B took Thursday and Friday off, so it was a nice, long weekend for us.
We took Aniston to Carowinds on Thursday. We had a great time, but it was SO HOT. We knew it was going to be because the little "heat wave" banner was stretched across the weekly forecast, but did we let that stop us? Nope, not a chance. Along with thousands of other crazy people, we forged ahead with our plans and went. The kids' part of the park has a lot of shade, so that helped, but it was still pretty uncomfortable. We saw lots of kids having meltdowns, but Aniston was wonderful. No whining or complaining at all, and that's saying something given how hot and humid it was. I was so proud of her! When I told B that, he said he was just proud of me for not whining or complaining. Ha!
Friday was dedicated to cleaning out and organizing all the things in what will be Harper's room. We've used that room as kind of a catch-all since we moved into the house. For the last few years, it has served as a playroom for Aniston, and we've used the closet for extra storage for things like documents, gift bags, extra luggage, and so on. It was a JOB, and, sadly, it still isn't finished. We're moving lots of toys to Aniston's playhouse and room, but we've realized that we're going to have to finish part of the basement to make a play area for the girls. There's just too much stuff, and lots of the toys are big. (We're not tackling that right now, though--we have a nursery to paint, furnish, and decorate, and I have a classroom that needs to be painted and organized before August. One step at a time!)
We took a break from working on the room to go to lunch at a Mexican restaurant B wanted me to try. (He'd been there once before with friends.) It was delicious, and a nice reprieve from all the organizing. When the waitress brought the check and asked if we needed anything else, Aniston surprised us by quickly saying, "I need a box, please, ma'am!" She's growing up so fast!
(At 5:00 on Friday evening, B announced that he now completely understands why I'm a little crazy by the time he gets home from work on summer days. Aniston goes non-stop from the moment she wakes up until she closes her eyes at night.)
We spent more time on Saturday working on Harper's room. (Did I mention it's still not finished? Sigh.) We took Aniston to a local Fourth of July celebration that night to hear a live band and watch a fireworks show. I wish I had snapped a picture of her face when she saw the fireworks--she was absolutely in awe! She's not a big fan of loud noises, though, so the awe was short-lived and was quickly replaced by demands to leave. Bless her. :)
Sunday was filled with church and lots of relaxing downtime--the perfect ending to a fabulous weekend!