The kids love going to see Uncle Jeff and Aunt Liz because they have Callie and a pool. Finn would not leave that sweet dog alone and at one point Mia was in the pool and actually said “this is why we came to your house.” Nothing like the brutal honesty of a 4 year old. Lova ya, buuuuut…love your pool more.
I have to admit, it was really nice to be out there. We didn’t have to fight the crowds and there was this big shallow area that was perfect for the kids. Finn especially loved it. He just stayed in that area for most of the time playing with his sea plane and some other pool toys. Besides, how often do you get to sit back and watch a dog relax in a floatie? Callie loved that thing.
Believe it or not, we did not go see them for their pool. We actually like them, no matter where they live. They had just moved to a new place and at first we weren’t sure exactly if we had the right house, but then we saw this outside the front door.
I saw the flashing lights and knew that was totally something Jeff would do. Kids loved it. If this were a movie where dogs talk, Callie would be saying “Oh boy, you know it’s not good when the flashing lights come out…you know it’s got to be little humans coming into the house. Help.” She probably needed therapy after we left, poor thing.
Aunt Liz wasn’t home the night we got there, so the next day we got to make welcome home posters too. Jeff went and got a bunch of fun foam stickers and markers so the kids could make their signs.
Finn had an interesting method:
Can you say two year old boy?
They love having their bodies traced, but Uncle Jeff takes the fun to a whole new level by holding them up high in front of the sign.
Jeff played tour guide while we were there. One of the places we went was this nursery near his house that has animals. There was such a variety of plants and it was such a beautiful place to walk around in. But the animals clearly stole the show.
Don’t let the blanket fool you. It was hot. But it was also close to nap time so i think he was feeling conflicted at first. He shed the blanket really fast.
Finally, an animal that doesn’t have a fence around it so I can pet it!
One evening we went for a walk.
Finn really wanted to walk Callie.
Later, he walked Uncle Jeff.
I love this picture of the kids. They love being together and even when they watch TV, they want to be right next to each other…
And then, it was time to go home. Why do trips fly by so quickly? Unfortunately, the trip home was not going to be quick. It was already going to be about a 9.5 hour trip but as we were pulling out of their driveway, a check engine light came on. Great.
$500 and 5 hours later, we were finally back on the road. [Finn was very concerned that our car was in that place and freaked out when he saw the mechanic get in it at the end to go test drive it. He really thought the guy was taking our car…]
As if the money and the added travel time wasn’t bad enough, this was across the parking lot…
But even though I do not often choose to go to that place, it really was a good place to kill a bunch of time. And as I’m blogging this, Mia saw the pictures again and said “Thank you for taking us there. I was so excited.” Well, ok then….but no real driving for either of you for a while.
We got back in our car, with little pretend drivers safely buckled in their seats and had a good trip home. It was nice to be home but are looking forward to going back. Even if there isn’t a pool….