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The Rest of the Story - Ramblings and Photos
The Rest of the Story
Linking up with Hallie Westcott for 50mm Friday.
On Wednesday, I posted the photo on the left with the message, “It’s all fun and games…until somebody gets hurts.” Then, I left you hanging. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photographic record of the “getting hurt part,” but I do have a story.

So you all know by now that our niece came to visit us last weekend. Seven year olds have an endless amount of energy…so, we thought we better come prepared with plenty of activities. We started by hitting up Frankie’s Fun Park on Friday afternoon. I had a bunch of leftover fun passes (from two years ago) so we had plenty of time and money for any attraction or game she wanted to play.

I think we started with a few arcade games…with the intent to win as many tickets as possible so she could go home with a cute prize (which, she did). After about 20-30 minutes, we decided to try laser tag. For those of you who’ve experienced laser tag…it’s pretty fun, but probably not designed for seven year old girls and ladies like me who have to tote their camera bag with them everywhere (it looks like a purse…and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it in a room while we played – that just didn’t seem safe). All that in mind, neither one of us (me or Alyssa) got hurt playing laser tag. But wait…

At this point, the game is over and we’re all motioned to go back to the debrief room…take off our laser backpacks and leave. Easy enough…right? So, as we’re walking out of a dimly lit room, I turn around to check that Alyssa is behind me. I see that she is, so I turn back around and walk right into a huge metal sign!  How embarrassing! Who walks into a stationary object? Me!

Thing is…I remember each moment from the point of running into that sign. It went something like this:
  1. OMG – did I really just run into that metal sign? Where did it come from? 
  2. Actually, that kinda hurts (clearly in shock).
  3. My eyes start watering and I think I’m going to cry – I put my hand to my head and feel a small bump.
  4. “Do I have a bump on my forehead?” – I ask my husband. “Um…no, wait, turn…yes.”
  5. I feel dizzy, now I need to sit down. No seat…okay, I’m going to the restroom.
My husband and Alyssa were great though…he went to get me something to drink (blue slushy to be exact) and she rubbed my back and told me everything would be alright. Had it been just me and my husband, we probably would have gone home at this point…but we had Alyssa, so we decided to ride Go Carts.

Alyssa was old enough to ride two of the three Go Cart attractions. I was initially going to take a breather, but decided I should push ahead. Round 1 – my husband was going to ride with Alyssa in a double cart while I jumped in a single’s cart. I won…feeling a little better even with the growing goose egg on my head. Round 2 – we move to the Rookie Track. Alyssa is old enough and tall enough to drive her own cart…and let me tell you, she couldn’t have been more happy to be in the driver’s seat. One teeny tiny problem…the guy running the track told her how to push the gas pedal, but forgot to tell her how to use the brake pedal. So, when it was time to come in…I was first, she was behind me. That’s right…SLAM! As if the goose egg on my forehead wasn’t enough, now I had whip lash. I tell ya what, if we’re going to have kids of our own (and we fully plan to), I’m either going to need to start training for a marathon (ya know, to get my energy up) or start wearing a bubble suit.
Museum Alyssa and JeremyOn Saturday, we decided to do something a little less active – the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, downtown. Much like Frankie’s, I didn’t have a ton of light to work with inside the museum, but I was able to capture a few moments…like the one above. Alyssa couldn’t quite understand why she would want to grab the statues hand, but she went along with it.  Museum Collage 2Inside the museum, there were four levels to explore. We spent most of our time walking through like we were in some sort of race or competition…so much to see, so little time. We (my husband and I) might have to go back sometime so we can fully appreciate all that the museum (and surrounding museums) has to offer. Either way, we had a great time.
Have a great Friday!

    Oh my goodness! — Poor you!

    … sounds like you had fun the rest of the weekend, though! :)

    very, very funny. i mean, so sorry, Ashley. poor, Ashley. actually, I’m just so relieved to hear that someone else is in the “I run into stationary objects” club! great pics of that day, too.

    Oh no! Beautiful photos but sorry about the run in.

    oh no, hope your head feels better. i did something similar once with a low hanging tree branch. duh.

    Sounds like we might have even more in common as I am such a bruiser with Daisy. I swear I get injured so much just from being a mom and I don’t understand it!! Sounds like your face bump was a real doozy!! Sorry about that friend. I haven’t run into a wall or pole since my first day of first great when I ran smack into a parking sign and fell flat on my back…needless to say I wasn’t quite ready to go to schohol that day. lol. I LOVE seeing how your hubby dotes on his niece! Really, these pics are too sweet!

    Oh my! I thought fo’sho’you were going to show us how the goose egg looks?

    HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE………the more I learn about you the more you remind of my best friend Hannah who lives in Africa. That is totally something she would do and we would still be LAUGHing about it.

    It looks like you all had a great time. It was so kind of you to keep Alyssa all weekend. It is a time she will forever cherish. I know this because I remember so many times I spent with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins doing fun stuff when I would go spend a week with them over the summer.

    I know what you mean about the museum. MOSI is a museum in Tampa that is AWESOME, but I always feel like I am in a hurry to move from one activity to the next.

    Cute storys and nice pictures. Richard

    haha- oh man! I can just imagine you running into that pole! It makes me giggle, but I can only imagine how much that had to hurt!!

    what?? no selfie of the bump…sounds like fun was had by all, even with the injuries…my youngest broke my nose when she was two.. and it was juswt a rowdy tickle game.

    i’d liek to demand a picture of your goose egg! ha. poor thing.

    Oh no! I’m the same way :P Your niece is super cute as always, & what a cool museum, how fun! xo Joanna

    Oh goodness… you poor thing!!! I hope you are ok and feeling better.

    Warning for kids… when they get upset they like to arch and throw their heads back…. make sure your nose isn’t in the way. I suffered many eye watering injuries inflicted by the back of a child’s head.

    Your niece must have had such a wonderful time! your photos are fab! sorry about the bump(s)!

    Alyssa rocks! I’m a fan. As for you, any consolation, I’ve run into stuff before-it happens. Hope you’re feeling better. I guess this means no selfies this week? Bubble suit…shop now.

    Looks like great fun!

    Oh. So sorry about the bump on the head. I hate when those things happen. I always want to bury my head in a hole and pretend it didn’t happen. Glad you had a good time!


    So glad you’re better Ash!

    Looks like it was a great time after all.

    Oh Ashley so sorry are you ok? Did you really hurt your neck? Is your head better?

    I am glad ypu had fun with your niece. Love the shots.

    Oh I am sorry you were hurt but you’re better now right?

    Who runs into a metal pole? Seriously, I work at a library where the apparent design aesthetic was to have metal columns throughout. WHY?! Problem is that it wasn’t planned for all of the desks. There are at least two poles that are in really strange places and yes, I have run into them repeatedly. At work. In front of a million patrons. Did you know that metal poles/columns in a huge open library ECHO when your head slams into them!? LOL

    Oh…I would do that…and so would Sam, so you just might pass that gracefulness along to your 1st born. :)

    Love the collage!

    Oh no! I am actually notorious for running into things. I think my boyfriend just holds my hand when we walk to pull me out of the way of stationary objects!

    The pictures are wonderful though, and it sounds like your niece had a great time!

    oh! sorry about your head! Sounds like you guys had such a fun and wonderful time!

    Lovely photo memories of the weekend but I hope your injuries are well mended now. I’ve had the same thing happen to me a few years ago with a car like that.

    museums are exhausting with kids!!

    ps – I hope your head is better! and I totally do that ALL THE TIME!

    LOL!!! HAHAHAHA.. I am certainly not laughing at your running into stationary objects…but that I would prob do the same exact thing. HAHAHAH!!! Oh, I know that had to hurt girlfriend. Sorry you were in pain. But good for you pushing through for the sake of that adorable niece of yours!!! Love the hubs rainbows btw. :) Sounds like a good weekend to me, minus the metal sign. Dang signs!!!

    Goodness, girl! LOL – sounds like the bubble suit might be a better choice. ;) So sorry you had to endure the rest of your afternoon with a big goose egg and whip lash. But it sounds like Alyssa had a great time. :)

    I hope your weekend is a little less painful. You’re such a good sport… training you for when you have kids. ;)

    Oh, I have done something similar walking into a parking meter … photography has its risks! LOL!

    Great story. I am glad you alright (well, not your ego.)

    Oh my goodness- I’m glad you are okay enough to have a good outlook on the whole thing. I’m sure you were seeing stars for a while! ouch! Looks like the rest of the day was enjoyable!

    Sorry for your mishap! Ouch! But glad you got some wonderful photos to share!

    OUCH! Hope you’re ok, the photos look wonderful though!

    Totally sounds like something I would do. lol. Hope it heals quickly. Sounds like you are quite the awesome aunt. Maybe I can send my kids your way and you can entertain them too? :)

    I hate to admit it, but I run into stationary objects all the time!

    If you need more practice with kids, feel free to come entertain mine for a day! Usually they’re the ones who end up with bumps and bruises though. :)

    Ouch! But it does sound like you gave your niece a good time.

    oh, no, hope you ok, but it looks like your niece had a great weekend :)

    hugs – glad you are OK! great shots! have a blessed weekend!

    Oh man, I have run into many signs in my life, and trees, and poles, and walls. Too bad at the lack of photographic evidence, but at least it was fun, right?

    Yep. Kids are painful! Just got to learn to embrace the bruises. Hope you are healing fine!

    Looks like it was a great time even if you did get a bump on the head.

    Ack! Hope you have recovered from your bump/whiplash experience! Running into things and getting wiplash is definitely a good analogy for parenthood. :)

    Love the pic of your husband having a moment with the statue! Ha! And your niece is adorable!

    Is it rude for me to laugh at your pain? ;) My best friend is famous for walking into things and cool stuff like that. My favorite was when we were at work one day and she bent down to pick something up and seriously face-planted into a translucent shelf. No joke. She laughed too… I promise I am not just mean.

    So glad you had fun with your niece! Enjoy those times now! We used to be the coolest aunt and uncle ever… I know this because the kids thell us all the time now and stress the USED TO. Having your own changes things, but they will always be our special pals too.

    Oh boy, sounds like a full weekend. What a good aunt you are, pushing through the pain in the name of fun :)

    I used to go to museums all the time as a kid, I love it!

    Sorry you got hurt, but your story made me chuckle. Sounds like you all had a great time together!

    BTW, the print you sent me came today! I love getting happy mail! Thank you!

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, glad you stuck it out. Lovely photos of your niece.

    Oh dear, lol. My hubby almost knocked himself out in laser tag once and split his knee open…we haven’t been back for a while!!
    Looks like you had a great weekend with your niece :)

    Aw, I hope your head gets better soon! I walk into walls and other such obviously invisible objects all the time… Uh, I mean, occasionally. (; Somehow, I have managed to get hurt from Go Carts, because I always get the messed up ones, so mine either burn my legs or hurt me emotionally because the Go Cart is too slow and everyone laps me. :P

    Oh dear. Hope you are on the mend. Great photo story though of what looks like a fun day out!

    Oh man. Yes parenting is dangerous. Just yesterday I was moving Dustyn four wheeler and sprained my pinky toe pretty bad. I couldn’t walk for a while and now it is all bruise. OUCH! Cute photos. Looks like you all had fun and you didn’t get hurt too badly.

    bless your heart. sounds like an overall fun time though, right?? great shots.

    She is so funny mimicking the sunflower. It made me smile. xxx

    Oh my goodness, I am just glad you are okay!!

    LOL! That sounds exactly like something I would do (running into a stationary object, that is). Glad you survived Alyssa, though! Looks like a fun time nonetheless!

    Sounds like a great time!! Man the sign thing sounds like something I would do, I run into stuff all the time…walls, doors, tables, you name it and I always have bruises. Hope you are recovered now!!

    I have a 4 year old and a soon to be 7 year old, so I hear you about the bubble suit and training for a marathon! Motherhood is the toughest, most exhausting thing I’ve ever done, but I love it and wouldn’t trade my life for anything. Your story had me in stitches and I hope your wounds are healing and you’re recovering from what sounds like a fun, but wild week.

    Ouch!!! Poor you – hope everything is well again!!

    Oh my goodness, I hope you feel much better today! At least you are finding out now…:) Parenting takes a toll on your body, lol, I have so bruises, head bumps, scratches, you name it! At least they are worth it :)

    Sounds like you had fun with your niece despite the head injury :)

    Oh, no!! I’m sorry!! :( (ok… now….) hehehe!! Oh, you poor thing! That sounds like a total me thing! So I can totally sympathize! Hope you’re feeling better by now!

    Despite your injuries, sure seems like you all managed to have fun and capture some wonderful memories!