Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Vacation Week 7 - 4 Bucket List Items and a Wedding

We had an awesome week.  Paul is still on vacation so we did a bunch of day trips and checked off several of my bucket list items.

On Monday Paul went hiking with a friend, so I was home with the girls all day and it felt like a normal work day.

Tuesday we went to the Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens Park.  We had lunch first at a really yummy burger place across the street from the locks, except Paul and I didn't have burgers, we had fish and chips which were also yummy.  The girls enjoyed watching boats go through the locks and seeing fish climb the fish ladder.

After the Locks we went to Golden Gardens Park to play on the beach.  They've added a playground since I was there last (way before the girls were born) so the girls played on that for awhile and then walked down to the beach to play in the sand.  It was an awesome day.

On Wednesday, we went to Lake Sammammish State Park.  Again, they played on the playground for awhile first, then we went to the lake and swam.  It was another hot day so it's been really nice to go places where we can cool off.

Shell collection

Thursday we went on a hike to Franklin Falls.  We actually meant to do the Denny Creek hike, but that trailhead was a little further up the road and we thought we were at the right one, but it was a great little hike nonetheless to a beautiful waterfall.

Friday we met some friends at Lake Tapps.  I've mentioned before that Paul's company has their own private campground and day use area of the lake, so we can go and enjoy the lake and playground and all without big crowds.  It's awesome.

The view from my air mattress.

Saturday was my niece's wedding.  They had the ceremony at the church (where we all grew up), then had the reception at the family farm (the farm my great-grandparents settled on and now my brother and sister-in-law live there).  It was a great wedding and the girls were on the dance floor the entire time (except to eat cake)!

Me and my mom who had a stroke earlier this year.


Yesterday we stayed home and worked on a few projects around the house.  It felt good to get a few things done.

Paul has one more week off and then it's back to our normal routine.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Silverwood Theme Park

We went to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho for our family vacation this year.  We stayed right on the lake (WorldMark timeshare) about a 25 minute drive from town.  We had a beautiful view of the lake from our deck, but our main access to the lake was a little cove on the other side of our building.

On Friday the 12th we drove to Crescent Bar where the girls were staying with grandma and grandpa, spent the night and then drove to Idaho the next day.  We stopped in Spokane for lunch and groceries, then drove the last hour or so to WorldMark Arrow Point.  We settled in, explored a bit, then after the girls were in bed we sat out on our deck with a glass of wine and enjoyed the sunset.

On Sunday we just hung around the lake all day, swimming and floating on an air mattress.  Then on Monday, it was off to Silverwood Theme Park!  Unfortunately, Olivia threw up in the car on the way there (luckily we had a plastic grocery bag handy).  She had also thrown up Saturday morning while we were still at Crescent Bar, but had been fine the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday.  After her vomiting episode on Monday morning, she was fine again and we had a fun day at the park going on lots of rides and watching a magic show.

Olivia didn't want to make her plane go up, and why she sat in the back I have no idea...

The girls of course had no idea who Garfield and Odie were!

Tuesday we went to Boulder Beach, a water slide park that is part of Silverwood.  She wasn't feeling too well again but we decided to chance it because we had other plans for Wednesday and we were leaving on Thursday, so this was our only chance.  Not long after arriving, she got sick again.  We managed to do the lazy river twice and then Paul tried to do some water slides with Kayley while I stayed with Olivia, but she wasn't very interested, which was weird because we went to a water park last summer and they both had a blast.  So we decided to leave, but since we had to walk back through Silverwood anyway we ended up riding the train and the carousel.

Kid's play area

Olivia barely ate anything that day and kept throwing everything up on Wednesday, so we skipped out Pirate boat cruise we were supposed to do and took her to urgent care.  Turns out she had strep throat.  So weird, because she never complained of a sore throat at all, but I guess not everyone necessarily has one.  She was still pretty sick on Thursday and we left and went back to Crescent Bar for a few days.  Luckily, by Friday she was back to normal.

While we were there we sort of accidentally took them on Tremors, a wild, super fast roller coaster that goes through a few dark, albeit short, tunnels.  Kayley kept saying she didn't want to go while we were in line but I honestly didn't know for sure if we were in line for that one or a different one.  Anyway, they were pretty scared but they got over it pretty quick.  They weren't like crying and screaming the whole time or anything.  Olivia just cried a teeny bit at the very end but was over it right away.  I was really proud of them, but we'll definitely wait a few years before we take them on anything like that again.

I really wanted to go on Aftershock, so right before we left on Monday Paul stayed with the girls while I went on it.  It. was. AWESOME!  Best ride EVER!  Way better than anything at Disneyland or California Adventure, although I've never been to any Six Flags so there may be something comparable out there.  You start out backwards and then up this tower at a 90-degree angle, so you are looking straight down at the ground, then you go through some loops and turns and then up another 90-degree tower, this time facing up.  Then you do the whole thing backwards.  It was SO fun!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Vacation: Weeks 5 and 6

I know it's cliche (pretend there's a little ' above the "e"-don't know how to put one there) but Summer is flying by.  I think we're about half way through our summer break!  I'm still trying to keep a week-by-week record so I can look back and see what all we did and when.  Silly, maybe, but fun for me.

Week 5
We spent the weekend after the 4th at Crescent Bar, then on Monday the 8th Paul and I came home, leaving the girls there for the week with their grandparents.  Paul still had to work, so I had 3 days to myself to do whatever.  Like usual I was hoping to accomplish all sorts of projects around the house but just didn't quite get to it.  Tuesday I went to the mall and the grocery store, and because I got kind of a late start, by the time I got back it was dinnertime.  On Wednesday I drove up to Everett to have lunch with my former boss and visit some of my old co-workers.  It was so fun to see them again.  When I got back I had a hair appointment and again it was dinnertime by the time I did all that.  Thursday I had to take the car to Les Schwab to get a tire looked at/fixed (turns out there was a small nail in it) and I ran some other errands and started packing for our Idaho trip.  So that was my 3 days.  Not quite what I had hoped, but still some nice alone time.
Week 6
Family vacation to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Silverwood Theme Park (see separate post to follow).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Vacation: Week 4

Tuesday (of last week--I'm a little behind) - Free matinee

Thursday - Community 4th of July Celebration, made homemade ice cream, went to a neighbor's to shoot fireworks.

Friday afternoon we left for Crescent Bar and went to their parade on Saturday and watched the fireworks show that night.  The last two years we were actually in the parade, but this year we decided to just watch it.  The girls were all for it, because by watching the parade, they were able to score candy.  I can't believe how much candy there were able to get.  It was like Halloween all over.

The Parade had an Old West theme

Go Hawks!

The girls sat in the shade with Grandma and Grandpa while me and Paul were across the street

On Monday Paul and I came home while the girls are staying there for the week, then we will go back on Friday, spend the night there and then go to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho for 5 days.