Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Family Vacation to San Antonio

We had a fabulous vacation to San Antonio last week! The girls did great in the car! We only had to stop once each way for a meal and bathroom break. Wes and Abby napped on the way there. Avery “rested” which means she tried for about an hour, but could not get to sleep. Ha! I think she was too excited. They both napped on the way home. All I can say is, “Thank goodness for DVD players!”

We arrived first at Jenny and Brett Perkin’s house and visited for a while before we all headed to Momak’s to meet up with the Jones family and Kevin Thompson and his son. We had a good time catching up and watching our kiddos play on the playground. Sarah also gave me lots of helpful hints on how to work our camera.

The next day we went to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Safari. I have been on some real safaris before in Kenya and I hope to go again sometime with the girls and Wes. This was a great first safari experience for the girls. We drove around and saw many animals such as giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ostriches, gazelles, llamas, and many types of deer. The girls absolutely loved it! Wes had Avery in his lap helping him drive while I held Abby. The speed limit is only 5mph so we felt perfectly safe. They give you food to feed the animals, so of course, the girls got a kick out of throwing the food out of the window. Abby enjoyed doing this even when there were no animals close up. Thankfully she did not try the food herself, although I felt sure she would. Abby would say, “Hi” and “Bye” to all the animals while cutely waving her chubby fingers. Avery liked to call the deer “Bambi”. I think Avery enjoyed helping Wes drive about as much as seeing the animals.

They also had a petting zoo there with lots of goats. The girls were not shy at all about going up to them and petting them. A couple of them were very pregnant and Avery enjoyed feeling their tummies to see if they could feel the baby goats kick. They will be good pet owners some day… way down the road when they can take some of the responsibility for caring for them.

The next two days we spent at Sea World. We hit all the animal shows and Avery rode her first roller coaster with me. When we got off, she said, “I LIKED THAT! I will have to tell Nana about that!” We had to ride that ride twice. Wes rode a ride with both of the girls that goes around and around high in the air. I get dizzy easily from going in circles, so I just took pictures. Avery told us she wants to ride the big roller coasters when she gets older!

On our second day at Sea World Sarah, Greg, Griffin, and Brooks joined us. Wes was feeling a little yucky from being sick the night before. He was such a trooper walking around with us despite how he felt. (I won’t share the yucky details. He is all better now and none of us have been sick since then.) Anyways we had a fun time with the Jones family. Griffin and Brooks are such cuties and full of personality, but “Sorry Greg, we won’t trade one of our girls for your boys.”

On a side note, our first trip with Greg and Sarah was back in college when the four of us were dating and we went to Greg’s home in Dallas for the weekend. Who would have known that many years later we would be together again at Sea World WITH OUR KIDS!

We stayed in a suite in a hotel near Sea World. Every day we were there the girls took nice long late naps (worn out from each day’s activities). Since we had a suite Wes and I could stay up and read, get online, or watch TV. The hotel also had an indoor pool and hot tub which we thoroughly enjoyed. Avery and Abby are getting braver and braver about swimming on their own. Abby is a little too daring. She could care less about going under water. She does not get scared. She just comes back up smiling and choking up water.

Thanks again Dad for helping make this trip possible!

Avery and Griffin getting to know each other.

Avery kept posing for Sarah. I guess she knew Sarah was a
professional photographer while mom and dad don't
usually know what they are doing with their camera.

Sarah, Brooks, Greg, Kevin and Preston hangin' out.

Our sweet friends Jenny and Brett with Ethan. Zack is hiding.

Avery, Abby, and Griffin dancing on the picnic table. What are we teaching them?

Avery looking out our sunroof, just like a real Safari!

Check out the teeth on that thing. Abby and I were not brave enough to open the window much more or to let the zebra eat out of our hands. Or, maybe we just wanted to obey the rule which stated that you should throw the food on the ground for the animals, not let them eat out of your hands. Abby and I simply threw the food into the zebra's open mouth.

Wes and Avery breaking the rules. I can't believe a zebra's head has been in our car! You should have seen the disgusting spit all over Wes' hand after this. Thankfully we had wipes and Purell!

Avery driving already?

Mom, can we get a pet goat?

Well, Hello Mr. Llama!

Abby's turn out the sunroof.

The greedy ostrich pecking out the food bag.

Sorry buddy, no more food for you!

The whole gang watching the Shamu show.

Avery climbing up the net. Next thing you know, she will be ready for Wilderness Trek!

Whooo-Hooo! Here we go!

Around and around they go!

Brooks taking a break at Sea World to eat his sandwich.


Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds and looks like it was so much fun! I bet the girls had a blast! I can't believe they're getting so big! I love yall!


Anonymous said...

WOW - what a fun trip and what great pictures. I want to hear more about it......Henriann

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures!!! I got a kick out of seeing how you and Abby feed the ostrich! heehee! Barely holding the bag, in case it pecked you! What wonderful memories! Janaga

Brett and Jenny Perkins said...

Glad you all had a great time. Remember the Perkins Hotel is open anytime for $39 a night (C of C rate)


Julia said...

So much fun! Your little family is so precious. And it was fun to see other friend's pictures too. Sea World is one of our favorites - my parents live about 15 minutes away, so we go fairly often. I'm glad you got to go enjoy that together!

Sarah J. said...

We had so much fun with you guys!! The other day, Griffin said a prayer for Avery and Abby... I think he needs some girl friends since there are only boys around here. Maybe you can come visit more often!!

I have lots of pics, but I still haven't had a chance to go through them. I'm sure I'll be emailing you soon. I loved that Avery posed for me... I'm not use to that at all!

Anyway, you are welcome to stay with us next time... we're cheaper than the Perkins Hotel... and we stay up later (LOL, Brett!).


Elisa said...

Looks like lots of fun! I think San Antonio is my favorite Texas city. And everything looks so green and pretty right now, too.

The Best Family said...

how fun! I cant believe that the animals stuck their heads in your car... my boys would have freaked out!! Sea World looks like tons of fun, too!

erinlo said...

Hi Naomi- I'm not sure if you'll remember me or not. (Erin Sheppard from ACU.) I found your blog through Brett and Jenny's. I have really enjoyed catching up on you and your sweet family. I was especially thrilled to hear about the "Selah Inn" as we have a daughter named Selah!!! I think we'll have to visit sometime. Your family is beautiful and it is awesome to read about ya! Love, Erin L.