Monday, July 17, 2017

Land of Lincoln

After a night in Chicago, we stopped in Springfield, IL on the way to St. Louis to see the house Abe Lincoln lived in before his presidency.  Before we left for our trip, we checked out many books about Honest Abe from the library  Allie actually finished earning a Girl Scout patch during our visit too!  We learned all about what he is remembered for and the important things he accomplished as our 16th president.  Both Allie and Ayden were excited for the visit...and to get out of the car.
We dressed in our red, white and blue...and these little park rangers earned a junior ranger badge too!
Allie opening Abe's front door!

Living Room

Abe's Bed

The kitchen

Lincoln Logs and stove pipe hats!
Next we ventured over to Lincoln's tomb.  Wow!!  What a historical sight...the resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary and three of their four sons.   We made sure to rub Abe's gold nose for good luck (before and after our trip inside the tomb).

I'm so glad my kids had the opportunity to learn about and see a little bit of our American history.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


The beginning of our summer 2017 family vacation is off to a great start.  The Hammerick's first stop was Chicago.  Our final destination is Saint Louis, but we figured spending 8 hours in the car in one day would not be very we made a few stops along the way. 
We spent our Chicago day walking around the windy city.  The bean was super cool in Millennium Park.  The kiddos had fun looking at their reflections.

To burn some energy, Maggie Daley was an excellent choice.  The playgrounds were so much fun and kept us busy for an hour or so.  There were so many playgrounds to choose from.

Allie was thrilled to shop at the American Girl store and use her gift card to get her dolls ears pierces (just like hers).  We checked in her doll...and 15 minutes she looked more like our Allie.  Allie admired all the yearly dolls there were and knew most of their names from some of the movies she watched.

We couldn't leave the city without seeing it from 100 floors up.  How cool is that view?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cousins on the Fourth

Fourth of July started with the annual parade in Northville.  However this year, cousins Emma and Sydney were able to join us!  We were thrilled.  The kiddos loved collecting lots of red, white and blue goodies and candy.


Afterwards we headed to Nana's for a BBQ lunch with the whole fam!  The littles enjoyed fishing on the dock, playing in the sand and swimming in the lake.

Later in the evening we set off our own fireworks in the driveway with Auntie Ellen.  Feeling blessed to share our Independence with the ones we love.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ayden's First Dentist Checkup

Ayden was a superstar patient for his very FIRST checkup with the dentist.  He sat by himself while I had my teeth cleaned with is magical sunglasses.  Absolutely no cavities!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fears, Tears & Pretty Ears

Since Allie was a baby...I always wanted to let her make the choice to pierce her ears.  I wanted this moment to be special and decided by her on her own time.  I was 7 when I had my ears pierced.  I still remember the day...the mall, my mom,but not the pain. 
Allie has been BUGGING us to get her ears pieced for the past two months!  It's finally time.  There are no cheer competitions that we have to take them out school to worry about either.  Allie has been super excited and counting down the days for the awesome moment all week.  She was all smiles on the drive there and even picking out her new earrings.  She EVEN jumped up in the stool ready wear REAL earrings!  She came prepared with her stuffy to squeeze.

The tears pooled her eyes as soon as she saw the measuring tool.  She freaked and hid her face in Todd.  A quick pep talk and before I could get my video was DONE!!!  A quick little cry...and she did it! 

Allie said, "It DID hurt."  I didn't think she could be any more beautiful...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Here's to the best Dad around.  A dad who attends every cheer competition, plays in the dirt for hours, tickles till someone is always crying, cleans the house, does the laundry AND cooks dinner!  We love you the most!

Father's Day was spent with all the dads.  BBQ at our house and fun playing outside.  All these dad's love to be was a perfect day for all.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Last Day...Hooray!

Kindergarten and Preschool...LAST DAY!

My how Allie has grown this year.  REAL Kindergarten is now complete.  

This marks the first year that Ayden gets to hold the first and last day of school signs!  WOW!!  Look at the difference a year makes!

Thank you Mrs. Wild for an outstanding, super year!  Allie has LOVED being your right hand gal ALL year.  She just loved all the special attention.  You have moved our girl along in more ways that you realize.  She is a super reader and writer.  I just loved reading her stories this year.  Allie has become more confident in herself and a little more outgoing too (especially when you let her dance on the tables!)  We appreciate your soft loving tone, yet clear expectations and follow through.  Our Allie girl is becoming quite the little STAR thanks to your love for her and your effort in her educational progress.  We are forever grateful!

Mrs. Poxon was Ayden's safe haven this year as he ventured off to preschool for the very first time.  Thank you, Mrs. Poxon, for all you have done of our little guy.  He sure did warm up to you and your classroom full of friends he made.  He is so comfortable, LOVES school and everything about this day...writing, reading, computer time, trucks, the sandbox and singing...just not NAPS!  Thanks for helping him learn and grow this year.  We are so thankful Ayden will get to continue on in your class again for another year.  We can only dream of what he will do next.