Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kid-Free Adventures of Beep

With Margaret and Dalton at camp last week, Sienna had me all to herself! Here's what she did.

Took a 5 hour nap.

Played at the park with Mommy.




Her friend came over - twice - and discovered Maggie's allowance when he was supposed to be napping.


"Mom! Stop taking pictures and help me get blankies!"


Fought over sand buckets with her friend.


Cheese!


Got a "new" doll stroller and nakey baby.


Ran errands at Costco (and a bunch of other places - shopping with just one kid is not really that much easier when she is the one kid).


Tried the stroller out herself.


Got blankies stuck again.


DJ/Accountant/Nose Picker vibe.


That's better!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Hair Donation

Had my hair cut off this week, 11 inches to donate. I won't mention how many selfies I sent to Rachel trying to figure out how to style short hair with layers, but I'm looking forward to a summer with short hair. It's a drastic change for a lot of people, but I don't feel strange at all.




Here's a better "after" picture from our boat ride.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

1-2-3: This Week

Maggie got a long-awaited hair cut.

Full-day gymnastics camp all week took it's toll on Dalton. Luckily, the coaches all think he's adorable.


I am happy to note that none of these cups ended up in the Pacific Ocean.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Newport Bay Boat Ride

For his birthday, John wanted to rent a boat and drive around Newport Bay. So that's what we did! It was a fun little 1 1/2 hour cruise. John prepared awesome snacks and some fun games for the kids, so they were well entertained.





Sienna spent half an hour taking pieces of ice out of the bucket, giving them a lick, then throwing them into the water.



I love this series of pictures showing how difficult driving a boat (and most everything else) is with Sienna around.




Warwick Castle

England in all it's glory.  This place was awesome, laid back, picturesque, perfect for kids, and just plain neat.  Huzzah for Warwick Castle!

(Susie and Sienna chickened out, so Leonard, Maggie, Dalton, and me made the trek up North without them).



Maggie conjuring a potion a la Harry Potter hex to use on her brother no doubt.


Some of them were Dalton sized even!


One room featured Maggie the housemaid being scolded by the lord of the manor for playing with the chillens with the cleaning gets neglected.  Hilarious!


Dalton thoroughly enjoyed the powder room more than Maggie!



Not sure who Dudley is but a nice shot of a stain glass with the grounds as a backdrop.


"Dad I need your help flushing the toilet" says Boy.  Well that rip cord is very high!  I must say I LOVE English toilets!  I love that the door is an actual door and the walls are actual walls and not cheap plastic partitions.  I appreciate privacy during such times.


Getting ready to storm the tower!


I spy....



We really lucked out on the weather.  Cool but not cold, and views that went on forever.



Town of Warwick, whose quaintness also mimics that of the castle.







Kaboom!

What English garden is complete without a few peacocks?

Beware pea fowl in the tress.

Just learning self-sufficiency.







They had an AMAZING bird show!  Maggie could have stayed in the bird tent all day.  This was an Egyptian Vulture.







The sky is falling!  See that fire ball?  The trebuchet show wrapped up our day in Bag End.




The walk back to the train station was so fun.  Until next time!