Laura’s got a great friend from High School who is spending some time in New York with work and invited her to spend the weekend with here. So that left me in charge of keeping these children alive.
At first I was trying to get work done and watch them, but found myself not doing a good job of either so I decided to head out and do some fun stuff.
After Swim lessons we adventures near the Linear Trail and checked out a few garage sales. Sadie even negotiated a three dollar dog down to $1 cause that’s all she has left after buying something else recently.
I stopped by Lids for a Colt .45s Hat and these guys found Astros hats. Berkley’s smiling, but I don’t think she can see anything.
During Taste of the Ville Laura got up on the bar at Tubby’s. We went back there and got a little crazy. College towns pretty great, not even a hesitation when I asked if they could get on the bar.
We picked up some pizza and went to the Splash Fountain in Blue Earth Plaza. They were draining it for cleaning and the crazies were mesmerized watching the water tornado.
Saturday morning we headed to the June Teenth Parade and Celebration. I swear there is a parade every week in Manhattan.
You know, they really weren’t that comfortable.
Got our spots for the parade.
Had some time so we played a little Wiffleball. Riley County Courthouse makes a good centerfield fence.
He connected on this one.
There was an all drums marching dancing group. Berkley found them too loud.
We passed them again while riding to City Park for the Fair.
This is a model house from the early years of Manhattan.
Inside are all sorts of artifacts.
There was free ice cream from a Schwan’s truck.
Trackless Train rides, also free.
Then we rode home.
Here is their loot from Parade. K-State t-shirts and candy.
Afternoon Pool with Hat. I admit I was exhausted at this point in the day. Hat took the kids for Purple Swirl I sat still for first time all weekend. Then we met at the pool where she continued to play with the crazies and I thankfully got caught up on some reading I needed to do. They were so tired they crashed early that night.
Crazies liked jumping off the edge, Berkleys suit ends up Brazilian style for some reason.
So her suit is quite wedgied here. I love the picture though. Hand up, not a care in the world, it’s the image of summer for a four year old.
Early Sunday we read a devotion about treasure hunting (Jesus is the treasure), then we went “treasure” hunting with the metal detectors Uncle Scott and Aunt Laura got us for Christmas. Everytime they went by the metal pipe it went off and they got pretty excited. We didn’t find anything this time.
All summer they’ve been doing the reading program at the library and earned free ice cream cones from Vista Hamburgers. So we had ice cream at 10 AM.
They don’t usually get cones this big, so they were pumped and then took half an hour to eat them.
Sadie Piper was so excited about her ice cream she spend like 45 minutes reading when we got home working towards her next free ice cream cone.
After lunch we had a water balloon fight. Here are the contestants.
Then I gave them their first bath/showers since last Thursday. Boy I miss Shari Felich when Laura’s out of town.
After that a great night at our Parish Group for Bible Study, a meal and USA World Cup match.
Laura gets home on Monday afternoon. We survived.