As the day ran out, we put the all but the very youngest girl in two bunk beds that had been placed in a little loft just above the living room/kitchen area. It took them quite a while to settle down, but eventually all but Heather were sound asleep.
I had warned Mark and Krista about Heather's habit of bursting into song just at the point when you thought she had fallen asleep, and asked if that was going to be a problem with their girls. As it turns out, the Corry girls are heavy heavy sleepers, so neither Mark nor Krista thought it would be a problem.
That was a good thing, because around about 10:00 or so, as we were chatting about who-knows-what, the air suddenly rang with the rousing sound of:
"Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-LMNOP!"
Mark & Krista (who had forgotten about my warning) each gave me an incredulous look and busted up laughing.
One of the more randomly hilarious moments of the trip.
(the other little girls slept through the whole thing, thankfully)
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The next morning, we drove to the KOA, where we rented the biggest bike they had and piled in for a hour of adventure.
At the direction and navigation of Mark, Kamree, Kirsten, and Eliza, we rode uphill and downhill, and off-road and on-road. We tried to get down to the lake, but were unsuccessful in our search for an entrance that was within our willingness to pedal. At times it was a real work-out, and at times it was more of a breeze, but for the whole hour it was a barrel of fun, fun enough that I think we Cantwells might need to make it an annual tradition of some sort.
After the ride, we feasted on ice cream and shakes, and eventually made our way down to the pool for swimming and fun. It was Heather's second time doing any real swimming (and her first time with her own flotation device) and she absolutely loved it all.
And when we were all tired out, and had enjoyed all the fun we could muster, we loaded up in our respective cars and made the trek home, exhausted, sunburned (just a little bit), but completely and utterly satisfied. Not bad for a 23-hour trip.