Wednesday, September 7, 2016

End of Summer

Why does summer fly by and winter stick around FOREVER????  Ugh.  While I am not looking forward to the inevitable, we closed out summer with as much fun as we could.

We spent time at the pool before it closed down for the summer.  Drew and Kayley loved the diving board.  Ryan was only brave enough to go with Andy.  Ryan is still young enough to love the baby pool area.  :-)

We spent a lot of time playing outside.  Ryan has gotten pretty good on his balance bike and doesn't have any fear on it anymore, which is good and bad!

Kayley, Ryan and I went to Okoboji for our annual Labor Day trip.  Andy and Drew stayed home because of football.  We drove to my parents' farm Friday night and drove up to Okoboji with my dad Saturday morning.  Mom was already up there and Matt and his fiancĂ©, Janelle, and her parents arrived in Okoboji on Friday.  It was really nice to meet Janelle's parents who are so nice and to spend a little more time with my future sister-in-law!

We did all the usual things in Okoboji - boat ride, Arnold's park, swimming off the dock, swimming on the "beach", Sugar Shack, and the nutty bar stand.  Kayley loved Janelle's dog, Levi and the big roller coaster.  Ryan loved the log ride and the little kid roller coaster.  I love that my kids love roller coasters!

Friday night at the farm


Boat ride!

The Barefoot Bar had a playground.  Brilliant!

Ryan and Summer on the roller coaster


Kayley on the swings - she didn't feel
very good once she got off.  :-(

Log Ride

Swimming at the "beach"

Ryan loved the ferris wheel

Ryan loved the bumper cars too

Ferris wheel again

Kayley kicked Ryan's butt.  He cried
when she got a prize and he didn't.

Saying goodbye to Matt and Levi
early Monday morning

Andy and Drew stayed home because they had a football jamboree.  Basically, a football tournament. Never heard of such a thing, right?!  Me either.  But, Dunlap hosts a jamboree every year.  They play 25 minute continuous clock games.  Drew was a little torn about staying home for the games or going to Okoboji, but was leaning more towards staying for his games so we decided they would stay home.  After the jamboree was over, he was very happy with his decision since his team got first place!  Way to go boys!  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dunlap Days

We had Ogden Fun Days where I grew up.  Our kids have Dunlap Days.  Small town carnival.  It was one of my favorite things about summer growing up.  As an adult paying for all the rides, I kept thinking, we should be at Six Flags for the amount we are spending!  And then there is the fear of whether the ride they are on is going to break with them on it!  Is it just me or were things a little more well built when we were kids?  Or as a kid we never thought about it?!  Oh well, the kids had fun and no injuries!