We headed to this favorite spot to enjoy the last weekend before school started on Monday. It's always so fun to see the kids enjoy such a wonderful play place, and to remember fun times we've had there before.
Paging Dr. Buddy...
Face painting has always been a favorite.
Love it when the boy does art. It rarely happens.
Busy at the store. Buddy announced "I'm getting NOTHING HEALTHY!!" A cart full of mac and cheese, popcorn (shhhh), sugar, beef, and brownie mix. Sigh.
Yaya is off to junior high, and Kiki is starting 4th grade. So proud of these young ladies - they are doing such an amazing job of growing up to be kind, loving and dedicated people. I'm grateful for the many people in their lives who support them in that mission every day.
The night before school, the girls packed up their things and got their clothes ready. All the little creature comforts were added - hand sanitizer, scented lotion, fresh mechanical pencils. Backpack charms were attached, inhalers stowed in little pouches. Kiki put her highlighters away just so. Then she pulled her baseball glove out - ready to go.
Buddy loves monster trucks, and he's always remembered the first show we took him to and begged us to take him again, so we gave in. The girls didn't like the last show - the exhaust smell and the noise was upsetting, even with earplugs, so they weren't looking forward to this one. Then it turned out that Cici has always wanted to see a monster truck show...so suddenly it was awesome! (It helped that the venue was better at clearing the exhaust this time). We all had lots of fun and everyone had a favorite truck. It's just kind of funny to see all the tricks these people can do with huge machines. And kind of awesome.
Before the show, the kids walked around and checked out the trucks and track and met some of the drivers. These things are BIG. Yaya is 5 feet tall now...
This was Buddy's favorite truck, though maybe more for the "Who let the dogs out" song than the truck?
The week of surprises started in 2010 when we just couldn't manage a week to the beach with a 5-month-old who never slept, so we did a surprise a day and a big day trip for the kids instead. Our very first day trip was to NASA for our science loving girls. Now we usually do simpler surprises, but it's become a favorite family tradition.