in the past he hasn't liked having water anywhere near his face. This is the boys before we went down to the pools!

Yesterday we went on a really wonderful hike. I think it might be the most beautiful hike I have ever done! It was to a place called Parfrey's Glen about 45 minutes North of here (actually it is just south of the Dells). It was an easy little hike right along a river and then up into a gorgeous glen with rocks on either side of us and a little bridge to walk along and trees everywhere (and mud everywhere which Nathan slipped and fell in). The boys had a blast throwing rocks in the river and we even had a cold foot contest in honor of grandpa Allen (either one-mine or the boys' grandpa Allen since they both like to do it). We wish we had known about this beautiful place long ago not just two months before we leave here!

I forgot to mention we got to ride a ferry (in our minivan) to get to the place we were going! (See it behind the boys in this picture)

After our hike we took a nap and then went to BRAT Fest!!! We love the Madison tradition of brat fest. They cook up about 200,000 + Brats this weekend and everyone in Madison goes and buys them for cheap. They usually have the Weenie Mobile there and everything. We have gone every year that we have been here. It is a fun Madison tradition that we will miss. I love that everytime we go to it we see someone we know there. That is one of the things that I love about Madison in general. It has a real community feel and people are very involved and attend fun things like this.

So, it has been a busy and really fun week. Dallen started really laughing yesterday (took him long enough!) and he is maybe sort of sleeping a little better? He is such a doll and we are all in love with him! Oh and he rolled over for his first time while we were in our hotel room in the Dells!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dallen squeals

Dallen does this funny fake laugh followed by a squeal all the time. I can't get the kid to giggle for me yet (he is close to 4 months-come on kid!) but he does this funny sound or "talks" to us all the time. He also likes to "sing" along when we sing songs with the big boys before bed. I wanted to capture it on videa and he did a pretty good job performing:

He is a such a cute and fun kid. He is most content when we just lay him on his blanket and let him kick and play. He loves it when his brothers come to talk to him and play with him-even Jack! It took him a little while to warm up to Jack but now he smiles for Jack all the time. He is not, however, a good sleeper. He does well during naptimes but he is not doing so hot at night. So, we are teaching him this week. :) Give us a week or two and hopefully we will report that he is sleeping through the night. It just makes for a miserable few nights trying to teach him.

As for the rest of us, Josh is still plugging away at his thesis which Iam still loving. He is home SO much more often and I am getting completely spoiled. My brother Jason is coming back through Madison again this week and we can't wait to see him (aka Uncle Coco). Well, him and his Wii that he will have with him. :) You can guess what we will be doing in the evenings this week.

Spring is still struggling to get to Madison and I am sick of it! Enough with the cold weather and rain. San Diego here I come!

Our best friends are moving away at the end of May and we are sort of devastated over it. Nathan is best friends with Trey and I think it is going to break his heart to have Trey gone. I hope he will be ok but it makes me so sad for him. Here is a picture of Nathan and Trey sitting on their bikes holding hands and talking the other day:

I just thought it was funny that they were holding hands while they talked. The two are inseperable. And Jack sort of worships Trey too. They have a boy Jack's age, Justin, as well so it is really fun for us. And quite frankly I am none too thrilled that Trey's mom Nanci is leaving either. We do things with them basically everyday so it is going to be a hard change for us. Lucky for us they are moving to San Francisco so we will at least be in the same state and get to see them once in a while!
Well, since I got um, basically no sleep last night I guess I will go to bed.