|Madeline celebrating her birthday at school|
|Madeline posing with her *first* balloon - before it popped|
|Arriving in our room|
|Ready for the pool. We took the same posed picture last year.|
|LAST year's picture|
|A view from our room's balcony. The moose is Madeline's class mascot that Madeline had to care for all week.|
|Hotel breakfast (ugh! I look awful!)|
|Madeline, Jonathan and Mama - MOA carousel|
|Birthday dinner - notice new birthday balloons??|
|I didn't realize until I was writing this blog that I spelled birthday wrong!!|
|Happy birthday, Madeline!|
For the morning, I had packed some muffins and bananas. After a quick bite to eat in our room, we were back in the water park, splashing the morning away....thankfully the water was much warmer the next day! Also, the morning was a LOT less crowded than the night before and I actually had enough guts to try the surf machine. I wear a tankini bathing suit so I was nervous about loosing my bottom piece (a woman right before me did!) but I managed. Although I opted for body surfing, instead of actually standing on the board, I was actually proud to have had the guts to do this. I can now check that off my list and never do it again. By lunch time we were checked out of our room and had a morning of splashing and play under our belt, yet since we were across the street from the Mall of America, we decided to grab our lunch in the food court and let the kids ride a few rides. For part of the time, David ended up taking Jonathan to the mall's aquarium while Madeline and I got crazy on rides. For my friends that have been here to visit, I actually got on the Ninja Turtle ride. But....even more impressive, I rode the Avatar Air Bender ride!!!!! (check this out...link) I have yet been able to talk anyone else into riding this with me and so since David was with us and able to watch both kids I was determined to ride. I have never screamed so much on a ride before....I actually went from screaming bloody murder to laughing hysterically at myself for screaming so loud. CRAZY ride but I would totally do it again!
After the afternoon of fun at the mall, we headed home for the remainder of Madeline's birthday. I told Madeline that she got to choose what I would make for her birthday dinner. Madeline had requested shrimp pasta. I whipped some up for Madeline and me and opted for chicken pasta for David and Jonathan. After dinner, we sang "Happy Birthday" and enjoyed Madeline's birthday cake. Madeline requested a birthday cake with a rainbow on it. I was so proud of my creation.....that is, until I was looking at the photos to prepare this blog post (a full week after her birthday!). It was not until then that I noticed that I spelled birthday wrong on the cake. I spelled it "bithday". What the heck!! I want a re-do!
|Thanks, Aunt Margaret, for the "chicken"!|