Well, my mom & sister are safe and sound back in their homes. We had such a wonderful visit this year! They were both here for about a week and the kids LOVED it. I must say I enjoyed the three days off of work it gave me.
I scrambled like a mad woman to clean the house and set up their rooms before they arrived. Lets face it, there’s usually dishes to be cleaned and laundry to be done around here.
Fun fact: Ashley did some research and she was here last year on the exact same day! Here’s a photo comparison. They look like BABIES!!
We got to do so many fun things! Last year we did all the “tourist” things. We went to the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and a few kid-friendly attractions. This year we really wanted to focus on being together and didn’t go too far from town.
During the course of their stay I showed them my two favorite places in town, our wellness studio and our coffee shop. We went to the park more times than I think we’ve been in one week. The kids played so well together and each morning couldn’t wait to get out of bed to go see one another.
My nephew is 2 weeks older than my daughter so we did a joint birthday party and invited some of the kids’ friends and their parents over to hang out. We had a snack/dessert table set up. Now, some may notice the cake. I had the cake ordered way before the visit was final. But we made due and my nephew love it. We set up two kid pools and handed out water guns to each kiddo that was there. Later, we filled both pools with water balloons. One pool was the girls, one was the boys. We set up a mini water balloon fight for them and it was a blast! (Luckily they didn’t get too crazy with throwing).
We did leave town for one adventure! There is a really cool water park about an hour and a half from us. After spending a few days at the house we decided the kids would enjoy that. The water park has a splash pad, a “playground” that has a huge bucket over it that dumps water every couple minutes, a few different pools, a lazy river, a rock wall, an obstacle course, and the older kid/adult slides. It was so much fun, even Ashley and I enjoyed going on the bigger water slides!! My personal favorite was being able to ride down the slides on an inner tube.
Here’s more than a few pictures of the week we had with my sister, my nephew, and my mother. The kids miss them so much already. A few times they’ve asked if they’re still at the house and I reluctantly have to say no.
Any of you out there really enjoy being around your family? I’m right there with ya.
It was one of the best weekends we’ve had here in a long time. I cannot wait to start planning our trip to the east coast a year from now!!! More on that later.