Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 9 Niagara Falls

Our final morning at the house today and then we hit the road for home.  We are stopping in Cleveland for the day however.  A new city to explore!  On our list for today...

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Awesome, BUT I would wait until the kids were older had I thought through more.  Outside was fun though!  (NO pics allowed inside) :(

Then we headed over to West Side Market to get some eats.  

It was a true sight to behold and the kids loved walking through and seeing all of the different items for sale.

The pig... yeah that'll be talked about for a LONG time!

Our little cheese lover was in heaven!

We ate dinner at the West Side Cafe in a corner of the market.  They had an amazing and very different menu and I wasn't sure the kids would eat much.  We ended up getting appetizers to share: Korean BBQ wings (Olivia and I loved them), lamb sliders (Liam, Olivia, and I loved them... tasted very much like a Gyro as a burger!), and fries (All approved!)

Afterward we walked the market and I let them each choose something for dessert... YES, Liam chose cheese! LOL

Braeden got a black and white cookie!

And Olivia picked a chocolate chip muffin!

Following the market, we drove over to Big Fun Toy Store.  SUCH A COOL PLACE!

Think back to all those vintage toys you played with as a kid... you'd see it here.  It's PACKED, and I mean PACKED with vintage toys and new alike.  There is something for ANY budget.  From loose action heroes in bins for $3 or 4 for $10, to collectibles like the Hulk Liam wanted that was $65! 

I absolutely LOVED the card catalogs that were FILLED with little gadgets to buy!

Each of the kids still had some money and they spent here!  Olivia bought a green rabbit foot key chain and a book titled Boys, Boys, Boys about all the tweenish boys like Zac Efron and such.  She's been reading up!  (Hilarious because as we walked out of the store she said loudly, "I'm really going to like my Boys, Boys, Boys!" and I said, "Thanks for announcing that to everyone, everyone, everyone." :)  Just then a woman came around to cross the street next to us and said, "Don't worry, I didn't hear a thing!"  Olivia was so embarrassed and I was LAUGHING so hard!)

Liam did NOT get the $65 Hulk (only figure of him we saw and he really likes the Hulk for some reason right now) but we found a little bopper type blow up Hulk.  He also got a giant paratrooper (the kind you throw in the air and his parachute opens as he comes down), a can of silly string, and a candy.

Braeden got 3 loose figures... 3 different Power Ranger Zords (is that how you spell it?  No clue!)

From there it was on to the hotel and some swimming before hitting the hay.  Well... actually truth be told... it was swimming, then candy from the vending machine and some Dis*ney Channel... and then some major break downs (mom included) and now one 8 year old is sleeping on the floor next to my bed, a 6 year old is sleeping in bed next to me, and a 10 year old is sleeping in the other bed.  Praying for naps on the final ride home tomorrow!

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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