Monday, July 26, 2010

Grand Family Summer Adventure - Part 3

Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here.

After visiting with the B family for about a week, we spent some time in Louisiana with one of my husband's brothers and his family. We had gotten a little teasing visit in on our trip out to Georgia, and now we really got to spend time with them.

One of the days we were there, they took us to the Alexandria zoo. If you are ever in the area, check it out. It was only $5 per person and another $1.50 for a train ride. And for a smaller city, it really is a great zoo. Most of the time you see the animals up close. We were so close, in fact, that the alligator snapping turtles thought the little ones were lunch.

To visit the lions, you walk inside a dark cave area. Because it's bright outside, it really takes your eyes a few minutes to adjust. As I walked in with Fritter and Ladybug, I heard my husband yell, "Grab Fritter!" And then a loud roar. With heart pounding, my eyes adjusted, and this is what I saw:

He was not a happy lion. And in fact took swipes at most everyone that came inside the "cave". It took some time for my heart to slow its rhythm to normal. I don't believe humans were meant to be that close to such an animal.

Fritter and JG enjoyed driving the jeep on a safari.

And all the kids loved feeding the fish with Aunt L.

We then rode the train, which took us around the zoo. It's a short ride, but worth the $1.50.

Another day we filled up the baby pool for the kids. Ladybug was not happy with the state of things. And Fritter was a bit hesitant at first. But soon he was happily splashing his dad and consequently being dunked by said father.

Mostly we spent our time just enjoying J and L and getting to know little JG. It was equally as hard leaving them, and hopefully we'll see them around Christmas time (hint, hint). ;-)

Just because I can't get enough of those big brown eyes.

One our way home, we stopped again in San Antonio and this time got to explore the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. It really was worth the stop, as it was such a gorgeous church.

There is a painting there of St. Therese done by one of her sister's. We were told this painting was carried in the procession during St. Therese's canonization.

We also drove by the Alamo, and were impressed by San Antonio's downtown area. So much history! One day DH and I are going to visit without the kids and with more time so we can really explore it.

We stayed in a hotel in Ft. Stockton that night, because it had been raining and all the tent sites were soaked. I have decided that I prefer RV parks to hotels. We got home mid afternoon the next day and were so happy to be home (and take showers).

Thus concludes our Grand Family Summer Adventure 2010. Thanks for reading!


Kate said...

How nice! The basilica looks so beautiful. Someday, if we are ever in the area, we will have to make it a priority to stop there too....
I've loved St. Therese of the Child Jesus ever since I was a teenager, and there for awhile devoured every book I could get my hands on about her life. She really is such an awesome saint.


Cmerie said...

Kate you would love this church. On the left side of it is a shrine devoted to St. Therese and in the basement is the adoration chapel, which is simple and beautiful. Across the street is a convent and school, which I thought was very neat. The only bad thing is that the church is in a pretty rough side of town, so we didn't stay as long as we would have liked. It was still nice though. Wouldn't it be fun if we could plan a trip to San Antonio together. ;-)