Patrick has been giving the boys Star Wars rides before bed time for a while now --- I may have even posted earlier versions of these before - but given the new movie release and the complete joy you see from both boys it was totally worth sharing again!
I caught these two having a great conversation about Jesus. I love that they are getting some religious education at CLM and at Sunday school.
Isaac came home the other day from school so joyful because he received a Christmas card from his best buddy. "Momma, Daddy - I got a PRESENT from Beckett!"
He was over the moon about this gift but then was quick to again say that Christmas is not about presents, it is about Jesus. I hope that these simple ideas and sweet words stick around for many years!
We celebrated Lisa's 40th birthday in Chicago with some awesome ladies!
The weekend was heavily focused on food, friends and football --- 3 of Lisa's favorite things!
We started downtown for brunch and some shopping.
Then we went to Ghirardelli for lunch dessert!
I had no idea they had so many chocolate choices!
After a yummy brunch - the last thing we probably needed was a HUGE dessert - but it was delicious and why not!
We posed with some Lego ladies in Water Tower.
After an Uber ride north of the city to Evanston (and possibly a short nap in the back seat...)
We arrived at the incredible Knoepke tailgate!
Matt and Diane put out an amazing spread and since Diane was with us, Matt was on his own.
He stepped up to the challenge and greeted us with warm drinks and delicious food including freshly fried bacon and onions for our brats and burgers!
I wanted to wear my Badger hat to the game, but that didn't appear to be a welcome idea - so I stuck with my packer themed hat. They gave me a coozie and attempted to convert me... I happily stated that NU was my second favorite Big 10 team... and was happy to call them my own on this night!
We saw a great game (NU crushed Purdue!) including a spectacular Veteran's day halftime show including fireworks and smoke!
The weekend ended with Sunday brunch -- Lisa enjoyed her favorite stuffed french toast and hot cocoa! It was an awesome weekend filled with fun - here's to the next 40 being even more fun than the last!
This fall James played soccer in McFarland and he had a blast!
The coach was awesome and supper patient will all skill levels - which was great given Jimmy often loved to show off his dance moves on the field instead of chasing after the ball!
Our neighbor friend Henry was also on the team and the boys were thrilled to have buddies at practice and the game. Isaac and Will were the official water boys for their brothers most of the season. Here they are getting ready for the post game snack!
They were swarmed with Cheetah's in no time!
They even managed to entertain one another during the chilly games