Monday, December 29, 2008

A Day at the Gardens

We had a wonderful day at Busch Gardens yesterday. The weather was perfect, and Olivia (my fellow rider of the group) was tall enough this time to go on another roller coaster. We couldn't get to everything, but loved what we were able to do!

The day started off with a stop at the Christmas tree!

Going on the Sky Ride

Braeden resting on Sissy as we waited for a special surprise!

Olivia, Braeden and I were going on a "safari" to feed giraffes, a gift from Grandma and Grandpa!

We got to touch and love on them, it was so cool!

Feeding the giraffes!

Not sure about the giraffe's heads being quite so close! :)

Waiting for our favorite show here, Katonga!

I couldn't get the flash to go off, but that's a white tiger laying right above Olivia and Liam in a pop up viewing "window" :)

Liam and Ms. Giraffe

Braeden as a tiger

Olivia's face painting

Liam hanging out in the stroller

Braeden throwing rings. We had seen this a few times through the park. If you got one around a green bottle, you won a huge tiger, Braeden was eyeing it all day. BUT, if you got it around the one yellow bottle in the middle, you won a Wii! I thought why not try, we never play game, so we got one small bucket of rings to share. They loved it. And, the very last ring, thrown by me, landed right on the YELLOW BOTTLE!!! And then bounced right off! :) I kid you not! But the fun is in the playing and it was a blast! :)

Finishing with the Christmas on Ice Show


Looks like FUN!
Where did you get their shirts???
I want them!!!!!!!! :)

Lisa said...

Their shirts came from Universal Studios when we were there in Aug for Olivia's wish. I love to wear them when we go places like this, we get so many fun comments! :)
I wonder if they could be found online??? Would be great Disney shirts! :)

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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