The Men's Luncheon on Thursday had us kicked out of our beach house from 1-4 so
I usually take that time to go on an off island adventure with the kids. We decided to try something new this year so we hopped on a Ferry to visit the local aquarium!
Driving onto a ferry is certainly out of my comfort zone but it ended up being quite simple and the kids got a kick out of it.
The Aquarium was very close to the ferry drop off location. Emily and Isaac climbed on the dinosaur while I got tickets. By the way, dinosaurs are very popular this trip! We saw an exhibit at Carowinds and at the York County museum before this.
Cross country turtle rides available.
Silliness with the jellyfish.
Silhouettes in front of the aquariums.
And those scary dinosaurs outside! They were everywhere.
Oh yes, and David tamed a giant wild frog! What a day.
I think Tuesday was game night. Uncle Crab got the younger kids all set up to play charades. I got to play too so I didn't get pictures because I had Isaac on my lap. It was fun and the kids did really well with their acting and guessing.
The adults and the older kids played Name Five and as usual, were super competitive. This pic cracks me up! So lively! And loud!
And Nonna's tradition continues! All adventurist eaters gather together for a mystery meal... An exotic taste test, have you. Everyone tries the "special" lunch and then try to guess what it is. The cousins are bonding here while they wait. Christopher is the cousin on the bottom.
Anthony and David bring silly here.
So... What do you think it is?
There was quite a crowd to try it!
David loved it and ate 5!!!
They were chicken hearts! (Ewww). But actually, David and Lia really liked them. And so did most of the cousins! Stacey explained the extensive preparations that were required including marinating and massaging all those hearts to get the marinade inside. No thank you!
I think these two waited about an hour after we arrived before asking to go down to the beach. The only reason they waited that long is because their cousin Anthony came over the moment we arrived and they had fun playing together while we settled in a little.
Lia still smiles pretty for me.
So this trip goes down in our history as the beach trip Emily forgot to pack bathing suits. What?!?! Who does that? So she wore one of mine the whole trip... Not her preference, but it worked.
Yes, he's so stinkin' cute. Isaac did not love the beach. He warmed up to it as the week went along and enjoyed playing in the sand but not going into the ocean. The ocean was very scary to him!
Chris and I need to take more pictures together! This was taken on Monday for appetizers on the beach. Tom brought me a giant zucchini from his garden so I made stuffed zucchini boats. They were tasty but not very good finger food for the beach. Oh well... I tried and they were all mostly eaten.
Here is most of our family gathered together after attacking all the food.
Isaac got to know some of his cousins. He takes a while to warm up but I think Annaliese was the first to charm him.
The Museum of York County has been a consistent favorite with our kids. They love all the drawers of specimens they can rummage through... Isaac was napping so I didn't get any of those pictures but once he woke up we knew he would like the dinosaur exhibits!
We looked at some books...
We had a tea party...
It was crashed by his siblings...
And then we checked out Cherry Park...
Can you tell it was hot?
We went back to the hotel and swam in the indoor pool after this. It was awesome!