family staycation

Last weekend, my entire immediate family gathered for a "staycation" in Milwaukee. That's 12 adults and 4 kids (and occasionally some dogs), which is basically a three-ring circus. It's rare that we get to all be together, so I wanted to soak in every possible moment, hence the radio silence!

We had each "family" plan a day and the three youngest of us (who are not yet married) also planned a day. Everyone included a good mix of activities and allowing time for us to just relax and hang out together. 

Day 1- Hiking, pool time, and "The Great Rasmussen Bake-Off" (a twist on the show Chopped)

Hiking at Seven Bridges

Hiking at Seven Bridges

Day 2- Church, a picnic/kickball game that was ruined by pouring rain, an impromptu walk along Lake Drive, and Family Jeopardy (a game we made up a few years ago, obviously based on Jeopardy, where we ask each other trivia about ourselves)

My nephew, Teddy, and I in our Sunday's best

My nephew, Teddy, and I in our Sunday's best

Day 3- Brewer's game complete w/tailgating, then a relaxing night at home

How cool are these hats my sister Molly made for us??

How cool are these hats my sister Molly made for us??

Tailgating at the Brewer's game

Tailgating at the Brewer's game

Day 4- Fourth of July parade, grilling out, more pool time, and fireworks

My sister Maggie made all of us these tanks, each with different sayings we picked out. They were a hit!

My sister Maggie made all of us these tanks, each with different sayings we picked out. They were a hit!

Pool time with my niece, Pippa

Pool time with my niece, Pippa

The whole gang on the 4th of July, including the pups!

The whole gang on the 4th of July, including the pups!

Day 5- Family Olympics (can you tell we like to compete??) including an obstacle course, water balloon toss, and frisbee golf, among other activites; the boys went golfing/girls intended to go to Cedarburg for the day, but ended up just staying home; and a dinner out at Cafe Hollander to end the staycation

Backyard Olympics

Backyard Olympics

Snuggle time with Lewis

Snuggle time with Lewis