i don't have pictures of their sweet faces, they were mostly confused and stumbling around doing what we said to do, "put your clothes on (i had laid them out) and get in the car!"
once we got on the road, we told them what we were doing. most of them still didn't have any clue what "busch gardens" meant...but they knew we were going to have fun, so there were lots of smiles!
the smiles continued...sawyer LOVED these little bumper cars! i think he rode them no less than 10 times during the day! because it was SO HOT (like, 100 degrees) the lines were NOT bad at all!
watching bailey's face almost made me want to go to disneyworld. but JUST with her! :-) (i said "almost")
pat and rebekah went on a REAL roller coaster a couple times. they loved that!
around 4 pm, we left the park and went to check into our hotel. we were SO hot and everyone wanted to stay for the fireworks at 9:30 at the park. i did not think we could handle checking into the hotel at 11 pm and getting everything set up then. so, we got our room set up, went and ate dinner at cracker barrel (we did get pretzels around 3 pm at the park...i think because it was SO hot, we weren't really hungry!) then we headed back to the park around 7 pm.
we rode a few more rides, everyone got to play a game (bailey won the unicorn stuffed animal she had been talking about ALL day - we couldn't believe it!) and then we watched the fireworks.
we got back to the hotel around 10:30, gave EVERYONE a shower (we were SO gross!) and crashed. they slept til 8:30 the next morning! (yes. all 8 of us in 1 room. 2 beds. 1 pack n play. 3 in sleeping bags. it was tight but worked!)
i have to say that the day was PERFECT. it was a LONG day. but everyone did so so good. so little complaining. very obedient and patient. LOTS of walking and following directions and they all did AMAZING!
ate breakfast at the hotel (LOVE the hotels that include breakfast!)
and then headed to jamestown. again. super hot. but we really enjoyed it!
santa was there :-)
rebekah, joshua and i played some cards in the lobby.
so. pat and i got married almost exactly 14 years ago (july 11). we got married in college and had no money. pat's parents paid for us to stay in a b&b in williamsburg for our honeymoon. it was fun to stand here and think we were here 14 years ago. if someone would have told us we'd be here 14 years later with the 6 kids we have, i think we both would have laughed! or cried :-)
overall, this second day was harder. most everyone still did great. but one did not. like, night and day difference from the day before. which was good to watch...as we have a couple weeks at the beach later this summer. the price he and everyone around him pays if he has sugar/doesn't get sleep is too high. and not ok. live and learn. we learned.
again, they slept til 8:30 am! ate breakfast and headed home. while we were eating breakfast this last morning, joshua said, "i wish we were just getting here!" it was so fun to give them a couple days full of JUST fun!