The Pontow Family Blog

The Pontow Family Blog

Monday, September 28, 2009

Surprise Jim!!


Yesterday we threw my brother, Jim, a surprise 40th birthday party. We had a great time with all the family and friends that were able to make it. And I think Jim enjoyed himself a great deal. Checkout the slideshow on the right to see the pics from the party. Thanks to everyone out there that sent me in stories and pictures about Jim. The book turned out beautifully!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where has the time gone....


I can't believe it is already the middle of September. Up here in WI we are starting to get fall weather. Cooler day today. This is my favorite season of the year. I love the trees changing color and getting out the sweatshirts and sweaters to wear for those brisk nights. I love it!

So, what is new in the Pontow house?? Well the kids are back in school now. YIPEE! They are at the grade school in our neighborhood this year. It reminds me so much of my grade school that was so close to home and the kids are able to ride their bikes to school. So, we have been doing that every day and will keep doing it until the weather is unbearable. HA! Just can't think of driving when the weather is nice.

Ally so wishes she was going to school. Every day on our bike ride home she asks the same question "Where's Jack and Meggan?". I tell her the same thing everyday. They are at school and some day soon you will be there too!! Next year we will definitely be looking at a 3 year old preschool for her. The nice part is that when we get home she goes right to bed and there is no fight over taking a nap as their used to be when Jack and Meg were home.

The kids are really loving it! So many of the neighborhood kids are at this school and they all are so sweet and friendly. It is really good for Jack and Meggan! So, school is just in the afternoons for them, but then next year they will be in ALL DAY!! YAHOO! Next year's kindergarten class is offering it all day. So, we are excited about that.

To end the summer we had a pig roast at our house for all of the neighbors, some friends and family. It was a great success. And yes there was a pig roasted in our driveway for folks to eat. I could not eat the pork after I saw the pig cooking. Pretty much did me in. But everyone loved it and the kids all had such a great time! Up here in the north they call this party a SPARN FARKLE. So, there's your little bit of WI Trivia for the day! HA! Check out the pics in the slide show at the right. :)

We did also get to go on a family vacation. We drove out east and stayed with Aunt Denny for almost a week. It was a WONDERFUL time! The biggest thing that the kids talk about is that we got to go on a tour of the White House thanks to Jim's connections and catching crabs and Patty and Chuck's house. They could not believe that they were in Obama's house. It was quite fun to see their faces thru it all. Of course the kids were a bit wild and emotional from the long days, but we made it thru it! The drive was not so bad. We drove thru the night so that the kids would sleep for most of the trip. Then on the way back we stopped in Chicago for 4 days to hang with the folks. We look forward to going on another adventure next summer when we finally get to go to DISNEY WORLD!!!!

We also got together with all of Meggan's friends and had a reunion of sorts. It was so great to see all of them and now grown up! Boy do I sound old!! They all have such amazing kids and spouses!! A great time was had by all!

All in all, it has been a crazy summer. We also fit in quite a few camping trips and still have 2 more trips to take before Halloween rolls around. And the fall/winter will not be any quieter with the upcoming nuptials of my cousin Mike and Stef. Ally and I are in the wedding party and so looking forward to their special day! So, this will keep us busy until Christmas. But it is a nice busy! One that I would not pass up for the world and one that I am honored to be a part of!

Well until next time! Take care and hope all is well with everyone!

Love,
The Pontows (Jen, Chad, Jack, Meg, Ally, Sox and our adopted brodog, Maverick)