We had a great weekend with the Nagles! We were very sad to say goodbye to them this afternoon😦
Happy 15th anniversary to us! We celebrated by going to Skylar’s Back to School night and meeting her teacher and then heading to Red Robin for dinner🙂 We left Kota and Summer at Primrose and just Chris, Skylar and I headed to Academy Endeavor to Back to School night. Skylar will have Mrs. Hough for 2nd grade and she seemed very nice. She has been teaching for 31 yrs and is actually a Colorado native! We also signed up for a “Get to know you” 10-min interview for Friday @11am. Dinner at Red Robin was good- we had milkshakes and mac and cheese and burgers- yum🙂 We’re also going to head to Morton’s Steak House in Denver when Karen is here visiting- she said she’d watch the girls for us while we went out- thank you!!
We had a follow-up dr appt for the cyst on Skylar’s butt and the PA (who turned out to be the mom of 1 of Dakota’s Primrose classmates! When we walked into the office Kota said “That’s Hunter’s mom!” and she said “Yes, I am :)”) was very happy (and a little surprised as even she admitted) with the progress and improvement in the cyst. She didn’t feel any further action was required and we’re just going to finish out the 10 days of the antibiotic and make sure nothing gets worse. Yay! The appt went SO quick (it was @8:30am so I was pretty sure i wasn’t going to make it to exercise class but thought I might go to the gym so I put on my exercise clothes) that we actually made it to exercise class! I stopped back at home quickly and put Kota’s bike in the car so she could ride while Skylar sat in the stroller and then headed to the park to meet up with everyone. It always starts my day off well if I can make it to exercise class! Today was no exception- I get my adult interaction with everyone, the girls get to play w/ the kids and then we get to play on the playground afterwards. Win win situation! A photo of all the kids playing after class- even Summy was allowed to play w/ the big kids!
After class and the playground we headed Skylar’s school for her “Get to know you” interview. I had to bring Kota and Summy w/ me but they behaved nicely and we had a nice quick chat w/ Mrs. Hough. After that we headed to the grocery store to re-stock our fridge b/c it was VERY empty! We definitely needed to get some food before Lisa and the girls showed up. The afternoon was uneventful- naptime, finishing up laundry, getting the beds ready, etc. The Nagles arrived at ~5:30pm and they said they had just driven thru a bunch of hail by the Air Force Academy. Yikes! Luckily no damage to John/Marilyn’s car. We hung out for a bit and then decided on dinner and Lisa and I went out and picked it up- Steak ‘n Shake for burgers and Pei Wei for some Chinese- yum! John/Marilyn and John were staying at a hotel so our house wasn’t SUPER crowded and Lisa and the girls slept at our place. I think it all worked out well. We ended up having the 4 girls sleep in the basement on the 2 air mattresses and Lisa was in S&D’s room in 1 of their beds. Sorry for the twin bed Lisa! There was a thunderstorm that passed thru right as we were trying to get the girls in bed so that had them all a little scared but Lisa laid down there with them for a little bit and they all fell asleep. Lisa and I watched a little of the Olympics but then we went to bed too.
We headed to The North Pole in Cascade, CO- it’s an amusement park that we (the Nagles, Karen, Skylar and I) had gone to 6 yrs ago! We’re pretty sure Chris and Mike were hiking or camping or something and that’s why they weren’t there. Anyway, we headed there for the day and had a fun time. I’d say this place is the size of Dutch Wonderland minus the water park area. It’s a fun little place and not super expensive (I had coupons so it was ~$16pp to get in and ages 2 and under and 60+ are free! Nice!) Anyway- here are the girls in the sled by the entrance:
We went on the sky ride first- just like they have at DW but you ride it round trip (no getting off at the other side)- from there we were able to see a lot of the rides that they had there. We headed to a spiral slide next where you sit on a burlap bag and ride down it. Even Summy could go on this one w/ an adult- she LOVED it! In fact, all the girls loved it and could’ve stayed on that for hours! After that they rode the little kid ride- some airplanes- with Summy. Hannah was a little crammed in on that ride for sure! After that we headed over to the cars like they have at DW too. Here’s a photo of Chris and Kota and you can see the spiral slide (peppermint candy stick looking thing in the background), airplanes, and the tilt-a-whirl in the background:
While the big girls were going on a bigger kid ride (kinda like the Musik Express ride in OCNJ) I took Summy on the motorcycle little kid ride:
Everyone went on the tilt-a-whirl after that (even Summy) and loved it! Chris got photos and videos w/ his phone so I’ll have to add some photos later. After that we went on this other ride that went around and up and down (not a very good description of it, huh?) but suffice it to say that it made me feel kinda nauseous. Ugh. So I needed to take a break for a bit after that! John didn’t feel too good either (he had gone on w/ Skylar b/c there was NO WAY Chris wanted to go on that ride). Lisa went on w/ Hannah (Ellie sat by herself) and she said she felt fine. So we headed to the train next and rode that so our stomachs could settle down a little🙂 Again, Chris has the photo on his phone so I’ll have to add it later. I think after that we decided to get some lunch and just got burgers and hot dogs from a place nearby. A photo of the group after lunch looking in some of the shops by the food place:
After lunch we decided to head over and do the Santa’s Sleigh zip line ride in case any storms rolled in in the afternoon- we didn’t want to miss out on the good rides. Unfortunately, the wait time for that ride was over an HOUR! O.M.G. Luckily there were 2 rides nearby that the girls could ride over and over again while the adults waited in the zip line line. Here are the big girls (poor Summy was stuck in her stroller and couldn’t go on these rides) on the rocket ship ride:
I rode this ride w/ them 3 times b/c technically S&D were supposed to have an adult w/ them b/c they are under 48″ tall but then the ride operator just let them on w/o me so I was pretty happy I didn’t have to keep going on. We also rode the other ride that was nearby but I forget what it was called. I went on w/ Skylar and Lisa rode w/ Kota b/c the ride went around in circles and Chris doesn’t like those kinds of rides. Thanks Lisa! And then FINALLY it was our turn for the zip line! Yay! It was really fun but not sure it was worth an HOUR long wait (but then again, there are very few things that I think are actually worth an hour long wait!). I have a photo of Chris and Skylar from my phone and Chris has 1 of me and Kota on his phone:
You loaded into the sleigh at the bottom of the hill and then they dragged you backwards up the hill on the line and then released you down the hill. I think the most shocking/surprising/jarring part was the abrupt stop at the bottom of the hill/ride!
After the zip line we headed to get some ice cream but made a stop to ride the merry-go-round first:
We were still hoping Summy would take a nap in her stroller so she didn’t get to go on the ride. Unfortunately, she showed no signs of falling asleep in the stroller so we gave up trying and just let her go on as many rides as she wanted.
Ice cream break!
After that we went on 2 rides that were near the ice cream place- the lady bugs and the Xmas tree ride.
And then the Xmas tree ride that is kinda like the Dumbo ride in OCNJ- you push/pull a bar to make yourself go up and down while you go around in a circle. And my caption for this photo was “Hey, Summer, you’re not supposed to EAT the ride- you’re supposed to just ride on it!”
And a photo of Hannah and Skylar in front of us:
And then during a bathroom break, Hannah happened to see this little guy staring at everyone from underneath the wood beam- good eyes Hannah!
Then we headed down a hill to an area that had ~10 rides grouped together and all the girls had a great time riding them over and over b/c the crowds had thinned out by this point so they could just get right back on the ride as many times as they wanted. A photo of a ride that just went around (quite fast I might add!) in a circle:
I was riding w/ Summy and all the big girls were in front of us.
Then the big girls went on this little Ferris wheel thing:
And then while the big girls were going on this spinning ride thing (I only got a video of it- no photo) I put Summy on this little kid ride:
She looks thrilled, doesn’t she? She was SO tired but just would NOT go to sleep in the stroller! Anyway, the big girls went on the roller coaster too:
And Summer went on the fire engine ride ~3x while the big girls went on the roller coaster and then the spinning ride again. Then all the big girls wanted to cram onto the little kid ride w/ Summy:
And this photo is a little blurry but Summy absolutely loved this race car ride and was yelling “Yay!” randomly during the entire ride🙂
They also went on a boat ride (similar to the 1 in OCNJ) and a ride where you sit in a seat and then it raises you up and then drops you (similar to the 1 in OCNJ near the caterpillar roller coaster) but I’ll skip those photos. By this time it was ~4:30pm and the park closed at 5pm. Unfortunately, we didn’t get on the big Ferris wheel b/c they closed it early b/c a mountain lion has been spotted in the park at about this time each day so, as a precaution, they close the Ferris wheel (the area where the mtn lion has been spotted everyday). Bummer that we didn’t know they were going to do this! We would’ve made sure to go on it earlier in the day! Oh well. So we headed up to go on the Scrambler and then do the maze and then it was 5pm and they were kicking us out🙂 As we were waiting in line to exit, wouldn’t you know it, Summy fell asleep in her stroller. OMG kid- you couldn’t just wait til the car?!? Poor little girl was just all tuckered out from a very exciting day!
I was SURE she would wake up when we put her in her carseat and then be a bear for the rest of the evening but she actually stayed asleep when Chris xferred her from the stroller to car! Amazing! We decided to head to Red Robin for dinner- here’s our table of 11 (we were sitting next to a table of 25 people- wow!):
Summy was getting a little itchy at the end of the meal but she occupied/entertained herself by reaching over and grabbing the cup of ranch dressing they brought out w/ the fries and proceeding to EAT the ranch dressing by itself- yum! Or should I say- ugh!
But, hey, it kept her quiet so we weren’t about to take it away from her🙂 After dinner we headed home (John/Marilyn and John to the hotel), got baths and went to bed.
I woke up this morning and saw that it was already 7:40am! Wow- everyone slept in LATE! So I jumped in the shower and started the getting ready process and when I went downstairs I found Lisa reading to Kota- so cute!
Our adventures for today were Garden of the Gods and then Cave of the Winds. Both were fun and we had excellent weather again. A photo of the girls in GOG:
Chris carried Summy in his backpack so there aren’t any photos of her from the day😦
I forget who said it 1st but either Hannah or Ellie said they thought that Kissing Camels (supposed to look like 2 camels facing each other kissing) looked more like a camel kissing the butt of a frog. And as soon as they said that I could totally see it and I’ll never be able to look at Kissing Camels again and not see a frog’s butt🙂
Playing in the fun crack in the rocks with E&H this time:
Hannah asked Lisa to hold her hat while she climbed thru- Lookin’ good Lisa!🙂
We did the usual loop around the Central Garden area and the girls enjoyed running and climbing on as many rocks as we would let them🙂
A photo of Lisa from my vantage point when she was helping E&H climb up some rocks- Hello over there Lisa!
And then of course a photo of 1 of my favorite views in GOG:
And then a group selfie as we were heading back towards the car:
We only spent about an hour in GOG since we had gotten a late start to the morning and we had a 2:30 tour reservation at Cave of the Winds. We made a quick stop at A&W/KFC in Manitou Springs for lunch and then headed over to Cave of the Winds. Neither Chris nor I have ever been there so we had no idea what it would be like. We signed up for the basic 45 min tour of the cave (they have more extensive tours of 2+hrs but we didn’t think the kids would tolerate those very well) and it was pretty cool in my opinion! Summy got a little loud about halfway thru the tour and I had to work pretty hard to keep her quiet but, overall, I really enjoyed the tour. They also had a couple “rides” there- a ropes course, a zip line thing, and then this bungee jumping type ride where you sat in a seat and then they dropped you off a platform and you swung back and forth over the canyon. Of course I’m not explaining in very well but you an check out their website if you want to see it:
We stood on the balcony/deck area checking out the canyon below:
And then it was our turn for our tour- we had to meet over by the big black stuffed bear- the girls loved it!
Summy just kept giving the thing big hugs but it kinda looks like she’s mauling the poor bear in this photo🙂
A photo of Lisa inside the cave at the beginning of the tour:
And then 1 of the group walking thru a different part of the cave:
I think all the bigger girls really enjoyed the tour- well, for the most part. There was 1 part where they took you into a darker room and then turned out all the lights so you could experience “cave darkness” and I don’t think any of the girls particularly loved that part! They all seemed kinda happy when they turned the lights back on🙂
After that we said goodbye to the Nagles b/c they had to head back up to Greeley b/c John has to work tomorrow. The Nagles leave tomorrow night on the red-eye flight from DEN to PHL. Thank you for coming down to the Springs Nagle family! We loved having you visit!
Next up- Skylar starts 2nd grade tomorrow and Grammy arrives on Wednesday!