Our zoo passes ended on this day in June. It worked out perfectly for us to be able to go to the awesome new Rocky Shores exhibit they've been working on for so long. The polar bear swims the same little course again and again and yet its still totally captivating.
Brandon was lucky enough to receive a free bike from Shriner's Hospital. It is an awesome Rifton Tricycle that he loves to ride and can do so quite independently. The bicylce program at Shriners is funded by the Bear Paw Challenge, an annual bike ride from Bear Lake to Park City. These amazing riders love thier sport so much, they make sure kids who need adaptive bikes can get them. They held a "Bear Cub Challenge" and set up a fun course in the circle drive at the hospital. Everyone had a great time. Blake and Derek both got involved helping in different stations. Brandon totally thought he won the whole thing!!
Blake and Derek turned 9! It's hard to believe how fast these two are growing up. We did a late night outdoor movie party for them and it was a lot of fun. We showed "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and served popcorn and candy. Everyone had a great time! Each year the number of girls goes down, but there were still 5 at the party this year.
We had a very long and very fun day at Disneyland. The kids are all within the right age group so that Disneyland is pure magic.
We watched the Jedi training. Blake and Brandon were picked from the audience to participate. Derek was a great brother. While Derek really wanted to be picked he held up Brandon and shouted for them to choose him. Brandon was clearly chosen because of this and, needless to say, he was very, very excited.
It was great to have Grandma and Grandpa to help with the kids! I think we really tired them out this trip because we went a lot of places and it made for some very long days.
The Night before we spent our first day at Disneyland we stayed near the park and went to dinner at the Rain Forest Cafe. We also stopped by the LEGO store. That was almost as exciting as Disneyland itself for the kids.