Thursday, March 22, 2012

Final Day

Today was our last full day in Tennessee. We're going to miss it I think!

Today Grandma treated.
First, was the kids' second activity choice of the trip...

They are all about knights and swords and kingdoms,
so this was right up their alley!

You get a sword that becomes yours and if you go to any other Magiquest at any time later,
it remembers what you've done and what quests you've concluded.
You can then pay a small fee to go in with the wand you already have.

(I saw that there is one in Niagara Falls - our summer trip -
and one in the Dells too!)


It was pretty cool actually.
Once training was over, you have 90 minutes.
There are central computer type stations that tell you where you're at in your quests,
and you can choose the next quest you want to enter into.

All over the place are things you can wave your wand at and they animate.
Very cool!

Liam just completed one of his quests and had to go see the princess...

Braeden was ALL ABOUT this activity!

Afterwards we went to a yummy local restaurant for a GREAT lunch!

And went to a pottery place for Grandma to choose a gift
for friends taking care of her dog while she's here.

I'm always in awe of the natural beauty in this area!

Tomorrow we head back home.
It's been a perfect, relaxing, spring break!

Now back to getting things done for this adoption!


Heidi said...

As you turn your attention back to adoption prep... I wanted to pass along a resource. You can easily learn some key Kreyol phrases:
I was so glad to have some basic communication skills when I met my Haitian babe for the first time. Maybe you'll be interested in it too.

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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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