19 August 2011

Catching Up! - July Borchardtorama Anniversary Weekend

Over the second weekend of July, Ron and Pam had everyone back to Lawrence/KC to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Pam planned a really fun time with a little something for everyone. I, of course, forgot the camera, so I'm bumming pictures off of others. (Boooooo, Mommy!)

After picking up Kelly and Phil from the airport Thursday night, the rest of the clan - Scott, Julie, Nick, Noelle, and Catie, along with Ron and Pam - joined us Friday morning for a trip to the Kansas City Zoo. The most exciting part was riding the new sky tram through Africa. I think everyone enjoyed that!

We had snacks, walked around Africa, saw many kinds of animals, and I think the kiddos had fun!

The happy couple - 45 years happy!

Pic Scott took of us on the Sky Tram

Noelle with Kelly, then Phil with Nick!

Max and Catie having fun on Daddy and Phil's shoulders!
After the zoo, we all headed into Lawrence, cleaned up and had a lovely dinner at the Oread restaurant. Max was a little ornery at the dinner, so it was a great thing that Phil and Kelly had brought him some new Hot Wheels to keep him busy.

The next morning, my acquaintance Shefaly Lindsay came over to take family pictures. All of them are really great - but here's a little taste.

Cousins!

Pretty cute little family!

Everyone!

Phil and Kelly playing with Max...

Grandma, Grandpa, and all the grandkiddos.

Cute!!

Presenting..... Max!
After the photo shoot and some lunch, we headed over to KC for a Royals game. The game itself was - well - the Royals. But Noelle and Catie classed it up!

Sunday morning, we enjoyed brunch at the Eldridge followed by bowling at the Jaybowl in the union. Nick really got his form down, everyone took a turn with the kids' ramp, and all had fun.
Grandpa is so silly!

That form is coming along!
And of course, the famous video:
video

It was a really fun weekend thanks to all of the hard work by Grandpa and Grandma getting everyone in place and everything planned.

04 August 2011

Catching Up! - July 4th Weekend

Sorry for the blogging vacation. We've been on real vacation up north in Wisconsin, so I'm still in my catch-up mode.
I will say this briefly: I just attended a Love & Logic parenting class last night. And I think Paul and I are doing a lot of things right with Max. He's a pretty well behaved dude, and we couldn't be more proud to be his parents.

On to the weekend!

We've developed an annual tradition of spending 4th of July weekend in Hutch with Fuzzy and GG then driving down to Wichita with Mom and Joe for more fireworks fun after.

Here is a recap!

Fuzzy and GG have a potato garden, and Max the farmer got to harvest some good red potatoes!




Max and I got to put our swimming lesson skills to work in the pool.






Kid is a fish, I tell ya! 

Ben, Jamie, Roxanne, and Dexter joined us later for some swim and pizza action. Presenting, Dexter's first pool action!

Love the little man's eye peaking out.

Whatchu talking about, Willis?

Seriously, Dad, what's up?

Everyone at once: Ahhhhhhh!

Family picture!

Motoring with Max.
The boys.


Max even got some car action in as GG pulled out Uncle Cory's old cars. Yippee!


After a good time in Hutch, we drove down to Wichita for more good times with Grandpa Joe and Cathy Grandma (that's what Max says now).

Now, although Joe took on the three of us when he was 40 and we were teens (pretty much) and swore off babies, he has pretty much turned into the baby whisperer. Give this man any tired or cranky baby, and he'll have that kid nodding off in seconds. He did it with Max, and now, he has shifted his powers to Dex.

Go to sleep, little dude.

Bowling with a new set from Ben, Jamie, and Dex.

We tried and tried to get Max to look away from Dexter, but...

the kid is cute. And he has too much fun with Mom and Joe to pay attention to the camera.

Max still is in love with Jamie.
She's always good enough to give him some love back.

Grandma Cathy and the grandsons.

Max is trying to give Dex a smooch.
So, we had a great time in Wichita too. Max loves him some grandparents! And so do I. We're lucky to have good families who love to spoil our little dudes.