Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 3 Niagara Falls

Had an amazing day today!  Finally saw the Falls themselves and we were in love!

Took the kids up close and personal on the Maid of the Mist.  At one point I looked down at Liam's little hand grasping the side rails of the boat, all of us getting wet and laughing, looking at the wonder of the Falls in front of us... and I was in awe.  How amazing for the kids to get to experience some of the things they are at such a young age.  How Amazing of our God to create such wonders for us to experience.  How AMAZING we are doing it all together.

After the boat ride we looked around a little bit more, bought our requisite pins for the kids' pin collection and a wood picture frame saying Niagara Falls for my frame/vacation "collection", and decided to see about lunch before heading into Canada!

I had originally planned to grab something small at the little lunch counter they have inside the Niagara Falls info center... but when I went to see about what to order... the meals were $8 each!  NO kids meals/prices!  And drinks were EXTRA!  I don't know about you... but that was CRAZY to me!  We aren't at Dis*ney World!  I don't budget much at all for meals on vacation because we mostly eat at the house.

We left there and started to walk across the street to a "food court" advertised in the building nearby, but I saw that there was a Hard Rock just next door.  The kids have only ever been to one Hard Rock and they loved it.  And I knew that there we'd at least get a good meal, sit down relaxation, and it wouldn't cost much more than what we just saw, so we went for it.  (I guess a splurge once in a while is ok?!) :)

We had so much fun!  And the food was GREAT!  And I was right... it cost in total, with tip, about $9 more than what it would have been at the little food counter... seriously!?  Couldn't believe it!

After lunch it was on to Ontario... our first time for all of us to go out of the country!  The one thing that threw me was the speed limit signs being in km!  I was clueless! :)

Our whole reason for going, but it was only about a 20 min total drive there and back from where we were, was to take the kids to Magi*quest.  We had gone to one in TN on Grandma's dime and they LOVED it.  You purchase a wand (different ones avail) and the whole place is interactive with a swish of the wand.  There are different "quests" you can go on... it's right up their alley! :)  Once you have a wand, if you want to go back it's inexpensive to reactivate the wand and play again.  So we did.  The one in TN is in it's own building and VERY cool.  This one was in a lodge and basically in the halls of floors 3 and 4, so kind of weird.  But they still had a blast!  I love that O and B are old enough to go on their own in places now and I went around with Liam.  So fun!

After that it was back to the US and more play time at the house.  Where they continued to play Magi*quest on their own! :)  Tomorrow is a "down" day, hanging at the house most of the day... :)  I'm looking forward to it! :)


Barb said...

That looks like sooo much fun!

Nikki said...

Wow, so close to me :) Hope you had fun in Canada!


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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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