Thursday, August 11, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We are back from our vacation.  We ended up staying an extra day we were having so much fun!

Can you guess where we went?  Don't worry, we got A, B & C out of the shark just in time :)  Actually, this is the entrance into a gift shop.

We went to the beach!  Corpus Christi to be precise.  We had so much fun.  We stayed at a condo right off the beach, which was awesome.  The kids loved being able to just walk to the beach and back.  

The kids inside our condo.

The view from our condo balcony.  See how close we were to the beach?

The kids in the water with David.

We were also able to visit The Texas State Aquarium, which I have been wanting to do as a homeschool field trip with the kids for awhile.

 And yes, we are all wearing matching blue shirts.  Thanks Hobby Lobby!

I love that they had several areas that were hands on.  The kids were able to pick up crabs and pencil urchins.

 We were able to watch the dolphin show which was a lot of fun.  They have 3 dolphins there and they are all male.  They are part of a breeding program and all they will ever have at this aquarium will be male dolphins.

This is the dolphin tank from below.

C loved following the dolphins and twirling with them.  I think they liked it too!

 They also have a huge splash zone for the kids to cool off.  D loved sticking her head in the sprinklers on the ground and A loved getting soaked by the buckets overhead.

Another super hands on activity was petting the stingrays.  Everyone loved this and we spent a lot of time with these fun creatures.

 D what did you think of the Aquarium??

More beach time.  We pretty much went multiple times a day.

 David caught a jellyfish in a one of our buckets for the kids.  It is kind of hard to see but if you look closely you might be able to tell it's in there.

We were even able to meet up with some family for yummy lunch and a fabulous time at the Hooks baseball game!
 Ever heard of fried macaroni and cheese wedges?  Well here they are...served from a 50s ice cream and burger joint named Yummies.

And I will end this post with some more beach fun!!  We all cannot wait to go back.

C having a turn on the surfboard.

A having a go.

 And of course, D making a splash!

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