Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wilmington with the Campbells

This weekend, Dale played in the Cape Fear Member-Guest Golf Tournament in Wilmington with a friend of his, Bobby Campbell. So the girls and I decided to make the trip with him on Thursday and spend some quality fun time with Bobby's wife and daughter, Holly and Sydney. Sydney is 5, and a super sweet and fun little girl. She and Ivie got along pretty well, though they had their fair share of "sharing" spats that are pretty typical for girls of that age who spend 3 straight days together.

The Campbells put a pool in their backyard this winter, so Ivie was able to take a swim on Thursday. By the end of the afternoon, she was over her uneasiness and was jumping to Holly in the pool. On Friday afternoon, we trekked to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach. Having entirely skipped nap on Thursday (she was having way too much fun hanging out with Syd!), Ivie was exhausted by Friday afternoon and fell asleep in the car on the 20-minute ride home from the Aquarium. I proved I still have "the touch" from her baby/toddler days and was able to make a successful transfer from the car seat to the bed for a solid 2-hour nap, which dramatically improved her mood for the rest of the night.

Sadly, her good mood didn't carry over to Saturday. I think the 3 days of fun caught up with her, as Ivie turned into a "NO" monster, disagreeing with everything I asked her to do. So today marked the first time in the lives of either of my daughters that I have put them in the car and driven away, for the SOLE purpose of putting them to sleep. 20 minutes later, the car was quiet. Ahhhhhhh.............

Macie was her typical perfect self the entire weekend. I swear she sleeps BETTER in a Pack-N-Play than she does in her crib, as she's slept from 8p to 6:30a both nights we've been in Wilmington. As I write this, we're about to head to bed for night #3 - I'm hoping I don't jinx it... But Macie had a blast playing with Sydney, and I think the feeling was mutual.

This evening, the weather cooperated enough that we were able to go out for a boat ride! It was Ivie and Macie's first experience on a boat, and they both loved it! Ivie continually begged Bobby to "go fast!". We even anchored close to the beach so the girls could get out and play in the sand for a bit. What a wonderful conclusion to our trip! We're sad that we have to leave tomorrow - many thanks to the Campbells for being such wonderful hosts!



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