Just before school let out we started finalizing the girls' summer plans. We had to wait on a few school camp details before we could figure out what was happening when. Aunt Mary talked about having the girls come down to her house for a few days when we saw her during the band's St. Louis trip.
There were only a few weeks when the girls were available. We were sitting on the couch talking about the summer schedule when I said to Daddy, "You know, the girls could go down this weekend and stay for a few days."
Aunt Mary jumped on the idea. We decided to meet at Ott's for one final family meal before the original owner retired. We sat at the counter (truly the best place to sit) and when we finished lunch, the girls got into Aunt Mary's new car and took off with Uncle Terry driving.
By the time Daddy met them all in Springfield for the return hand-off, the girls had been spoiled, spoiled, spoiled by Aunt Mary and Uncle Terry. They went to Six Flags, ice skating, the movies and shopping. In true form, the girls wore their Chicago Blackhawks t-shirts while ice skating. They couldn't resist the opportunity to troll St. Louis Blues fans. They had eaten way more fun foods than anyone would admit. They couldn't stop talking about the cats. They had a wonderful time.
I don't know what the rest of the summer will bring, but visiting Aunt Mary and Uncle Terry will be a highlight. They are already talking about next year's adventure.