Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mermaid School

Today was one of our favorite days. Just lounge by the pool day. No plans, just relax. Well, while we were there there was a class to learn to be a mermaid. But only swimmers could take the class. Ashton can't swim. So we didn't sign up for the class. However, the owner of the mermaid tails and class saw Ashton and allowed her to join, while wearing her swimmer vest. She couldn't do any of the "underwater" stuff, but they'd modify for her. She was thrilled.

It was a class of 5 girls and Ashton was the youngest. And I think cutest. But I'm biased. They learned to put on and stand on the tails, how to swim, how to turn, then started doing tricks, like go through hoops and swim below and get treasure.

When they scattered the "treasure" for the mermaids to find, Ashton's treasure was on the steps to get. But even then, with the floatees, it was hard for her to get the treasure, she needed a bit of help.

Ashton in her usual style made friends and she loved taking turns showing off their mermaid "tricks".

It was a pretty long class. I stood under the shade, but as I wasn't applying sunscreen every half an hour, I got a bit sun burned. Wish I thought to have brought it with me to class, but I left it on the other side of the pools with our chairs and towels, etc. I didn't know the class would be and hour and a half. I was thinking 30 minutes.

Of course after the class they return the tails. Ashton loved the tail and I caved and bought her her own tail - which she swam in all day!

She make a beautiful mermaid.

She was so fun to watch. We loved swimming around together. It was a great lazy day just hanging by the pool. We need more days like this together.

She makes an amazing mermaid and I hope we can make the most of her tail back home. But it was just to fun to pass up!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Day at Legoland

Thought a day at Legoland with 2 Lego enthusiasts would be a good day. We weren't sure what to expect of the park. It's definitely geared towards younger kids.

Ashton loved all the Lego statues all over the park. She'd run up to get her picture taken with almost each and every one of them.

The park did have a carousel ride, which of course we had to go on. It was neat because it was a 2 story ride, but there was no music, and they made you take off your hat and sunglasses so they didn't fall off. We found out they did this for every ride.

We did the beetle drop ride behind the camel. Ashton really didn't care much for that ride. But she loved the laser gun ride next door!

Of course the Star Wars build outs were a hit. Fun to see.

Ashton loved the car.

Ashton was scared to go on a roller coaster and we had to walk back off after getting next in line to get on the ride. But we talked her into it, after bribing her with a coke. She ended up riding that ride 3 more times! We're glad we opened her up to more rides, else it would have been the carousel and that's about it.

Ashton went back to the hotel with a couple of Lego sets. She was thrilled.

But we spent the night in the pool and hot tub. Ashton loved the hot tub, which surprised me.

It was a relaxing way to unwind from the hot and hectic time during Legoland.

Legoland was nice to see once, but I don't think I'd go back. Just too overpriced for what you got, and really meant for the young kids. Perfect for Ashton right now, though as short as she is she just made it over the limit to ride most of the rides.

Once back to our room after the hot tub, Ashton of course was building with her newest Legos. She even made a pagoda. It's fun to watch her build, she has such excitement.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July in Paradise

So we drove all morning and came to our destination early afternoon! Yay!

The lobby was beautiful. They had am amazing fountain right when you walking in the front doors.

We checked into our room, and this was our view from the balcony! We were so excited. And Ashton wasted no time changing into her swimsuit.

Today only, as a July 4th special, they had an inflatable slide. There are no slides to any of the pools, so this would be the only slide on this day. So we headed there first.

Ashton waited in line a long time. She went down the slide no problem. When she came out she told me she nearly drowned at the bottom and didn't want to do it again. Drown? Yeah, right. But fine. We took to the pools.

Storms kept rolling in and out all day. So we'd be in the pools then have to evacuate the pools then allowed to get back in, then out... But we enjoyed our times in.

Here we are on our patio looking out at the storm when the pools were evacuated. It was just great to stand out there and watch. Ashton isn't scared of heights and would put her arms out between the bars or her feet, and give me a panic attack!

We staked out the perfect spot for fireworks and sat on a bench an hour ahead of time. Ashton was very bored and didn't appreciate the "down time". But I loved the sun setting reflected on her face and tried to capture it, but she wasn't for that either. It was either pout or cheesen', nothing serene. Best I got were these.

We were seated right in from of the fire pit. Not too close to really feel it, but enough for ambiance.

Ashton can't just sit, so she was up and down from the bench, and the fire pit. The fireworks were great.

After the fireworks we went to our room to our balcony. There were fireworks from other locations in all directions. It was amazing and beautiful to watch! We loved it.

It was a great 4th of July! Wish we could do this every year!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Driving to our Vacation Hideaway

All packed up and leaving Indiana!

Ashton was good during the trip watching Minions.

We were in the car for about 12 hours today! Yuck! Long drive, but still not at our destination. But we stopped for a little R&R at a hotel. Both Ashton and my hubby wanted to swim. I was too tired. So I just watched and snapped photos.

Ashton wasted no time jumping into the pool.

I'm glad I didn't get in, because they didn't last long with the gnats being bad. But they go some fun time in.

Ashton was learning to "float" by herself! Being "alone" like that is a hug step!

It was nice to have a little down time. Luckily we don't have to drive as far tomorrow!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kate Middleton Inspired Wedding

Ashton didn't attend (no kids allowed), but I was part of a wedding of a very good friend of mine. Thursday was the bachelorette party. Friday was the nails, luncheon, and rehearsal along with the rehearsal dinner.

Saturday was the big day! It was a long day. I had to be downtown 7am sharp for hair and makeup. The wedding didn't start until 4pm!

Obviously it all cam out very well. The bride was very happy!

I had my hair pulled up into a fun braided updo. My mom loved it. She was at the wedding along with my Godmother.

It was a very fun reception. And my husband and I danced a lot. It was a good time.

I did miss Ashton. I would have loved to seen her as a flower girl. But the wedding party was big enough. And it was nice to be just us adults. I can't wait to see all the photos from the photographer when Miss M gets back from her honeymoon!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stealing a Moment

Had to exchange a pair of shoes and Ashton asked on the way back to the car to stop and enjoy the fountain. So we did. She was being a clown!

She was jumping around saying she was Ladybug from Miraculous! Crazy girl!

Love these moments.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kid's Planet

Ashton was very excited for today to come. She was going to visit Miss A for her 6th birthday at Kid's Planet. And as Miss A loves dolphins, Ashton wore her Winter shirt and brought her stuffed Winter toy along.

She also wanted her hair up like Marinette from Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. She's really been into that show lately. Of course it only lasted a short time before it just fell out into pigtails.

When we arrived, kids got green socks with rubberized soles to play in.

While the kids were all in the giant playground, Ashton wanted to play the arcade games. Her favorite was the racing game. She barely could reach the peddle to press the gas, but that didn't deter her one bit.

She won 4th place, 3rd place, and 1st place during her perspective races. She loved the tornado and earthquakes and jumping through and over them.

She played many games, I didn't document them all, but encouraged her on each.

She was very disappointed when she ran out of credits. But she ended up making it to the giant kid's playground with the other kids. It was so big, I never knew where she was. It was about 4 stories high and very deep and long. There were slides, tunnels, sir ball cannons, sand, all sorts of things.

Finally the announcer called for pizza and the children rushed upstairs to eat.

After eating was presents. A few, like my daughter, stayed after to play on the playground some more. This time Ashton was all about the "carousel".

I didn't want her swinging, but it was hard for her not to. Needless to say, she loved it. She had a meltdown when we were leaving. She didn't want to go. I told her we had to and I had errands to do. She perked up during the long drive back across town.

While I was doing a few errands, Ashton wanted to look at the bikes. She asked to get the motor bike as it was so cool for her birthday. Naturally that was the one she gravitated towards.

She also wanted her picture taken with Lego Batman. 

Then it was back home to help with putting in the water sprinkler system. Ashton tried her hand and scooping out dirt.

She ended up sweeping dirt off the sidewalks and driveway. Much easier task for her. And she did a really good job of that too. This project will take a long time, just the 2 and a half of us, but we're proud doing it together as a family!

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