Lizzie's birthday was August 30. It was also the first day of school.
The Saturday before her birthday we went to see Ramona and Beezus and ate lunch at Red Robin. There is nothing wrong with Lizzie's arm in this picture. She is wearing the ace bandage that is the most popular toy in our house.
Sassy birthday girl heading off to the first day of school.
Yummy McDonald's lunch brought to school by mom and ...
cute little sisters.
We took Jr. Fat Boys into Lizzie's classroom for her to share with all her new classmates. Her teacher puts the birthday kid's treat on this cute singing cake plate.
Opening gifts after school. This mermaid Barbie was what she most wanted for her birthday.
The night before the first day of school we had school lunch for dinner.
So much nicer than the cafeteria.
Lizzie's birthday was the first day of school so we sang to her and had her blow out a candle on her school lunch dessert. These yummy things are homemade twinkies. I will post how to make them another time.
For the last couple of years my elementary age girls have been able to earn passes to Roaring Springs Water Park by reading 600 minutes in the Spring. We save the passes until the week before school starts because some districts start earlier than our district and a lot of people are at The Fair that week. Lines are short and pools are uncrowded.
The three older girls spent most of the day on the big rides. I didn't get pictures of them because I spent the day watching the three youngers in the kiddie area.
They went on this tube slide over and over and over again.
It was a lovely way to spend one our last days of summer vacation.
On Saturday morning we all went out to breakfast at The Pancake House. We were so surprised when we walked in and saw our friend Angie. She was one of our favorite babysitters for many years until we able to start having Kiley babysit. She is also one of the people we have counted on to stay with the girls when Brad and I go out of town together.
After a yummy breakfast at our favorite corner table Brad headed back home for the day to attend a very important fantasy football draft.
The girls and I walked down to Shore Lodge and played on the beach all afternoon.
These three were hard at work on some project for most of the time.
There is a fun water trampoline that the three older girls swam out to and played on for awhile.
That night we made individual homemade pizzas.
After dinner and showers the girls played a little Uno.
"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." -Goethe