We got Rachel a cute little outfit. LOL She's still tired. She wasn't quite awake when we started throwing gifts at her. See the balloons down the banister? Chuck and I got up at the crack of dawn (literally) to blow them up and decorate. We also hung up a big Happy Birthday sign.
We blindfolded her and told her the next birthday present was outside. Then on the count of 3 we had her remove her blindfold and we all pelted her with Silly String. It was fun until we had to stop and clean up the mess.
We also got her a cake decorating class enrollment. She has been wanting to take one since watching Ace of Cakes.
After breakfast we headed to my parents' house and then to Village Creek State Park which is around the block from their house. But this is a county block so it was probably 2 miles or so.
Once we parked we had to walk 1.1 miles to the swimming area. Carrying all of our picnic supplies. In crocs. Through the sand. Up and down ravines. Mosquitoes. 90 degrees.
The hike actually wasn't too bad. But you would have thought we were on the Bataan Death March with the complaining from folks we met along the trail.
The creek still has some debris from hurricane Ike last year.
Charlie with his cousins Katelynn and Connor.
Rachel and cousins enjoying the cool water on a hot day.
Getting even with Charlie.
Found a bunch of freshwater clams.
We had West Texas Style BBQ (the best BBQ I have ever had!); baked chips; lots of watermelon. Yeah, Chuck carried half of a watermelon in a cooler.
We got back to our house kind of late. I had told Rachel that I was going to cook dinner but we surprised her with Domino's. She has been wanting to try one of those pasta bowls served in bread for a while. It's not something that we usually have on the menu but it's her birthday. WOW, those are good.