Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Great Adventure

Last weekend, my husband and I embarked on an adventure with our grandkids. Our daughter had a field trip for school and our son-in-law works the weekends so I said sure, we would take care of them. We decided to make it an adventure so I looked into what was going on around there and found out about some hot air balloons that were going to be in Spokane Valley and we booked a room. Not just in any hotel, but a hotel with a pool! 

We drove across the state on Thursday and got to have dinner with our niece in her apartment and then spent the night at our son's  apartment. On Friday we headed to our daughter's house and I got to pick up Miss Clara from her bus after preschool and then after we got the car packed we picked up Sir Layden at his school and headed to Spokane. 

We got checked into the hotel and headed for dinner followed by some fun in the pool. The kids were so good and went to sleep so nicely. Only problem, I was awake at 11:30 because we forgot to make sure the air-conditioner was on! The kids were up with the birds so we got moving pretty early. The kids were pretty impressed by the breakfast buffet at the hotel and we went off on the next part of the adventure. We saw 2 hot air balloons as we drove along. The kids didn't know where we were going but when we stopped and my sister came out of the front door of her new house Layden nearly knocked her down!

We got a tour of the new house but the only thing the kids were interested in was the toy storage closet under the stairs! We pulled out the duplos and train tracks first and then the cars. They had a great time!
Then it was time for lunch. Karla gave the kids each a rag and they cleaned off the picnic table and put up the umbrella. 
As soon as lunch was over we needed to pull out marbleworks. That was a huge hit! We built and tore down and built and tore down, etc. 
We also took a walk to the playground and went out for ice cream cones.
Following pizza dinner we got in the car for the next part of the adventure. The plan was to go to the Balloon Glow. What is that line about the blest laid plans? We got to see one of the balloons lit up just briefly before they took it down because the wind had picked up. Plan B - buy a movie and some microwave popcorn and head back to the hotel. I think the kids were just as happy with Plan B!
After another breakfast at the awesome breakfast buffet we did some shopping. First some clothes
and the some toys. You would think it would have been a long ride home but they chatted away about the contents of the boxes on their laps!
As soon as the car was unpacked the construction of Hogwarts Castle began!
It was only about 1/3 complete before bed - Legos have gotten way more involved than they were when I was last involved with them.

It was an amazing weekend and what I've listed here is only part of what we did. We were so exhausted. There is a reason we had kids when we were young! Now that we have had a bit more restful weekend I think we are back to normal, whatever that may be.

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