2018 chapter 23: June 6

We went to our local amusement park today (Valleyfair) and everyone LOVED it! We got year passes (our kids were free, gotta take advantage), which makes 3 hour visits worth it. Good thing, cause that's all they could handle. Blake was asleep before we got out go the parking lot. And, to clarify, there was zero traffic leaving the park. One ride Wade could go on, but the girls both needed an adult and the man behind me said he'd sit with one of them. How nice is that?! I rarely feel totally outnumbered, we handle stuff, but I am so grateful for good people stepping up and helping out. 

Wade DID NOT like this ride. They stopped it early cause he was crying. He hated another ride too, but I was on it with him and held his hand and then he decided that he loved it. So we'll have to try this ride again with me on it so he can warm up. Jac and Blake were in heaven with everything. 

This ride was possibly the biggest hit. It was one of the last ones we went on, so they'd warmed up to rides. It went up and down a little (not too much though!). There were steering wheels for everyone. And, pink. Guess I should've listed that first. 

Trusted kids with their own bubbles for the first time. They were thrilled. Blake ended up eating them. Not surprised. 

Jacqueline keeps chasing me around with the oven mitts and saying "RAWRRRRR!!" 

This Elsa dress - you will see it everywhere. She's wearing it all the time. We had a storm roll in and she was loving the wind whipping her dress around her. 

 Wade "finished" his "house." He informed me one night that the next day he needed to paint it.  We no longer have any paint left. Had to let it dry outside for a solid 48 hours.

These two have been pills. So much fun. But such pills. I had to dress them cute one day, for my sanity. And then all these people kept telling me how addable they are and these girls would ham it up for them and it turns out, dressing them cute really worked. 

Wade had his last day of preschool. We all loved his student teachers (we always do) and my girls are so excited to go to preschool in the fall. Wade was mad cause he wanted to go get donuts. 

And we did go get donuts, cause it was national donut day! We thought it was a few weeks ago, but I was wrong...or was I right? Cause we got to celebrate twice. 

After donuts all the kids played with the traffic sign. Cause we're ghetto. 

And back to my kids in their natural attire. Watching Costco TV's. For like 20 minutes. Waiting for Daddy to get new tires, so we got to watch the colorful loop that shows off all the cool features. It was quite the hit. 

Went to the coolest splash pad. It has a two inch lazy river that Blake loved! She loves water, just not splashes or sprinklers. 

The only way I can get Jac out of her Frozen dress without a fight is when I tell her to put on her Elsa swimsuit. 

Sometimes when you're stalling bedtime you tell mommy you want cucumbers and then you us a fork and knife that the most civilized two year old ever. 

Elsa go potty. 

Little stinkers have decided that it's okay for them to walk on the retaining wall. I keep telling them they couldn't, so they kept showing me they could. So I caved and now when they're in the way then I tell them to go watch from the wall and it's an effective way to get them out from under foot. 

This week is picture catch up and I don't have any good stories! I know there were many, cause I kept smiling and laughing and rolling my eyes. 

Yard update: 

My irises (well, a few weeks ago, they're dead now): 

Back deck. Picked up free papasan chairs a while ago, got free patio cushions that I'm going to cut up for them. I love me some free! 

Picked up these AMAZING limestone rocks. Paid $20 for them all. Had to take two loads to get them home. And I am so sore. And I probably need to rearrange them all again - hurray for yard work being the craziest work out of my life. And all those rocks in the circle, before I found my cool new rocks, I brought those all up from my yard to make a wall. Cause moving big rocks up hills is fun.

Sand pit is ready! Just needs sand. Kids have been playing in it even sand-less. And I built a little tee-pee that will fall over with a slight breeze. 

Moved this retaining wall over 5 feet over and gathered bricks from all corners of my yard so I can make this all level for raised beds. Again, so sore. I feel like my dad would be proud. 

Our maple tree is hyper this year and I filled our entire debris bin with helicopters. 

On top of my yard work work outs, I've also been running about 15 miles a week. It's been pretty hot and Husband has commented a few times that I get really red. Apparently I haven't worked out hard enough during our marriage for him to know that I get really, really red. 

And, to end, here are a few shots of my Mia Maids. I so love taking pictures of them. Getting to spend some one on one time with them and getting to make them feel beautiful. 

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