My sister and Ben were in town for the 4th of July, so we decided to spend the day at the water park together! Meghan and Luke came, too, and met us there. I was not anticipating it being so busy the day before the 4th, but I was very wrong! It was way more crowded than usual, but we still had a lot of fun!
This girl is so brave and surprises me all the time. She just - to her core- loves animals so much. She didn't even hesitate to hold this snake!
The water park is alllll the way in the back of the park (that walk is the worst!) so we always stop and ride some rides on the way there. LL said she wanted to do this one, but then chickened out at the last minute (she gets it from her Momma). Laura, Cooper, Ben, Luke, and Meghan were not afraid and went for it!
The two chickens that decided not to participate. :)
We got changed and situated at the water park and immediately found a rock! We just re-hid it in the same area.
My water park crew!
You know your aunt loves you a whole lot when you convince her to carry you piggy back out of the park. It was a looooong way to go with a heavy boy!
We were all very hot and tired when we left, and we decided we deserved a treat! We took a vote in the car, and The Mix won out.
Hot and happy!
We celebrated the 4th of July with friends and family on Tuesday. You can read all about it here.
The next morning was like a party hangover - wearing the same shirt as the day before and dead-glow stick glasses. ;)
Some of Matt's extended family was in town on Wednesday, so the kids and I went there for a few hours so they could visit.
I dropped the kids off at Grammy and Pop's and hit the gym.
With all the excitement, this one insisted that he didn't need a nap. For some reason, I didn't believe him - haha.
Both of my kids absolutely adore Gray. They haven't seen him all summer, so they were so happy to spend the day with him. The next time we see him, he'll be a big brother!
Thursday we made plans with a friend from LL's school to come and swim. They weren't coming until after lunch, but we went ahead and went to Gigi's to get in as much pool time as we could.
This is perfection for me - kids happy in the pool and a good book!
Why is summer flying by so quickly?!
We rarely do this because it's usually so hot, but we ate lunch outside. The kids got out of the pool, scarfed down lunch, and then went right back in!
This is my "mom uniform" in summer. Jean shorts, flip flops, and a comfy shirt. #winning
LL spent the night with Gigi the night before, and Matt and I headed to Cooper's 5 year well-check on Friday morning. You can read all about his check-up here!
After his check-up, Matt went to work, LL was still at Gigi's, and so this boy and I ran some errands.
Cooper wanted to go to the donut store as his treat for doing well at the doctor. When we go there, he decided he didn't want a donut, he wanted a cinnamon ("sim-a-nim") roll the size of his head instead.
Dude shocked me when he ate the entire thing!! Hey - you don't get to be off the growth chart by slacking off in the eating department. And not shockily - he didn't eat lunch later because he was so full - haha. (We also found this rock on the way in)
We had a yummy, simple dinner that night - bbq sauce, chicken, and sauteed mushrooms and onions in a wrap. So. Good.
Saturday morning we got up and moving for a birthday party for John Aiden. They had all of these tiles set up, and LL loved playing with them and making things!
They also had a really cute "make a mask" station.
I started book #41 for the year on Saturday.
We had a "leftover" dinner night and I made myself a grilled cheese. It was my first one in over a year, and it was so crazy good!
While LL was in the bath, Cooper watched ninja turtles while dressed up as a ninja turtle. I love having a 5 year old boy - this stage is so fun!
Sunday morning we stuck around the house to get quite a few things done around the house that had been neglected. While Matt did yard work and I did laundry and cleaning, these two played pirates!
We went to Grammy and Pop's house around lunch time to spend the rest of the day there. The kids absolutely destroyed the playroom, but that just means that they're using their imagination, right??
Grammy made them an "ocean" for dinner - it grosses me out to no end, but the kids absolutely love it! (Hotdog, ramen noodes with blue food cooring, black olives, and goldfish)
Here's our video for the week!