Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer+ 3= BUSY!

It's been a busy couple weeks lately and that means that the blog gets pushed to the side. Sorry for the lack of updates (and pics!)
Let me try to do a quick recap of one of our recent weekends:

My cousin got married in MI so we decided to make a long weekend out of it since we have friends in Toledo area. We stayed at an indoor waterpark, thinking the girls might like to splash around in the kiddie area. Yea, not so much. Anna LOVED the water and the little fountains, Ava thought it was ok, but only if she was being held, and Alexis didn't even want to get in the water and spent nearly the whole time sitting on Jeff lap while he sat in 3 inches of water. Fun times! :) Anna let me lay her on her back and even tried to float. She may just like swimming more or is the most relaxed right now. Ava barely let me try this and I didn't even attempt with Alexis. We also took a lazy river ride and all 3 liked that.

We spent a few hours playing at my friend Beth's house with her children Averie and Baylor. They were fun play-hosts and were so nice to the girls. They have a fun trampoline in their living room and the girls loved to bounce in their with Averie. It was great to see them and I was so happy to see Beth's mom, Pam, who hadn't met the girls yet, so it was extra special that she was there too! Can't wait to see you all again real soon!
This is a picture of Alexis, Anna and Averie:

We also got to spend a short time with our friends Eric, Stacy and their girls Grace and Faith. We got to see Eric's mom and Grandma who are like a second family to us as well as Brooke and Steve! So nice to see them and we just wish we all lived closer to see them more often! Unfortunately, we had to leave because the girls were exhausted (= CRABBY) and we headed back to the hotel.

Then we headed up to MI for the wedding which was held in my Aunt and Uncle's beautiful backyard. The wedding was very nice, Carrie and her dress were beautiful and it was just an overall great time. We got to spend some time with my Grandfather who is nearing 94 and is just so fun to be around. Ava was his buddy and kept wanting to sit on his lap. So sweet!

The girls love "smelling" flowers, however their version of smelling is blowing kisses onto the flowers. They haven't quite figured out the smell part, but it's cute. Here Ava is headed towards the flowers...

On our way home the next day, we stopped at the Cabela's store. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a HUGE outdoors store (like LL Bean, but think more hunting fishing type.) anyway, they have tons of real animals (well, they are stuff now, but they still look real) and the girls LOVED them. Especially Alexis. She was pointing and ooohhing and ahhing all over! It was so funny! They got to see bears, deer, bison, mountain goats, moose, elephants, lions, and geesh, so many I can't even remember. Definitely a good place to stop. The girls did great in the car and slept all the way home! Ahhhh..I even took a quick cat nap!
Check out Alexis and how excited she is when looking at the big animals! :)

The packing, preparing and unpacking for the trip seemed to take nearly as long as the trip, but it was all worth it. Although we were happy to be home. After the trip, Jeff took Monday off of work too, and we ended up going to the zoo. It was a beautiful day, nice breeze and we got to see the new baby elephant named Beco (Bee-co). Thomas went with us and he is always such a great help with the girls. Constantly entertaining or offering to help. We love having him with us.
Here's a cool pic of the leopard. I love the Columbus Zoo and how close you can get to the animals...safely, of course.

Needless to say, Jeff was pretty tired getting ready for work the next day after the long weekend!


Twice as Nice said...

I had you in my favorites and have not visited for some time. I must say those girls of yours are SWEETNESS!! Their hair has really grown. You are blessed.

Pam said...

I absolutely LOVED seeing you again Marie, and meeting your girls! They are adorable!

SaraBelle said...

Whew -- you all have been crazy busy!! :) Love the pic of Ava & your grandpa -- so sweet!