Homeward Bound, part 3

After 2 1/2 days packed with somber activities, we had one day left to have a little fun with the kids. We went back and forth with ideas of hiking up Stone Mountain, but we thought it might be a bit too much for the little ones. Fortunately, we didn't have to make that decision, because my Aunt and Cousin were generous enough to pay for tickets to the Georgia Aquarium! We were told that it is currently the largest aquarium in the world and that we couldn't miss it. We were not misinformed. We saw buluga whales, whale sharks (I didn't even know such a thing existed), penguins, seals, otters, alligators, and Japanese crabs. The list could go on and on. At one point everyone just parked their buns in front of the viewing window and watched the 55,000 varieties of fish that inhabited the tank that was the size of a football field! It was truly amazing. Kyra's favorite part of course was the play area that went up almost 3 stories tall (of course it wouldn't be any of the fish). She did say that she liked the alligators though. My favorite was the buluga whale, which really seemed to be full of personality. I think Katie's favorite part was the penguins, since she was plastered to the window, and tried to tickle them with her fingers as the dove in the water. Although, she didn't seem to have much fear when it came to touching the sting rays either. It truly was a great day.

We ended the trip with one more meal at my Aunt's house. My stomach is seriously still suffering from the mass of food we ate. It really was great southern food. I am very happy that even though it was a short and packed trip, that we were able to spend some quality time with family. Not being able to see my Dad's side of the family very often, it was nice to catch up and make some new memories from our time together. I hope to keep up with my relatives and hopefully see them again next year. It was a good trip, yes a good trip.

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

What a handful of blessings were mixed in with your times of mourning this last week. I'm so glad you were able to make the trip and spend those precious moments with your family remembering your Grandpa. I was similarly blessed when my Grandpa passed away three years ago - it was bittersweet because we knew he was in heaven, but we already missed him. The memories we shared and made with the family that weekend are priceless.

Annie said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your family! It sounds like a bittersweet time, and a wonderful time for your girls. They are so beautiful dressed up in their matching dresses!

I hope we can see you soon! I sure do miss you. I'm really glad you had the opportunity to be with your family during this difficult time. I am praying for you and your family.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

So thankful you had some time to make some good memeories and have fun together!

Earen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but glad that your trip was a wonderful time for you. The picture of the kids is very cute too!

Kris said...

Great sum up of our trip, Sarah! I love these shots. Glad to be home?? How'd the birthday party go?
K

Dave and Jenni said...

Sounds like an emotional trip, but a good one and a necessary one. I love the picture of the kids - they are adorable. Glad you are all back safe and sound.