Day 5 - This was the day Brent was busy all day so I was on my own. The plan had been to meet the Jones in the morning, but they were pulled away to other things so it was just us. Several friends had recommended the Dallas Arboretum, particularly the Children's Garden, so we made it our first stop, knowing it would be hot later. We brought 5 bottles of water and lots of snacks as we hadn't eaten a "real" breakfast.
B spent more time on his navigation skills in a truly beautiful setting.
I admit, I sort of felt like I was rushing them through a huge collection of amazing things, but already I was beginning to worry about the heat, hydration, and their poor (slathered in sunscreen) skin. This huge, cool Kaleidoscope was at the entrance to a math garden!! We all loved it.
They all loved it, but it wasn't much cooler. We flitted through solar and wind power on our way to the "Texas Wetlands"
Then headed back up the hill in search of lunch.
We had planned on ending with the "first adventures" area after lunch, but ultimately decided to begin the hike back to the main gates.
We did attempt a picture of all three... fail again, but decided on popsicles on our way out. This, obviously, resulted in E changing clothes, but we felt a bit better. I totally loved the gardens and would spend hours and days there if we lived closer. SO wonderful! It was time to go though so we all loaded up for our next adventure:
Next up, back to dry clothes and playing before dinner. Ok, keep in mind E is 2. At this point, my vivofit said we'd been nearly 14,000 steps. He was exhausted, but still rolling with it. Dinner, however, didn't go that well. He was at that tired stage where he must be moving constantly or fall asleep. Brian and Linh were as helpful as could be and he did love their calamari, but I was pretty sad that he wasn't staying at the table or acting like his usual lovely self. M & Samantha were deep in cahoots over colors, food, puzzles on their menus, which was cute. E & the Vo's nearly 2 year old Emily did manage to use this time to fall for each other a bit. By the time we left they were waving, pointing, and reaching for each other. E even perhaps tried to kiss her (which we stopped as she might still be contagious from a recent illness... and is 2). They were completely adorable and I'm told she missed him terribly while we were swimming.
I so loved getting this time with the Vos. They are awesome and we hope to visit again next month! After the crazy dinner, we headed back to the hotel for more crazy trying to get overly tired E to sleep. He resisted and babbled for maybe 2 hours. B, of course, fell promptly asleep, but M and I could not and Brent tried to help when he arrived, but without much success. Sigh. Glad this was our last hotel night as much as I loved this particular hotel.
Where We Went:
Dallas Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
Cimarron Aquatic Center (Irving)
Where we Ate:
Breakfast was seriously just snacks we had with us -- granola bars, goldfish, cracker sandwiches, etc...not my proudest moment in parenting.
Dallas Arboretum - Children's Adventure Garden Cafe - best Gatorade ever :)
Where we Stayed:
DFW Grand Hyatt - paid for by Intel as part of the meetings Brent was attending. Lovely hotel all around.