Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pretend nap

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And… after a REAL LONG nap….

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And… what happens when sisters sleep together….

 

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Ice bucket challenge preview

A strange yet amazing phenomenon has swept the nation and beyond.  People are challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over the head and donate to a particular charity, and even caught up with us in our little corner of the world.  We can’t upload the video of the actual bucket dumping but here are a few photos of practice run at the splash ground just prior to the challenge.

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Freebie Saturday

How much free stuff can three ladies fit into one day? We started out early at our downtown art festival. The girls liked listening to our town band, and then they played in snow (yep, in August!) with a little help from mom in making a snow man. And, I gave a little donation, perhaps not technically free but for a good cause. The girls accepted fire hats from firemen and fire women, plastic bright pink hard hats from the town’s inspection department, wooden coins from some pirate singers, as well as some coloring book and crayons.

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Then we stopped at Starbucks for a fee drink waiting on my gold card, plus half off breakfast items. Yum-o!

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Also that day, our mall held the long awaited grand opening of their new play area so we scooted over to the mall. The girls climbed, jumped, slid and bumped with dozens of other children. It was fun running into other moms and their kids that we also see at the parks, library, museums, etc. We also ate free cookies, got free pens, free paper pads, free balloons, and free play with kinetic sand.

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Museum of natural science

After each violin lesson, Unni gets to choose a treat. Usually it’s an activity, and last week she chose to see the butterflies at the Museum of Natural Science. A sloth also resides in that exhibit and I’ve never seen him in the past six years of going to that museum. Until last week, that is. Mr. Sloth slowly hooked his way down the rope from his box up high. His fingers and toes are fascinating to see, all curved around. He only graced us with his presence for a few minutes, but we all stood in awe of this interesting, mysterious creature.

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Then, the girls explored all kinds of animal objects at the discovery center inside the museum.

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Saturday bike ride

Dad and girls rode around the developing new downtown park, and then played the “eat one cashew then you can have an M&M” game. (and note the new favorite Dora sneakers on Koma, which are too big right now but she insists on wearing them after saying, “they’re not too big”)

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Millennium Park

The absolutely perfect weather the following day beckoned us outside. We rode the Metra down to Millennium Park with Halabuji and Halmoni.  The girls loved it but kept asking if we were downtown yet.  After we finally reached Union Station, we took the bus to Millennium Park.  The girls found The Bean quite fascinating, and we took lots of photos from various angles.  The girls explored the children’s tent and all the various activities inside. The local circus troupe led the juggling station, the frisbee twirling station, the circle-riding station, etc.  However, our girls mostly elected to try to building sticks, cornhole toss, and watch others try the circus activities.  After lunch, the girls stepped into the splash area, eventually becoming daring enough to lie down in the water despite all the kids running around.  Fortunately, I brought a change of clothes.  Both girls fell asleep en route back to the train station.

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Water park

We left the next morning for a water park adventure with the girls’ cousins.  Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan Wisconsin proved to be a fun park for all the girls.  Unni even insisted on riding the big slide which ended up being kinda scary but she managed to survive with Halmoni’s help.  We spent the night there after roasting marshmallows and walking along the water in the evening. The next morning, the girls all played in the resort sand, plus tried their hand at the putting green and bocce game.

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The old man

It’s hard to believe my little brother is 40!  It wasn’t such a big deal when I hit that milestone but my little brother’s turn made me pause.  We celebrated with family and the cousins happily played together some more.

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