OK here we go....
Our wonderful friend Michal came with us in the car to drive the van home from the airport (c'mon ,you all know me-would I ever pay for a week of long term parking? I think not! Speaking of which, remind me to tell you all on my Friday post about our awesome Florida parking deal!)
So. Michal came with us-she squeeeezed in the back between the kids and allowed them to play Brickbreaker on her phone.
Shana insisted on changing out of her uniform in the car. "Mommy, I will NOT wear my UNIFORM on the plane"
See them all with their stuffed animals? I allowed them ONE each. I still believe it's a minor miracle that they all came home.
After a packed flight to Florida (on Spirit Airlines, the Greyhound bus of the skies), we got to Ft. Lauderdale at 11 pm. By the time we got our rental van and got to the hotel, it was after midnight. The kids got to bed by about 12:30, and slept until 8:30.
By 8:45 we were here:
I know you're a little jealous. It's ok to cry that you were in the arctic while we were swimming (well except for you, Steph. You live in the most beautiful land of them all. I think I need to move to Miami)
We swam for a few hours and then went on our big outing, to Lion Country Safari. It was SO COOL! The kids loved it. Of course I didn't take any pictures of the safari part of it, so imagine lots of rhinos, lionesses, giraffes, zebras, and the like about 10 feet away from you and you'll get the idea.
Then we moved on to Safari Land, the park part of the place. We:
rode a ferris wheel (well not me, I'm afraid of heights...didn't know that about me, didja?)
Rode a pontoon
played mini golf
rode a carousel (oh this is such a great picture of Dovi)
checked out some flamingos
smiled like little clowns
And FED GIRAFFES! OMG it was sooooooo cool.
Jacob and Dovi refused to.
Oh well, more for us. It was one of those "once in a lifetime" moments-when else will you feed a giraffe?
Sorry it's all bright...
No worries, there's glass between them and the crocodile.
Then we went out to dinner in Boca Raton, and went back to the hotel. Benjie and I sat in the dark room by the light of the bathroom after the kids went to bed, hunched over the laptop. Ahhh the rocking life of parents.
Friday coming up later! (maybe tomorrow-I'm still getting unpacked and organized!)
And just because I love y'all...a little preview :)