Wednesday, March 21, 2012

St. Patrick's Weekend with Jiji

We had a great blessing this weekend... Jiji came to visit.  He has a new client in Dallas, and before my aunt's wedding date changed, he scheduled a business trip to see them and then drive down for the wedding.  When it changed, he decided to use the weekend to come and have his own "Jiji Visit."

It was kind of rainy here most of the visit and Jiji had to work, so it was mostly inside time just being silly.  We went to Chuy's & Rudy's (mmmmm...) and had a fun outing to Cascade Caverns on St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day
Leading up to SP Day, we told the kids that Leprechauns would come to the house, be silly and leave us some treats.  They didn't disappoint and TRASHED our living room.  Blankets and pillows everywhere, chairs crooked (dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA).
Look what the Leprechauns did! (and my 14 week belly)
Inside the empty ottoman, the Leprechauns left everyone treats, including Mommy, Daddy, and Jiji.  The kids even got two new books about St. Patrick's Day.
Finding the spoils... they were so shocked about the whole thing that this is the closest we got them to being still

For breakfast, we asked the kids if they wanted green milk and eggs; Jared would only let us do the eggs... something about green milk freaked him out.


Cascade Caverns


After we cleaned up the Leprechaun mess, we decided to have an outing; we wanted to go somewhere we'd never been, so we found some caverns just north of us.  Right outside the entrance to the cave was the HUGE foam dinosaur.  Apparently, it was movie prop and left as a donation to the caverns; Jared thought it was neat and Annabelle didn't trust it one bit.

While we waited for our cave tour, we explored the area.  It was basically caverns in the middle of an RV park.  The map told us there was a park for the kids to play at, however, it didn't exist; so we spent most of the time playing games and climbing rocks.

Once on the tour, it was make sure Jared and Bellie don't touch anything thing or fall down.  In order to enter the cave, there were some crazy slippery stairs.  Annabelle biffed it on her bum once, in the middle of this big cave puddle.  Luckily, it was only her bum that was wet.  There were multiple parts to the cave where I realized that if I were any more pregnant, it wouldn't have been possible.  For instance, there was a 20 ft section of just walking bent over.  PLUS it was the type of cave where we had to turn around and back-track to get out.  So, we had to do it twice.  The second time around, Greg accidentally bashed his head while standing up.  He has a nice cut and left his mark on the cave.  We also saw a cave lizard and some mammoth fossils.

By the time we were done, all of our pants bottoms were soaked and muddy.  Soaked and muddy, but we had a lot of fun.

He left early Tuesday morning and the kids have been asking for him since, it's a really good thing we get to see him next month for Meg's Graduation.

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