Surprising the kids was so much fun! It actually took a lot of work to pull it off but they were totally surprised in the end. We acted like we were heading off to church. My husband had packed the van the night before. The Hippie asked where we going and my husband said to get gas. We were about 20 miles away when they asked again. This time I told them. They flipped! Then we really did stop for gas, drinks and to hook up their dvd player. We ended up shopping at a few stores and then had delicious Skyline Chili before heading off to the Creation Museum.
The Professor spent a lot of time looking up. He was equally fascinated and slightly nervous of the dinosaurs. "Saur-saurs" as he calls them.
The Hippie helping Noah build the ark.
Getting to ride a dinosaur!!!
The Hippie has officially entered the "i must pose in a weird/funny way for every photo" phase. Ha!
The water fountain was also a popular place to visit.
Attempting to get your family all in one photo. Kinda hard to do.
After the museum we went to a few more stores but the kids were done. We had found a really neat place to take them for dinner called Pizza Tower. Every kid gets a very unsticky dough ball to play with!
The Professor was too tired for dough.
There is a kids area. We got to sit here so he was able to run back and forth playing.
I believe that is a dog in the front and a heart in the back.
Dinner was delicious! A tad expensive for pizza with kids but well worth it since they were so entertained. They got free ice cream with their meals. The kids meals were kinda basic but the pizza my husband and I had was probably the best I have ever had!!!!
After dinner we checked in at the hotel and all went swimming!
Night time was rough with all of us in one room. The Professor was exhausted and kept calling us all by name and saying "all done". It was well after 9 before all the kids were asleep. 6 a.m. and everyone was awake again.
We enjoyed the free breakfast and then took off for the Aquarium. This was really the only snafu we hit on the trip. We knew the Aquarium opened at 10 but there was a Barnes and Nobles bookstore next door. So we went at 9 to go to the bookstore. They did not open til 10. Uh-oh. And it was cold and pouring rain. Luckily there was a closed mall but the lobby areas were open. We spent 45 minutes playing on escalators and running.
Finally, finally it was 10 and we got to go to the Aquarium. We got there in time for the Penguin Parade.
The Professor was honestly just too tired. The girls were loving it and he was just....grumpy. We still made some fun memories though. Afterwards we did end up going to the bookstore. The Professor had never been to a Barnes and Nobles. He LOVED the trains. We let the girls each choose a book. I was super proud of the choices the made with ZERO guidance from us!
When we left we drove through and got lunch in the van. The Professor was asleep from the time we got in the van until we got home. Ha!
We had a great time and I am so thankful for the time we all spent together!