A Weekend in Coeur d’Alene

Story told by: Lainey

Sam, Darcee, and Oliver moved to Montana a few months ago. We have really missed them, so we jumped at the chance to meet them in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho this weekend. (It’s somewhat of a halfway point for us.)

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We got on the road early on Saturday morning.

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Mommy and Daddy had their coffee.

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And I had my stuffed animals. We were ready to go.

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We got there first, so we spent some time running around the park. As usual, I helped to entertain my brother.

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The Coeur d’Alene Street Fair was happening this weekend, so as soon as the Stricklers arrived, we grabbed some delicious food!

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Ollie got a nice ride on his daddy’s shoulders.

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Ollie really enjoyed the fries. He’s a man after my own heart.

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After lunch, we went to spend some time on the awesome playground.

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Then we checked out the kids part of the fair. I was thrilled about going in this castle!

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They helped me make this flower in the castle. Isn’t it beautiful?!

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Then I met one of the princesses. I was really excited until I saw that she had a strange animal in her hand.

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We also walked through the vendors for awhile. It was 104 degrees, though, so we only lasted for a few hours.

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We went back to the hotel so everyone could take naps. Ollie and I decided that we weren’t too interested in naps, so Mommy and Darcee took us to the pool (while Henry and Daddy napped).

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We spent an hour swimming, but the fun ended when someone pooped in the pool (it definitely wasn’t us).

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We quickly showered and headed to dinner. Red Robin!!!

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I am so happy that we’re spending the weekend with Ollie. I really miss him!

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After dinner, everyone went to bed while Mommy and Darcee went out for a fun girls’ night. They could have sat there and talked all night, but the yogurt shop needed to close. Darn.

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When Mommy arrived back at the hotel, we were all asleep. I woke up at 2:30 a.m., and decided that I was ready to be up. I just didn’t want to waste time sleeping. I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. (I NEVER do this. It was just excitement from the trip.) Henry woke up at 5:30 a.m. This picture captures our morning…me watching as much TV as I wanted, while Henry took his first nap of the day and Mommy and Daddy downed cups of coffee.

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After sufficient coffee had been consumed, we checked out of the hotel and headed down to Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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It was another day in the triple digits, so the lake felt great!

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While we played in the water, Henry played with his toys.

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After awhile, though, he was just begging to go in the water, so Mommy took him in.

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Swimming makes me hungry!

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I tried out my swim ring for the first time, and I loved it. I didn’t even need Daddy holding on to me. I just kicked all over the lake.

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The heat wore Henry out, so he easily fell asleep!

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We all ate lunch on the beach, and then we played for another hour.

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Mommy taught me how to make sand castles. That was really fun!

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I kept poking holes in the sand castle and identifying each hole as a different princess. I wasn’t exactly thrilled when the water destroyed my sand castle, but Mommy and I built many more.

We had such an incredible weekend! I miss seeing Ollie, but we have plans to see them again at the end of October. I’m counting the days!

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