On Monday evening, Mandy and her sisters, Hunter and Taylor, arrived for a visit. Bo was beyond excited to see them and we made the most of their time here.
On Tuesday, we headed to Baker Lake to play with the new sand toys that Aunt Manny brought for the trio. Clara loved playing in the sand and was content to sit with Mandy and play. Anna took to Taylor and the two of them raced around the play equipment and went down the slide at least 50 times. Hunter and Taylor were showing us how strong they were on the monkey bars and then Bo wanted to try it. Even on Aunt Manny’s shoulder’s he wasn’t tall enough to reach.
It was only in the 60’s and we weren’t dressed appropriately. After nearly 100 degree temperatures the previous week, we weren’t anticipating being chilly at the park. After the park, we headed to the mall where the kids rode the Merry Go Round and played on the toys there before having Maid Rite for lunch.
While Clara and Anna napped in the afternoon, Taylor helped me to make dinner while Hunter and Bo played Wii. Who knew 8 year olds could be such awesome potato peelers? We made chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, and funfetti mini-cheesecakes. After dinner, Mandy and I took Hunter and Taylor to see the new Judy Moody movie at the mall. It was a busy and fun-filled day!
On Wednesday, we all drove to Bloomington and went to the Children’s Museum for a few hours before grabbing some lunch and heading home. The kids and I were all crabby that day, so it wasn’t as fun as it could have been. I think we were all tired from our fun the day before!
I seriously need to consider hiring pre-teens to be mother’s helpers around here. It was great to have extra hands to chase the small ones! I had my hands free more during their visit than I usually do during an entire month! I told Hunter and Taylor that if they lived closer I would definitely hire them – they are great with the trio and Bo, Clara, and Anna had a great time. Bo informs me each day how sad he is that they had to go home.
Of course, I was glad, as always, to see Mandy. As we were driving home from the movies, I looked at her and said, “Is this where you imagined we’d be 15 years ago?”