When we first got there, Ava was super excited by watching the water cascade off of things. There is always lots of water running and moving in the kids play area and every 15 minutes a gianormous bucket of water (like 3 bathtubs full) dumps out from the top of the play area in a massive waterfall.
Brian and Ava got caught in the first bucket-dump of the day. Ava was less than thrilled.
But once we found the slides, Ava was back to having fun.
I think Lane probably had the best time of his life! I don't think he stopped once all day.
Lane doesn't like water that's deeper than he can touch in. In fact, I don't think he likes for water to be over his waist. But this crazy boy loved having water dumped on him. He ran around looking for the next thing to pour water on his head all day. I don't think he missed a single bucket dump.
Audrey and Eli had the most fun doing these little slides and playing in the shallow water.
Ava liked the small slides too, but she wasn't quite big enough to do them by herself yet. This was the moment that she ended up with a face full of water.
Eli and Audrey are best buddies. We were trying to get them to sit still and smile for a picture but they thought it was funnier to make silly faces, wiggle around, and giggle about it.
Last night when Eli saw this picture he said, "He's go 'Ritos!" (Doritos) Eli is crazy about some "Ritos".
After lunch, Ava took a nap. She took a nap in 95 degree heat laying on a picnic table. I was shocked that we were able to get her to sleep. She must have been completely wiped out from all the excitement.
Lane, Kylie, and Caiden finally got together after lunch and spent some time running around in the kiddie area together. They were like three little pirates on a hunt for some fun. They were all over the place and having a blast.
After a trip up to the big-kid slides and one trip down, Eli decided that we needed to go back to the kiddie pool. Even though I took him down the tunnel slide on my lap, he didn't like it. He said it was "too dark". So back to the kiddie area for more time in the shallow water we went.
Audrey had fun meeting and hanging out with Eli and Ava's Papa Garro.
And Ava did eventually wake up from a nice long nap and get back in the water, though I don't really have any pictures to prove it.
And even though I don't really have many pictures of Brady, he had fun too. He spent almost the whole day doing the big-kid slides so he wasn't near me and my camera. Joey got some pictures of him doing one of the slides with my camera though. It looks like he was having fun.
After the water park, Brian met up with his brother, Wes, to sight in the deer rifles. They needed a long flat field to shoot in and the field next to Granny Reba and Pawpaw John's house was just the spot. Deer season is quickly approaching. So Daddy and Uncle Woo are on full alert for the next Deer-squatch siting. They are on the hunt for the big one and spent the remainder of the weekend trying to turn our farm into deer hunter paradise (whatever that means).
Sunday night, they were checking the game cameras and Eli wanted to see. So I caught this picture of them. Brian was pointing out some of the pictures to Eli and telling him all about it. He taught Eli that deer with horns are called bucks and deer without horns are called doe. Eli said some of the deer were mean deer. We figured out that he was talking about the pictures taken at night. Those pictures have that funny night-vision look to them where the eyes kind of glow and everything is greenish looking. Regardless, Eli's trainging for deer season has begun.
In other news, Ava has expanded her vocabulary about 10 fold this week. All of a sudden she is saying about 15 words and babbling on like crazy at times. Eli was an early talker. He was making a racket from the minute he was born. Ava, on the other hand, had a big brother and couldn't get a word in edgewise. She is quieter than he is and very sneaky. You'll catch her quietly sneaking away with one of Eli's favorite toys when he isn't looking or digging through the kitchen cabients when you left her playing in the living room floor. She is pure mischief and is going to be a handful. She has also developed quite the little temper. Don't get me wrong, she is still a happy little girl 95% of the time. But when she gets mad, she gets VERY mad VERY quickly. We've been working on not surrendering to her little temper tantrums, but it's tough. When she is screaming and we are trying to eat or talk to Eli about something or even just communicate about fixing supper, it is very tempting to just give her what she wants to make her be quiet. This temper is going to be a challenge for us all.
Eli, is developing his own ideas about what happens when and the world around him. Well, to be fair, I'm sure he's always had his own ideas, he is just doing an exceptionally good job at expressing them lately. He says funny grown-up things like when asked if he wanted peanut butter crackers the other day he said "It's alright with me." And last night before bed he told me "It's not bedtime. It's book time." If he hears us talking about what we're cooking for supper he'll say "I don't like that." (Mostly because he still refuses to eat anything other than peanut butter.) We have bribed him into trying cantaloupe, pizza, and string cheese in the last week or two though. Just getting him to touch something new is an accomplishment in our book.
One last thing for this week is that college football started last night. Eli was less than thrilled with having to share the TV with Mommie and Daddy last night, but eventually he kind of got into it. He was watching and said, "Look at him run!" and "He knocked him down". Then Eli's football lessons began. Brian began with basic terminology like "tackle" and "touch down". I was playing with Eli and excitedly yelling "Score!" He said, "No, Mama, don't say 'score'. You gotta say 'scorf'." It's a work in progress.