Thursday, May 21

Vacation ~ Day 1

Today was Patrick's graduation party, so we got a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast to start out our first morning of vacation. The sun was out and shining bright today . . a perfect day for an outdoor open house. We got to meet many of Patrick's childhood friends, some of whom we knew. Peter and James took their afternoon nap at Pat's house and woke up to a house full of little boys. There must have been at least 8 of them, all between the ages of 9 months to 6 yrs old. They all went outside and kicked balls, threw rocks, played with a mini-set of bulldozers (using a 'generous' portion of Pats grass as 'mulch' - sorry Pat!) and blew bubbles. They had a blast!
bonus: none of us got sunburnt!

Patrick's Graduation Open House:

Many of Pat's friends, neighbors and family came to congratulate him at his home on Sunday.

It was a fabulous party with amazing food - Catherine did a fantastic job!!
The beautiful cake:

James, chilling in the shade:

Patrick and his graduation gift, from his lovely wife, Catherine:

{a weekend fishing trip to catch fresh walleye (super yummy!)}

Patrick and his new Masters Degree Plaque:

After his party, we all headed back to the hotel, to change (into warmer clothes, it gets down to the 40's still, in MN, at night) and headed back to Pat and Catherine's house for some Jimmy John subs. The kids started to get restless, so we had to end the night a little early to get them to bed at a decent time. But, we sure had fun today!