While shopping today we popped into Claire’s (which is a young girl’s dream shop). Holly wanted either this flower wreath or a light-up, unicorn headband. We came home with the wreath.
And last week, a little ice cream on a hot summer’s day.
We have over a month before school starts and only one more week of day camp this summer. We might make it. We might not. I love my girls to the moon and back, but good golly. The amount of constant talking and demands of “Look, Mom! Look, Mom! Look, Mom!” never stop. I mean, never stop. I believe the girls are at an age when they should be more independent in their play and not need me to observe and comment on every single move they make throughout the entire day. This will be a good skill for them to work on over the next 34 days (but who’s counting).
Yesterday Zoey’s mother took the little girls to the lake for the afternoon. Holly had a blast and my frazzled brain had a nice break.
Last weekend Rob joined this century by acquiring his first-ever smart phone. Yay, Rob! Because of this monumental event, we actually have pictures from his campout last night with the girls at Squire Creek…Rob reported that they had a good time, which I thought was kind of amazing after he described arriving only to find that their reserved campsite had already been taken (they had to find a new spot to set up) and as they were getting the fire started to cook dinner, they were told by the ranger that there was a burn ban in effect (as of that afternoon). They had to drive to town and buy their dinner from the take-out section of a foodmart. Camping, indeed! Even so, they all enjoyed themselves. What troopers!
Oh boy, what a busy two days. Aside from swimming their little fins off, the girls also got to color their own tee-shirts, play in the arcade, watch an animatronic show, play putt putt golf, and get GWL stuffies (like Build-A-Bear) which were programmed to take us all over the hotel on a scavenger hunt. Unfortunately, Rob and Holly did not get to do the ropes course because I didn’t pack shoes for the girls. (As we were going to a water park, I figured they would live in flip flops. Whoops! Something to remember for next time.)Coloring tee-shirts.
Pizza break!Face painting!
Linlee waiting for her sister. She looks like a dreamy model as she sports wolf ears, a pup pass around her neck and “bee” nails (yellow, black, yellow, black). I love this picture to pieces.
The following pictures were taken from kiosks around the hotel when we were on our scavenger hunt.Tomorrow we plan to have breakfast, let the girls go for one last swim and then head back home. It’s been a fun little vacation. (One that I imagine we will repeat in the future.)
This summer’s adventure is on a much smaller scale than last summer’s Disneyland. We made the two-hour drive to Great Wolf Lodge, which is an indoor water park/hotel. (Our two hour drive actually took three hours because of two potty stops and a lunch break. Our crew travels very, very slowly.) Our room is cute. There is a queen bed for the grownups and a bunk bed in the “tent” area for the kids.
You can’t tell, but in the picture above, the girls are in a wave pool. So much fun! Linlee really liked it. Holly liked it too, but also loved going down the slides with Rob.
This morning we went to the library for a free movie. Doesn’t the popcorn look scrumptious?
Holly and Nate in the play area.Linlee and more sand castles. Holly opted to go on a hike with the aunts and uncles.Above, Nate and a giant tumble weed (on a stick).
Mom and brother Michael relaxing.
Puzzles and games.
Aunt Trish prepping the fish tacos.
Dinner time for eighteen people. Wow!Seven-month Declan gets to eat (gum) real food. (He is NOT drinking that Coke.)
Kaela & Trevor had many heart to heart chats with Holly on this porch swing.
Cousins! Megan, Kaela, myself, and Michael. (We’re missing Mallory.)I don’t remember what Megan and Kaela were laughing at, but I liked this picture.
Little second cousins, Holly, Linlee, Nate and Declan.
And happy 4th of July!
Picture by Holly.
Aunt Mary and Holly make lemon scones! (Nate supervises.)Holly, Nate and baby Declan.Happiest baby ever!
Time for a family reunion in The Dalles, Oregon! This is our view of the cherry orchards from the house.
Holly and second cousin, Nate. These two have become best buddies.Color break.Aunt Cynthia and Nate.Aunt Mary and Holly play tic-tac-toe.Paella. This family eats well.
Family celebration Friday night.Wearing Pusheen cat ears.
Today we had the unicorn party at The Little Gym…The picture above was supposed to be of the table with all the unicorn horns in the center, but in the background is an upside down birthday girl.She casually crossed her legs for the picture.
This is the unicorn cake. The “happy” is facing one direction while the “birthday Holly” is facing the opposite direction. I just don’t know what to say, other than it still tasted good.The kids sitting on the air track as it fills with air.And jump!They had a blast playing organized games and playing on the equipment.
Time for cake!
Presents…The unicorn horns crack me up.Yep, dabbing.
Turning eight is so much fun!