Monday, a high school friend of mine drove into Green Bay for the afternoon to visit. It has been over a year since the last time we have seen each other, so it was great being able to catch up and I also had the chance to meet her 8 month old son for the first time. Lane and I have been friends for close to 15 years, we have gone through a lot together over the years and even though we don't get the chance to talk or see each other as often as we would like, whenever we do get together we are always able to pick back up like we had left off. She is an amazing friend.
That evening after Lane and Cooper headed back to Sturgeon Bay, Dad, Sandy, Josh, the girls and myself loaded up and headed to Bay Beach. Sadly, the rides were shut down for the night, but the girls were able to run around and play on the playground. They are becoming so fearless on the large climbers, swings and all the other equipment that they were unsure of at the start of the summer.
We left the park and followed Dad and Sandy to a local ice cream shop in De Pere, I don't recall the name of it, but I do know they had delicious ice cream and we arrived just before a small rush. Perfect timing.
On Tuesday we watched my nephew and niece for the morning. This was a day the girls decided to sleep in and Josh had to go down and wake them after 9:30 so they could join us for our pancake breakfast. After breakfast all the girls had their hair done and danced like princesses with their special bows in their hair. We played games, read books and made lots of noise. All four kids had constant smiles on their faces. Towards the end of the morning we put the movie Rio in and they danced along with all of the songs. I have an adorable video of all four dancing, but Blogger doesn't want to cooperate with me and allow me to upload it.
After naps, we headed back to Bay Beach, but this time early enough to go on some rides. I wasn't sure how this would go over with the girls. They generally are not too crazy about rides.
There is a small carousel with two horses outside of our local grocery store. They have gone nuts over it all summer long. They want to look at it and Claire is willing to sit on the green horse, never the orange one because that one is reserved for Lillian, but does not like for it to move. Lillian, has zero interest in sitting on the horse, she just wants to watch because the horses are scary.
Claire surprised us. She was so excited when she saw the various rides. She first went to the boats and picked the red one. Lillian wanted the yellow. The both sat happily until the boats started moving, then Lillian started crying and wanted to get off. Claire had a giant smile on her face.
While they were on the ferris wheel, Lillian and I went for two more rides on the helicopters. We had to wait in a nonexistent line because the yellow was taken and she wanted to wait. I wasn't going to argue. They both ended up having a blast and cried when we walked back in the car because they wanted to go on more rides.
This was our last night in Green Bay, we said our goodbyes before bed and packed up Wednesday morning to head to Milwaukee. More to come this week.