Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Staycation" :)

The last week has pretty much been a "Staycation" for me. (Staycation = pretty much being on vacation without actually packing a bag and leaving town). Last Wednesday the office took me out for my birthday. For birthday we always plan a day to close and go shopping and out to eat - it is always so much fun. My sister that lives in California just happened to be here too, so she got to join us. We had a great time eating at Olive Garden and shopping for Father's Day gifts and a few things for ourselves :)

While we were out shopping on Wednesday my mom asked if I would be interested in skipping work the next day and going to the trampoline park with her and my nieces and nephews - well let me think about it...YES! So, I surprised the kids Thursday morning with a trip to the trampoline park! They were very excited - even though they really didn't know what I was talking about ;) Their favorite was the foam pit - that is literally all Ryan did for the whole hour we jumped. She would jump in yelling "cammon ball" and climb out and jump right back in! We will be going back soon when Daddy can come with us!

After we got back, we went to dinner with Daddy and to see the early showing of Finding Dory! We have been waiting for it to come out for so long and it did not disappoint. We may just be planning to go see it again this weekend :)

Friday Nathan and I went on a date for my birthday, since it was Sunday and  that was also Father's Day - that way we didn't have to share ;) So, we went to T.G.I. Fridays (my favorite), shopping (my favorite) and to the movies (my favorite) where we saw Central Intelligence - very funny movie! That is pretty much my definition of a perfect date. Yes, it is cliche and yes it is simple - but once you have kids you don't always get to go eat, watch a movie or shop kidless so I appreciate these things even more now.

Saturday Noah had a t-ball game and played his best game yet! He got a triple -due to defensive error, but he was running fast enough to get to 3rd so that is huge for him!  He was so excited to tell me how he got to run and not stop until he got to 3rd base :) After that, Daddy went to Centerville so the kids and I went shopping and to eat. Nathan told me to go shopping for myself some birthday presents - well, if you insist dear :) So, I got a new waterhose and hose reel box (this has been on my wish list for years, yes I am officially old) and some cute decorations at Hobby Lobby and Cracker Barrel - where we also ate supper.

Sunday was the big day - my birthday and Father's Day! We gave Nathan his gifts before church. We got him some golf clothes and new swim shorts. I always insist we make a craft and do the kid questionnaires too - those are so fun!

After church we drove up to Byrd's Riverfront Restaurant for lunch with my family. There was 20 of us there together celebrating me, my brother Jeremy's birthday and my dad and stepdad. It was so awesome to have everyone there together to celebrate - and extra special since my sister was in town for it this year too.

I got the best gifts this year too! Nathan got me new Chacos - I love the ones I had so I was excited to get to add a new color option :) My mom got me lots of cute things to hang on my walls and a turtle stool.  My mother-in-law made me a picture of the best days of my life :)

After we ate we went down to swim in the river. My kids were way more brave than I thought they would be! They were all about swimming in the river and catching fish - which all comes from their daddy :) But, when they asked me to get in, I did. I will do it for their memories, even if it weirds me out!

The kids didn't get enough water at the river so we let them fill up the pool in the yard while Nathan attempted to fry us fish for our celebratory supper. Well, we ended up getting fast food - the fish was a fail! But, we can always try again :)

Monday I had a work conference and Tuesday I had to take my dad to the hospital for a stress test, so I didn't officially work a full day until after I had been off a whole week! But, that week was full of so much laughter, smiles, sun, water, love and memories! So happy my life has room in it for "Staycations" :)

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