It’s not a weekend we’ll soon forget!
1. The weather wasn’t the greatest.
2. The boat ran out of gas while people were out on it.
3. We had our first trip to the ER with a kiddo.
While we still managed to have some fun, we most certainly could have ended the summer on a higher note!
It started off strong with a slow morning on Friday and then a stop at Costco before heading to the cottage. Emmy had been up since 5:30am so she was snuggling up to Matty.
And then they switched spots on the way out.
We stopped for a great outdoor lunch after Costco and then hit the road.
We were sure that Ems would pass out for most of the drive since she was up so early. Nope . . . just a 20 minute cat nap that ended with her crying for 10 minutes afterward. This girl HATES the car!
No one else was arriving until later Friday night so we took the girls on a boat ride after dinner. I snapped this adorable pic . . .
. . . and then something happened and the girls went absolutely bananas. They were wrestling, shoving, and jumping on one another. Matty says it’s because they have sweatshirts on and then their life jackets so they felt protected and invincible. It was bizarre and we literally could not get them to stop.
A brief pause for a picture before the wrestling started again.
Matty and Brian took the boat out one afternoon and ran out of gas. #oops
Perhaps it’s time to finally fix that broken gas gauge! Thank goodness for a crowded lake because they were able to find someone to tow them back.
Matty filled up the boat, and we went for a boat ride that was (thankfully!) wrestling free.
I set up a painting station for the kiddos, and Uncle Brian got in on the fun.
Brian turned 40 a few weeks ago, and we all chipped in to buy him a Yeti backpack cooler. The hat lives at the cottage and is from when Matt was in junior high!
Our cottage neighbors have two cats, and Lucy LOVES them!
Don’t be jealous of my cottage attire. That’s Matty’s prized Milorganite hat, and I was honored to wear it.
So I brought a dinosaur craft to make with the kiddos that was kind of a dud. Lucy redeemed it, though, by putting the googly eyes on her hands and cracking all of us up!
I tried to draw eyelashes but then realized I drew them upside down!
Emmy wanted to get in on the fun too.
Sunday was cool and cloudy so we headed to our favorite local farm/apple orchard.
The kiddos (minus Elle, who was sleeping in the car) had a great time riding the train . . .
. . . jumping from the straw bales . . .
. . . and going on pony rides.
And then things went terribly wrong. While Emmy was riding this barrel train, Matty took Lucy on a pony ride behind her. This time, though, she chose the big horse that was connected to the carousel as well. I was watching Ems, but happened to glance over just in time to see Lucy’s horse rear up on all fours and throw Lucy off! The only part of Lu that I could see were her feet going up into the air over her head!
Matty grabbed her out of the way while the horse continued to stomp for a few seconds. She was obviously terrified, but a quick first check made it seem like she was ok. But by the time I got her to the restroom here nose was bleeding and she had a big bump on her head. We know better than to mess with head injuries, so we took her to the ER to have her checked out. Lulu was so brave and did a great job. It was determined that we just needed to watch and wait over the next 24 hours to see if any severe symptoms developed. Thankfully, everything turned out ok!
She passed out on the drive home from the ER while holding her new favorite toy. #irony
Emmy passed out too! We had to take her to the ER with us because there wasn’t room for her carseat in Sarah and Brian’s car. She did a great job!
There was lots of snuggling when we got home. Emmy was very concerned about “Why that horse threw Lucy?”
Simultaneously keeping an eye on her big sister and the Bubble Guppies episode that they were watching.
After a night of fairly peaceful sleep for Lucy and no sleep for me, Lucy woke up and was her happy self in the morning. She did grab her helmet and put it on for breakfast all on her own. Better safe than sorry when eating oatmeal and peaches!
These kiddos LOVE golf cart rides!
And then since the weather wasn’t the greatest we decided to pack up and head home Monday evening instead of staying until Tuesday as originally planned.
We are so thankful that Lucy was ok. I think Matty and I are more traumatized than she is! Matty spoke to the manager of the apple orchard once we got back from the ER, and she said the horse hasn’t given them problems before and was most likely bitten by something to make it react that way. Whatever the reason, the Kissel family is officially done with horses forever.
Preschool doesn’t start for the girls until next week so we’re enjoying one more slow week before routines and slightly earlier bedtimes kick in.
Have a great weekend!