Making Magic with the Littlest Pea

Home without the Oldest Pea so what could the Pheebs and I get ourselves into??? 

~~~We made Harry Potter Wands~~~

We just Googled how to and saw SO many tutorials!  All pretty great, some easy, some so detailed that it was cool to watch but a little too hard for the 9yr old.  The easier tutorials were simply chop sticks, hot glue gun, and paint ….some added glitter so of course we did too~ 

I made the first one and had her watch told her not to touch the glue or the end because of the burn factor and then let her go.  Can we just look at that sheer determination and not the unbrushed hair bahaha ! 

After the glue was wrapped around the chopstick she treated it like a troll

Because we didn’t want a flat side to the wand we let them dry like this in the glitter jar:

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The dry pretty quickly and if you don’t like how it turned out you can peel it off and start again.

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Then once they are dry you do the paint and glitter. 

Our creations: 

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And one special wand for one special person.

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The week we made the wands was also Teacher Appreciation Week so she made her teacher one and then made her a sweet painting to match. 

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Add glitter! 

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~TADA~

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We hope she liked it!

We hope you like this post and let us know if you made wands and how you did it ! 

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This is the face I love my crazy little pea 🙂 

Spring Break 2017 FRIDAY!

So we had planned on biking in the park downtown, and learning about birds here:

http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/scioto-audubon/

I see it from the hearing room where I work everyday and have wanted to take the girls so they can ride without me worrying about getting hit by a car…yes I am a worrier get over it….I even bought a bike rack for the car for this day!  

But instead……we did this:

movies and popcorn and slept in the living-room….. 

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It was a long but fun week and I wore these peas out they needed sleep (please forgive the messy house 🙂 ) 

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I couldn’t bring myself to wake them they were awake until like 1 AM ….. plus I tired them out all week.  So I let them sleep and lounge all day until it was time to go with their Dad for the night. 

I’d say we had a pretty good week 🙂 Saturday when the girls came home we hit a local park and Sunday we spent the day watching Py with the OSU Women’s Volleyball team training.

We can’t wait for summer! 

Spring Break 2017 Thursday

We have tried to go to the Newport Aquarium so many time the last two years that I decided nothing was keeping us from going this time ! Even the long line waiting to go in 🙂

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We were pretty excited for this one we planned on, the ice cream shop, Barnes and Noble and all the other places on the Levee!

https://www.newportonthelevee.com/

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By the time we got in we were starving so we ran past everyone (it was so crowded it was tough to get through) but made it to the cafe and looked at the brochure to see what all we could visit.

That’s when Py seen where she could walk above the sharks….so we did that first!  Or she did that first Phoebe would have none of it LOL 🙂

Once she got through that we were send out the front and had to re-enter the building it was awesome this time no one was around we could take our time and not bump into 100 people!

We walked under the sharks and saw them in a huge tank, they were amazing but not as amazing as this smiling guy ~

IMG_6726Sting Rays are my favorite (I love the Manatee tank at the Columbus Zoo just for these smiling stingers!) And if you are ever in the Sawmill area of Dublin https://aquariumadventurecolumbus.com/  these guys have some in the store!

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These fellows had a case of the smiles too!

Well one did the weird nosed turtle looks more annoyed than smiley. 🙂 HA!

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How do these kids measure up ?

Yes we saw Mighty Mike the abnormally large American alligator…..according to the website because as I write this I could not remember …. “Mighty Mike is more than 14 feet long and 800 pounds”  He had a few smaller friends in his tank too!

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Phoebe wanted to see the penguin show more than anything so when it was time we ran over and got a seat…

We watched these little $%^&*&&$%^’s for maybe 20 minutes waiting for a “show” like does someone come out and teach us about them? Is there music do they Happy Feet around?? ….Nope just wondered aimlessly and teased us by pretending they would jump and didn’t unless you looked away for one second! then they would jump.   But the 8yr old absolutely loved it ~

We were able to touch some little sharks at the Shark Central Exhibit.

The jellyfish were gone but they still had this rad lamp !~

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Glow lights! that’s a prehistoric glow thing….yeah we were just amazed at my hair glowing!

We fell in love with the sea horses and the starfish! Phoebe even made her own Seahorse at the Seahorse Creation Station they emailed it to her along with coloring pages too!

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They were just cool…the whole area was

http://www.newportaquarium.com/Things-To-Do/Exhibits/Seahorses-Unbridled-Fun

Hello there little peas!

Touching the stars ….

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Took a break and let the Pheebs play in the Frog Bog and the coolest Frogger game ever! (Yeah I played too 🙂 )

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That was fun took about 4 hours to go through maybe 5….

It was a grey day but it never rained until the ride home so we hung out at the Levee for a few hours…

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Ice Cream, Books …… and Batman 🙂 

Definitely worth the drive …. and we will be back! (lots of stores we missed!) 

Spring Break 2017 Wednesday

The Columbus Zoo! Since we just renewed our membership of course we had to go!

https://www.columbuszoo.org/home/visit

We had Gorp of course but hit Wendy’s before we went in. And this particular Wendy’s (6195 Glick Rd, Shawnee Hills, OH 43065) had the nicest staff, they even gave the peas free frostys and walked around to make sure everyone in there was happy. And yes frosty’s make the peas happy LOL

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The Zoo was busy but parking was pretty easy for lunch time 🙂

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We love this zoo and try to go any time we can with a membership it’s easy to just go a couple of hours or all day.   Bur what shall we do today?!?

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Hi Jungle Jack Hanna

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We always run through the house at Habitat Hollow seems aimed at littles but the peas still love it.

And we never miss the Polar Bears and Artic Foxes ….. but this time NO BEARS 😦 nm,

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Didn’t stop the little one from taking her doll and playing in the arctic playground!

WE caught the Bald Eagle in all his glory, and the Sloth Bear in all his lazy LOL~

Pheebs wanted to visit the Rhino and empty her pockets into the conservatory fund …..

Cougar cat …..

We visited the Asian Elephants and the Red Panda that snuck up a tree that we were watching but never turned around to say hi ….

We didn’t get to see all of the Zoo but hey that’s why it’s great to get a membership~ a little at a time no grumpy kids, no need to rush and if the animals aren’t out this time they will be next time! 

By the way we were pretty excited to see that out favorite Arctic Fox was the cover animal for the map 🙂 

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So if you are ever in Columbus visit the Zoo! 

 

Spring Break 2017 Monday

I took the girls to get their first ever manicure …. the hardest part picking out a color Phoebe matched her dress with a sea-foam and Py picked Royal Blue  (I chose black I know shock….)

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The couple that worked on the girls nails were so sweet. 

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It didn’t take very long for the nail cleaning, hand massages and paint….then the massive dryer !

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Then off to Beauty and the Beast!~ 

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Not gonna sugar coat…Phoebe was not a fan and was pretty vocal about it she eventually fell asleep (as she does when she is at the theater).

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We went to the Movie Tavern so we could have lunch at the same time and since it was closing in a few weeks we had to have one last time in the cool theater …. BTW we are super sad about it closing.

So yes, we had a laid back sort of day and I loved it, that night however………MAJOR storms and tornado warnings.

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Because we live in a house without a basement the tornado spot is the coat closet under the stairs…..well this mom had all her shoes in there.  Not much longer littlest pea chucked those out in the hall and hunkered down not to come out for THREE hours! 

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We were really in no danger but this one was petrified so her sweet oldest sister and fur brother hung out with her until the coast was completely clear (: yes those are shoes in a mountain behind her…

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It was a fun and somewhat frightening day!  

Spring Break 2017 Sunday

This year I took the week off with the girls to spend some major quality time doing all kinds of things.  

I spent time figuring out just what we would do each day and as we did them they checked them off the list.  Sunday we went to a skating party to kick off our week of fun!  The oldest pea is not a fan but she tries, the littlest loves skating. 

Of Course when you add nasty glowing crap all it has to be fun! 

Have I mentioned how happy I am to be able to spend Spring Break with these two cuties ? !  and tell you ALL about the fun stuff you can do locally or near by too 🙂 then after the Spring Break 2017 post stay tuned….I will also do a behind the scenes with the peas….it isn’t all fun and smiles people it will be time to unload!~  

We’ve lost her…..LOL

But not this one she could skate all day….

Or fall….

One last pic for the Mom (those faces!) …. now to tell you all about Monday! 

Skate America in Grove City…….the little loves skating here the oldest likes the games 🙂 

 

One Pea and the Arctic Lights Tour

The Artic Light Tour in case you didn’t know is this:  A bunch of YouTube, Musically, Snapchat whatever kids that have your kids so into them that they beg you to meet them …..tickets aren’t too bad parents are free so sure you go.   They serve alcohol for the parents and $5 half ice filled diet cokes for those who chose not to drink when you’re driving your kid…..needless to say the lady behind us in line with her daughter downed at least 9 Buds before the concert or whatever they call it even started.  Yeah I’m judging deal with it.  

We do these things for our kids to make them happy, she was SO happy to meet one guy just one and they ran out of his sweatshirt and t shirt so she got the same white sweatshirt everyone else there ended up with (lucky kid that day his sweatshirts were everywhere). Thinking back I should have let her take a friend, next time for sure I’ll hold the coats and totally smuggle in a 20oz diet coke of my own….$5 ….seriously. BTW the beer was $3 way to go Bluestone.  Clearly you banked on the parents who did not want to be there.  Being her first one though, I’m glad it was just us.

Look at this face….my beautiful, brilliant, 12 year old spawn was SMILING with ME her Mom this was no small feat people!! I asked before we got out of the car can we take a selfie….she said yeah with people I want to.  OUCH  thanks….she took one anyway. I mean come on I don’t use crest white strips not to take a selfie every so often for real. 

We waited in the freezing cold line for an hour…..I could not feel my toes we had VIP tickets not the Gold mind you but the ones where she could get in early (that barely happened) and the meet and greet. She didn’t know a few of the people she wanted to see 3 people I think 2 for sure (especially since  you got the damn sweatshirt with the wrong guys name)….. 

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We got in and stood in line there for an hour it was like Disneyland for her the BMV for me but look ….smiling….and that’s not the guy she wanted to meet ….so you can imagine how nervous she was….

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Here he is and my phone was blurry I felt terrible it just went so fast!  She didn’t even care she was still happy.

Her day was complete but you gotta hit the one who’s sweatshirt I just paid $50 for because you should probably know who’s name you’re wearing what if he’s a jerk?  

Luckily he wasn’t, they talked the others didn’t LOL ! 

After the line she grabbed my phone and sent all the pics to herself as any kid would do…

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She didn’t even care to stay for the whatever it was a chat amongst friends I don’t even know….but I told her we should at least watch some of it right?

It was basically a musically snapchat whatever the heck fest; they took pics with the crowd did a mannequin challenge ….. basically what every teenager does with their friends, no one sang or danced or had a comedy act……BUT she ……took another selfie with me and SMILED….!

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Then trying to be the cool mom her fave guy walked by and I got a pic….of the back of his head…..yep cool mom RIGHT HERE  I got the look ….but I tried LOL

So she did get in on the challenge and ran down to record a little on her phone she seemed genuinely happy.

I know it seems like this post is making fun, but the fact is we’ve been through a lot the last 2.5 years, the divorce was super hard on this one.  She’s like her mom, keeps it all in until she explodes…usually on me and that’s ok I just want her to be a kid, kids shouldn’t stress about things, they just shouldn’t.  So if taking her to this made her happy maybe she can realize she can be happy all the time if she just let go a little. (and I’m really not a bad guy)

Now…..back to our usual programming ….(BIG eye roll or iPhone roll ha!  I think that’s a mom joke)

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Finding Columbus

We have lived in Columbus since July of 2005 and I have yet to see everything it has to offer.

So one weekend when the Peas were away  I decided to go to the Columbus Art Museum only…..it was Labor Day weekend and they were closed for cleaning or something it figured ….

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at least I got to see that before the security guard said sorry come back next week.  Sigh* I wasn’t going home it was too nice out and I needed to roam……and roam I did.  I Instagrammed it all https://www.instagram.com/jamie330/  which was fun and annoying to the few people that follow me I’m sure HAHA!~

I walked around the museum for a little bit got a picture that probably everyone in Columbus has taken at some point in their life it’s still a pretty cool pic.  The Columbus College of Art and Design:

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A couple random pieces on the same street:

Then I just drove around looking for a spot to stop and hang out I ran into the Franklin Park Conservatory I didn’t go inside I’ll wait for the Peas for that but I found art and beauty none the less.    http://www.fpconservatory.org/

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I fell in love with this sculpture…. “Reaching Out” by Hungarian sculptor, and holocaust survivor, Alfred Tibor.

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The NavStar sculpture, created by artist Stephen Canneto  the sun was reflecting perfectly off the tips I was dodging a couple having their wedding pictures done

I even saw where they were having the ceremony it was pretty adorable and a perfect day for a wedding.

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SQUIRREL  !~

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I sat on the bench in front of the conservatory  and thought where to?  (also thought wow do I need a hair cut and have since taken care of that one…)

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So I got back on the car and drove….around the building….. where they had more outdoor gardens  This one was amazing it was a ton of community gardens and the Serenity Garden of the Meuses:

I didn’t stay long no one was back there I felt intrusive so I jumped back in the car drank my diet coke and just drove with no direction and ended up in German Village~ of course I had to come to the Book Loft I could live here!

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BOOKS!  and some outdoor shots too 🙂

I walked around German Village for awhile and saw some amazing architecture too they even have walks through the Village in the summer to admire the gardens, shops and homes.  https://germanvillage.com/visitors-center/walking-tour/

It was hot out the hair went up but I wasn’t done yet!  (also I am super bad at selfies Py usually takes our selfies LOL)

I drove by Goodale Park so I stopped of course, it was busy with families chasing Pokemon….

I just roamed some more it had an amphitheater that looked abandoned for the season not sure if it was used but it had a whole set built around it…   http://goodalepark.org/

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I hope to go see an outdoor play here next time they have one!

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The bronze statue of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (I had to look that up) for whom the park was named 🙂

I hung out awhile here walked around the flowers were beautiful, the people where happy and the ducks were loud LOL!

It was getting pretty hot out and by this time it was like 4:00 and I had been aimelessly wandering for about 6 hours……maybe time to head home…..until I saw this!

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It was everything I hoped it would be LOL….it had so many rooms and so much stuff!  They have a blog but it looks like no ones touched it since 2011…maybe I can help with that??

http://greatercolumbusantiquemall.blogspot.com/   they are on FB though you can see them here https://www.facebook.com/GreaterColumbusAntiqueMall/  But nothing is better than going to the place.

I started from the top floor and worked my way out the front door….

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So I am all by myself upstairs listening to 80’s hairbands playing through all the store that was awesome BTW.

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I was taking in all the smells and sights of the old toys, books, nick nacks when two little girls creep up on me and scare the %^&*() out of me they just laughed and ran off ….YEAH kids don’t do that in this old probably haunted building…”I do believe in spooks I do I do!”

If I had a credit card I would have needed  a truck to carry out all I wanted….But the things I loved the most where just the creepy things like these:

The furniture and the pictures some where just stunning some needed to be in a haunted mansion….

How about the clothes and yes there was a ton I would have totally worn~

I found another stair case I already went down two so this was a surprise!  It had a lot of larger furniture…

Then all the little things:

I think I saw it all so I creaked down the steps and said good bye to the people at the front desk and out the door….

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Pretty amazing day if I say so myself.

 

 

Two Peas and Highbanks Metro Park

Wanting to keep hiking and visit new parks we visited Highbanks Metro Park it had a ton of trails to hit so we were pretty excited, plus the girls love the natural playgrounds and they had one!

We went to the nature center first just to check it out and grab a map.  Outside the building they had an Eagles Nest that they encouraged you too add too…..it was all good and well until the littlest pea ran up to it and got stabbed in the leg…..needless to say she said they can build it themselves and ran off to climb the fallen branches.

Once the band aid was put on the stab wound we ran inside to get the map, it was pretty amazing inside too….

They had insects, snakes, fish and so much information about the parks and the girls could just go no need to keep saying don’t touch that because it was all there to touch and explore.

After about 30 minutes though it was time to start hiking, we went out the back door and saw a baby raccoon but he was so fast we didn’t get a picture….we did see about 40 people hunting Pokemon though it was kind of funny that they are looking for these things on their phones not once looking up to see the real animals right in front of them….luckily no one walked into the bee hive~ BZZZZZZ

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I feel so lucky sometimes that my daughters can appreciate nature and visiting these parks (stay tunes for a blog post later this month about a day we DID NOT appreciate nature while camping LOL!)

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Another 90 degree weather day ….. we didn’t care lets find that natural playground!

They made a tepee ( Pyper and I helped after Phoebe got stuck in this position! )

No pictures were taken of us all climbing the trees though, no hands to hold the phone and according to the girls I don;t have to take pictures of everything….which is untrue but whatever….so here’s more!

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It was seriously a beautiful day just look at those clouds!  We made our way to the creek Phoebe’s favorite part….until we saw a bazillion mosquitoes~

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Needless to say we stuck to the trails …..

 

 

Two Peas and a Camera

 

The girls and I love taking pictures of just about everything and on this day we wanted to be outside in the beautiful weather taking pictures at the Topiary Park downtown. 

So we grabbed the back pack with snacks, the red & white sheet and took off again.

It was a Saturday where they had an event happening they call it the 

PBJ & Jazz Family Concert Series  

Every Saturday in the summer~

You can see what other events they offer here: http://www.topiarypark.org/events.html

We had parked around the block and walked over passing some amazing buildings that they would take pictures of on our way back.

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It didn’t take long for Pyper to jump right in taking pictures of the water features.

So we walked around to the area without all the kids but could still hear the music, there were people walking and talking, a cute couple on a date having a picnic and even a table with people from the city doing crafts with the tiny kids.  Pyper saw a tree and immediately ran to take pictures, she even caught me on the outside watching her take pictures inside the leaves.

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I am not a fan of how I look (turns out there are no make me look younger and slimmer filters on this camera LOL on another note I am trying to work out and moisturize bahahaha) but you can see Phoebe behind me on our striped sheet in the perfect spot just taking in all the people, ducks and topiary creations around her waiting for her turn with the camera.

Of course we had to take a selfie inside the tree!

She caught us observing her photography techniques 🙂

She might have caught me taking her picture too ~

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Pyper’s pics:

Phoebe waited OH SO PATIENTLY but she went second because lets face it we knew she wouldn’t be giving the camera back to sis so easily~ !

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Phoebe focused on the topiaries, flowers and the signs she absolutely loves this can’t wait to do this again with the fall leaves.

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I had to keep an eye on her but she wanted space….just like her sister she caught me watching…..but that’s my job!

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Phoebe’s pics:

My turn! I thought it was a great day to get pics of the girls too they looked beautiful personalities shining through with what they decided to wear out that day.

The doll on the other hand …. “Phoebe Can I take a few without your doll?”

We moved over to the other side and got silly it was almost 90 degrees and we had been here for about four hours they might have been getting tired, so we busted out the snacks and chilled under a tree 🙂

As you all know we are Girl Scouts maybe not your typical Scouts but Scouts none the less meaning we bring the back pack it has the trusty first aid kit and ice packs just in case!  Well the ice packs come in super handy when the girls get super hot. We were glistening that day that’s for sure.

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Phoebe laid comfortably under the tree and actually took some pretty amazing shots….

Some randoms who ever wasn’t in it took it 🙂 !

On our way back to the car shenanigans !~

We took so many pictures I am going to make the girls books so they can look at all the great pictures they took and they can only get better!

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http://www.topiarypark.org/  for directions and events, tours and to donate!