Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dancing in the Streets!

Last night, Noblesville had a street dance right downtown on the square. There was a girl I went to high school with that was in the band. I thought it would be fun to go and listen to the music for a while. And boy, was I right. The kids knew most of the songs and had a great time dancing and singing along!

Everyone was getting a kick out of the older couple that kept dancing through the crowds. It was awesome!

Apparently, the highlight of the night was getting some cotton candy. ;-)

Heat Wave!

Wow! We have had some HOT weather here this week! We've have only gone outdoors if it involved water. ;-)

Good thing Noblesville has great parks! We met some girls from church at a splash park. They also had a fun playground.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Holiday World 2011

We just got back from Holiday World, and boy was it fun! We've gone just about every year since Charlotte was a baby, and this is the first year that they both enjoyed the water slides and couldn't get enough! Years past, we've usually left around dinner time because they were so tired, but not this year! We pretty much closed the place down...not even stopping to eat dinner. Too much fun was to be had.

We learned a couple things while we were there.
1. Brooke is about 2 inches away from being TOO tall to ride some of the "kiddie" rides so probably won't be able to next year. She is tall enough to ride ANY of the water slides by HERSELF!!
2. Charlotte is abour 4 inches TOO SHORT to ride some of the water slides by herself. Maybe next year??
3. Charlotte has no fear...she will ride anything once. She had no problem getting on the "kiddie" roller coaster and loved it...Brooke, on the other hand, practically broke down in tears waiting in line.

If you remember from last year, Brooke did not like this ride. I finally convinced her to try again and they both did! Brooke wanted to go again but Charlotte was done the one time.

We can't wait to go back!

The Big 9-0

While the Asay cousins were visiting, Great-Grandma Benjamin celebrated her 90th birthday! (Don't tell her I told you that...she doesn't like people to know how old she is!) My mom and aunt planned a HUGE surprise party for her on the Saturday after her birthday, but we had to do something on her actual birthday so she didn't think anything was up. My aunt and cousin Chelle came over and we had pizza and cake. Chelle brought her dog, Gus, to play with the kids in the backyard. They thought that was great! Chelle wanted to jump on the trampoline with all the kids but that didn't last long. Gus wanted in on the action and kept trying to jump up there too!

There are absolutely no pictures of the surprise party that was held at my mom's cousins house who has a pool. The kids were in the pool the whole time! I think Grandma was thoroughly surprised! Tons of family, long lost cousins, old friends, former co-workers, etc. And shame on me for not taking any pictures!

Arizona cousins come to visit!

We are so glad the Asay cousins from Arizona came to visit (and their parents too). The last time we saw them was almost 4 years ago, so it was definitely time for a reunion. We jam packed lots of fun into one week, which again makes me wonder, is there such a thing as too much fun? There was one trip to the zoo, two trips to the Children's museum, laser tag, go karts, jumping on the tramp, swimming, sleepovers, bday celebrations, more swimming, and just plain fun with cousins. I didn't take nearly enough pictures and don't even have a single one of the baby. :( There are plenty of Brooke and Taylor though, cause they were pretty much inseparable from day one...which was great since the last time they saw each other they were 4 and 5.

Thanks for coming, and let's not have another 4 years go by until we see you again!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Brooke's Baptism

Yesterday was a great day. Brooke made the decision to be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are so proud of her and the young woman she is becoming. We had lots of family and friends there to witness the special occasion.

She has been inseparable from her "BCF" (Best Cousins Forever) Taylor who is visiting from Arizona. (I'll post later about all the fun things we've been doing since our Arizona cousins have been visiting). To celebrate, we had Taylor over to spend the night with us last night. The girls had a great time giggling in bed way past bedtime. So glad they are getting along ;)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th!

We had a great 4th of July! We walked in Noblesville's parade with our ward. The kids got to ride in the float. The ward members handed out little booklets of the United States Constitution. It was a really cool idea, and I think people really enjoyed that.

After the parade, we went and got some dinner and then decided to head out to Cicero to watch the fireworks from the lake. It was a really great show!

St. Louis

After leaving Nauvoo, we headed to St. Louis. The girls have been asking about where we got married (St. Louis Temple) so we wanted to show them! We drove by the temple on the way into town but didn't stop because it was late. We were going to try to go the next day. But in the morning we first wanted to try to go up in the Arch. Once we got downtown though, it was a madhouse! Some kind of 4th of July festival, complete with an air show. We couldn't even get anywhere near the Arch. So we decided to go to the Children's Museum instead. It was really crowded also, but the kids had a great time! By the time we left the museum, it was getting ready to storm pretty badly, so we didn't make it back to the temple. We drove in stormy weather for a few hours, actually. But I think the kids were satisfied with at least seeing where the temple was from the interstate.

Here are some fun pics from the museu. We didn't take too many, we were having too much fun!

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