Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

August 1, 2017

Grandma Came!

Curtis and I have learned that when he goes to RUF staff training, we all enjoy it more when I have extra help while he's away!  So, my mom came bearing LOTS of gifts.  I'll give you some of the highlights of her trip.  The first day, she gave them goggles from my dad.  I think they look so funny with these on:

All the girls (minus Kate) decided to put on clay masks!  Ignore my weird expression.
 They loved to play with Grandma's phone.  I have decided that I will not download these games and apps that Grandma has so that they don't constantly ask me for my phone.  It's quite effective when we tell them it's something special just on Grandma's phone. :)
Grandma also (like Aunt Heather) had Snapchat!  These are so precious:

One of the lovely ladies at our church invited us over to her saltwater pool.  It was really special to me because a lot of my good friends were also there and got to meet my mom! 
It really was refreshing! I'm hoping we will be able to do this again before school starts.
The Tippecanoe County fair usually comes the week Curtis is gone.  I liked how Grandma and Kate had similar body language. 
 We liked seeing the animals!
 Anna got to pet a calf.
We played bocce ball.
We painted a little treasure chest (another gift from Grandma).
 The girls experienced their first japanese steakhouse!
They loved the volcano made just for them.
 We went to Tropicanoe Cove, our local waterpark.
 We found Anna's new (and very bright) backpack for Pre-K!
Kate got a "puppy purse" since she doesn't need a backpack.
 We went to a park before Grandma left.  It was a beautiful day!

Some of the other activities we did included attending a story time at the library, shopping at Aldi's and painting all of our nails.  When the girls went to bed, my mom and I watched chick flicks and had some good conversations.  It went by so fast!  We were very sad when Grandma had to go.  We were happy to have Daddy back though!

Pittsburgh for the 4th

We celebrated Independence Day in Pittsburgh this year with Curtis' mom, dad, and his youngest sister Heather.  Here we are in the Pittsburgh Zoo with this lovely giraffe who gave us quite a story to share (but not appropriate for this blog).  
Anna and Kate received lots of compliments on their matching dresses at the zoo.  (Thank you to Grandma and Grandad for them!)
In addition to the zoo, we also went to Jump Zone!  This was Anna and Kate's favorite place back in December when we last visited.  It was such a nice day that we had the whole place to ourselves.  Look how tiny Kate is compared to Batman!
We enjoyed some down time just hanging out at Grammy and Papa's house.  Aunt Heather introduced them to Snapchat:

They also baked delicious brownies together!
We went to this cool spaceship shaped toy store, where Grammy and Papa gifted our kids the fun game of Trouble, which we played later in the day.  They also gave them some special rings.  Kate chose this huge blue ring that she lost within the first day.  Thankfully, we found it after a lot of searching.  She is excellent at hiding things!
Anna chose a mood ring!  It was fun to determine what everyone's emotions were based on the color that the ring would change when they would wear it.
One of their favorite parts of the whole trip was definitely the sparklers!  Kate and Anna would talk about it every day for a couple of weeks after we left.
 We made lots of sweet memories with Grammy, Papa, and Aunt Heather.  If only Aunt Megan and Jonas could have been there also!
 One of our final outings was going to this special Dairy Queen together, a McDaniel family tradition.  I thought this picture of Grammy and Anna depicted it well!
You wouldn't know it, but Grammy has Stage IV metastasized breast cancer.  We were glad we had the opportunity to spend time with her before she started a new immunotherapy trial.  We're currently praying that God would use this as a way to heal her.