Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the Past Few Days

We have been trying to have as much fun as possible these last few days.  Last Thursday I took Cohen to Pump It Up in Athens for open playtime.  We met her friend Brooke there and the girls had a ball!  Pump It Up has 2 rooms with several bounce houses, slides, and jump castles for everyone to play in.  They have open play time for certain ages throughout the week and Thursday morning was one for ages 2-5.  The girls loved going down the slides together and climbing through the courses that took them to the slides.  I had to go down a couple of the taller slides with Cohen for the first time to show her that she would love it.  Obviously she didn't remember going to her friend, Kaden's party back in January where she went down everything alone :)  My little oven as usual, has to warm up to most everything.  Kate was so good during playtime as well.  She sat in her stroller taking it all in, with the help of snacks of course!  I got her out the last 10 minutes of play time because I felt so bad that she couldn't play too.  I was quickly reminded why its best to leave her strapped in as long as possible.  She went everywhere!  She wanted to climb up the slides and into the bounce houses so bad.  I almost took her down the slide but decided that might just start something worse :)  She is so good confined to her seat or stroller but once she has a little freedom you better be ready to chase her and keep a good eye on her!
Cohen & Brooke
Coming down the slide 

Friday Cohen was so excited to find she had gotten a letter in the mail.  She was more excited to find out it was from Aunt Sara talking about the upcoming school year.  I am still not excited about school starting back.  I hate thinking about this being Cohen's last year before she starts Kindergarten.  She is so excited to go back to school.  She really misses her friends and asks me almost every day who all is going to be in her class.  I'm not going to be teaching this year because I want to focus on spending more time with her and her class before she starts "big" school.  After I had read Cohen her letter, she told me that she wanted to write a letter back to Aunt Sara...this is what she wrote:
"Dear Aunt Sara,
Thank you for my letter.  It was so "cooled".  Now, I hope you have fun at school.  I love you Aunt Sara."
I just know she is going to have a great year!

Saturday Kelly and I decided to take the girls to Stone Mountain to watch the laser show.  We had to go to Alpharetta to pick up a table at Pier 1 for our porch so we thought this would be a great time to go.  We had originally wanted to go to the Braves game but decided to go another time because it probably wouldn't work taking Kate since the game started so close to her bed time.  Maybe we can go sometime soon.  Stone Mountain was very hot and crowded as we suspected it would be.  The girls really had fun though.  Kate sat in my lap and just watched the entire show without a peep.  We had a bottle for her just in case and that was all she needed.  She jumped a couple of times when the fireworks went off or when the crowd would cheer real loud at something but other than that she was as good as gold as usual.  Cohen was really excited until she saw them start to get the lasers lined up on the mountain before the show started.  That must have triggered a memory or something in her and she all of the sudden looked at us and asked if they were going to shoot fireworks.  She then laid down on our blanket and begged to go home.  We tried talking to her but it didn't work and after getting frustrated we chose to ignore it.  When the show started we decided to let her see for herself that there would be more lasers than fireworks.  I think she ended up watching most all of it but she did keep her hands over her ears the entire time.   We were talking about it in the car and she said several funny things that I want to write down to remember.  We were talking about the differences in lasers and fireworks and she said, "oh, so lasers are the things that they put up on the Jesus wall."  We both started to laugh and I asked her what she meant by the Jesus wall, and she said, "well I saw soldiers on the wall so that is what I call a Jesus wall."
On Sunday morning she woke up talking about the "Blazer" Show.  She also told Suzy today that at Stone Mountain, you can see the "flying buses" going to the top of the mountain.  I'm sure she is referring to the cable cars.  She is so funny and it is amazing at how observant she is on things.  A lot of it you don't realize until days after it has happened!  She can always make me laugh.
This is a picture I took while she was still having fun...before she realized that there would be fireworks.

Sunday, I had a fun afternoon with some girl time.  LeAnne and I went to a jewelry party together.  We did have Cohen and Baylor with us.  They always play so good together and having Cohen isn't bad because I don't have to chase her around worrying about what she may be getting into.  When I told Kelly where I was going she begged to go with me saying, "Mama, can I please go with you, you know how much I love jewelry parties."  Not that she has ever been to one :)
When I got back, Kelly wanted us to take the girls to play in the water at the park.  Cohen was all about playing in a "creek".  She had so much fun climbing on the rocks and seeing how far they could get down the creek.  Kate enjoyed it too even though Kelly had to carry her most of the time.  She did have fun splashing in the water.   Kelly and I had fun trying out our new water shoes.  We wanted to test them out for our upcoming trip to Costa Rica!
After the park we went to eat at my mama's house which was delicious!  It was a great way to end the weekend.
Our pretty view to the left

Pretty view to the right

Climbing over the rocks

You can see how deep it was for little Kate

Cohen was trying to show Kate how she could go down low then come up...Kate is so interested as you can see

showing me her funny hair

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