Hello! I know it’s been awhile. My ultimate goal in life is to leave the day school gets out and come back the day before it starts again. I’m not there yet, but I’ve gotten close this summer!
Aside from our fun STEAM activities, we’ve been on the go. I am now an expert packer!
Early in the summer my niece said “Please come visit us!” The stars aligned and off we went. They live in North Carolina, which is about a 7 hour drive for us. My sister is 9 months pregnant with her 4th, so I wanted to see her before that baby came. (That’s also why there are no pictures of her!)
Both of these girls desperately want a sister… which is not in the cards for either of them. Instead they call each other “cousin sisters” and spend every waking moment huddled together.
We took the kids to downtown Charlotte to a really fun library called ImaginON.
They played in the splash area afterwards. We hadn’t really “planned” on this part. So the kids wore their regular clothes and we didn’t have any towels. Some of the boys stripped down to their underwear. Everyone else just endured the drive home in wet clothing. It was a fun, spontaneous part of a beautiful day!
I have one child who likes to pout. We never know why he’s pouting, but I take pictures of it.
We aren’t ones that need to be entertained. We also prefer free activities (who doesn’t??) My sister and brother-in-law are the masters at finding all the fun, free things to do.
During the week we took them to Free Krispy Kreme day.
And then to Home Depot’s free kids built-it day.
ImaginON and the Splash area were also free. There was also a lego thing and a kids comic con type thing (also free) that we didn’t get to do because we were busy doing other stuff.
While there, I got to visit with my oldest friend. I met her when we moved to Georgia, when I was 4, and we’ve stayed friends all these years. We were even in each other’s weddings. We both loved watching the next generation play together.
We made matching tie dye shirts with the kids. Here’s a tip….. I wanted the shirts to look really vibrant and bright. I started researching and found most people recommended soaking the shirts, prior to dying, in a soda ash solution. (I bought a pound on Amazon and had it shipped to my sisters house. I bought the dye in a kit at my local Walmart.) I think it worked really well as the kids shirts were so vibrant! I was really excited about how they turned out.
We had a great few days! It was the perfect start to the summer.
On our way back home, we stopped in Asheville, NC to meet up with some friends who moved there a few years ago. It was perfect seeing them as well.
Trip #1 of the summer was a success!