Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Summer - Week 5

Week 5 of the summer was our vacation in Alabama!  This was the view from our porch!

Obviously the girls loved their dolls we made at build a bear. ;)

The drive home is always the longest.  We stopped somewhere in Louisiana for lunch and Miranda insisted on a sweet tea and was very excited about it.

The next day we had a pajama day at home and the girls and I played games.


Meredith was so concerned about winning this game! The problem is that she was only paying attention to how many cards Mackenzie had one and had no idea that I was in the lead just about the entire time.  It didn't end well. ;)

On Saturday, I took the girls to the library to pick up their summer reading trophies.



We also stayed and picked up some books and Mackenzie even read a book or two while we were there.

Miranda just played with the toys.

Next up was a snack at McCalisters!

Another fun week of summer.  It's kind of sad to think about summer when Mackenzie and Meredith are back at school today.  Summer is always too short!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Summer Vacation - Day 4

On day 4 we drove into Florida.  It was a very beautiful 30 minute drive along the beach to Pensacola Florida.




It's kind of funny, because I could have sworn I took pictures of the military base as we went to the naval air museum, but they were not on my phone when I looked the next day.  I'm sure I accidentally deleted them, but its weird that they just disappeared.

The museum was really cool.  This is a model of just how big carriers really are to hold all of the planes.


The museum was fairly busy, but because it was so large and open you didn't feel like it was crowded.

There were so many planes on the lower level!


Brandon got his work out lifting the girls to see inside some of the planes.


The cockpits are so small!  There's no way I would fly in a plane that small.


And who knew that some of the original planes were framed in wood?!



I really liked the planes who's wings folded up to fit on the carrier!

We were going to try to see the Blue Angels fly, but since their big beach show was 2 days away they had a practice early that morning instead of their typical afternoon practice. :(


Look, you could live on plane! ;)



These wings folded back.


Riding on bombs....




Shooting guns!


I also liked seeing the underside of the planes hanging above us.


and how they painted them in general.



Different angle for the blue angels...



This one is for my brother... ;)



Upstairs had even more fun stuff...


We also went in a simulator for an aircraft carrier.  It blew our hair all over the place!

And last, but not least, the girls each sat in a small cockpit mock up.




It was a fun trip.  We got milk shakes on our way back to the condo and ordered pizza for dinner!  We relaxed and enjoyed our last night of vacation!
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