The week I had so looked forward to since Christmas break! A week off from work, with my kids, doing what ever we wanted!!
I had planned to take a day trip with the boys to a zoo one day during our break but John thought it would be more fun if we stayed a couple of days and so he decided to take off from work and go with us. That was a big, unplanned surprise! I was THRILLED to have John to come with us.
We decided on the Memphis Zoo. I don't recall the last time I was there and the boys had never been to that particular zoo before. We headed out and had a pretty good ride there with minimal whining and complaining. When we got into town we headed straight to Grace Land. Kobe and Sam said they had NO idea who Elvis was... who could NOT know who Elvis was?? So we told them and had a brief music history lesson with them. They seemed unimpressed so our time was kind of short there.
We went down to the river and Mud Island. That was pretty neat and the little museum had some interesting things inside. Upon leaving there I noticed something looked strangely different about Sam. He had lost his top front tooth! I asked him where it was and he had no idea. The tooth was for sure in his mouth on the way there so the only thing I can figure out is it either came out when he was eating his biscuit for breakfast or it just fell out and he didn't know it. We never did find that tooth!
After that we headed to downtown Memphis. Boy OH Boy did we encounter some colorful characters there. The boys didn't really know what to think! We went into a couple of stores and saw some funny things. We ended up eating at a cute little place called Kooky Canuck. We try to eat some place that we have never been or don't have in our town when we go places so this was right up our alley. It was a fun, family friendly place. They have a 4 lb and a 6 lb burger challenge and we were just lucky enough to see a couple of people take on that challenge. The size of those burgers was crazy!! We decided that we could not leave without having a skillet cookie so we indulged in a yummy dessert. The boys were loving all the wild life that they had hanging all over the walls and throughout the place. I would definitely recommend it.
We did a tiny bit of strolling downtown after we ate but the wind began picking up and we were kind of freezing so we decided to head to our hotel. We took a little tiny nap and then we got up and took the boys to the indoor pool.That was probably their most favorite part of our trip...spending time in the pool. The pool room was glass and so you could see outside while you were swimming...they thought it was so funny that they were warm and swimming but it was cold and rainy outside. We had a great time just letting them splash and play.
We decided on a late dinner and by late I mean about 9:30 or 10:00. We let them play as long as we could before reigning them in to go get our showers and go eat. We decided on...IHOP. I know that sounds strange but I LOVE breakfast food, we don't have one here, and it was 10:00 at night. We had a great time eating late at night and just being silly together.
We went to the zoo the next morning. It was cold. It was windy. BUT it did NOT rain! We took in every single thing that we could. Some exhibits were down temporarily and some animals did not brave the cold. Sam was really excited to see the Penguins and the Pan-Pan (Panda...I don't know why he calls them Pan-Pan). We had just watched Kung Fu Panda the night before so that was kind of funny to watch him talk to the Panda about Kung Fu. Kobe really enjoyed the fish and the snakes and lizards. He really loved the crocodile.
My favorite part was the farm animal exhibit. I really enjoyed the Nightlife Exhibit. It was all nocturnal animals and I thought I would enjoy it the least but it ended up being one of my favorite parts. While we were there the boys came up close and personal with a porcupine and a tarantula. A zookeeper was walking around holding them (at different times!) and the boys got to get a good, close look.
|Getting a close look at some of the snakes|
We all really enjoyed the bird exhibit. Kobe took a picture of almost every single bird and Sam decided to follow suite by taking a picture of each fish!
|This little Owl was so cute and so funny. He would turn his head at the boys and then wink at us!|
Some of the boys' favorite birds:
|The boys climbed "out" into a little bubble to watch the Sea Lions swim. They would swim right up to the little bubble and look inside...it was so cute!|
|Watching the Polar Bears|
We had such a fun time just running around the zoo together. The boys were sweet to each other and it was nice to just have some uninterrupted family time.
The rest of our week was spent doing whatever we wanted to! We went to the mall and went shopping one day. I cleaned, cleaned out, organized, and painted one day while the boys got to have a Black Ops marathon. On Friday we decided we weren't doing a single thing! We stayed in our home. In our pajamas and watched movies. Later I cleaned out our DVR and the boys played Black Ops. I am really glad it was kind of rainy and overcast that day because it made for a great movie day!!
I really am so blessed to have the job I have. I LOVE that I can be home with my kids when they are out of school and have the freedom to spend time with them. It is so nice to have these kind of weeks.