I promised to share our trip to Indianapolis, so I need to make good on that. So here is our story…
Last week Monday, our little family packed up and headed south.
Before having Eddie, four hours in the car for a road trip would have been no big deal for Cort and me. We love road trips together! But with a 13-month old? By hour three? Eddie was done. D.O.N.E. done. I had to start singing to him to get him to applaud and smile and not scream his face off.
Also on that four-hour tour, Eddie also had his first McDonald’s visit. I didn’t even think to take my camera in, but there he sat…in a highchair, with a chicken nugget and apple slice happy meal, smiling. And in that McDonalds somewhere in northern Indiana? My baby learned to drink out of a straw. Sigh…
Anyway, we arrived in Indianapolis around 5:00 or so. Eddie LOVED the hotel room!
The chair and the air conditioner and the window overlooking a bazillion school buses were his favorite parts.
That evening Emily invited us over for pizza and relaxing on the back deck while the kids played. It was a lovely way to start our visit! Before we left, we agreed to head out to the Indianapolis Zoo with Emily and her crew in the morning.
Emily has a membership pass so we got in for nothing at all! You can’t beat that deal with a stick!
Emily’s oldest, PK, was our tour guide for the day. Now you must know, PK and I bonded over that fact that we both love princesses, and I knew each one of her Polly Pockets princess’s names. Yup, we are now BFF’s. Anyway, I believe it was because of this bond that we got such a thorough tour from her.
One of the first places she took us was to see the sharks. Very cool. However, did you know you can PET these sharks? Um…I am a little skeptical of this.
But clearly it is safe because I don’t think Emily would let her sweet little girls touch a man eater. I don’t THINK.
So of course Cort had his brave pants on that day and cozied up to a shark. This is the same guy who picked up a horseshoe crab and pet a sting ray in Myrtle Beach. Show off.
So I leaned in and pet one too. It was icky, but at least I did it. Notice my two-finger technique. That is me all following directions.
We stopped to see the penguins. Birdie liked the penguins. I liked Birdie’s pigtails. It’s a fair trade.
Eddie enjoyed the dolphin dome. It WAS pretty neat to feel like you are underwater. And it’s very echo-y in there. Also a favorite of Eddie’s.