Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July weekend

We spent the long 4th of July weekend in Corpus Christi, visiting Kevin's Grandmother and Grandad. It was really wonderful, getting to spend time with them and doing lots of fun touristy stuff.

On Saturday, we went to the aquarium. It was a really nice aquarium (nicer than the one in Houston, I think). The girls looked at all the fish, saw a dolphinn show, checked out the outside exhibits like the otters and sea turtles, and played on the playground. We often ask Caroline to tell us her favorite thing about an outing. For this weekend, her reply was always, "the girls swimming with the dolphins."

Kevin's Grandad has many sayings and favorite nursery songs that we always attribute to him. "Ride a little horsey down to town," is one of them and its always special to have a picture of him riding the girls on his knee. Charlotte actually learned the word "down" this weekend and would fill it in for us if we paused at the end of the rhyme.

On Sunday, we went to church with Kevin's grandparents, had our traditional Luby's lunch with them, and then had a visit with Kevin's Aunt Laura and Uncle Bryan. Then we took in a 4th of July picnic back at his grandparent's church.

The church is right on ocean drive. It is church, street, grass, and then the sea wall. It was really neat to sit on the church lawn, in the shade of the building, and just see ocean stretching out in front of us.

The church had several water inflatables that Caroline had a blast playing on. We were so surprised she was able to climb to the top of the big inflatable slide. And she let Kevin throw her down the Slip N Slide inflatable - head first into the pool at the other end.

The night ended with glow in the dark necklaces and watching the fireworks display that was put on above the USS Lexington across the bay. The display was a little hard to see since we were so far away, but the girls didn't seem to care.

We squeezed in one more thing before heading out of town on Monday. We went to Sail South Texas on the Ingleside Naval Station. There were four huge sailing ships that you could tour, along with a few other amusements such as bounce houses and rides.

We weren't really sure what to expect, so wish we'd planned a little bit better. It was so hot!! But we did see three of the ships and Caroline rode one amusement ride for a very short time before I had them stop and let us off.

Then we had a quick bite to eat and bid farwell. Caroline was very sad to be saying goodbye to her great-grandparents. We hate to see her upset, but it is nice to know that she's making special bonds with them. We were pleased that the girls slepts almost all the way home.


Carrie S. said...

Love the one of the girls holding hands! Too cute.

Julie Harding said...

My Grandmother always sang "Ride a Horsey" too, so now my mom sings it & I sing it...It's one of Alyssa's favorites still. She had me doing it for her just yesterday. :-)