After the cabin weekend in Iowa, we brought my 13-year-old cousin Connor home with us for a week-long visit. He stayed with us during the same week of July last year, and we were excited to have him back! I had been scoping out free/cheap/fun activities for the week, so here is how we kept busy:
Sunday night...Connor and Abby helped make supper:
Monday...we went to see a juggler at a nearby library, enjoyed cookies at the bakery, and went for an evening swim at the Northfield pool.
Tuesday...we met up with our friends the Clarks at Cedar Lake Farms beach for swimming and a picnic. After Dave got home from work, we headed down to Faribault for the Rice County Fair. It was HOT, but we still had fun seeing the baby animals in the petting barn area, checking out the other animals, enjoying a malt, and watching the fair queen contest.
Wednesday...I took Connor and Abby to see the free movie playing in Lakeville (one of the Ice Age movies). In the evening, we went over to my friend Tiffany's family's pool for some swimming and supper. This was Connor's favorite activity last year, so we were so fortunate to be able to do this again.
Thursday...our bank had a free night at the zoo again this year, so we went up to Apple Valley for supper and a hot, but fun night at the zoo. Abby was excited to see the dinosaurs this year, and we were happy to have free entry with our free bank tickets. Abby was mostly excited about the splash pad, though, and had a blast there. I didn't think Norah would want to play in it, so I didn't pack a swimsuit for her...she proved me wrong! She went in fully clothed, and had a great time! Every time the spray would go down, she'd peek in the hole and be surprised when it splashed her in the face...but she kept going back for more! I'm sure it felt good since it was so hot out.
Friday...we went for another swim at Tiffany's family's pool before eating lunch and heading back down to Iowa.
We love having Connor visit! He is so great with the girls, and they love him! Dave and I also enjoy having someone to play board games with in the evenings. We hope he'll come back again next year!