“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game:
it’s called an eraser.” -Arnold Palmer
On Friday morning we woke up with a grand plan to make the most of our final day with Kelly and the kids.We had two stops planned for the day.
Frontier Falls Mini Golf!
After being introduced to Frontier Falls a few weeks ago, when the boys were invited to a birthday party there, I knew we had to take the cousins when the came for a visit. After eight years of living in the area I had never heard of this hidden gem. It is a beautiful mini golf course located just 30 minutes away from us. This mini golf course is the prettiest I have ever seen. Located on the side of a hill, the course is beautifully landscaped with a large koi pond, waterfalls and bridges, and stunning gardens.
We packed a lunch for the day, plenty of cold water bottles (it was going to be a HOT day) and loaded Kelly’s car. The plan was for her to drive separately since her next stop on her vacation was her in-laws home, 2 hours south of us. She figured since she was halfway there by the time we hit our final stop of the day she might as well drive separately and just leave straight from there.
We arrived at Frontier Falls at noon, just as they opened their gates. We split the kids into two groups of 5 and they picked their clubs and golf ball colors.
In the first group of players there was Grace, Molly, Tyler, Ozzie and Lydia.
The second group consisted of Rusty, Nate, Sammy, and Noah, with Kelly and I as helpers.
Then it was time to begin. It took us a couple of hours to move our large group through the 18 holes.
The kids had a blast and everyone noticed an improvement in their golf game the longer we played.
By the end of the course the kids were hot and ready for a break so Kelly treated everyone to $1.00 snow cones at the snack hut. They hit the spot!
By this point the kids were all getting hungry and were ready for lunch so we loaded up and headed to our last stop of the day:
The Splash Pad!
When we arrived we had a picnic lunch and then set the kids loose to have fun in the water. Tyler and Ozzie were the only ones in the group who had been there before so it was a new experience for the majority. The kids LOVED it and were happy to get wet after our hot morning golfing.
The big kids helped with Kelly’s little boys and the “middles” took off playing.
It was nice to be able to get in some last-minute sister time while the kids were occupied and happy. We were able to sit and visit while watching the kids and not having to worry about water danger like we would have had we gone to the pool to cool off. It was perfect for the babies!
All too soon it was time to say good-bye. 😦
Kelly was off to her next stop and the next set of relatives to visit.
As hard as it was to say good-bye to my sister, we really couldn’t complain. We got a lot more time with her and the kids than we usually are able to. When Kelly comes down from Michigan to visit she has a lot of stops she must make so we were pretty lucky to get her for 3 days…
and we fit A LOT of memory making fun into our time together.
What a grand time it was!
The fun didn’t end there.
Then it was time for “Flick and Float.”
After saying our good-byes to the Kirks it was time to head back home, get Tyler dressed for football practice, and pack dry towels for our evening ahead.
A month ago I signed our family up for “Flick and Float,” a free activity offered at our pool three times during the summer in which they fill the pool with floats and have a movie playing poolside. The kids can float while they watch a movie under the stars.
We did it in July and they kids were eager to do it once more before summer ended.
So after an already VERY full day we headed to the pool. They were playing classic vintage cartoons for the “Flick.”
At 8:00, when football practice was over, Toby and Tyler joined us.
The water was cold but that didn’t deter my kiddos. The floated and splashed as the movie played.
Near the end of the night the staff brought out popcorn for everyone to enjoy.
It was a perfect way to end a fantastic summer day.