We had a wonderful day today. I am off Sundays and Mondays so it was the perfect opportunity to do something with the kids. The oldest (21) had to work, but I took everyone else to Colossal Cave near Tucson. OMGosh we had so much fun. The cave itself was fun, but after that we had a picnic, and walked around the park for a while. The park is very very cool. They have stables so you can go horseback riding, and there is a small museum about the cave and the Civil Conservation Corp that laid the pathways inside the cave. There's a little playground, and a fun house mirror from 1939. That was a HOOT! I swear my kids spent 15 minutes howling at each other! We had ice cream, looked around in the gift shops, then decided to head back home, about little more than a 2 hour drive. The weather was wonderful, not too hot because there was some cloud cover. The cloud cover made things very interesting though, and we got some very cool pictures of the clouds and mountains, really just breathtaking (it was a GREAT day for picture taking!) On our way back, we stopped at an outlet mall, and I picked up some books for the kids. Snugglebutt got a level 3 early reader book about Seabiscuit, and I'm not even exaggerating when I tell you that precisely 17 minutes after we got in the car, he said "that was a good book but it was sad!" Sassy got a book of mad-libs, and that entertained them all the rest of the way home. That was hilarious.
I'm just so impressed with my older kids. My oldest son (I'll call him W00t, he goes around saying that all the time!) is 17 and never once said this is lame, I wanna be with my friends. (He did however occasionally look at his cell phone and sigh because there was no service where we were! :P) He laughed and had fun and helped with the picnic, and he really got into the picture taking. DQ too, she had a great time too. I wouldn't blame either of them if they didn't want to go, but I am so happy they did.
We really needed to get out of the house for a while :)
And the best part? I won't have to scrounge around for pics for Wordless Wednesdays, because now I have a *TON* of really good ones (including the pictures above.) Yes, I am that messed up, that I kept thinking "that will be a good one for the blog..."