Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Going Away Party

To ease the pain of moving and to bid farewell to all our friends I decided to throw a End of School / Going Away Party for us. It was SO much fun!!! Of course, I was busy chatting and handing out freeze pops and taking a turn down the giant slide (you know I did!) and so my pictures are lame, but the memories will live on for a long time around here. I am a terrible birthday party mom, but I think I might have redeemed myself. We set up a water gun battle station, a small bounce house for little guys, 3 baby pools, our tramp and the GIANT slide. I think the kids’ favorite part was getting to invite as many friends as they wanted.

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For about an hour this slide was FULL of 5-10 year old boys – at least 20 of them, pushing and screaming and laughing and squishing each other. Jared had to hang out at the bottom for a while to make sure no one got trampled.

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One little girl arrived and stood on the deck, gazing at the back yard, and asked “Are you RICH?!” I just laughed, but I was thinking - not really, but I do have a credit card.

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It was so worth it. I can’t think of a time I have had more fun watching my kids laugh and play with their friends. I felt like it was a fitting way to thank the many families that have befriended us over the past 3 years. 

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Sniff, sniff…

Monday, July 11, 2011

wild ride

We accidentally drove past the Fireman’s Fair on opening night and what choice did we have but to return the next afternoon? I promised my sister Cori some pictures:

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Notice the ominous looking clouds behind the tower? We still had tickets left! So we raced to the last ride and it started POURING right after Gwen and our cute cousin Ashlyn got buckled in the ride. My mom and I were huddled under one of the game tents and expected the girls to jump off and run to find us, but THEY STARTED THE RIDE!!!

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I don’t know if you can tell how hard it is raining but the girls said the guy running the ride just laughed and watched them get soaked! We girls made a mad dash to the van, while the boys braved the storm in search of cotton candy.

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Dear Cori – I’m sorry I said the fair was too redneck for me last year when you were in town. And, I’m sorry I didn’t get any good pictures of the local “wildlife” to share. Let’s make it a date – first weekend in June, 2012?!