splishin and a splashin

One of the activities on MDW that falls under the "must do" category is hit up Dutch Wonderland's water park, Duke's Lagoon. It opened for the summer this past weekend and it is quite possibly our favorite thing about DW. Until the crowds descend that is. We arrived first thing (before those alleged fun sucking crowds) and pretty much enjoyed the full run of the place. The kids went on slide after slide after slide, big and small and every color of the rainbow. And I carried around Dom in his adorable sunhat and kissed his perfectly large cheeks. And maybe took a bite or two out of them.

As usual our neighbors met us there and our children fled to the far four corners of the water park. Nothing is quite as fun to them as the arrival of their Fitzs. If I could only harness the power of their energy and use it for good just imagine all I could accomplish! Oh and Dom let Aunt Steph hold him for all of a minute or two! He really should get over that permanently and just get used to her because she is wonderful and going absolutely nowhere.

The crowds took over at that point and as pass season holder snobs we decided we were above the wait and left to our air conditioned vans. Oh! And later on that day Matt and I attended a neighborhood party that was reminiscent of college days. Or so I hear, had I gone to a school where there were actual parties. With beer. Or kegs. But at this party! There were really amazing fireworks! We popped back home and took my sister and the kids outside to watch them. Nothing says summer to me like fireworks, am I right?

I need a fireworks watching calendar. Now.