Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DC Trip, day one

Monday, March 20, 2017
Dress: Class t-shirt with jeans or slacks and comfortable shoes.  (No shorts, skirts or flip flops.)
6:30 A.M. Arrive at Bush Intercontinental Airport
PLEASE MEET in Terminal C
8:56 A.M. Depart for D.C. (United #6027)
1:00 P.M. Arrive in D.C.  
Board Bus
1:45 P.M. Lunch – Capitol Visitor Center
3:20 P.M. Capitol Tour, Supreme Court, Library of Congress
6:45 P.M. Dinner
8:15 P.M. Alexandria Colonial Tours Ghosts & Graveyard
10:00 P.M. Arrive at Hotel
11:00 P.M. Lights Out

Cherry blossoms!

Glad to see she's getting a dose of her own medicine here!

Emily's DC Trip - Citizenship Award

We were surprised and super-proud to find out that Emily won the Washington DC Citizenship Award!  Here is what was said by her Assistant Principal at the awards ceremony:

Each year our 8th grade class travels to Washington D, C and spends four days together exploring the history of our great country. The Washington D.C. Citizenship Award is given to one student who is recognized for leadership and citizenship. This award is inspired by the famous line in John F. Kennedy's 1963 inaugural address challenging youth to assume the responsibility of American Citizenship through the memorable line "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  
Chaperones are asked to nominate students for this award and here are some of the things that were said about this student. This year's recipient was a wonderful leader and role model.  This student asked the right questions when other students were too shy to ask our tour guides.  This student was interested in the subject matter no matter where we were and invested herself in discovering new information everywhere we went.  This student was essentially our tour guide and was truly interested in everything we did. She helped guide our group and get the other students interested in the museums and other attractions. Please join me in congratulating Emily Nelli on receiving the Washington, D.C. citizenship award.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Emily's 8th Grade Washington DC Trip - Class Pics

Emily's 8th grade year was one to remember with a class trip to Washington DC in March.  They had a jam packed itinerary and got a whirl-wind tour of all the must see and do of this great city.  I love all these pictures... Again, it was really cold.  You can always pick out Emily because she is the one wearing the penguin hat!

White House

Capitol Hill
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Escape the Room

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We got to celebrate Courage's birthday at the Escape Room!  It was a lot of fun and very challenging!  We did not "escape" and ended up needing some expert help but we did solve a lot of the puzzles and I was impressed with everyone's contributions... it definitely took the whole team to do it!

From the website:
Escape the Room is an interactive, real-life group gaming experience for people of all ages and skill sets. You do not need to have any special knowledge to solve the puzzles and have a good time. Just be creative and curious! 2 to 10 players are locked in a room and must work together using logic and teamwork to escape in under 60 minutes, so move fast! You will have to crack codes to solve puzzles using clues, some of which will help you, and others that are just red herrings that are here to hinder your progress! Your thinking and problem-solving skills will be put to the ultimate test! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL was free, y'all!  Score.  This was our last fun stop on the way home.  Keeping with the theme, there were lots of airplanes to see, touch and climb in so this was a great way to break up the long trip home.

There is a lot to see here.

Isaac did a lot of finger pointing and look at that!!!

The Blue Angels!!!

"Come on Emily, play with me!  Where are we going?"

Yes, Isaac, you can touch everything!  Goodness knows he is told no enough in all other arenas!

And this is the best, hands down, play place for little ones I have ever seen in a museum.  Isaac was very happy to play here while his Daddy indulged his desire to read everything in the whole museum.
Well done!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Break 2017: USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point (Mt. Pleasant)

Now this looks like something a kid could get excited about exploring, right?  Chris planned all sorts of adventures to break up the monotony of the long drive home.  He's always got lots of ideas and we are lucky he enjoys creating the itinerary for us.  Our next stop was the USS Yorktown Naval Aircraft at Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  We had a beautiful day to explore it, too!

 I think Isaac liked sitting in the captain's chair the best.

Don't be fooled... it was cold!!!

It's impressive, isn't it?

 There were lots of planes for the kids to check out and climb into.  This place is a treasure trove for the imagination for sure!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Ripley's Aquarium

We were glad to have the Aquarium to visit on another cold and rainy day.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon.  Isaac was fascinated with everything and the kids enjoyed showing him around.

I am very grateful to have another pair of arms to lift Isaac up to see!

Mommy and Isaac selfie


The Lionfish is awesome and always reminds me of Eric Carl's book, Mister Seahorse

The most impressive exhibit was the Shark Tunnel... mostly due to how long it was!  You get on this very slow moving sidewalk and it just goes on and on...  I got a hammer head shark swimming above Lia in this shot.  She looks a little nervous if you look closely.  Isaac thought it was cool, but got really scared due to its length.

 Lia had no issues touching these Rays...

And Mr. Smiley was happy to find a little play place just for him and a big sister willing to play with him.

I am always fascinated by the jellyfish.  I just think they are one of the coolest of God's creation. These are particularly interesting to me.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - A Pirate's Journey

 The Pirate's Journey show was probably the highlight of our visit.  We did the whole family picture thing to remember it by.  :-)

Normal pose:

I think we are all saying "Arrrr!" here.

This is the pirate who greeted us at the door.  David only agreed to be in the picture because he got to hold the sword.

This is the pre-show.  We are watching from the balcony.

Yes, that's a sea lion.

Isaac likes the sea lion because it stuck out his tongue.  :-)

And this is the view from our front row seats!  It was awesome!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Break 2017 - Myrtle Beach State Park

While it was rainy and cold when we arrived at Myrtle Beach, we did get one beautiful sunny day.  It was still very cold... in the 40's but nice enough to check out the local beach park!  Emily promptly found a tree to climb and Lia joined in too.

This guy was all smiles that there was a park for him to play at.  He clearly doesn't get cold.

There's a great boardwalk and pier here too.

Local flora...

No... they didn't get in but it is always nice to put your feet in the sand.

Little Daddy time.

And yes, happy children running!  (my favorite)

Isaac tried very hard to get those birds!