We left Thursday after lunch to head to Omaha---the drive was a little over 4 hours. We had DVD players and lots of snacks....it wasn't *too* miserable (although my girls are not good roadtrippers....Sawyer however was very good!)
This first picture cracks me up every time I look at it. We had just given all the kids rice krispie treats litterally *minutes* before, and suddenly Lee almost drives off the interstate because he had looked in the rear view mirror and thought Brielle had choked to death (now obviously the idea of choking isn't funny....but Lee's horror was hilarious when we realized that Brielle had just passed out cold, sound asleep with a chunk of rice krispie still stuck to her cheek hehe)
....and soon the big kids were sound asleep too ;-)
Once we got to the hotel (We stayed at the Best Western Kelly Inn---decently nice hotel with a Perkins attached --yummy breakfast! ---but the real selling point was the pool just perfect for little kids! If you have kids ages 8 and under I highly recommend it!)
The kids were so excited to go swimming that they didn't even want to eat supper first---so we got everyone changed and headed right down to the pool!
After a quick swim we got everyone dressed again and headed to supper at McDonalds (and let them play in the playland for awhile)
|Ready to eat at "Old McDonalds" :-)|
|Tragically this was the first, and LAST, time that Brielle wore this swimsuit. We checked the room over 100 times before we left but somehow her suit didn't make it home with us---so sad :-(|
Since the pool was 3ft deep at it's very deepest Sawyer could touch everywhere and had a ball. He LOVED the big slide! Raya is very cautious and refuses to wear floaties...she does not like to be in water if she can't touch the bottom, no matter what floaties she's wearing or even if you are holding her. So she had to stay in the shallower part because she's a few inches shorter than Sawyer. We did however get her to go down the big slide a few times. And then there was Brielle, our little fish! She was "swimming" all over in her floaties....and she was obsessed with the slides---both the little and big one! That kid has absolutely no fear.
|Raya, cautious even on the little slide hehe. Gotta love her!|
|"I swimming...I swimming Mama...." That's what she kept telling us! :-)|
|For a hotel pool the kids thought this was amazing....and it was dead there Thursday night we were there....and even Friday it wasn't bad at all. Lucky!|
|Brielle was NOT happy about having to leave the pool!|
|Tantrum city :-P|
|I had intended to make them matching shirts for the zoo but never got around to it...oops! It worked out though because Sawyer had a shark shirt, Raya had a flamingo shirt, and Brielle had a turtle shirt :-)|
|Sawyer's shirt is Children's Place and the girls' outfits were both Naartjie, in case anyone cares :-P|
|It was chilly in the morning when we started out so they had to wear jackets, but by about 11am it was already warm enough to wear sleeveless shirts. A beautiful day for the zoo!|
We went to the zoo on Friday thinking it'd be less busy than a weekend. Well, that backfired as pretty much every school in the state was there on a field trip haha. We met friends of Lee's there who have season passes and they said it was the busiest they'd seen the zoo EVER. Oops. Honestly though, except for a couple places it didn't feel that crowded....we were still able to do everything we wanted without trouble.
Our first stop was the jungle!
Next we waited for Lee's friends to show up....here is proof that our photoshoot attempts didn't always work out so well :-P
After meeting up with our friends we checked out the globe that rolls around on water....
Then we headed to the indoor desert dome (this was the only place that felt really crowded the entire day)
Then we headed to various ape/gorilla houses...
|This guy was the most entertaining of the entire day...he was swinging into the window, playing with the sheet, etc. The kids loved it!|
|These are the two kids of the friends we met up with.|
|Right after this picture was taken he SMACKED the window with his hand and ran away. Scared the crap outta me, I almost peed myself! lol|
|We then stopped to have a quick lunch....the kids got picture crazy while Lee waited in line for hotdogs|
|Can you guess which child *doesn't* get bugged for pictures daily? lol. My girls just keep on eating....|
After lunch the kids played for a little while...
After lunch Brielle was offered a ride in our friends' wagon, and she quickly fell asleep!
We continued our fun fest while Miss Brielle snoozed :-)
|Raya was in 7th heaven this entire trip with her bestie :-)|
|Her most sought after animal at the zoo were the giraffes!|
|Raya and Miss R. were less than a year apart in age, and Miss R. was very outgoing, so she quickly had Raya holding hands (awwww)|
|They were finding which penguin was their size :-)|
|Sawyer was looking forward to seeing the sharks!|
|Raya was a little unsure of the large fish swimming overhead haha|
|Look who woke up---Miss Brielle is back!|
|Doesn't Raya look thrilled? haha. I swear she was having fun! ;-)|
|She w as pretending to be a fishing swimming around :-)|
|Only picture we thought to take of all us. Brielle was pouting because I tried to have her sit on my lap and she wasn't having it!|
|It's a wild world out there! lol|
|This was full of rubber pellets and you could dig to uncover "bones"....Sawyer LOVED it and would have stayed a lot longer if given the choice.|
|Grandma H. gave Raya birthday money so that she could buy something on vacation. So we let all the kids pick something from the gift shop. Brielle randomly picked this turtle, and I thought it was funny she just happend to match her shirt!|
|Sawyer picked a kangaroo|
|And right before we stopped for dinner on the way home from the zoo I took this picture---poor things could *barely* keep their eyes open! haha|
Then it was to bed after a long, fun, day!
Saturday morning we were off again, this time hitting the Omaha Children's Museum before heading home.
|Milking a cow!|
|This was cool---the thing up top got filled with balls and then opened up and they all dropped on you!|
|Hoisting Brielle up in the pulley chair|
|Throwing a tantrum because we said it was time to move on to something else LOL|
|Pretending to be asleep|
|Mad at me for telling her she was being goofy. She was saying "no mama!!"|
And after all that fun we headed back home!
So there you have it---hope that was enough pictures for everyone! haha :-)