|He kept busy collecting sitcks, then counting them: "9, 8, 7, Sticks"|
Playing at the park. We live 1 1/2 blocks from the coolest little city park (we call it "Perfect Park"), tucked away in a nook under cover of trees and away from traffic. Our bikes have put on a lot of miles heading over there lately. Noah's favorite pastime while there: collecting sticks. (?) His sister, the gymnast, has been practicing her monkey bar routine. That kid can fly back & forth across a set of monkey bars 6 zillion times before she even begins to look tired out! You should see the "pipes" that girl is sporting - makes me think maybe I should incorporate her routine into my workout schedule!!
Watching good old-fashioned American Baseball... Noah's first trip to Newman field was at 3 months of age, he got rained on and it wasn't a real fun time. But this time, my team from work got to hang out in the company box seats (air conditioned inside, under shelter outside). Asha ate a metric ton of junk food, Noah was fascinated by the RedHawk mascot, and Mom & Dad got to hang out with other real-live grownups! We had ourselves a pretty darn good time!
|Checking out the action at the RedHawks baseball game|
|Enjoying a beautiful afternoon in our sweet box seats!|
#Epic Failure. That whole "sitting still for more than 10 minutes" thing really took a toll on everyone's patience. Consuming buckets full of buttery popcorn and gallons of Mountain Dew probably didn't help with the energy level either, in hindsight. And where acceptable movie-theater vocal volume = 2, Noah volume = steady 10. Maybe even 11.
|Quick pic snapped in the short time he was seated!|
"HEY MOM! LOOKIT 'MATER!"
*whispers* "Yeah, buddy, that's awesome, but you have to be quiet so the other people can hear the movie too, ok?"
"Ok, let's try a little harder. Can you whisper?"
"K, I WHISPERIN' MOM!"
"Noah, seriously. I'm glad you're excited, but I need you to whisper please."
*Silence, for 10 whole seconds.
"SEE LIGHTNING 'QUEEN?! YEAH!!"
Hanging out indoors where it's nice and cool...
|It's so hot, a guy's just gotta find relief any way he can (settle down, it's just sparkling cider!)|
|Sometimes you just can't help but try to look hot, when it is hot.|
|Uncool in the pool...|
|Too cute to be this nerdy already!|
|Orange Push-Ups... the only reason I tolerate the Schwann's man coming to my |
door every Monday night for the other 11 months out of the year!
Monday night was the main event of the summer: the Microsoft Fargo annual company picnic! Every summer , this is a huge and fantastic family-friendly event for the full time employees on the Fargo campus. They have never failed to disappoint, and this year was no different! We were served a huge buffet of burgers & 'dogs for the grownups, mini corndogs and mac & cheese for the kids (errr, for me), chips, corn on the cob, and root beer floats for dessert! After snarfing down a ginormous meal and 6 gallons of water in the 112-degree shelter tent, we headed out to the field to play our butts off.
|Taken out my office window at about 8:30 am, before they blew 'em all up. There's about 2 football fields worth of land that they hold the picnic on -- full of inflatables & fun stuff as far as the eye could see!|
|This was taken at last years' picnic - I forgot to snap one of the whole setup this year! Pretty incredible!|
They had some fun waterslides, a couple kiddie pools, drinking water stations scattered throughout, and a 'misting tent' to keep everyone cooled off in that blazing hot heat. I'm not sure the misting tent was necessary, because there was enough water vapor in the air to make me wish I had developed gills so I could breathe!!
Ash was mostly out on her own, she found a couple friends from daycare and they were off like the wind to run through the obstacle courses and slide on the giant Wet 'N Wild!
|Someone's excited about the big event!|
|The two little buddies Heston & Noah, looking for some trouble.|
|Our little miss slugger!|
Our tough little cowgirl (her nickname: "BadAsh") was feeling quite brave in her little Miss America swimsuit. She jumped right up on that mechanical bull and stayed on for a full 30-ish seconds? It was pretty darn epic...