Monday, April 22, 2013

...And The Last Few Days.

...finishing up our week. 

On Friday, we went to the waterpark in the spooky resort, and surprise surprise, it wasn't creepy at all!  It was actually pretty awesome!
In the wave pool, sans waves.

At the "little kid" section.


Here come the waves!

Shooting some hoops outside of the pool.
They had a huge play area with slides and tunnels and such.  They also has 3 humungous water slides that were really fun - you could choose either a single tube ride, a double tube ride, or a family tube ride.  There was even a surfing section:
Andrew is so skinny that he kept flying off to the sides :)

I think this was actually the best indoor water park we have been to, and as my little sister says, we are water park groupies.  True story.

On Saturday, we made the drive from Pennsylvania to Connecticut to visit Clan Donaldson!  We were greeted by a jumping Lotus and entered their driveway as the bubbles flowed out of Joaquin's machine.  Cari had asked if we wanted to take a hike, and after I thought she was telling me to get lost, I realized she meant an actual hike.  To a real tower way up high on a mountain.  Off we went:

Oh these two just warm the cockles of my matchmaking heart.

Smart Lotus, get in good with the future sister-in-law.

Apparently I'm holding up the sky?

Looking at the frog eggs, also known as puddle caviar.  No it's not, I just made that up.

For Cari to reference when people ask her what she does all day.
"Oh, you know, I just hike up a mountain with one baby strapped to my back and one toddler strapped to my front."

Red shirt = John-Paul, Black shirt = Andrew, Wet pants = mine from peeing myself while watching them climb Tiki Mountain.  Just kidding, Ken assured me it was just like walking up stairs.
On the way up, Phil said "I feel like we're in a Dora episode.  First we walk up the Rocky Hill, then we climb Tiki Mountain, and finally we get to the Tall Tower!"

We did it, we did it, we did it, yeah!

So so gorgeous!

The Donaldsons even provided yummy snacks for the weary hikers and their children.

Phil handed back one M&M at a time to keep this boy happy.

Veronica is the best baby ever and I want her.

"Mom take a picture of me sitting on this cute bench!"
As if the hike wasn't entertaining enough, we returned to Casa Donaldson and Ken whipped up some homemade pizzas and french fries like it was nobody's business.  But it should be his business.  So good.
Could it get any hotter in this kitchen???

I had made a comment on Cari's last post about pizza saying I liked mine with blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onions and a balsamic reduction.  Guess what was waiting for me?
Get in my belly.

While we were eating the pizza, 4 year old Jude looked perplexed and asked me "Is this real life?" I don't know buddy, it feels pretty much like the best tasting dream I've ever had.  Lotus even gave me a huge jar of her homemade magnolia flower perfume.  I can't wait to try it :)

We couldn't tear ourselves away until 7 pm which meant we didn't get home until 9:30 Saturday night, but it was well worth it.  The kids keep talking about their "best vacation ever" and even though they say that after every.single.vacation, it still makes me smile.

And now I'm done with pictures for awhile.  Maybe.


  1. I want to surf! That looks awesome. Did you see the post Micaela did about the Korean water park they went to? You guys would be all over it.

    We're counting down the days until we get to see you all again!

  2. Fun.Fun.Fun! What an awesome vacation, Colleen! And may I add how impressed I am that you uploaded and blogged all those pictures with awesome and witty captions as well? Me? After all that, I would be climbing over piles of dirty laundry to collapse on the couch...But I'm old. I forget how much energy you young people have. glad you all had so much fun and met up with all those nice bloggy friends. I am not even one tiny bit jealous...can you tell? Next time you are in Pa Kathleen and I get dibs on the Martins, k?

    Have a great day, friend!

  3. Phil's Dora quote has me in stitches! Hahahaha!
    Looks like a really fun time!

  4. Looks like a wonderful day with the Donaldson's! So glad you got to see them again and spur on that budding romance. And the pizza? It looks heavenly!

  5. It looks like you had a great week! I am amazed at all the different places you went with those little kids! I was tired just reading about it. (that didn't come out know what I mean) I don't know how you would have fit us in if we tried to meet up with you here in PA. I love the Dora funny. I think it's so sweet your friend remembered the pizza you liked and made it for you. I'm glad you had fun.

  6. Glad it was the best vacation ever, even if we didn't connect!
    Great pictures!

  7. A Dora episode! That made me totally crack up!!

  8. so glad you had a great vacation! you did good planning lots of fun events!

  9. Oh, gosh, that looks like a great time!! I love that water park!!! (by the looks of it) So happy you had a great time!! The hike--what a great idea Cari had!

  10. This looks like the best spring break ever! What a great way to get out and hang with blog friends! Such a great idea! I can't believe how cute and big the kiddos are getting! Now the question is, will there be another one on the way when we see you this summer ;)

  11. You guys look like you just had the best of vacations. What a trip! Top it off with the Clan and it's even better! Died laughing at the Dora reference. We don't watch it any more, but there was a time...stop, stop! or I'll get one of her songs in my head. eek!

  12. I love the photos on this blog. Thanks so much. God only gave me one baby, who is now 25. Enjoy while you have them at home!


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