Friday, May 24, 2013

A Surprise Mini-Vacay for the Kids

Last Thursday, we kept the kids home from school and told them that we needed to run some “errands”. (Nevermind that morning, when Mom was sneaking around packing bags & loading up the burb).

 

“Kids, where are we going?”… (E, S, B, A)

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Mama knows…

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Dad knows…

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GrEaT WoLf LoDgE!!!!!!! (their heads almost popped off~ B, S, A, E)

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They weren’t excited or anything…

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LOVE. THIS. Ben and Dad having a blast!

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Oh, hello Miss Thang…since when did you turn 18?…

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Ebud with his go-to move…the double thumbs up

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“But Mahmm, I wanna go play.” (~the forced Drew grimace)

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It was hard to grab them to snap pics… I had like a 1.2 second window before they would run off again.

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The 3 Steece boys heading into the wave pool…fearless creatures.

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Ben loving it.

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Quite possibly Mom’s favorite picture?… LOVE. PERFECTION.

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Story time that night with Wiley (A, S, E, B). Ask Joe how much he LOVED the song and dance by the creepy mechanical puppets…. bwahaha. “There’s nothing to be scared of here…”

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The next morning, we hit up the arcade before the waterpark opened. These pics cracked me up!

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(Drew was pouting because Ethan won an Iron Man toy out of one of those stupid cranes, and he didn’t…let me tell ya, that ruined Drew’s entire morning…and mine. heh, heh)

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He finally bucked back up and we hit the pool hard. (E, S, A, B)

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As if GWL wasn’t enough, we checked out and headed over to the Grapevine Main Street Festival!

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Folks, this is ALL Sav. Can you say, PRISSY?!!

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Still obsessed with Thomas…in case any of you were wondering…

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Now on to the carnival rides! Ben

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Ethan

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Savannah

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Andrew

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Drew

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Ben

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Ethan

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Savannah~ so serious with her hands up in the air, like it ain’t no thang.

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Savannah

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Ethan

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We walked to Sonic while our chauffeur (Dad) went to get the car. Nothing like a cold slushy, on a BURNIN’ HOT day, when you are exhausted from walking.

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And the true sign of a fantastic, surprise, whirlwind, mini-vacation?…

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Ahhhh…silence.

 

We woke them up when we got home and went swimming in our community pool! What a ridiculously long day, but SOOOOO fun! I love our crazy little family.

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8 comments:

Love Being A Nonny said...

Good grief, you packed a LOT into two days! What fun parents you are!

Amber B. said...

Love it! They're all so cute and I love how you have so much fun as a family.

Anonymous said...

We did the same thing for our two boys last year. They thought they were on their way to school and every time they asked why we weren't there yet, we just told them we had to stop a couple places first. And my husband changed the clock every once in a while so they did not realize how much time had passed. I did feel a bit guilty making them crazy but it was well worth it! There is nothing but pure happiness at GWL for the little people.

Stacy B. said...

Oh my goodness, that last pic is PRICELESS!!!!!!

Looks like a really great time!

Catherine said...

What a great mini-vacay for your family! Glad you had such an awesome time!!

Anonymous said...

As a teacher I should say,"tsk tsk tsk", but I wish more parents would do stuff like this with their kids, especially this time of year. You can't replace family time!

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne,
Greetings from Minneapolis!
I came across your blog and am hooked!
You have an adorable and sweet family!
My question for you is how do you manage to find time for yourself, for your hubby, and for each of your kids individually? What's your secret for juggling it all? You must be Wonder Woman?!

Anonymous said...

How fun!!!! I haven't checked in for a while and the Steece kids look like they've grown about 6 inches!! They are all getting so tall. Adorable as ever - just like their 'rents.

Love you guys and so glad you got to get away as a family of 6 for a bit - I love those kind of get-aways.

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