Remember our fabulous monthly week-long vacations, aka our Grand Adventures? If not, check out this post here.
For April, we actually started our Grand Adventure on a Friday night. We had a fabulous dinner, and then as soon as that was cleaned up we got the girls in the jammies for a pajama party. We popped popcorn and drank hot chocolate and snuggled and watched the Hobbit. I totally expected both girls to be asleep not long after the movie started, but it turns out that Marquis was the only one to catch a few Zzzz's during the movie.
It was so very fun to watch how excited they got over a simple pajama party. Sweetheart asked Marquis about a million times when he would finally pop the popcorn, and Princess was over the moon about getting to have some "hot kockat!"
The next day we woke up and were able to watch CG ride in her Nationals competition. I love technology! We watched on my laptop while sitting in bed. We would have preferred to have been there in person, of course, but unfortunately getting to New York just wasn't in the cards in this time. We are so glad we got to see it anyway!
As soon as we were ready for the day we took off for the train station. We got there super early, but luckily there was a buffalo there to entertain us while we waited.
Also, it was cold and we only had light jackets, so we did a little jumping to pass the time. I love that Princess is at the age where she just can't quite actually jump, but she thinks that she can and she tries really hard, cutest thing ever! Also, we somehow found the only puddle on the whole platform and had a grand time making footprints out of it.
The train we got on is the new commuter train that Marquis takes to work every day. These train cars have an upstairs section, which is where we went so we had an awesome view. The girls might have just been a teeny bit excited.
Right after taking that picture, Sweetheart turned to me and very matter of factly said, "Mom, I really think we need to go on a plane ride next, k?" Well okay dear, we'll get right on that.
It was about an hour ride that started right at noon, so we had a little lunch of sandwiches as we rode.
When we finally made it to downtown Salt Lake, we took the girls to the planetarium and wandered around for a bit. They have a bunch of free exhibits that are very hands on and fun, like playing with clouds...
walking on Mars...
and even a little stroll on the moon.
They loved looking at all the different things!
While there we also saw the 3D movie The Flight of the Butterflies, which was quite fascinating about the life of a Monarch butterfly. Princess really didn't want to keep her 3D glasses on, but when she did she liked trying to catch the butterflies. Sweetheart, with her ever vivid imagination, actually says she caught two and brought them home with us.
After the movie we had a little time to kill before the train ride home so we wandered the gift shop and then headed over to the nearby toy store, where I fed Princess to a dinosaur.
(Fun fact, this is the second time I've tried to feed this particular child to a dinosaur. I really do love her, I promise!)
After the toy store we headed back for the train, and a worn out Princess fell asleep in my arms. And I regretting not thinking to bring a stroller. We had an even more adventurous train ride back than on the way there, where I got to experience not only going between cars on a moving train (eek!) but also changing a diaper in an icky, small train bathroom without a changing table (double eek!). Awesome.
We got back to our later much later than we had planned, and so we did something that we never, ever do. We went out to eat. I know, weird, right? Marquis and I go out occasionally on dates, but we never take the kids, both for money reasons and because Sweetheart's food allergies make it just plain scary to let anyone else cook for us. Well, and because it's hard to find food that is acceptable to eat out in that scary world when you are a real food crusader. We found a super cute little place, though, that was awesome about her allergies and didn't break the bank, and the girls thought the change of pace was pretty awesome.
So there you have it, Grand Adventure #2 was a gigantic success!