Labor Day Weekend

We’ve had a good weekend!

I took Friday off and ran errands and got my haircut… had some “down” time by myself.  It was a good way to start the weekend.

On Saturday the kids and I went to Rochester to visit my parents.  We also were able to get in a visit (and swimming) with my best friend from junior high who I haven’t seen since probably the early 90s!

Yesterday both kids got some special attention. Chad & I took Maria to Valleyfair and Charlie stayed home with Grandpa & Grandma all by himself. Both kids were very excited!

This was our 2nd visit to Valleyfair with Maria and I have to say it was very different!  As she had grown over 3″ since last summer (and over an inch since May!) and was now able to go on most of the big rides.  The Wild Thing and Monster being her favorites!  Her favorite from last year was not quite what she remembered although she tried to make it fun!  She also declared the Looping Starship (the upside down Viking ship) the most boring ride ever, even though Chad almost got pegged in the head with someone’s cell phone that came loose.

Today is laundry day… 🙂  and both kids are off to school tomorrow – Maria starting 1st grade and Charlie starting preschool! Both are excited!

 
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Lifting weights at Grandma's

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Valleyfair

Chad’s plans to golf up north with friends fell through last weekend, so we decided to surprise Maria with her first visit to Valleyfair.  She was so excited,even though she didn’t even know what Valleyfair was!  (It’s an amusement park for those who aren’t from MN)

On the way there, we laughed that we hadn’t been there in so long as it is less than 10 miles from our house!  Chad’s parents stayed home with Charlie, so he got some good grandparent time and we got some good Maria time! We stuck to the rides and didn’t even venture near the water park.  Though Maria did note wet people and wanted to be wet herself, so we spent a good 15-20 minutes standing outside the Wave while she got splashed from the big ride.  Another 1/2″ and she’ll be able to go on it!  (According to Valleyfair height charts,she has grown a whole inch since the end of May)

I think we were both surprised that tickets weren’t still $18 like they were in high school (20 years ago).  So we took it easy on our spending at the park. We were there about 4 hours and then went to Perkins on our way home for dinner.

We all had a good time and I’m fairly certain we’ll be heading back next year and most likely with Charlie too.  We may even have to consider season passes now that we realize how close it is.
Her favorite ride – The Kite Eater
Kite Eater Ride - Her Favorite!

She loved the roller coaster too!
Roller Coaster - her 2nd favorite

Waiting for the splash from The Wave
Getting Wet outside The Wave

Ready to go home
Valleyfair
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