They had to wait till the end of November but the day finally arrived and we headed out on the kids first airplane trip since leaving New Hampshire 7 years ago. Their first airport experience was a 3 hour delay in Boise, but we finally made it to California. Kate and Emily got to stay with Grandma and thought they were the lucky ones.
We did lots of fun stuff on the trip but we forgot the real camera, so these are all phone pics. They got to see their California cousins and loved hanging out, running a 5K, making smores cookies, playing in the black tunnel, tether ball, and four wheeling.
We had to send this Flamingo picture to the little girls back home.
The panda mom and baby were so incredible. The baby was way up in the tree. I wished I could stay and watch how she would get down.
|The Medical Facilities|
|This plaque says "If you have not brushed and flossed your teeth do so now." We wanted one for our boys bathroom.|
Andrew didn't love the Midway because of its lack of wildlife and the pressure to complete a work sheet intended for kids to fill out and get a prize. That unfortunately lead to a little drama but the rest of us managed to enjoy the tour in spite of his tantrum. I really loved it and loved the view and sunshine from the deck.
It was a cold wet ride back to the hotel.
We also visited:
The Safari Park with two of Greg's sisters and their families. The kids loved being with cousins and seeing the elephant show. The tram ride was amazing and we got to see matting rhinos in action ( that was a funny conversation).
The Mormon Battalion Museum was really well done. The video presentation was creative and the kids loved panning for gold in the rain.
The Gas Lamp District was pretty lame since we are not into shopping, but a little Ghirardelli ice cream made it totally worth it.
The kids loved being with cousins and seeing the amazing sites a city has to offer. I don't know what their favorite part was - it might have been as simple as having soda on the airplane (at least for Mack that was a highlight of the trip). I loved getting to spend time with just my big kids. People made tons of comments about how many kids we had - we didn't bother telling them we left two at home. We all had a blast and now the kids are dreaming of next time.