The very next morning she made all of Isabella's dreams come true and put together a lemonade stand with some of the neighborhood girls. It was too hot to stay out there much more than hour, but in that hour, I think we made $12! And the kids truly scored in the "looking cute while gobbling cookies and chugging lemonade" department.
It's a bit of a blur to me what we did between Day 1 and Day 4 or 5 when Will arrived (probably because many nights we stayed up practically all night watching Downton Abbey). I know there was swimming, lots of running around in their fun backyard, getting Uncle Christian settled in his new dorm, throwing a "Ready to Pop" baby shower for Em's sister-in-law, Ashley, and even a bit of shopping without the kiddos! :) We stayed busy, that's for sure!
When Will arrived one of the first things he did was take Liam and Isabella to hike Y mountain. I suppose Juliette and I should've gone, but I was being a wimp. Again, watching Downton Abbey in the wee hours really can zap you. I don't know what it was, but I really didn't want to go! I do regret it, though. I should've been on that little adventure. They had a wonderful time and for the rest of the trip they couldn't stop pointing at the Y and marveling that they climbed that high.
Here's some mild evidence of what fun the cousins had together running circles and jumping off anything and everything:
And I must mention that we are all pretty huge Annabelle fans! Juliette can't stop jabbering about "awerplanes" and "ammabelle," and Isabella pretty much dissolves into tears if you even mention Annabelle's name. Annabelle is so darling and smart and beautiful and brave. I keep telling Emma that there should be a children's book series called, "Annabelle." Kind of like the Madeleine books or the Fancy Nancy books... she's got so much personality!