Saturday, July 26, 2014

2 1/2 Weeks of Summer Left

We are nearing the end of our Summer vacation and I'm getting sad just thinking of how fast it went by!  We are staying busy and have marked off just about everything from our Summer fun list.  Here's a look into what we did this past week,

Sunday we spent the day swimming at my in laws, the girls had a blast,

Kayla enjoyed being tossed into the air by her uncle Matt

Brooklyn preferred to do her own tiny jumps off of the steps with floaties and an inner tube of course.

On Monday morning, after months of combing out through a tangled hair mess all Summer I finally demanded they let me cut their hair!  They both loved it once it was done and so did I!!

Later in the day we worked on a craft from our Kiwi Crate box.  The girls got to paint their own backpacks.

and Monday night we celebrated National Ice Cream Day which was actually on Sunday.  I knew we would be gone on Sunday so I made chocolate chip ice cream Saturday morning knowing we would enjoy it on Monday night.  I just recently bought an ice cream maker and sure wish I bought  it years ago when I first wanted one, we are loving the taste fresh ice cream!!!

Tuesday was a trip to the eye doctor, gotta fit in all the doctor appointments before the girls are back in school.  Afterwards we dropped by the library to pick out a few books.  Kayla was bummed that the one she wanted was already checked out but Brooklyn found a couple for us to enjoy.

Wednesday was our beach day which can be seen here
After a long day in the sun on Wednesday we spent Thursday lounging around, the girls stayed in their pajamas all day.

Kayla woke up with some wild hair and Brooklyn did some yoga with me

Friday after running a lot of errands we came home and Brooklyn wanted to swim, she lasted about 20 minutes before wanting to come in.  I didn't argue with her, it was extremely hot and made me wish it was Fall and cooler temps would hurry and come around.

We ended the day with movie night and then it was off to bed for the girls.  Can't believe our lazy days are just about over!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

My Friday Favorite this week was Wednesday spent with my girls on Balboa Island.   We love it there and most Summers although not this Summer we rent a house for a week on the island.  So when I told them we were going to go to the beach I figured we would be going to a beach with waves since that is what they usually want so when they mentioned Balboa Island I was more than excited.  It meant for the most part I could sit back and relax all day while they played happily and I wouldn't have to worry about a thing.  It was even better when we arrived and I set up our stuff on the sand in the same spot we stayed last year to find out the same family that was there the year before was back again this week.  The girls got to play with the same little boys as they did the year before which was fun.  They happily played in the sand, had a boogie board tricks competition with the boys and chased each other around in the water.  After six hours in the sun I told the girls it was time to grab dinner, we ate at a little diner on the island and afterward we walked over to the candy shop to grab our annual bag of taffy before taking a stroll around the island.  It definitely made me sad that we didn't get a house on the island this year(click here to see previous Balboa visits) but I do not miss paying for it!

I love these little girls so much, I'm so thankful I have them to share these days with!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pretend City

Wednesday we took the girls to Pretend City, we had plans to go last Summer but it never worked out so we knew we had to fit it in this Summer.  I was hoping it wouldn't be too crowded and luckily it wasn't bad.  We were there for about 3 hours and by the last hour it had completely cleared out making it a lot easier watching the girls as they jumped from area to area.
There are many different rooms where you basically get to play pretend, there is a doctors office, grocery store, library, engineering room for the older kids, daddy and Kayla enjoyed this room!  They have dress up areas and many more fun things.  Brooklyn LOVED driving in all the different cars, they have a road that wraps around the center of all the rooms with streets and parking spots, super cute for little ones.

Kayla was excited from the beginning because she got to ride in her new backless booster seat!  Oh and we got to listen to her new Kids Bop CD.

Which meant Brooklyn got to move into a new car seat as well, it was quit exciting to them.

When we first arrived the girls played in the marina room.

Up next a little dress up time,

taking some emergency calls

Brooklyn might be a little big for the cozy coupe but it didn't stop her from driving around in one all day!

Kayla was definitely too big!

Great parking job Brooklyn!

Happily shopping at the grocery store while Kayla decided she wanted to take orders in the bakery section.

Taking a break in the play house

Next Brooklyn ran off and found the stage and Kayla decided she was going to take care of the farm.  She spent forever cleaning up and organizing all the fruit and vegetables.  She was enjoying every minute of it too, I was wondering why she doesn't organize her room this well??!!  I think she is ready to live on our farm one day though.

Looks like Brooklyn found another car!

I love this picture below, Brooklyn kept parking her pink car in front of the post office area so she could go in and gather some mail(there were mailboxes throughout the place to mail stuff) and wanted me to make sure nobody would take her car.  I had to keep telling her you can't do that because there were kids waiting to use the cars and you have to share so at one point Kayla came driving up in the pick up truck with Brooklyn's car on the back of it making sure nobody could use it.  It was hilarious!

After about 3 hours of fun we decided we needed a change of scenery so we stopped by the Irvine Spectrum so the girls could ride the Ferris Wheel they spotted from the freeway on the way out there. 

The girls were exhausted to say the least but we were going to visit my grandparents and then go out to dinner with them.  There were many meltdowns from both of the girls when we first arrived at their place but thankfully my grandparents were just so happy to have us there it didn't matter.  It was a long day for the girls but they had a great time.  I'm glad we managed to fit a visit to Pretend City this Summer.