Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stay-cation: Day 6 - The Reveal from Day 5

I might have implied that our entire "vacation" was a "stay-cation", but we actually took the kids to Chattanooga on Thursday and came home today.  It's only 90 minutes away, so it is still sort of a "stay-cation", but now that we are home, I thought I'd reveal some of what we have been doing:
The pictures from yesterday's post were from last night at Coolidge Park along the riverfront in Chattanooga and just about 1/2 mile from the small house that we rented.  The house worked out nicely for us though we have learned that bringing a pressure gate (didn't have it) and the door knob covers (had three) is advisable when traveling to a new place with three curious two-and-a-half year olds.   I also brought along two new toys that proved to be quite the entertainment when we first arrived and had to unload the car and set up their pack-n-plays.
Coolidge Park is just amazing with fountains, a HUGE grassy area, great parking (and cheap rates) and lots to see!  We spent both Thursday evening and Friday evening there and the kids really had a great time. 
We had dinner at the Greenlife Market after our play time at the fountains and the grassy area.  The kids did pretty well, though Emma was struggling (as was the case for most of the 48 hours that we were gone).  They loved spending time with their cousins who were really great at wearing them out!  Aunt Marsha took them on a run around the market while we got the table cleared and the car ready to go again. 
Despite a temperamental Emma, we still decided to brave the Tennessee Aquarium for the river side of the exhibit this morning (we did the ocean side a few weeks ago).  Thier cousins were really looking forward to the chance to see the Aquarium (and we now have annual passes), so we thought we'd give it a shot.  She did pretty well once we got there and got moving and did enjoy seeing all of the fish and turtles.  Kendall soaked up the sights sticking close to her cousins for most of the visit.  And Clark was pretty enchanted by the fish as well, though he was most impressed with the alligators which lead to a five-minute presentation of "Alligator, Alligator....Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp." 
We headed back to K-town around lunchtime and stopped for a quick bite on our way.  The kids had a rough time getting home (and so did the parents) because of the long days, short nights and lack of naps during the last 48 hours, but they are now sleeping somewhat peacefully and hope that they will stay that way until tomorrow morning. : )
I'll post more pictures from our quick trip again tomorrow.  I highly recommend Chattanooga for anyone with children because the Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum and the parks and water areas are AWESOME!

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