Monday, July 2, 2012

More trip.

We decided to drive to TN. I'm sure some people think we are crazy. It is about 15 hours from here to there....but honestly, the thought of three kids on an airplane, three carseats, luggage, rental car...oh, all that made us cringe. We did that all earlier this year when we went to Boston and we survived but it was not easy. At least with the car we could go our own speed...get out, explore, etc.

We left early in the morning and the plan was to go get breakfast. I thought if we stopped somewhere "filling" we could avoid an early lunch and make better time. We ended up at IHOP and the kids liked it, until....they went to the bathroom and saw several dozen crickets...it was insane. They screamed and cried and wouldn't go...we walked out of the bathroom and I'm sure the people sitting nearby thought I beat the children. I went back to the table and had Vegas take them into the mens room...when the waitress came I mentioned to her the large amount of bugs in the bathroom thinking she should at least be informed. She told me they knew they had a problem and that's why they were not placing people under the vents...apparently a few days prior crickets were falling from the vents onto people at tables...ew! I don't think I can do IHOP again for a long time.

We got back in the car and drove and drove and drove...the kids entertained themselves with the doodle pads...

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(Yes, I know Peanut's clip is too high...darn kids always touching things!)

We drove quite a bit the first day and opted to stop and stay the night. We could have easily made it through but the hotel we were staying at was booked for the night. THe next day we drove the few hours to the hotel and settled in. The kids were excited to go swimming...

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Well, they were excited until they went into the pool and realized it was COLD!

We also went and walked around Opry Mills mall

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It just so happened they were having a kids event at the mall that day...

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They got to decorate yummy cookies...

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THey also made necklaces and colored a bit...

Then, we had some lunch and the kids rode on the carousel.

Funny face boy...

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And a little video because they are cute...


We did a few other things - the Children's Museum and Science Museum and just hanging out...I'll post some more photos later...


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