This year we did more of what the locals do. We went shopping at a very large mall and visited the American Girl Place (doll store). My daughter saved money for months to take to American Girl Place. She had poured over AG doll catalogs and watched many YouTube videos about visiting the store. To say she had done her research was an understatement. She took her two dolls, Grace and Rebecca, with her. We started by touring the store and then went to the AG cafe and had a lovely, albeit pricey, lunch. There was plenty of pink for Little Red Riding Hood.
After lunch, we went to the AG salon and had Grace's ears pierced and Rebecca's hair done. I can't believe there is such a store in existence! Little Red Riding Hood was in heaven. I am glad we don't have a store near us. This is definitely a place that should be a rare special occasion (at least to my frugal way of thinking). Lastly, Little Red Riding Hood made her selections with the money she had been saving for so long. She mostly already knew what she was buying, but there was a lot of window shopping.
We also spent a day at the local wave pool. The kids loved it. They had never been to a wave pool before. The pool also had tall slides and the kids had a great time on them. They didn't even mind the 15 minute lines between each trip down the slide.
|I didn't want to carry in the camera so this picture is borrowed from the Internet.|
Apparently they have a dog day ~ how cool is that!
|43 feels pretty good!|
Dad, Tom Sawyer, and Little Red Riding Hood listening to the stalacpipe organ. It makes stalactites sing by gently tapping them throughout three acres of the caverns.
Now it is time to reorganize my house, paint the baseboards and trim all the same color white, get rid of anything that doesn't work, and finish planning next school year. I have a lot to do in the next approximately three weeks (I haven't formally decided when we are starting back to school). The kids also want to hold a yard sale to make money for dance classes, camp outside once, and put off fireworks. We also plan on seeing a few $1 movies at the movie kids camp. They are also earning money for dance by working for Grandma this summer. Lastly, they each have a sleepover lined up. However, we are mostly embracing large spaces of free time and a loose schedule.