My best friend, Jen, came for a MUCH needed visit this past weekend to visit with me and Mr. Howard, but mostly to snuggle with the kids. The kids call her Auntie Jen and while she isn't my blood sister, ever since that day in 2001 when we joined a sorority together, she has been my sister. I saw this quote about sorority sisters and I think it fits us well. "Chance made us sisters. Hearts made us friends."
On Friday, May 31st, she came to work with me (our very last student day) and then afterwards we went to dinner and drinks with work friends! We stopped by the mall after that to pick up something and then came home and watched a movie.
On Saturday we went to Six Flags because when we drove down to San Diego a few weeks ago, we drove past the big Six Flags in Valencia and Connor kept asking us if he could go on a roller coaster. So when Susan gave us free tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, we knew that Connor would be SO excited. We also knew that it would be perfect because they have animals and rides at this one and that is right up Connor's alley. We timed it with Jen's visit and decided to make a day of it. We left Aiden and Izzy back (Aiden stayed with my mom and Izzy went to a party with my sister), because we knew they wouldn't do well with no naps all day. I think next year will be the perfect year for them and I can't wait to take them
We went and got haircuts on our way to my moms, so by the time we got on the road, it was around 10:30. Connor fell asleep in the car on the way (thankfully!) and took about a 40 minute nap. I think this was our saving grace for our trip!
My sister, Katie, was so gracious in taking Isabella with her to the birthday party. Here are the pictures she posted on instagram of Aiden and Isabella Lynn. There are more pictures of Izzy because she went with my sister. Aiden stayed with my mom and Nana didn't take any photos of him, but he wasn't any less loved. Aiden and my mom went to the grocery store and played a lot!
We are so lucky they are so loved by my family and that they want to spend individual time with each of them.
And because this post isn't long enough already. Geesh. Here's a comparison photo from when we took Connor to Six Flags in 2010.