With breakfast cake!
I bought 2 cakes because they both looked delicious
Cooper's calling card
We played with Harry's roller blades, basketball hoop, and archery set for a while
Harry's class had a roller blade unit in gym, and they all took it very seriously, as did Harry, obvs.
He wore his crown all day, even to our Olive Garden lunch, and delighted in strangers wishing him Happy Birthday. A large group of Red Hat Society ladies on their way to a matinee sang at lunch.
Cooper is SO BIG
And so proud of his trick
Harry is also so big
Jack will eat anything he can dip
Ben joined the kids in a tiny sundae
Jack has tween hair
On Friday, we skipped town and headed to Pekin. One of my oldest friends has a little girl right around Jack's age, and we attended her 4th birthday. The kids had a blast-- a children's singer and a make-your-own-visor table, not to mention delicious food and the best park in town. I took not a single party picture because I am dumb and had too much fun talking and marveling at cute kiddies. I was trying to explain to Harry that my friend Katie and I have been BFF since we were his age and it would be like if he still knows a kindergarten friend 30 years from now (28 years, actually), but he couldn't quite comprehend the awesomeness. Sometimes I can't either.
I did get a couple pictures at the park, and Ben took one on the lagoon paddle boats.
He also took this of the sun setting over the lagoon:
Ben paddling 85 pounds of kid in a boat
I love these swings that circle the lagoon. When I die, I want a swing with my name on it at this park-- I have always LOVED them
On the way home from Pekin (it was a quick trip because we are going back on Friday), we stopped in Rockford for lunch at Steak n Shake, which is my favorite restaurant ever from when I was a kid. I ordered a lime freeze without looking at the menu, and they don't even make those anymore, but the kid waiter didn't have the heart to tell me, so he made me one by squeezing fresh limes in a milkshake. Delicious, and what a sweet kid!
Speaking of sweet kids
Ben wasted no time calling a campground he fondly remembered from childhood, and we headed to Target to buy, um, everything. Camping for the first time? Is not cheap.
And maybe this is all the beer talking, but it was so! much! fun! (Some kid did poop all over the water park, which kind of put a damper on things, but we recovered)
Luckily, we got Ben and outdoor fireplace for Father's Day, so we could commence camping where we left off.
Today, we plan to round out Father's Day with a trip to a dirty kiddie amusement park, so get excited for the wrap up!