Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekend Fun

Friday afternoon we loaded up the family in the car and headed for St. Augustine. It was pouring down rain the whole way there and still drizzling when we arrived. But we managed to still have some fun. We checked into our hotel in downtown, spent some time walking around the shops on St. George Street and then found a great Mexican restaurant for dinner - Acapulco's. It was right on the corner next to the Castillo de San Marcos. From our table we could see the fort and the St. John's River. Parker tried something new and had a chimichanga for dinner. 

We slept in on Saturday morning and then went across the street from our hotel to the Ripley's Museum, or Odditorium as it is also known. When Daryl and I went on Parker's St. Augustine field trip from school last year, the Red Train drove through Ripley's parking lot and we all wanted to come back and check it out at some point. There were some pretty neat things, some scary things for the little guys and some down right weird things inside. But all in all we had a fun time - and I have to say that touring through this historic house (Warden Castle built in 1897) and seeing all the detail inside was pretty cool as well. 

This church and the Chinese pagoda below are made entirely out of matchsticks. 

A Zoltar machine like the one in the movie "Big." 

The big boys were super excited to find some cool things from China that they could point out to Davis - like this dragon ship carved from jade and the dragon carving done in bone.  They even had a carved family ball similar to the one we brought home from China. All the descriptions mentioned the Canton area of China - which is now known as Guangzhou where Davis is from. 

Our Gator loving family was excited to find this picture of Tim Tebow in action; 
this picture is made entirely out of airsoft balls. 

In a nod to St. Augustine's history there were several rooms downstairs all about pirates. 
The boys had fun hanging out down there. 

We even wandered out into the garden to see this giant replica of Michelangelo's David. 

The boys checked out this log cabin home outside as well. 

We loaded up in the car around noon, grabbed some lunch and headed for Fleming Island, which was the whole reason for this weekend trip. Our friends Jonathan and Tanya are having a baby in February and invited us to a gender reveal party on Saturday afternoon at Tanya's parents' house. 

Me and Tanya 

Daryl with Jonathan and his friend Mark. 

Jonathan's comment? We're both at 5 months! 

Tanya had an ultrasound to find out the gender on Friday. The tech wrote it down and sealed it up in an envelope which Tanya's mom took to Publix. No one at the party had any idea whether the baby is a boy or a girl. The inside cake icing between the layers would be the giveaway: blue for a boy, pink for a girl. 

Tanya's nails for the day. Hoping for pink, but with a little bit of blue thrown in! 

Leading up to the big reveal with the cake, the boys had a lot of fun playing with 
Jonathan's son Nicholas and all of his cousins. 

Getting ready to cut the cake and find out. 

And the verdict is......

Pink icing inside means Baby Wright will be a girl! 

We are all looking forward to spoiling the new addition when she makes her debut. 

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