The apartments have been great. All our neighbors have been super nice. The maintence people have been great too. We had a few repairs that had to be made and I have been happy to say that they have been pretty quick to fix everything. It took a while but I got all the boxes put away and now just working on cleaning up and hanging pictures. Once that is done I will have to post pictures of our new home sweet home.
We have been enjoying our new surroundings a lot. When the wind is blowing the right direction we have the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the air from the S&D Coffee Factory. Reiggin's store has been running smooth as far as I can tell. I have joined the Central Piedmont Mommies Group and have been starting to get active. This Saturday Virginia and I went to their Ice Cream Social at Village Park in Kannapolis. It was so much fun. This park definitely ranks as one of my favorites. It has a couple of different playgrounds, a splash pad, and a train.
The splash pad and train were a major hit with Virginia. She was a little shy at first when we entered the splash pad. But she quickly realized how much fun it was playing in the water. I believe she would have stayed in the splash pad all day if I would have let her. One bit of knowledge I learned was when you have the brains to put sun block on your child you should have the brains to put it on yourself. Needless to say, this white chicken got a little burned.
The train was also one of Virginia's favorite parts of the park. The train rode in a circle around the park. Everytime the train came into sight you heard all the kids scream, "The train, the train is coming." Then a mass stampede of kids running to the fence to wave to the train and the conductor. After eatting lunch and ice cream we all made the hike up to the train station to take a ride on the train. I was so surprised how well she rode the train. She just sat still as can be looking out to the side and to the front. We were both quite exhausted by the time we got back to the car and made our way home.
Our Saturday was not over yet. After a couple of hours of rest we all packed up and headed to my sister Lisa's house for a family BBQ. Lisa and Mike cooked up some yummy hamburgers and hot dogs for us. Also, Lisa and Mom made the best desserts. I wish I had pictures of these pies. You just have to take my word on how great they were.
Virginia was not a happy camper when we got to Lisa's. She took one step into the house and just started crying. I think the busy day had finally caught up to her. We all filled our bellies and viewed all the photos from Mike and Lisa's recent vacation to Alaska. Then we headed down to the basement to play some corn toss. Dad and I were on a team and Joe and Susan were on a team. Dad and I kicked butt and took names. We took down Susan and Joe and then moved on to take down Lisa, Mike, Mom, and Reiggin. This game was a blast. Dad was the skills of the team and I was the beauty. I did save the day on one game or two. Mike and Lisa were also great and had brought gifts home from their trip for Samantha and Virginia. They both got these super cute red shirts that said "Chicken, Alaska" on the front. After getting our bellies full and having some fun playing games, we all packed up and headed home.
My Gang of kids at Carowinds!
Our weekend wasn't finished just yet. Sunday, we headed to Gastonia. My Mom and Dad were nice enough to watch Virginia while Reiggin and I headed to Carowinds to meet up with our friends, Steven, Laura, and their sweet kids. Yes, I went to Carowinds. For those of you who don't know, I am not a fan of roller coasters. They scare me to death. Not just the big ones; the medium ones and the small ones, too. Luckily, there were three young kids that sometimes were not tall enough to ride the rides. So I had a good excuse to sit out. At least I thought so until we got into the kids' area of the park. Lets just say I rocked out the kiddy park. I rode a couple of roller coasters with the kids. One roller coaster we rode four times back to back. The weather was perfect. It was cloudy with a little breeze. The best part of the day is when we were getting off the first roller coaster that I rode on with the kids. Angela, the little girl that rode beside me, gets off and turns to Reiggin and says, "You have to ride with Kathy from now on. She screams to much." Yes, a seven year old just dissed me. She did end up riding with me again and as we are buckling in she turns to me and says, "Okay, you are not going to scream this time; this ride is not scary." I just had to laugh.
After riding some more rides, Reiggin and I split off and made our way to the water park. I was the only one with a bathing suit on so Reiggin was kind enough to go with me to ride some of the water rides. The water park was great. The lines were a little long but well worth it. The first ride was tons of fun. Then I moved on to the tallest slide. First, the walk up almost killed me. I really need to work out more or work out to begin with. The standing in line that high up didn't help either. I am really afraid of heights. Then I get to the top and the life guard tells us to keep our hands behind our heads the whole way down. This ride was so fast and since I had my hands behind my head I couldn't hold my nose. I felt like I was drowning. Water was going up my nose and since I was scared half to death I was screaming like a crazy woman and I was drinking all the water the whole way down. Then I get down to the bottom and I was just glad to be alive. I get out of the water and Reiggin is laughing a little. He tells me later that he had watched everyone coming down waiting to see me come down. He says everyone was pretty graceful or they were just a little side ways. But then he sees someone coming down screaming and all you can see is feet up in the air and that's all. Yeah, that was me coming down the slide. To add to the entertainment, my bathing suit top flew up. Thank goodness for breast pads and netting. I kept the show PG.
I don't know who the crazy lady is that is screaming and laughing in this video!
It sure is not me :-)
After drying off a little, we met back up with Steven, Laura, and the kids to ride some more rides. We also got to go see Snoopy Rocks! on Ice. This was a super cute ice show. After the show, we made our way out of the park and back to my parents' house. Virginia wasn't feeling too good. She had a mild fever so we packed up and took her home to rest. I believe the busy weekend caught up to both of us and we both were not feeling 100 percent the next day. Guess this week we will take it a little easy and get to feeling better.