My parents live in Atlanta, GA, about 14 hours or so away from us. So, any visit from them is quite a treat. Last week, they visited for the whole week, and it was wonderful.
We did several things together, but I didn’t get very many pictures because I was either juggling the baby or lost in the moment. I don’t apologize for that, either. But I did manage to get a few pictures from the Dallas World Aquarium, one of our major stops during the visit.
We visited right around feeding time which was really fun. There were divers in a lot of the tanks, either feeding or cleaning. Sam was most interested in what they were doing.
I thought the aquarium would be better than the zoo because of the heat but also I thought that for a four month old, this would be more his speed than big open pens of animals. The Dallas World Aquarium is somewhat like a zoo, however, because it has a lot of animals in addition to the fish. There is a huge enclosure with birds and crocodiles and another exhibit of penguins, so it was like a first step to the zoo.
Also during their visit, I took my parents to IKEA because they have never been to this store. When I found that out, it was a must for this visit. IKEA is such an experience. We had dessert in their restaurant and walked through the entire store. I took several pictures for ideas for the house. I’ve really enjoyed our couch from IKEA. It’s so easy to clean and has held up pretty well over the years (and is so comfortable). I’m making bucket lists for several rooms in our house, so IKEA trips may become more common in our future.
We also went several other places and did many other things (including a nice date night for Michael and me which was so appreciated). But my favorite moments were just hanging out and watching my parents love on Sam. They ooo’d and aww’d at all of Sam’s milestone abilities, laughed and played, even changed a diaper or two. I’m so thankful for this visit and for my parents being a part of Sam’s life!