Monday, November 28, 2011

Lots of Turkey and Lots of LaVignes

We celebrated Thanksgiving weekend with the LaVigne clan.  Liz and Mark hosted 40 at their house and that includes 7 kids ages 3 years-old and under (Cullen 3, Mason 3, Sylvie 3, Simone 1, James 1, Rosie 6 weeks and Dane 3 weeks).  To allow my mom and dad a little peace and quiet for the big preparations, we stayed downtown Minneapolis at the Millenium Hotel on Wednesday night.  The kids loved the view from the 10th floor and the pool on the first floor.  Then, Thanksgiving day was full of the usual, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, the famous Angry Trout wild rice and pumpkin pie.  The main event on Friday was a LaVigne kickball game.  Even the littlest ones (Cullen, Mason and Simone) were on the field.  Then everyone headed back to Mark and Liz's for some dinner:  take out pizza and Indian food (ask Mark and Mike about Naan bread). 

Mary Quirk, who is always so poignant with words, said that the best part of being a LaVigne is that everyone matters.  A whole room of family will stop to honor even the youngest child's accomplishment.  We have a lot of differences in the group:  republicans, democrats, sport stars, academic geniuses, gray hairs, red hairs, brown hairs and dreads.  Being a LaVigne is what we have in common and we are all very proud of that!

Turkey Trottin' Boys

Cullen and Dirk both competed in the MPLS Lifetime Fitness Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day.  Dirk and his friend, Brian Brieske, ran a 5 K.  Cullen ran one entire lap around the indoor track in the Target Center Lifetime Fitness Club. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smiling Faces

Both Cullen and Simone seem to have an aversion to smiling for the camera as of late.  Therefore, I took it upon myself to try to get as many smiling mug shots as I could for this post.  I succeeded in a few!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Welcome Baby Dane!

We are proud to announce the birth of Dane Joseph Feste.  Proud parents Annie and Drew can't seem to wipe the smiles from their faces.  Dane weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was actually 3 weeks early. He is practically perfect in every way and absolutely adorable.  His thick head of black hair has Annie wondering if the old wives tail about heartburn linked to baby hair is true.  Simone loved meeting the baby, almost as much as she loved the licorice that Uncle Drew was feeding her.  Cullen thought he was very sweet.  Mason also like Dane, but wondered "how am I supposed to play with that baby, he doesn't have any hands?" (Mason was a bit confused as Dane's hands were tucked into the sleep sack!)   Dane is a wonderful addition to our family and we are can't wait to watch him grow.