Sunday, May 20, 2018

Global Wildlife, Insta-Gator Ranch

The children's group at church put together a trip to spend the day in Louisiana, visiting Global Wildlife and the Insta-Gator Ranch. Zac and I opted to ride the bus because we woke up around 5:30am and just drove to Louisiana last week. Sleep was a must. Also, less wear and tear on the car.

We arrived at Global around 10 and ate lunch, then loaded into the jeeps for the private tour. The last time we were here was in 2008. The kids had SO MUCH FUN. They don't normally get super involved with new things, but feeding the animals was something they didn't even think about. Even getting licked by the bison didn't phase them. Clyde the Camel stole their feeding cups, which broke Elias' heart, but he's roughly okay. This morning, he reminded us "He stole my cup, Daddy."

Insta-Gator Ranch was fascinating. We learned the alligators have lips on the inside of their mouths and that they really like marshmallows. We were able to catch a few babies from the nursery pond and see how flexible they can be if provoked. They can basically chew on the base of their tail if need be.

We finished our trip with a visit to a splash pad in Abita Springs to cool off, then headed to Chik Fil A for dinner before heading back to Mississippi. We did so much in a day, it made the trip worth it. I'm still exhausted today.

Monday, May 14, 2018

James is TWELVE!

I got the kids up and dressed this morning and brought them to Cracker Barrel for pancakes. It's probably been about nine years or so since I took them out by myself to eat. Usually it's from guilt that Zac can't join us (lol), but it was great having the quality time. Tonight, James wanted Fernando's so we brought his friend, Halek, with us. The staff sang the Spanish birthday song and put a sombrero on James' head, as well as a mouth full of whipped cream. He thought it was awesome. They even gave him a bowl of fried ice cream. All the kids shared it since they were mostly full from tacos. James said it was probably his most favorite birthday. I can't believe he's 12 already!

Mother's Day pt. 2

We got up around 6am on Sunday and headed to Louisiana. Marie had a crawfish boil for Mother's Day, so we spent time with Zac's family. We haven't seen Aunt Janie in a while, so we visited with her as well as Christina and Mawmaw. The crawfish were so good. Even the big kids figured out how to peel them and filled up. It was hot outside, too. Louisiana heat is its own special type of heat that makes you feel like you're being sunburned on the inside just by breathing. Pawpaw and Uncle Steve helped the kids fish for a little while. They didn't catch anything, but we know they enjoyed it, so we can see about taking them fishing sometime. I'm glad I brought Elias a change of clothes because he ended up sitting in some dog poop. Poor kiddo. We were only able to spend a few hours in town before heading back to Mississippi. This time we made sure to grab some snowballs. I went to work for the floorset and was off by midnight. I was just glad I managed to nap in the car for a little while.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day pt 1

I celebrated Mother's Day a day early since we'll be out of town tomorrow. The kids gave me some homemade cards and a giant fruit tart (which I reluctantly shared). We went by my parents' house to give Mom some yellow tulip bulbs and visit with her and Dad a bit, then headed to the park so the kids could play a while. It was a really nice day. But I'm looking forward to tomorrow.