This year, we decided to be brave and take our first mini-vacation to Columbus, which is 2 hours south of us. We went for 3 days and 2 nights and Emma and Josh had a great time! Dan and I had fun, too, but we are still exhausted!
We spent one day at COSI (a really cool science center) and then another day at the zoo. The last day, we did more swimming and then went to a local mall to eat lunch and play at a playground before we hit the road!
At COSI, Emma and Josh loved the Kid Place, where they could run and play on this huge indoor playground. There were plastic balls everywhere and they could put them down slides and down large tubes.
Emma and Josh, rolling balls down the slide
Emma tried to carry as many balls as she could!
Josh, taking a break
They even had a super long water table, which they loved of course! Both of them got soaked but they had fun.
Emma and the water table
Look how soaked Emma's dress was!
We then checked into our hotel and ate some Boston Market. Emma and Josh didn't even use highchairs, they just stood at the coffee table and ate. We then put them to bed in the pack n' plays but only Josh would sleep in his for the first night. Emma ended up in bed with us.
Emma eating her dinner in the hotel
The dinner set-up
Josh checking out the hotel
The next day, we went to the zoo first thing in the morning. We saw many animals but their favorite was the Aquarium. We could barely pull them away from the fish.
Josh at the aquarium
Dan pushing the stroller
In the afternoon, we went swimming and it was their first time in a big pool. Emma loved it right away and kept trying to swim away from me (she is so independent!) Josh was a little more apprehensive and kept yelling "wet" and then "sit" because wanted to sit on the side of the pool.
Me, Emma and Josh
Dan and Josh in the pool
Emma loved to "sunbathe" on the chair
All in all, we had a great time! We learned to be pretty flexible on the trip with their eating and sleeping schedules. They only took a 30 minute nap on our way down and then each of them took turns not napping at all one of the days we were there. We basically fed them whenever they were hungry and it wasn't always their usual fruits or healthy items I try to feed them. They each even ate a piece of licorice (crying like crazy in the car calls for desperate measures) and although they won't be doing that again for a long, long time, it worked at the time.
Hope everyone is enjoying their week!