Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Beach, The Zoo, The Slide, Oh My

My younger sister and her two year old, K, came to visit over the weekend. We live three hours apart and don't get to spend a lot of time together, so it was nice to have a little visit with them. They arrived late Friday night, and K was quite distraught because "her baby" was already in bed. Once he woke up Saturday morning, she was delighted to get to see him. The jury's still out on exactly how delighted he was. From the look on his face, I would say he seemed less than thrilled.
Once we were all up and moving, we packed a lunch and headed to the beach (the Little Man stayed home with his Daddy). We found a spot beside a tide pool where the girls could play in the water without fear of waves washing them away. They immediately set out to see if they could catch a fish.

Imagine our surprise when they actually caught some!

We ended the day with five fish in a baggy to take home with us. Somehow one escaped into the back seat of my sister's car, but it was 'rescued' and returned to the baggy. Needless to say, the very next morning, all five fish were floating and were given a proper down the toilet burial.

The girls did talk their aunt into taking them into the waves for a bit.

Sweetpea was the only one brave enough to venture off on her own. Once the other three were knocked over by a wave and suffered minor injuries, they decided the tide pool was more their speed.

Sunday morning, we got up, packed another lunch and headed out to the zoo. We have an awesome zoo here, and we are zoo members, so we go there quite often. The Little Man joined us on this trip, and it was H-O-T HOT. The highlights of the day were the shaved ice, the kids' splash zone and the Discovery Center where I sat to feed the Little Man in the air conditioned coolness while the older kids played in the splash zone.

Obviously K and Little Man were beyond impressed with the zoo experience.

Back at home, the three girls spent quite a bit of time on our water slide in the back yard. We were hoping it would wear them out and get them to bed early. Sadly, it seemed to do the opposite.

They were up 'til all hours playing Phase 10 with us and eating Tootsie Pops. Sweetpea managed to end up with this:

Tell me that doesn't look like an elephant! We discussed selling it on Ebay, but she decided to just eat it instead.

It was great to catch up with my sister and K, who kept us laughing the whole time. Yes, she still calls me "Baby's Mama" and refers to Sweetpea and Princess E as "my girls". Apparently she tells people back home that she has two sisters and a baby. K can be a handful because, well, she's two, but she can also be super sweet. Especially when she's looking at my Little Man and saying things like, "AWWWWW look at him's face."

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