It started well . . . .

So we went to this awesome water park on Friday -- trying to squeeze those last drops of fun out of the summer before school starts on Tuesday. And we really had just the most excellent time -- me and my girl urchins and Coleen and her girl urchins. There were slides and pools and a faux lazy river. What could be better?

Coleen and her oldest girl, Jolie Blonde.

We stuffed ourselves silly with ice cream, funnel cake, chili dogs, popcorn chicken, and more ice cream. Some of us just ate ice cream. Now, that's good parenting!

Our friends, Sam and Sylvia, joined us for part of the day -- and a visit with Sam and Sylvia makes any day a little bit sunnier.

Check out Sylvia on the lazy river!

And the best news is -- once again I can be nominated for Bad Mother of the Year! This took some doing, let me tell you. Just because my oldest girl slipped and fell didn't automatically guarantee me a nomination. I also had to ignore her occasional muttering about how her wrist really kind of hurt, plus I had to badger her into taking pictures with her bum wrist, too. It takes a lot of work if you want that Bad Mother nomination, but I have always been dedicated to excellence.

Some people might have rested on their laurels at this point, but I really impressed the judges by letting her go to the high school football game that night, instead of taking her to an urgent care facility to get her wrist x-rayed. Hey! It was the first game of the season!

So you can just imagine how proud I was at 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning, when the Emergency Room doctor gave us the fabulous news -- yes! Her wrist is, in fact, broken. I'm so happy I could cry.