It's been a fun-filled and active week at our house and has now become somewhat of a blur. Had I not taken a few pictures along the way, I'm not sure I would be able to remember. As it is, these are highlights, not all the happenings.
First off, I just find this pic funny!
We brought Kate over on Tuesday for the night, however, she informed us she would like to stay with us for three days! And stay she did! One of the first things we did was make a trip to the mall to shop for new school shoes. The Twinkle Toes are the ones she chose and they are super cute.
She had fun playing at the mall, we rode the carousel and had dinner at her favorite place - Chili's.
On Wednesday morning, Kate and I hung out together and played a couple of games of Candyland.
That afternoon we went to Sonic for lunch, then shopped for and filled the goodie bags for her guests who will be coming to her birthday party on Saturday. After dinner with Grandpa at the Texas Roadhouse, we went to church.
On Thursday, we met Mommy at the orthodontist for Kate's first appointment and exchanged one kid for another. Jack came back with us to wait for Mommy and Kate so we could all go to the Rainforest Water Park again this week. That was an unexpected surprise and we had a blast!!
Then on Friday, out of the blue, their Daddy called wanting all of us (Grandpa, too) to go over to the water park AGAIN!!!! Who could refuse such an offer?
This time, I got my camera out of the bag to try to get a few pics of them.
He isn't shy about jumping in 12 feet of water.
He's just not thrilled that I had the camera on him.
He's funny about that sometimes.
Swim hard, Jack!
They are both excellent swimmers.
Daddy did three double flips in a row.
He wanted me to take a video so he could show Amy. It took me three tries, but I finally managed to get it. The sun was blinding and it's a little difficult taking pics with an iPhone. (On my second try, somehow the reverse button was pressed and I recorded a full minute or so of my face!!!! I'm not sharing a pic of that and hope he deleted it from his camera. I'm sure it was a squenched-up face staring intently into the phone screen.)
Kate coming down the red slide.
Jack was pretty ticked off that he isn't tall enough yet for this slide
and the lifeguards wouldn't let him do it.
Life isn't fair sometimes.
Grandpa was more than tall enough, but I was concerned about the speed
with which he came down that slide!
On Thursday night, Kate and I attended Pink Impact at Gateway Church. At the last minute, Jack decided he would rather stay home with Grandpa. (I confess I wasn't sure how that was going to go down since Grandpa was already worn out and I let it mess with my mind while we were at Pink Impact! Struggles with anxiety - I had to ask God to help me just let it go!)
When Kate and I got home, this boy was WIRED!!!
Grandpa fed him the Double Chocolate Coca Cola cake I had made for Kate!!!
As I pulled up in the drive after 9 p.m., he was at the front door
waiting for me and yelling "more chocolate cake!!!"
All was well! They had a good time together.
These kids have fantastic imaginations and over the years, we have gotten to know many of their imaginary friends and pets. So, they love it when I give them imaginary gold stars for the good things I catch them doing! Problem is, you can't give one a gold star without the other wanting to prove themselves worthy of one also! That is good because they are motivated to outdo each other with earning the stars.
I have to say though, Kate outdid herself yesterday morning. She called me from upstairs wanting me to come see her surprise. She had made up all three beds!