Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cousin Camp: Getting ready for KG's wedding!

With Brett and KG's wedding only a few months away, there was a lot of excitement among the family.  Emily and Ainsley were able to try on their flower girl dresses , which fit beautifully, and were able to twirl around in them together.  I'm so excited for them to be a part of this wedding and to get to experience it together.  I think they will always remember it as a very special time.

KG even got the girls personalized t-shirts that say, "I'm the Flowergirl!"  Isn't that fun?

We are very excited for this big event!

Cousin Camp: Sliding Rock

It looks like Emily was trying to warm up from her slide into the super-cold water.  Why does my son always act like a monkey when the camera comes out?

Chris tells me this is the waterfall from Last of the Mohicans.  Pretty isn't it?

Cousin Camp: Emily and Olivia at Sliding Rock

Cousin Camp: Carrowinds!

Wednesday is always Carrowinds day at Cousin Camp!  The girls have their map and they are ready to go!  This year, Ainsley and Emily navigated themselves around the park and had the map all day.  I stayed with them and they were pretty much non-stop all day.  At the magic 48" height, there are a lot more things you can do than just stay in Snoopy Land!

Woodstock Express!  The girls would ride the roller coaster then exit the ride and run to the entrance to do it again.  It wasn't unusual for them to ride their favorites 4-5 times before moving on to the next one.  What a day!  I heard a lot of "This is awesome!!!"

David scored a 48" bracelet at the measuring station even though he is slightly shorter than that.  He is a lot more cautious than his sister when it comes to roller coasters.  He rode a few of the small ones with his Daddy and enjoyed them but I'm not sure he'll ever be the one to ride the really scary rides.  They all still love the carousel.

Lia is so happy here because she got her favorite pink and white horse, Penelope.  Each horse has its name on the saddle.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cousin Camp: Sweet Aliyah

Cheryl arrived with Aliyah on Tuesday night.  As you can imagine, this baby got quite a lot of attention from my crew.  What a cutie!
She had coordinating flower headbands for every outfit.  Love it!

Emily is giving out cousin kisses.

Aliyah never lacked for cousin attention.  My Lia was so smitten with her and especially interested in all of her pink girl toys and sweet outfits.

Cousin Camp, Lazy Five Ranch

After the theater, we headed out to the Lazy Five Ranch!  We arrived too later for the last wagon ride but Pop Pop sweet talked the staff into providing one more wagon ride for us.
Annalies always looks after Lia.  I love them in these dresses together.

A little stinky in the barn!

Group shot:  Jed, David, Christopher, Olivia, Annalies, Lia, Charlotte, Ainsly, Pop Pop

Sweet baby goats.
 We have gone to the Lazy 5 Ranch in years past and I always notice that most of my pictures end up being of the backs of my children's heads as they feed the animals.  I tried this year to get them to turn around more!

This guy tried to grab Lia's bucket!

It is very exciting to be in a horse-drawn wagon!

Feeding the giraffes has to be the highlight every year.

My picture-taking is interrupting someone's meal.

There's a rhino back there.

Cousin Camp, Rapunzel

Tuesday morning's cousin camp event was a trip to Charlotte's Pease Auditorium to see Rapunzel.  Pop-Pop got us front row seats and we all enjoyed this really fun show. was a little scary for Lia but she had her Daddy's lap to crawl into when the witch and her henchmen made their appearance.


From the CPCC website:
"It's time to let your hair down, have a little fun," chimes the company in the opening number of this fresh, vivacious musical adaptation of a popular tale. Rene Shwartzbuckle sings to her husband, Walt, about her zany obsession for a turnip-like vegetable called "rapunzel." After spotting a delectable patch of the plant in Witch Izwitch's garden, Rene sends Walt to "borrow" some. The irritated witch has her malicious henchmen, the Glumpwarts, terrorize Walt. In fear, he promises to give his firstborn child to the witch in exchange for his own freedom. Your audiences are then taken many years ahead to visit the beautiful Shwartzbuckle child... Rapunzel. (Now you know where the name comes from!) It's our heroine's 18th birthday, and Witch Izwitch follows through with her promise and places poor Rapunzel alone in a tower. From here, an exuberant, amusing rescue attempt begins! Can Prince Llewellyn persevere over the powers of evil? Will the fresh, hysterical characters (such as the sages Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme) be able to help? And can Rapunzel convince the witch that it's okay to be unique? Filled with an abundant supply of delightful songs like "Just Because You're Different," "I'm a Nut" and, of course, "Let Your Hair Down," this show is zestful entertainment."