We started off the day with a trip through Hardees' drive thru for the much-coveted cinnamon raisin biscuits (all the girls) and low carb breakfast bowl (Ethan). We didn't go in because on the ride there we informed the kids that as long as they didn't mind missing the parade and waffle cones (smirk) we were going to go back to the waterpark instead.
They were more than pleased.
But nothing is ever smooth here. Our van is struggling, so we've been using Brian's car. We went to the park together, and it was not the busy place we'd expected on a holiday weekend. It was very quiet. There were no lines for the slides.
But the water was COLD. The kids didn't mind. But cold water is not Bella and my cup of tea. Especially when it wasn't hot out yet. So after a little over an hour of being there, I took Bella home for a much needed nap. When Brian's parents swung by the house to take Brian's car back to the park half an hour later since they wanted to go watch the kids for a while, I had to retrieve my keys from what I thought was the sleeping baby's room. Turns out she wasn't asleep yet, and that was it.
They left with the car and my keys, she decided to get up, and for an hour I tried to get Brian or his parents to answer their cell phones, but the park is so loud, they never heard it. As we sat watching the day go by (and I knew that she would end up missing all afternoon when she finally did sleep), I finally decided to walk the mile to the park.
Oh, and it had warmed up by then.
About a third of the way there, I realized that maybe they could page Brian, so I called and had them do that, and he picked me right before I got there. What an adventure.
The walk put Bella to sleep, so I kept her at the park to nap so that she could wake up and play. Brian took the kids home for lunch, and I totally relaxed on a lounge chair. It was worth the missed calls fiasco, that quiet hour.
Bella then woke up, and Brian's parents decided to come back and stay to play. The afternoon was warm and wonderful and definitely busier, though not crowded. Ethan made a friend named Julia, they were together the rest of the day, and I don't think they ever shut up. Sisters that had been in ballet with Anna and Rose showed up, so Anna, especially, was also matched up with someone. Rose became a pro at rolling her own tube up the flight of stairs to the slide. She could do it herself and wanted no help. And Bella, well, she was Bella, she was always on the move. Brian and I finally got to ride a double tube on the tube slide. I'm pretty sure we exceeded the weight limit :^) - but it was really fast and really fun. They sold the $4 cheeseburgers for $1 the last half hour, so we ate there right before we left.
Then we came home and got waffle cones after all.
It was a great day.
Oh, and we watched three more episodes of Glee when the kids went to bed, putting us almost half way through season 1. I blame this on Dara.