They flew in last Friday, and the family fun started right away with dinner that evening at my sister's house. Saturday we went geocaching. Sunday was fossil hunting at the fossil park. After the fossil park we went out for pizza and ice cream. Monday night my brother and sister-in-law had a date night, which they never get to do at home. So we took Sydney out to dinner, and then we went to the grocery store to pick up what we needed for her birthday party, and she picked out a birthday cake. Tuesday was birthday party day. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, had cake and ice cream, and opened presents. Wednesday my brother, sister-in-law, son, and Sydney, spent the day at Imagination Station, a hands-on science museum, and that evening my sister took Sydney to Build-A-Bear for her birthday. Thursday we met up with my cousin and his wife for lunch. After lunch my son and I took Sydney to the playground as a reward for being so patient as we grown-ups sat gabbing and laughing in the restaurant for almost 2 1/2 hours. That evening my cousin and his wife came to my house for a couple more hours of gabbing and laughing. Friday morning we all went out for breakfast. After breakfast Sydney and I spent some one-on-one time together. That evening we grilled out for dinner, and then went to the planetarium at the University of Toledo. Sydney is a total solar system junky. She can name all the planets and knows more about the solar system than any four year old should. It is her life.
It was a great time, and we jammed in just about all we could. It's a lot of work keeping an active four year old busy and entertained, but I think we managed to do it, and the visit was a complete success. She cried when it was time for them to leave (and she was not alone) and told me she wanted to stay with me forever. I love that sweet little girl and miss her already. We have made a date to Skype every Sunday, and I can't wait to see her and talk to her tomorrow. Until then, I will be napping. I'm pooped!