We started out the week with a few last days with Mummo and Bill before they headed back to the Pacific Northwest. While lots of adventures were had by Mummo, Bill, Heikki and the kids-I was working so no photos for me to easily upload!
Heikki took them to see the glass bottom boats at Aquarena in San Marcos on Monday. The kids have such a great time with that, and I think Mummo and Bill did as well. It is a cool underwater tour of the San Marcos River. Just lovely and if ever in San Marcos I do recommend that!
Tuesday the big kids had to go to school so Mummo, Bill, Heikki and Kai headed into Austin and went to the LBJ Presidential Library. I have never been to it or any Presidential Library. It sounded like they enjoyed it and I guess we should keep that on our To do List.
Wednesday Mummo and Bill had to head back to Washington state. They will be greatly missed.
We then ended the week by taking a trip to Gruene, Texas (pronounced Green) to meet up with our other Mummo and Ukki Frederick. We always love our time with Grandparents. The kids got super lucky this week and had time with both grandparents! These are some pictures of the kids loving on a tree while waiting for our table. As Suvi stood by the tree, giving it hugs, she asked me, "Aren't you going to take a picture of me?" What a ham. I had to go get my phone and caught this shot of Kai and her:
Probably one of the best things about Gruene and the Gristmill Restaurant where we ALWAYS eat: the Strawberry Shortcake dessert (I mean besides seeing my parents). It is almost all whip cream and a Frederick/Laukkanen family favorite. Definitely not on any one's diet...
Earlier on Saturday, which was a gorgeous spring day by the way, Suvi had a small dance performance at a local elementary school. Here she is with her classmates, getting ready for the ballet routine. Suvi is in the middle. The little girl on the far right is our friend Marli. She is a funny little girl who kind of does her own thing sometimes! LOL!
Below is Suvi in her Ballet costume. This is the one she will wear in her big performance at the end of May.
Suvi absolutely loves dance. I think she likes ballet best. She is taking after her aunt Kaisa as her dad and I do NOT dance! Her instructor informed me this week that she thinks we should put Suvi in pre-team next year. I do not know all what this entails, but feel pretty proud of my little dancer! We will have meetings this spring to get more info about Pre-teams!
Markku is having a big ceremony in the Cub Scouts this next week called the Blue and Gold Banquet. We were told to make the centerpieces for the tables. I am not crafty in the least so I was a little worried when Heikki volunteered us to get the supplies...but luckily my husband turned out to have some great ideas on how to make a tee-pee. We used some foam rings, wooden dowels and construction paper and then luckily our den leader seemed to know exactly what Heikki had in mind (Heikki had to go to Corpus Christi for Coast guard and couldn't be there himself)! Here are some photos of their work:
and the final project turned out really great I think!
For those of you who don't know, I went to high school a long long time ago in a suburb of Rochester, NY. Pittsford Mendon High School to be exact and I graduated in 1990. Eeeek! Anyways, I moved away and went to college, vet school and moved all over the place. So I never see any high school friends. We see Heikki's often when we visit Washington or go to his reunions, but not true of mine! So this week, I made it happen. I went and had lunch with a classmate who now lives just north of Austin. It was great to see her again and relive some old memories while mostly catching up on where our lives are now. We both played Field Hockey together. I was shocked to hear she lives so close and that her mother actually lives only a few miles away. Thanks to Facebook we re-connected and hopefully will make it a more regular occurrence.
So another busy week ends and we start the next one...