Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Father's Day... the actual post!

On Father's Day, we decided to take a trip to Coeur D'Alene and bum around downtown. I love the little shops and the kids love the park there. However, once we got there, we realized our mistake: it was the Ironman Triathalon weekend. Hence, we couldn't get within miles of downtown, let alone find something to do and avoid the crowds. SO, I had the bright idea of heading up to Silver Mountain and riding the gondolas, something I've wanted to do in the summertime since we moved here. I conned Jay into it by promising that he could check out the ski terrain while we were there. :) The kids were thrilled and had a blast- Emma kept saying, "I Ride??" with a big smile on her face.
When we finished on the gondolas and had eaten lunch at the top (so cool!), we realized we still had our swim stuff packed up from the Y the day before, so we thought we'd check out the waterpark as well. Turns out, its only for registered guests of the hotel (they said they're trying to keep the locals out!), but Jay gave them a sob story about his two sweet little kids who drove all the way from Spokane just to swim in the lazy river and they let us in for free. :) How about that? We all had a blast there, Harry swam laps and laps and laps around the lazy river and Emma rode waterslides until she couldn't hold her head up to stay above water anymore. She eventually crashed on Jay's lap on one of the tubes! LOL, apparently, 21 month olds really DO need naps every day! This was the first time we'd attempted delaying her nap, and she did really well surprisingly. Jay and I were just as exhausted as the kids, but they managed to stay awake until we got back through Coeur D'Alene, so we stopped at the MacKenzie River Pizza Company that just opened there. For all you who don't know, that's my FAVORITE place to eat, and they were only located in Montana up until about January when they opened one in Coeur D'Alene, so I've been dying to go since. And of course, it completely lived up to its reputation and we gorged ourselves on their delicious food. Needless to say, we all crashed when we got home and were still tired yesterday! The kids seem to have rallied nicely by today though, in case you were worried... :)

my beautiful kids getting ready to go up!

playing on the swings!

They had a bouncy castle at the top of the mountain! How cool is that?

so gorgeous!


playing on the SNOW!

the sign said it was the "longest gondola ride in the world." I thought the ones at Whistler were longer, but Jay said time and not distance.... hmm....

Daddy on the Gondola

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