Monday, July 14, 2008

You wanna come to my house?

Hey! It's the BEST time of the year to visit Spokane! Why don't you come visit us?


Really? You're going to come?! We are going to have SO MUCH FUN! This is what we're going to do:

Day One:
I'm going to take you to this cute little park in our town. You won't want to drive after your travels and it's only a mile away. Plus, if your kids get thirsty, they can just drink the recycled water from the fun water apparatus they have there:

After a nice long nap, in the evening we'll head up to Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene.

It's our favorite hike. It's an easy 45 minutes, even with 3 year olds, holding hands:

or we'll just stop a third of the way and let the kids "play" in the water. I'm sure they won't dive in and completely soak their NON-swimming shorts.

And, duh! we would NEVER leave C d'A without a stop at Gooey's for the Famous Sundaes As Big As Your Head. Here's Seth finishing his:



Day Two
We'll pack a picnic (even though that's my LEAST favorite thing to do) and head out to Manito Park. We'll have to walk around the whole thing, because we don't want to miss:

the serene Japanese gardens (serene until we arrive with our boatload of kids)


the Rose Garden (where after you tell your kids to find the best smelling and prettiest rose, you'll have to drag even the boys away):

the perfectly symetrical English gardens. Watch out, though, your two year old might slip in the fountain and cry for 20 minutes about it. (Apparently, when you hang out with me, kids get wetter than necessary).


We'll end the outing, having our picnic at the kids playground. If you look super-smart and articulate, you might end up on the news (see post below).

Day Three
I hope you're up for more outings. We've got lots more to do! Today we'll take you to Riverfront Park.

If you are a cute 20 year old, you might have a "special" boy stalk you through the movie theater, no matter how many times you change seats, while the rest off us watch the IMAX.

If you're under 10, you'll love the barf-inducing carnie rides:

If you're alive, you'll love the 100 year old Carousel:


Day Four
Today we'll beg Ryan's uncle Doug to let us come hang out at his resort/pool. We'll bring our own treats, so as not to impose, but aunt Marcie will probably come out with a pile of her own to share.

We'll be sick of all of our kids by now, so Ryan will generously volunteer to watch all of them so that we can have a night out. If you actually keep your eyes open in one of the pictures (Bekah), we'll put that one on the blog. If not, you have to have the one with your eyes shut.

Day Five
We'll probably cancel our plans to pick strawberries (do you want to load up your kids again??) and decide to drive to a close park with my favorite Sourdough sandwiches and sit there for hours while our kids ride on the now-illegal-but-most-fun park equipment.

Doesn't that sound like fun??

And we haven't even talked about food. I'll cook you my Easy Chicken Bake for Sunday dinner, the yummy Cafe Rio Knock-off Salad, and some No-Bake Cheesecake. If you love mongolian BBQ, like my sister Bekah, we'll take you to Hu-Hot for some yummy noodles and stuff.

We promise, if you come, you'll leave exhausted, entertained, fattened-up and parked-out.

See you soon!

32 comments:

HILLARY said...

I am sooo there. I'll be there tomorrow!

Lorena said...

Sign me up...I especially love the night that Ryan gets all of the kids...can I just come for that one?

Did you get a picture of Bekah's stalker? Then we can discuss if he's worth her while.

Is the cute-blond-who-has-had-5-kids-but-you-can't-tell-by-her-model-body going to be there? She's nice to hang around with, even though she left me in the middle of the friggin' desert.

Oh, wait, I get to see her on Friday...you are going to sneak down, too, right? You can be our cruise director.

Hazen5 said...

Can I make my reservation Now? I want that Sundae that is bigger than a child!!! Yum! You'd make a great cruise director.

Natalie said...

Sounds like a little bit of heaven. I'm on the next flight out! I'll call when I arrive and trust me, i will be hungry. Please have all of that food prepared at the time of my arrival. Thanks!

Jeanelle said...

Bekah looks like she's making a wish and ready to blow out some candles. Cute!

Paige said...

I totally want to come. Where's the nap time?? I need nap time. And I need you to teach my kids how to do chores better. How much does it cost in August to fly there? I'm free and bored in August. I'm serious. How much?

Bekah said...

Oh, what fun that was!

Thanks so much for having us and mentioning all my embarrassing moments! I had forgotten about them, but am so happy everyone knows about them now. I really didn't think they were apart of you're great post, but appreciate you giving WAY more attention than I like. You've always been such a sweet sister!

Happy early 34th Birthday! I love you!

Nancy said...

I love the picture of Seth with the sundae. I'm still laughing about it! I want to come and play... looks like way more fun than Utah!

Celia Fae said...

Happy 34th birthday when? Don't hold out on us.

Sounds dreamy there. I can't wait to see pictures of all the little Wycoffs running you two ragged. Tee hee.

Kristin said...

I'm in, sounds like a great time. Your little belly looks so cute.

Adrianne said...

If Paige comes in August I may have to empty my savings to be there too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Christie said...

I think you do more in a week than I do in a year. I'm totally coming. Although, come to think of it, my kids seem to puke on any vacations we take them on lately. You up for that?

♥Shally said...

You do so many fun things with your kids--and being pregnant!

When I am pregnant it is a good day if I can get out to get the mail.

andrea said...

interestingly, we've been on the hunt for things to do in the spokane area. i'll be forwarding this entry to my husband.

you make a fine concierge.

Kimberly said...

Yes. I do want to come to your house. And then will you come to my house and find all of the fun things to do here as well?

Elizabeth Caldwell said...

I wanna come to your house!

oh wait... I already live here in town... and I remeber when the rings were steel at the carosel... hurt like crazy when you *almost* got one... and that dang clown didnt exist....

We love to go to CDA for soup and salad but I have never yet ordered one of those sundaes... but if I am with you I would be required to right?

you missed a visit to the Campbell house... or maybe that was an intentional skip? And no Mobius?

Ilene said...

For fun in Boise people go fish the local man-made ponds.

You want to come visit me?

I'm still hoping we can get up there some time this summer. Dan's sister cancelled her visit and so our plans to visit have been postponed. I need a Girls Night at Gooeys. I'm going to order two sundaes.

Laurie said...

Yes. I really want the sundae. Plus, I want to see you. I think I'd pass on the hike right now (in another 3 weeks I'll be hiking like crazy trying to get this kid OUT).

You look great!

Bridget said...

That all looks fun. Although you could have stopped at the ice cream and I'd still be sold.

The Parkers said...

Ooh, we'll be right over. I think it's only a 5 or 6 day drive. :)

Meg said...

So fun! Great post.

Carie said...

I will get there eventually . . .

mandy* said...

What??? Cafe Rio Knock Off Salad???!?? I'm making it tonight!

Lauren said...

Poor Aunt Bekah! I am sure it was no fun having to switch seats at the IMAX like that...yipe!

You look so, so, so, great. I really mean that :) (I had someone tell me recently that I , "sugar-coat" things. um. ouch.) I just wanted to say that my compliments are 100% sincere.

I love reading your posts...great job...I need to go update my blog because we have been back from family vacation for over a week and I still haven't posted anything. I would like to say it is because I am trying to build suspense but...in all honesty I am still pooped from vacation.

Abbie said...

Do you realize how cruel this post is? I want to cry. Maybe you should meet us half way in Utah the first week of August.

Hollyween said...

You KNOW I want to come.
That seriously sounds like so much fun! My dad had a waterpark thingy like that by his house. Why is there nothing like that by ME??

The Newell Clan said...

So glad we were part of your grand tour for one day, the Post Falls park was pretty fun and relaxing. Well except for my child jumping off the cliffs and trying to reach the waterfall...

Holly said...

I'm booking my flight now--just to play on illegal-but-oh-so-fun park equipment. And eat a sundae as big as my head.

Stacy said...

Just reading your post makes me want to come back...I'm sure Seth would love nothing more than to sleep on your closet floor indefinitely. You were so great about opening your ENTIRE home to us and making the trip so much fun. I can only aspire to be such a wonderful hostess when Dane and Lorena come.
p.s. Did you get a new vacuum yet?? I promise, I did NOT break your old one. Tell Ryan.

Melinda said...

Those gardens look like so much fun! I'm sure Ben would have the time of his life with your kids!

TexasTwinsTwice said...

SO FUN--You live in a beautiful part of the world! My next door neighbor has a vacation home up in Coeur d'Alene--lucky!

Meghann said...

Wow, you guys took full advantage of every single day.

I wouldn't expect anything less from the Romney family.