We are sad the Seahawks are out of the playoffs and not going to the superbowl this year. Tucker and Bob did get to go to a game before it ended. I debated back and forth if I should take Tucker but with temperatures below 30 degrees I decided I didn't want to sit outside for 3 plus hours in the cold. Plus Bob has never gone to a Seahawks game before and I knew he would enjoy it.
Talitha got Tucker the perfect hat for Christmas.
Sorry I don't have a lot to say, I wasn't there. :)
The airport was so exciting for the kids I think the return flight deserved it's own post.
Going home seemed to go much more smoothly. First off the airport was pretty empty, there were no crowds and we got through security pretty quickly.
We kind of got into a groove of how to walk through the airport with four kids all carrying their own suitcases. At first it was a jumble or us taking up the entire walkway and the kids cutting people off and then dropping their suitcases so stopping traffic completely. We definitely had escalator issues. Some of our kids were scared to go on while some already went down alone one child even fell on the escalator. It was a mess our first few times.
For our return trip through the airport we walked mostly single file with one parent taking the lead and one in the rear watching all the kids. It went pretty well.
Here the kids are at the gate with our huge mound of stuff. I can't remember what Scarlett was upset about.
How could I not go to Graeters one last time when our gate was right next to it?
Selfie while waiting.
Neither flight was delayed and they was even less turbulence.
One of the best parts was that we got home right around dinner time. We had enough time to unpack a little and eat before going to bed. It was probably one of the best flying with kids experiences we've had.
One day during the reunion we went to the indoor trampoline park called Get Air. I've never been to one of these places before and it was sooo fun. There was a play place similar to a giant McDonalds playland next door so we split up. Most of the older kids went to the trampoline place and the younger kids went next door. I hung out with Penelope and Bob most of the time in the trampoline park.
I did up getting pictures on the trampolines but they are all really blurry so I won't share:) They had a few other things to do at the trampoline place.
It was great! Tucker ran around with his cousins most of the time and looked like he was having a blast. I heard that Leon and Scarlett had tons of fun next door. I kept needing to take breaks to blow my nose and go to the bathroom. Jumping on a trampoline while pregnant with your fifth baby is hard.
We also had a cookie day where each family was in charge of making a treat. Bob and I made a yummy popcorn cake.
Lastly I wanted to share about Penn Station. It's the last restaurant that we try to go to while in Cincinnati. I think their sandwiches are pretty good.
I remember putting on the occasional show or play as a child and now as a parent I always want my kids to make up little plays for me. They don't do it very often but when we had the chance to make puppets I was thrilled. We went to the Madcap Puppet headquarters and toured it. Everything was so interesting. After the tour the kids got to make their own sock puppets.
They all turned out so cute. Scarlett was grumpy for some reason and was being a little difficult with her puppet. She really wanted it to be a peacock and she insisted that popsicle sticks were used instead of feathers or pipe cleaners.
They had some pretty amazing puppets.
Once all the children finished they practiced talking with their puppets. Scarlett refused to participate in this.
She didn't mind trying out the big flower puppet though.
I thought the whole thing was pretty cool. I'll have to get a video of the kids putting on a puppet show one of these days.
Today's post is all about the Cincinnati food! First off they have skyline. If you've never heard of it, I'd say it is definitly worth a try. We don't have it on the West coast and I actually didn't know this sort of thing existed until I met Bob. It is basically a type of chili that you put over noodles and smother in cheese. The chili is almost the same consistency as spaghetti sauce. They also put it over fries and hot dogs. I like it, but I'm not the biggest fan. We usually go once per visit and that is just perfect for me. Some people really really love it.
My favorite is Graters ice cream. We really need to get one of these on the west coast. They sell a chocolate chunk raspberry ice cream that is delicious. We went there a couple times over our visit.
We also made a trip out to Jungle Jims. This was my first time there and it was pretty interesting. It is basically a huge grocery store with lots of different cultural foods in it as well as fun animal (fake) and other displays everywhere in the store. It was really fun to explore and the kids especially liked it.
Scarlett was not a fan of the fish section.
I thought these little pineapples were cute.
They even had a little movie theatre showing a film of how the store got started. It all began with a little bit weird guy named Jim.