On Monday, the 22nd, we had a small party with two sets of Grandparents. I couldn't believe how excited the boys both where to have people over. The funny thing is that they kept saying that Uncle Ken was coming over (one of my brothers) and then they would mention my other brothers too . . .we had to break the news that those Uncles were not coming :-(
Now, Josh specifically asked to go to a hotel and swim in a pool for his birthday We decided that this would be something fun to do (which is why we did not have a big party like we normally do). I went onto Priceline and "bid" on a hotel. I was able to get a fantastic hotel for at least half of the normal price. We got up on Saturday morning, the 27th and started with some brunch. Then we loaded up and headed to town to go to the Zoo Boo. This is something we have never done and it was so fun! The weather was perfect - the sun made it warm enough to be comfortable but there was a crispness to the air making it feel like fall.
After the zoo we went to dinner at our favorite Mexican Place - Beltline Bar (it is really a restaurant but it is REALLY old and was originally a bar . .. we aren't bar people :-) ) When we walked in, Josh looked at the hostess and said, "I want a Quasidilla to eat please" HA! Then when the waiter came to get our drink orders (Just water and pop!) Josh told him too :-) Apparently, he knew what he wanted. We ate chips and salsa like no body's business and enjoyed a fantastic "dinner" at 3:30.
We then went and checked into the hotel. Now, here's the one thing with Priceline . . because I chouse 3 star hotels or above, you are guaranteed a pool. Our hotel did not actually have an indoor pool but it has several "sister" hotels and we could go to any one and swim. Needless to say we drove down the road, changed and got in the pool. The more than slightly cold pool :-( We did actually stay for almost an hour and had a ton of fun .. .and then walked to our truck in just our bathing suits and bare feet because there was no place to really change (as we figured out after we got there) . . .yes, it was 40 degrees and cold.
We all slept in on Sunday until about 8:30, which was great. Then we headed down the hall to breakfast. Now, in May when we went on vacation, doing the Continental Breakfast did not work well at all. The boys couldn't quite handle all of the "excitement" and we ended up eating our room the other mornings. They did fabulous this time. I did bring pop tarts for them to start with and then Josh asked for donuts and cereal and wouldn't you know it - they had Fruit Loops (aka "Soup Soups") Plus orange juice and milk. Oh, and bacon. Lots and lots of bacon HA! They entertained a couple next to us . .. actually several couples. . .and all was good. I was very proud of my boys.
The next stop on our weekend was Toys-R-Us. Every year we take the boys to do "pre-christmas" shopping. This lets them show us what they really like. Josh has still been talking about a couple of specific things so I think we know what to get him!
We had a special Surprise for Josh - we took him to the viewing park at the Airport so we could watch the planes land and take off.
Just a couple final photos for you of the Birthday Boy