Holy shikes, I totally forgot to tell you about Olivia's 10th birthday... at the beginning of September! Jesus. I am not kidding, I feel like I'm losing it, lambs.
So this year for Olivia's birthday I really didn't have much money. I barely had enough to get her a gift (a shirt, a cool water bottle for school, a book, and some neon pens) but I certainly couldn't afford to give her a "party". Which, we kind of ended the big parties on their 6th birthday because I just can't afford it. Instead, I try to plan a fun family day with them. Way back in June I bought a Groupon for Minnesota Children's Museum in the Twin Cities, buy one/get one. So for $20 I got all of us in.
Turns out, that place kind of sucks. It reminded me a lot of the Children's Museum where we live and it's all just super boring and shitty. I called the desk BEFORE I bought the Groupon, explained I had a 7 and would be 10 year old and if there was enough for them to do/see. She assured me that oh yes, they have a TON of exhibits and over half are geared towards their age. Um, no. There was one exhibit they liked and that was where they could take a bike tire off. We were in and out of the place in a half hour. Total bust but thank god I didn't pay more to get in.
After that, we went and had some lunch and drove to where my brother lives with his wife and daughter. We haven't seen them much and it's a big to-do for us to drive down there (a little over 2 hours away from us) so I thought it'd be nice to see them for Olivia's birthday, see his new place, and swim at the pool that's in their townhouse complex. We get there and decide that we'll take the kids swimming first because it was looking like it might rain and I have been talking this up for weeks since again, I couldn't afford the water park, so I was not letting them leave without going into a pool.