Yep, I have no motivation to blog. I think I'm feeling the pressure of being 3 weeks behind and the thought of all the work it is going to take to catch up is just a little overwhelming!
Here's a brief recap of what else happened on our vacation.
Tons of pictures... little verbal description. :)
While we were at my parent's house I found a box of toys that my sister and I used to play with. I pulled out all of the Precious Places and set them up for Chandler to play with.
I believe I mentioned how incredibly hot it was at the park...
Only a Grammy would give a 16 month old baby her very own ice cream cone! :)
On Sunday we attended church with my parents.
After church we headed off to Silver Springs.
Actually she was saying, "MOM! Quit using the video camera! Grammy is taking a picture!"
Riley has a fascination with mouths...
The giraffes have always been my favorite part of Silver Springs.
See how "close" Chandler is to the giraffe. We couldn't get her any closer than that. She would start freaking out! :)
We ended up giving away the rest of her cookies to another little kid who actually wanted to get within 100 feet of the giraffe.
Silver Springs is most well known for their alligators...
They would sit in that circle until someone threw "alligator cookies" into the water. Then, faster than lightening they were on the hunt. It really gave me the creepy crawlies!
After Silver Springs we had dinner at Sonny's BBQ. Oh if only they had Sonny's in Tennessee!!!
After dinner we had to make a quick stop at the grocery store... we all waited in the car while my dad ran inside.
Just goofing off!
This is what waiting in the car in the Florida heat will do to you!!
Monday was a trip to Wild Waters!
Chandler wasn't quite tall enough to ride most of the rides. She was really bummed about it. We even took a chance on one of them that she was technically too short to ride. Brandon took her all the way to the top only to have the lifeguard send them back down. :( Chandler was SO upset!!
She did enjoy playing in the kid's area...
It didn't even phase her when the lifeguard didn't catch her at the bottom.
It thundered a little at one point so everything was shut down for a little while... it was a great chance to grab some lunch.
On Tuesday we loaded up and headed to Jacksonville to visit my sister, Erin, and her husband, Joel.
Joel had to work on Tuesday so Erin took us to the Jacksonville Zoo.
It was CRAZY HOT that day, but we had a great time!
The zoo is not a really big zoo, but everything was kept so clean and nice. The best part about it was the all of the animals were SO CLOSE!
I took these photos without using my zoom.
After the zoo and dinner, Erin took me, the girls and Taylor (Erin and Joel's beagle) to the dog park.
I tried to get a picture with Taylor, but she kept licking my face!
Wednesday we had lunch with Erin and Joel. Then it was time to hit the road... AGAIN!
We made it to Warner Robins for dinner. We were so tired from all of the traveling!!
On Thursday, we headed over to our new favorite play place, Monkey Joe's.
All 3 kids played HARD!
Chandler took off the second we hit the door. We hardly saw her unless she stopped in to ask me, Brandon or Uncle Ben to go slide with her. She is an old pro at Monkey Joe's.
Riley LOVED every second! She wanted to do everything... and we did everything!
It took Colten a little while to warm up to all of the excitement, but once he did there was no slowing him down!!!
Ben, Brandon and I were EXHAUSTED! Climbing to the top of all of the inflatables while carrying Riley and/or Colten was enough to wear anyone out!!
You KNOW Riley's tired when she climbs up into your lap and STOPS MOVING for more than 10 seconds! :)
The next day we took it easy.
Gran and Chandler left for a little granddaughter/grandmother time.
Chandler had a BLAST!
Gran and Chief bought a blow up pool for the grandkids to splash around in. All 3 kids had a great time!
One afternoon, Brandon and Chief made water balloons for the kids to play with in the pool. Chandler knew just what to do with them and she pelted them relentlessly. The little kids weren't quite sure about them. Riley pretty much ignored them and Colten threw them out of the pool onto the concrete.
We did a few sparklers with Chandler on the 4th, but my pictures didn't turn out very good.
On Saturday we loaded up and hit the road!
I think we were all ready to be in our own beds after being gone for 9 days!