Nov 30, 2017

Thanksgiving in Dallas

We decided to try out a little holiday travel this year for Thanksgiving, and the open road was calling our name.  Our first stop was Pineville for a play break with one of our favorite families, the Sharbonos...
There is someone for everyone when you get our two families together...
These two share a bond very few boys can...
...it's one forged from being beleaguered by 6 of these things...
The Sharciau/Pourbono Clans have been very productive...
Once we made it to Texas we had to get some barbecue for lunch...

And enjoy some dinner theater at what Stella referred to as "Many Evil Times" on her last trip to Dallas...
Our cousins joined us...
Stella was chosen Queen of the Tournament and our knight even took a photo with us...what a great guy! (Side note: Corinne wore the exact same princess dress to Medieval Times that Cille wore on our last visit.)
From imaginary heroes to real ones...our next stop was the George W. Bush Presidential Library, where we took a photo in the Oval Office West...
Cille took a few calls for W while we were there...
The big girls, Damon, and I hit the ropes the next morning...
Trinity Forest Adventure Park was so much fun...
That afternoon we rejoined the rest of our group for a trip to the Perot Museum...
The trip got a little interesting at this point, because starting during the zip lining I ran a pretty raging fever.  I struggled through our time at Perot and Damon took me straight to Urgent Care when they closed.  Turns out I had pneumonia so I got benched for the next day's adventures, which included a guided tour at the Dallas Heritage Village...


It was a little difficult to book this tour, but totally worth it, because the kids had a great time learning what life was like for the early residents of Dallas in a hands-on way...
They also got to take in the inaugural Dallas Zoo Lights...

...where s'mores were on the menu!  I was so glad, because Watts had specifically asked to do s'mores at Great Wolf Lodge, because he remembered doing this in Canada when he was 3...that kid has a long term memory like his Great-Grandpa Crane, who I am pretty sure remembers coming through the birth canal...
And guess what big boy lost a tooth at the hotel?  It reminded me of when Cille shed a tooth in Colonial Williamsburg...
We checked into Great Wolf Lodge on Thanksgiving Day and our cousins joined us for some turkey and dressing...
And a little light iPad watching...
Great Wolf Lodge was so much fun!  It turned out to be the perfect use case for the Apple Watch with Cellular, which led to there being no photos from the water park itself.  We also learned from past mistakes and stayed only 2 nights, giving us time to slide and MagiQuest to our hearts content, but to leave before the parents were totally over it.  We also learned to bring our old wands along so that we could pick up where we left off playing MagiQuest...
On our way out of the big city we stopped for lunch with our cousins...
And then in the truck on the way home we just crashed...



Dallas can really wear a kid out...
Luckily they were able to catch a second wind in time to enjoy a visit with Grandpa Crane on our way home...
We are so thankful for fun family times like these!

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