The week after our Gulfport trip, Kelly and I took a road trip to see Wade’s mom in Charlotte. We had decided to stop in Mobile on the way to spend the night with my friend Raegan and her kids. We had a great time with them, spending a full day and night. The kids all got along really well and had a blast playing together. Besides a small incident involving a golf club and someone’s head, I really enjoyed hanging out with her and getting to know her kids. Towards the end of the day, Raegan, Kelly and I were relaxing on the balcony while the kids played down in the backyard and they somehow got into playing with the hose and creating a giant mud puddle. We all kind of just said, what the hell, and let them play in the mud. Kelly wasn’t as thrilled about it and even though we tried to convince Eleni that it was ok to get dirty, she didn’t quite get more than her hands full of mud :-)
Mom wanted to take all of the kids to Gulfport for a few days to do some fun things and visit my grandmother. I wasn’t sure how this would go, 5 kids in 2 hotel rooms for 2 nights … it actually wasn’t that bad. We kept them so busy that they were usually pretty tired by the end of the day. Here we are, still happy and smiling before getting on the road.
Our first full day there, we started off at the Gulfport Children’s Museum which was one of the cutest ones I’ve been to. There were so many fun and different things for the kids to do and they really enjoyed themselves.
Outside of the museum, they have these really cute houses that are built just like real houses. Inside, they show you various things that go into building a house. One of them has an open wall so you can see the insulation, another has an open area under a sink so you can see the plumbing. Very cute and the kids loved playing in them.
Up through the center of the museum was a sting ray climber so the kids could get to the 2nd floor by climbing it:
There was a train with several different cars to play in. One where you shovel the coal, one with luggage and one that was a dining car.
This may have been their favorite part, they played here for a while. There was a a shrimp boat that had a trawl net and stuff they could catch in it. They could sort through the catch and had shrimp boots for them to wear. There was also a crane to load things on another boat.
After a day and a half in Gulfport, it was time to check out the of the hotel and head north a bit to visit my grandma then head home. Although we were all exhausted, we decided to take the kids to one more place to have fun. We found one of those indoor bounce places and the kids had a blast. The little ones all started off in the smaller area while the boys tackled all of the big jumps, but soon Adalyn was on stage dancing with a summer camp group and Emelyn was running around with Hayden, climbing and jumping on all of the big ones as well. Hayden took such big care of her, he made sure to help her when she needed it and never let her out of his sight. It was so sweet to watch.
We had a great visit with my grandma, we really don’t get to see her enough and I know she loves seeing all of the kids. This was an attempt to get them all in a photo with her. It was pretty hectic with Avery screaming and Ethan refusing to get into the picture. He was at first, but then didn’t like what he smelled and ran away. Turns out, my grandma was cooking cabbage and the smell had just started spreading around the room. We all had a good laugh about it.