Milwaukee – We Missed You

My kids could barely contain themselves on the drive from Paducah to Milwaukee. They were so excited to see their old friends. The unexpected traffic that kept changing our estimated arrival time was driving them bonkers. We did finally make it and they were ecstatic that everyone was gathered together to greet them. We hung out for a wile and then the boys were super excited to begin their “sleepover” away from the girls. I love that Kaitlyn has never lived in the same city as these friends and only sees them once or twice a year but is completely comfortable spending the night away from me after just a few hours of being together. That’s pretty awesome. Ben and I hung out a while longer with Nicki and then we headed to our hotel for a quiet evening.

Amber sent me this picture of Kaitlyn and it’s definitely one of my favorite.

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Thursday

Today was our last full day in Paducah. We spent the day doing the last things the kids wanted to do and top of their list was the water slide in Aunt Lissy’s backyard. Then we visited one of our good friends and the kids got to check out their newly renovated tree house (that I played in as a kid). I even got to visit the house I grew up in (which is right next door) and haven’t been in for almost 20 years.

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  • NickiFebruary 6, 2019 - 11:08 pm

    Love that last pic of you! Also love how many posts I got to read tonight ?

Waterparks And Waterslides

My kids have been looking forward to today since last summer. Gram agreed to stay home with Ben so Melissa and I took all the other kiddos to Venture River for the day. The weather was perfect – not too hot but not too chilly. Kaitlyn quickly remembered how much she loved waterslides and she was fearless. (She would often be going down slides her brothers wouldn’t try.) Her height got in her way a little but she was a good sport. Melissa and I finally gave up trying to keep everyone together and made sure everyone knew our central location. We had lunch and Kaitlyn and I both took a short nap before we started all over again. The most shocking part is no one fell asleep on the way home. I would happily have napped if I could have!

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Tuesday

We all had a lazy morning (we were up late last night!) and then I took the kids out to my Dad’s house just after lunch time. We swam, played, and the boys’ even got haircuts. Ben took a nap in the crib and Kaitlyn took a nap in my arms. We went out for dinner and somehow Tuesday was over!

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Nashville

Today we loaded up two cars and headed to Nashville. To make this road trip truly “epic” I have been trying to see and visit as many people and places as possible. Thankfully the stars aligned and we were able to see two of our Nashville friends today when we made our trip to the Zoo. We timed it so that we would arrive in Nashville just in time for an early lunch with Laura and then we drove straight to the Zoo.

Then Melissa left us and headed for her hotel. (She is flying out tomorrow for a work-related trip.) Mom and I were supposed to head back to Paducah, but I managed to work out a quick stop with my old college roommate, Mindy, at a park on our way home. It has been years and years since we saw each other! The kids were tired but didn’t seem to mind too much. It was starting to get dark so my only pictures are a little blurry but I’m posting them anyway – this might not happen for another 10 years!

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Sunday

Today we did all the little things the kids have been asking for – Orange Julius, root beer floats, and feeding the ducks.

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Splash Pads And Waterslides

Today my high school friends and I gathered at the local splash pad. The kids were pretty good sports for seeing each other maybe once a year. It was great to see the girls and the kids were pretty good about the one picture we forced them to take as a group. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Then we had lunch, a nap for Ben, and headed over for some more cousin time at Aunt Lissy’s house. The girls got a water slide for the backyard and my kids thought it was the coolest! The best part of the evening was pizza from one of my favorites – Mellow Mushroom.

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Country Clubs And Backyards

My kids always want to visit Gram’s Country Club pool when we come to Paducah, but I really think it’s the snacks and lunch they want the most. We met Melissa’s crew and spent the morning at the pool. I still couldn’t get Kaitlyn past the steps but she seemed to have fun regardless. The boys love the high dive and swimming with Aunt Lissy. Ben rarely finds a kiddie pool this big and his cousins thought he was a lot of fun. A perfect morning!

Then we went back to Gram’s house for the afternoon. The kids managed to entertain themselves in this wonderful weather!

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