Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt at the Club at Deaton Creek.They hunted until the very end . . . determined to find the deeply hidden eggs. Their persistence paid off - Molly found the "silver" egg - with a dollar inside. They both left with a basket full of goodies.After touring the model homes, Camden was taking in the scenery. On Saturday, he was just starting to walk and definitely wanted a hand to hold on to.
We packed up the car and headed to Chattanooga for an overnight. For those of you that haven't known us long, Molly had severe carsickness from the age of 18 months until her ear tubes fell out when she was 4. We re-lived the "good old days" on the way to Chattanooga. Jeff and I don't like Burger King, but decided we'd let the kids indulge since we were "on vacation." When the car stopped for the first time since leaving home at the Calhoun Burger King, Molly proceeded to puke ALL OVER her handmade Elmo Blanket that she was curled up in. Actually, i was thankful she had the blanket, can you imagine what the car would have looked like if we wouldn't have had the blanket?? Sorry, i had to post this . . . POOR ELMO!!!
Here's Molly wearing her 3D glasses. . .After the IMAX, we went back to the hotel so the kids could go for a quick swim at the indoor pool. Then headed off to dinner. They have a Cheeburger Cheeburger in Chattanooga. . . a favorite burger-joint from our Auburn days! So, we took the kids there. They loved the diner-like feel of the restaurant, and the kids meals were served in little boxes that were cardboard replicas of "oldie" cars. But their favorite part was getting to drink 3 sodas at one time! Wait - - - as i type that, i realize it makes it sound like they each HAD 3 sodas of their own. Not so. Jeff ordered a "chocolate soda" (don't ask, he's nasty like that) and the kids each had rootbeer, me too. They thought it would be cool (wrong again, GRIFFIN thought it would be cool) to drink 3 at one time, so Molly had to try it too! Oh, also just noticed, if you look closely at the bottom left of this picture, you can see a part of molly's "car" that her food was served in.
Griffin on the rooftop, pulling himself up in a pulley-seat.Molly inspecting some bugs in the bug/dinosaur area. Even though they were tightly caged with no way to escape, she was a little timid to stick her face up to the window and really look.Even our sweet Camden managed to have a little fun!After the children's museum, we headed over to the aquarium for a tour. . .
Touch tank of Sturgeon Fish
Notice what rule-followers i have . . . the sign said to ONLY touch with two fingers, look closely below at how prepared they were. . .
Camden LOVED the fish . . . ask him next time you see him, "what does a fish say?"
After the river's journey, we crossed the street for lunch at Mellow Mushroom, then headed back to go to
First stop: a Stingray Touch Tank
Then, a Butterfly Garden
Poor Camden just couldn't keep his eyes open any longer. A belly full of pizza and a warm butterfly garden. . . who wouldn't want to take a nap?
After the butterflies, we headed to another floor to see penguins, sharks and fish, fish, fish. Camden was asleep, so we poked around until he woke up and did it all over again. We were so glad we waited, because he LOVED the penguins!
Molly "kissing" a penguin
Molly and Grif "swimming with the sharks"
I told you they were "with the sharks"
A HUGE fish with beautiful colors. He was almost glowing.
And would you believe, that the camera battery died as we tried to take pictures of Camden with the penguins. Jeff was able to capture one with my cell phone, but this is as good as it gets -
Camden brought home a stuffed penguin, and to this day, hugs it like it's his favorite. It is absolutely precious. Guess we'll talk about this trip for years to come!
That's it. We had the car packed up from earlier in the morning when we checked out and we strolled through town and climbed aboard the McCreary express to head back to Atlanta. Home just in time for bedtime.
Are you tired yet? This was just the first 3 days of spring break! I'll add the rest soon. But Chattanooga is a great little getaway from Atlanta! It was a super-fun trip. We stayed at a great hotel, so if you ever plan to go, ask us for our recommendation!