Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maryland Heights Aquaport...

...Last Thursday, we checked out another stop on our Splash Pass: Maryland Heights Aquaport! This place alone is worth the Splash Pass because it would have been $25 for H, AR, and me to go ($15/adult and $10/child for non-residents; 2 and under free). It is worth the money though, we spent the entire afternoon there!

They have a child area that is zero entry and spray features to the far left. There's also a slide which was a little too fast for AR's liking so she skipped that.

My little fish didn't spend much time here though, she was ready for the big pool!

I apologize these aren't great pics but right below is a zero-entry that goes out to about four feet. We spent most of our time there. The giant yellow slide in the background was a good in-between for not little kids but not quite ready for the bigger slides either. There's also a lazy river that circles this and we enjoyed that too. My only complaint about ALL lazy rivers is that when I'm in it, I want to be LAZY. This means I don't want the buckets of water or colossal sprays of water pelting me. I just want to lay back and relax but I know, most kids would think that was boring so yeah, I get it but still!

To the left of the kid area is some water slides and that yellow/blue thing is a giant toilet bowl. No, literally, you go down the blue slide then circle around the bowl and it drops you out in a catch pool. I've rode one of those YEARS ago but the drop was much further. None of us did it this visit.

The bathrooms were nice, lots of space and privacy. They also had trash cans nearby which was awesome (I hate walking around trying to find a trash can for a wet swim diaper or worse, having to take it home). We went on a Thursday and it was slightly chilly out so it wasn't too crowded. Overall, the three of us give it five stars!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer...

...Fellow blogger, now turned real-life friend, Sara has recently welcomed her second child! She's a mom that's really on top of it as she's scheduled an entire The Dog Days of Summer Series to be featured on her blog while she's soaking in all the new baby cuddles! Today I'm the guest blogger talking about AR and her furbrother and sister. You can see my post and all others at Sara's blog, Running from the Law.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

While Daddy's Away...

...While Daddy's been away, us girls have played...HARD! I'm exhausted. I've worked all week, we've had something every night in the evening, and I've been staying up WAY past my bedtime. This week has been nice and cool too so I'm loving all the outdoor activities. Since I'm so tired I can barely function, here's a quick recap of our week...

Tuesday-Gymnastics (easiest night by far!)

Wednesday-Employee picnic where I teach at. It was pretty cool...dinner, bounce houses, pony rides, ice cream, peddle boats which I thought were paddle boats??? Someone please leave a comment letting me know the difference. I think this picture is hilarious! Got my snocone in one hand, my arm around my girl, pony pulling me...life is good.


Thursday-OMG! I can't even believe how much we crammed into one day. I worked for a few hours in the morning while AR went to swim lessons. We met up with my sis and H spent the day with us. First stop for the three of us, we dropped off my book to my creative editor, Jimmy! He's so supportive and I'm so glad we were able to work together.

Then we went to the Magic House! H hadn't been since she was in kindergarten...five years ago! I don't think she got the full experience since she was helping AR out but we all had fun and I may have yelled at a few camp kids who tried to cut line in front of us.

This is the third time I've taken AR and I feel like every time there's more stuff that we didn't discover before...like this bubble thing!

A quick lunch at McDonald's where AR ate the majority of BOTH H and my's lunch and then we headed to Aquaport (review coming...sometime!). It was a beautiful day but the water was a little chilly for this old lady.

The two girls didn't think it was too cold though! Thank goodness H was there and the two of them had a great time.

H brought AR some goggles to wear and the child absolutely LOVED them!

After Aquaport, we headed out to the fair to see Daddy. This year she was old enough to ride on rides by herself! She giggled and waved every time she'd pass me. We both loved it!

And oh hey hot firefighters who happen to be holding my book! You know I'm always a fan of hanging out with firemen.

Friday-I worked, AR went to the sitter's, and then we went back to see Daddy at the fair. I finally went to bed earlier...you know, eleven!
 
Saturday & Sunday-This morning I'm headed to an adjunct conference while AR plays with Nanny. Then we'll go BACK to the fair this afternoon and tomorrow we have a wedding shower to go to.
 
See what I mean? I'm exhausted!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mates & Mermaids!!!

...This past Saturday, we attended a program called Mates & Mermaids at our local pool. We had our choice of dressing up as a girl pirate or a mermaid. Girl pirate was too easy so we opted for AR the Mermaid! Now, of course, if Nanny wasn't here this summer, we would've gone the other route. Ta-da!!! $13 later and here's my girl in true mermaid fashion!

A lot of my co-workers were there with their kids. Here's AR telling this friend, "Thanks for all the hand-me down clothes!" Oh and hey J, I know you're reading this!

Each kid got a treasure map and they went from station to station to complete each task and get a sticker. Here they had to walk the plank!

Luckily the lifeguards saved us from the scary alligators!

Then they had to pin the tail on the mermaid.

Here's AR with Miss Liz helping her put her sticker on her map.

Then they split into teams and had to swab the deck aka squeeze the water into the bucket.

AR with Luke who wanted nothing to do with hugs!

They went "fishing" at this station and AR is inspecting her "catch."

Ring/Hook Toss

All the kiddos whose moms work together!

After the activities, they had to find the treasure chest. Inside was a smaller treasure chest with each kids name on it-how cute is that! Inside was jewels with stickers...

So we went back and decorated our chest.

Then we ate pizza and blueberries for lunch...

AND finally she got to go swimming!

She had a blast and surprised me by "diving" in from the edge of the pool! I banged up my knee pretty bad but over all it was a great day wrapped up by naps by both of us!

Now here's hoping the mermaid outfit still fits come October...

Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack...

...Ugh...I got off track and I've gained back most of the weight I lost last fall. Want to know how I know? Because I used the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper to confirm my suspicions.

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper empower you with the critical tools needed to measure and track your weight management program. These tools provide a simple and accurate method of determining your waist and other critical measurements, along with your actual body fat. Measuring in both inches and centimeters the Body Tape measures up to 78 inches (200 cm), features push-button locking and retraction for easy and accurate measuring, and is constructed with a durable ABS Cover and Vinyl Measuring Tape for long lasting use. The Body Fat Test Caliper employs a simple and time-tested mechanical means of determining body fat, without relying on electrical and battery powered devices. It includes a body fat chart for men and women that categorizes and helps you understand your body fat levels. Best of all, the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper take seconds to use, and everything can be done from the convenience and privacy of your home. Simply EVERYTHING you need, backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

 

Review: It was simple to use, it got it's point across (much more than I wanted) but the best part was that no one knew except me. I'm ready to get back into the swing of things again, eating right, working out...I've got weddings to go to and pictures to look good in! Now I can track my progress with this at home...Wish me luck!

 

*I received this for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Save the Date Book Review by K.S. Thomas...

I recently finished reading Save the Date by K.S. Thomas. I met K.S. in our Romance in a Month class and she's quickly become my late night brainstorming, bounce-ideas-off-each-other, venting about anything and everything friend! I love her almost as much as I loved this book and her soon to released book Saving Avalon. 


Summary
Calista Luvalle has mixed feelings when it comes to love. On the one hand, working in the bridal business means she’s basically dedicating her life to love and the dream of happy ever after. On the other, she’s a jaded, love hating cynic who isn’t about to fall for any of that crap herself.

Except of course, she already did. When she was six.

Emerson Barrett isn’t worried about finding the right woman. After a tumultuous past, he’s happy just dedicating his life to his work. Content in knowing what to expect day in and day out, he’s thrown for a loop when he’s suddenly standing face to face with little Lissy Luvalle again.

Only now she’s not so little anymore… 
 
Review
This is a real story of soulmates! Despite planning weddings for a living, Lissy Luvalle is skeptical of love. When a family wedding emergency evolves, Lissy joins her family in Kentucky where her path crosses again with the hot, hunky cowboy Emerson Barrett. When she was only six, Emerson who was 16 at the time, spent the summer looking out and taking care of her. Almost twenty years later, he picks up right where their relationship left off. It's obvious to everyone except Lissy and Emerson that the two were meant to be together. It's a modern day Romeo & Juliet when you toss in the "other side of the tracks" drama. Their budding relationship and emotions kept me turning the page wanting to know when they'd finally get it together. As a sentimental person, I loved all the ties back to their childhood and adult life. This is a sweet story that will make you want to find the one to save the date with!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shop and Learn Cash Register Review...

...Friday AR was pretty stoked when she came home and saw this Shop and Learn Cash Register waiting for her. She's done such a good job potty training and been getting good reports from the sitter that I figured we could indulge a little.

Kids love to role play and the Shop and Learn Cash Register gives them the opportunity to play grown up shoppers! Three play modes encourage kids to shop, count, identify food and determine values. This electronic talking register guides children through learning with encouraging words, amusing sounds and fun games. Kids will have a great time scanning food, entering coins, sliding the credit card and opening the cash drawer. Shop and Learn Cash Register will quickly become a favorite! Requires two AA batteries (included). Recommended for ages 2+ years.

She was so excited about this and couldn't even wait for me to take the cardboard off before she played. That sucker was tied in tight to it's box!

Finally, Mommy got it all out and she figured out how to turn it on herself, where the coins went, etc...It took her a second to figure out where to slide the food but she did great picking it out. It works on counting, numbers, colors...the possibilities are endless!

We didn't get to play too long with it on Friday night but first thing Saturday morning, she saw it and immediately wanted to play. I went in the kitchen to make breakfast and I heard the machine saying over and over, "Find the yellow cheese." Finally, I asked her to bring me the yellow cheese which she did. I went back in to see what the deal was and like I said, she just needed a little guidance as to where to slide it then we were all good. Later, I was on the phone with Jenni and she kept saying into the phone, "I have broccoli, Jenni!"

This is the perfect toy for her age so I think I know what we might be getting her friends for their birthdays. 

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