Friday, April 20, 2012

The last of the trip update...this may be long!

Tuesday the men went golfing and us girls took the kids to the San Antonio Zoo. It is ranked 5th in the states. This was the only picture of all four kids together and I realized I didn't take that many pictures while we were there! oops
That night for dinner we went to a Bar-BQ place that ended up having live entertainment on Tuesday nights, score! Peanut loved dancing to it and get a few people to dance with her :)

Since this was the last night with my Aunt Ellen and Uncle Roger we had to get a picture with them!

Wednesday morning we got up and started our trip back home. We stopped in Georgetown, Tx to go in the caves. That was pretty cool, the kids loved it. Just a few pictures from there...
 We got to touch only this section...
 group shot minus Jeff
 There was water running down that thing behind the kids it was really cool. The water was super clear! After the caves we drove to Oklahoma where we spent the night. Thursday we drove to Branson, Mo getting us there around 3pm so we had some time to explore and relax. For dinner that night we went to The Hard Luck Diner where the waiters and waitresses sing to you. Our waiter sang, "I can't help falling in love with you" to Peanut. It was super cute! So glad Jeff was able to capture it.

The next day, Friday, we did a ton of fun things! One of which was the old time photos that you see around my blog but I will add one to this post because I doubt I will keep them up for years to come! Enjoy some pictures...
 we went go carting and GG was the only one tall enough to drive her own car and she was thrilled!
 The rest of us doubled up.
 Then we did the bumper boats so the three older kids could each drive something.
 Peanut with my dad, getting sprayed by Monkey. My favorite picture of this activity!
 The boys in a water battle :)
all 8 of us in full color
Then we rode the Ducks. Once we got in the water the "captain" let each of the kids drive the duck. We do have a picture with each kid driving but trying to keep this somewhat decent in length! 

After we did the Ducks we went to The Dixie Stampede with the horses but cameras were allowed. It is a lot like Medieval Times where you eat with your hands. I think the funniest thing was when they dropped the whole chicken onto Peanuts plate for her to eat. That was really fun and I think the kids really enjoyed that experience. I just wish I could of taken pictures. After dinner we went mini golfing. I took pictures but they didn't turn out good because of the movement they were somewhat blurry. But you all know what mini golfing looks like. And that concludes the day in Branson, Mo. It was a fun filled day.
Saturday we got up and drove to St. Louis to visit with my oldest brother and some of his kids. We also saw the Arch but didn't go in it the line was WAY too long. But the kids enjoyed seeing it up close. Here are some fun pictures we took.
 see that clump of people? That's our kids :)
 up close to the Arch
 That is what it looks like looking up
 Jeff and I by the Arch!
We got home late on Saturday night and it took about a week to get back to normal non-vacation life! I also want to say that our kids did a great job on the road trip since we were in the van for about 40 hrs getting there and back.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Part 2 of our trip!

We've been home a week now and I finally feel like things have settled down and we're back to normal around here! I want to start this post off with the video that didn't work in the last post because I want people to see it :)

Moving along...on Monday we went to the Alamo and River Walk in San Antonio. I thought it was super neat to hear the story of the Alamo, because I honestly didn't remember it from school. Here are some cool shots we got at the Alamo...

For lunch we ate on the River walk

After lunch my dad and step-mom took the kids to the Children's museum and Jeff and I went on a segway tour of San Antonio. It was SUPER cool. Once I got over my fear of falling off or getting hurt I had a blast. We had a private tour because the other couple canceled, score for us! First pictures of us on our segways!
 Jeff getting his lesson
 Me getting my lesson
 In front of the Alamo 
Now what the kids did while we had fun :)

It worked out great that the San Antonio's Children's Museum was right across the street from where Jeff and I had our segway tour. And bonus with our museum pass they all got in for free!
Then we walked back down the the Riverwalk and took a boat ride and got some ice cream! YUM!

Once again this is getting really long it will have to be continued...and I'm not even adding all the pictures we took!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our long awaited Texas Trip!

Remember last year how Jeff and I went to the Bahamas? The cover story for the surprise cruise to the Bahamas was that we were going to Texas. Needless to say that the kids were disappointed that they didn't get to go to Texas last year so we made it right this year! Friday (30th) we got up and loaded up the rental van and started out on our road trip. We did as much driving as we could that first day so that we could get to my Aunt's for dinner on Saturday.
 This is how the kids watched movies!
Not sure why he is making this face but since he did I am putting it online :)
We were super excited to cross into Texas that we stopped to get some pictures. As you can tell it was super bright outside and this is the best shot we got! 

Sunday we went to Sea World, I hadn't been there in years and I actually really didn't remember much of it. It was so fun! We went to all the shows and rode some of the rides. Here are some of my favorite pictures for that day....
 watching the dolphins eat
 my dad and Red
 Peanut was so excited to meet these Sesame Street Characters!
 Before the 4D movie
 Peanut in a cool tunnel
The kids watching one of the shows at Sea World!
(the video that was here isn't working and I don't have time to fiddle with it just yet...check back to see Peanut on down)
 Notice: Peanut has her hands in the air the whole way down. She is in the back row all the way over to the right.
 This is what they looked like after that water ride!

To be continued...