It was a very silly, laid back weekend indeed. We got up early Saturday and hit the road. As soon as we got to town we parked the car at our hotel and didn't get in it again until the next day when we left. That's our favorite way to travel...when you are someplace that you can either walk everywhere that you need to go or take public transportation. Maybe cuz it's the urban and green thing to do or maybe cuz we can then have a few cocktails at dinner and no one has to drive...either or. We wandered through the farmer's market that was going on, took in all the delicious smells of fresh produce, veggies and food trucks and listened to the various bands playing throughout. We made our way over to the carousel that we have been wanting to take the girls to. Found out it is the second fastest carousel in the U.S. (fastest is somewhere in New York) We bought some tokens and got in line. After watching it go around a few times, we decided that maybe we would ride along with them so no one went flying off the thing. I was a little concerned that I would throw up half way through the ride, but we all made it.
After the whirl wind ride, we stumbled upon a Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival that was happening right next to the carousel. Talk about little girl heaven (and big girl...I totally dug it). There were fairy wings, face painting, ice cream, and people dressed up everywhere. Kinda like Disney World but without the crazy lines to meet the princesses. However, Ava informed us that it was NOT the real Rapuznel and Snow White...guess once you've met the "real" ones in DW you cannot be fooled.
The girls were itching to go to Big Dipper for ice cream because they have heard Matt & I talk about how yummy it is. So, that is where we headed after dinner...with a little detour to a park we came across on our stroll.
The next day we spent at the water park they have there. I didn't take my camera because I didn't want to have to worry about it. If I had taken it, this what you would have seen. Happy girls who's faces lit up as they took in the pool with all the water features, the lazy river and the water slides. Squeals of laughter as we hopped on tubes to float the lazy river and waterfalls dumped on you. A reluctant Ava as Matt took her up to go down one of the water slides. A very happy Ava as she realized how much fun water slides are. Matt and I myself acting like kids as we took turns going down each of the the three water slides and rating which one was fastest, scariest and funnest. Happy Mama as I saw that this place didn't just offer junk food at their cafe, but homemade pizza and a veggie tray that consisted of more than just baby carrots. Sun kissed and water soaked little girls crashed out for the car ride home.
It was a very nice mini vacation.
To further digress the night before we had friends over for an evening of appetizers and drinks. There were six little kids running around crazy, playing in the sprinklers, spraying each other with water, laughing and six adults enjoying some catching up, and quite a spread of food. We had an assortment of cheeses, bread, olives, homemade hummus, and what I like to call Montana garden pizza cuz all the toppings (except for the artichokes!) came straight from the garden....
Now, I come back to the present, ready for another week of summer. They are slowly slipping away. August is usually one of the best months in Montana but I can't help thinking that by the end of it, the girls will be in school. We have a lot of things to still cross of our summer list. Thankfully, Amy helped us with that today with an impromptu invitation to the splash park. When she called and said we should join them, we left lunch dishes where they were, threw on suits and were there in ten minutes so the kids could cool off in the water and Amy and I could catch up on our how our weekends were. It's the kind of non-stop conversation that happens when you haven't seen your best friend in 5 whole days.
The Sweet Pea Festival is this week...a longtime favorite of mine and I look forward to it. One more of the reasons to gush about summer in Montana.
Hope your week is happy..