Monday, August 03, 2009

zippidy do da...

This weekend, actually Friday night to Saturday to be more precise, we took a whirlwind trip to Maryland to spend some quality (but unfortunately low on quantity) with friends and family.

Saturday was a nonstop day, we were at my sister in laws at 8:30 am and headed home about 12 hours later!

One of the highlights of the day involved this....

And then this....
Then a blur that was very hard to photograh....
Finally, this!
Do you think that she had a good time?!
Matt's sister and brother in law recently installed a zip line in their backyard. It ran from tree to tree and there was a tire on the line that stopped the line so you wouldn't hit the tree. Ella would zoom down the line, hit the tire, swing forward and then bounce back the other way. Every time she did it, it took all my control not to stand in front of the tree in case she let go. She did it, oh...maybe 20 times, and I swear, each time I controlled the urge to throw myself in front of the tree (I did suggest some rigging a gym mat of some sort up there), but I still yelled, "hold on Ella, hold on!"
Matt tried it too...
There he is, trying not to scream (successful or not...I'll never tell!) as we swings towards the tree!
Even this little cutie hopped on for a ride!
I did stand in front of the tree when Catherine went down because she was a bit nervous. The first time her Uncle Steve ran next to her and had his hand on her back making her feel safe. It was so adorable, she came towards me with her eyes squeezed shut! Second time down, she was by herself, coming towards me saying "Mommy I want to get off!"
There are no pictures to prove it, but I went for a few rides as well (I assure you I was completely graceful and composed!). Each time I had a hard time convincing myself that my momentum wouldn't swing me into the tree. I think I might have screamed the first time down (ok, I definitely did, which is pathetic considering the zip lines and swings from 30 feet up that I had to do at YL camps...I'll say it was a scream of exhilaration and not one of "oh crap, that tire will not stop me from smashing into that treeeeeee!!). My mother in law even tried it out as well!
None of us enjoyed it as much as Ella. She would stand on the picnic table and bounce a few times, hoping to pick up extra speed. If no one was waiting for a turn when she got back to the starting point, she'd just go again. And again. And again!
As much as we all loved the zip line, the real high light of our quick trip was this...
Hayden is missing from the picture, but I'm glad at least got ashot of the three girls (and me). When we pulled up to their house Sophia met us outside in her nightgown. She went right up to the girls and told them how much she missed them! Even though Hayden doesn't always want to play house and dress up with them, all four of them really enjoy playing together and just have a blast. I am hoping that Sophia comes up to stay for a few days at the end of the month!
Even though it was a short visit it was worth it!

8 comments:

Happy said...

Now how come every time you do something wild n crazy (slip n slide/zip line) there are no pictures to prove it??? :)

Love the picture of you and the girls. You all look so pretty!

I've never been on a zip line, but they sure must go fast if everyone was screaming and closing their eyes and such! Sounds cool to me!

Except for the smashing into a tree part, of course. Glad no one had that happen and I would so be standing in front of the tree to protect my young!

You're girls are so brave to try it! And Matt, too! :)

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

What a fun day! Cousins and flying, can it get better than that?? Glad you had such a wonderful weekend. Sometime when you are in MD for longer we should get our crews together!

Crafty P said...

sounds like a fabulously busy and fun day! love the last picture. so sweet!

Teri said...

looks like a great time :)

Megan said...

Ok, I may have misrepresented things a bit....the screaming was not really due to the speed but out of fear that you were going to hit the tree (especially when you were coming towards it backwards!). But it was definitely safe as long as you held onto the rope!

I wish Matt took pictures of me on the zip line, I could have posted them and you all would have forgotten about the slip n slide. But now I'm stuck feeling like I need to post pictures of me on the slip n slide (in a bathing suit, superman style, slidding down a hill...shudder!)!

Crystal, that would be fun - I feel bad that we haven't been down much this year, so I hope to be making a visit in the fall!

Courtney said...

That looks so fun!! I'm jealous!

stella g. said...

this makes me excited to have kids. because, really, would you have had as much fun if Ella wasn't there to share her excitement?? you all look so happy. this is what summers are made for.

renee said...

really cute pics megs! love the one of you and the kids. what a fun idea to put a zip line in their backyard!!

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