Hello summer, how we've missed you. We started our summer adventures with the Lost Sea. What I loved the most about it was that Ben got a little scared in that dark cave and wanted to hold my hand. I can't remember the last time he has wanted that, so I treasured those few moments! It was a tad boring. However, being in a real cave with real stalagmites is very different from reading about them, so I'm hoping they had some sort of educational experience or maybe felt like Indiana Jones for an hour. They have a sweet shop in the "village" next to the cave, so we stopped in for ice cream. Hallie asked me when we were going on the adventure while in the cave, and I told her that this was the adventure. To which she replied, "This not adbenture, this cave." Then yesterday (a few weeks later) she said she wanted to go on "anoder ice cream adbenture". Clearly she was not so impressed with the cave.
This week we went to the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge and Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Our Titanic was way better than I thought it would be. I'm only sad they didn't allow cameras inside because there were so many things I would have loved to get a photo of. The kids especially loved the giant iceburg that was really made of ice and trying to stand on the deck of the ship that was nearly vertical. Hallie also had a very long conversation with an animated bear. The aquarium was fun too. It's just that I think I pushed everyone to their limits with two big trips in one day. The aquarium was quite full, and we were constantly running into people. Ben loved picking up a horseshoe crab and touching a stingray. The shark lagoon was very cool, and Ben was excited to see the dinosaur exhibit. Natalie and I made it through an entire Beacon Street Girl audio book during the drive about a girl visiting Paris. We really enjoyed it, and by the time we made it home I felt like I had really been on a journey overseas.
Besides that we are very much enjoying sleeping in. Nat loves swim team. Ben spends a lot of time building legos and planning Nerf gun wars. Hallie entertains us constantly with her antics. We've been spending many days at the pool and with family and friends. In the interest of being real I will also say there is begging for ice cream at 9 am, a poison ivy and allergic reaction to a sting incidents, and Natalie has a summer cold coming on. But in the deep days of winter I forgot life could be this good, and what I really love is that all my kids are together all day every day.