Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Puerto Rico Details!

Suffice it to say that we had a great time. Yes, we had 3 little kids who were tired most of the time, and there were things we weren't able to do... but we had an awesome trip! You know you love blogging when the whole time you are anywhere you are thinking of blog posts! :)

The first day we arrived in the afternoon. By the time we got our bags, got the rental car, checked in... there wasn't much time left. So we just walked a little. We saw some remains of a fort. I wanted a picture of each of the kids. Abigail and Jack weren't really happy about it, but they cooperated.

Aidan not so much.

I finally got one... sort of!

Then we found a really cool historic park. Most of the play structures were made of concrete. It looked really cool, and the kids LOVED having a place to run and play.

On the way back, we saw this balcony. Abigail got SO excited! "Look Mom- a REAL princess castle!" So we had to get a picture of her on top of it!

When we got tired of walking, we went back to the hotel. Our beautiful, wonderful hotel. We watched a little TV, and went to sleep.

Saturday we set out for the Old San Juan city. We toured an old fort. We had a great time running around, hiding in crevices, and pretending to 'shoot' the bad guys! It was great. But it was also hot, and tiring! The kids were pretty spent when we got through, so we decided to stop on the huge lawn (we found the one spot of shade), and draw for a little while. We were also watching all the people flying kites with the amazing ocean breeze. Jack in particular was fascinated by the kites. He found one that had been abandoned on the grass, and we had a great time flying it for a while. The kids were laughing and chasing it.

A funny coincidence- Kydon works with a man who is from Puerto Rico. He gave us lots of tips and hints, and it turned out that he happened to be visiting the same weekend that we went! So we met him and his wife for lunch. It was great- he directed us to some traditional Puerto Rican food that was really good, and he and his wife are so generous and amazingly nice! She told me several times what a good mom I was, and they both made comments about how well behaved the children are. (You know how nice that is to hear, but especially when you have been in a restaurant for an hour with tired kids who didn't really behave all that well!)

And then right next door was a cute little shop with a lot of figurines and different things... I thought they might have a nice nativity scene- which they did! But taking three restless kids into a place like that was pure insanity, especially when you are coming right out of a long, boring (for them) lunch.
So, I just pulled out the Leapsters!! They were SO great! Good for the airplane, and they were awesome every single time I pulled them out! We did have a few battery issues- we thought we would be smart and buy rechargable batteries. Too bad they didn't work with them! If we had figured out the battery situation a little better, it would have been pure bliss. As it was, it was 98% bliss! :)

Check it out- a five year old and 2 four year olds in a store full of small breakable things within their reach, and they are all sitting quietly and peacefully! Seriously, they were wonderful (the leapsters and the kids- both wonderful)! (Thanks, Katie!) We used them for car rides, airplane trips, boring times at the hotel, and restaurants. Yay!

We then walked over to a plaza. The kids got some ice cream, and fed some pigeons, and just ran around for a while. We had fun practicing our Spanish. I was having a great time teaching the kids how to say things in espanol. My favorite Abigail moment happened here at the plaza. She was running and playing, and a cute little girl came up to her and said something in Spanish. Abigail sort of looked at her, smiled, gave a half wave, and replied "Hola"! She just smiled like "I have no idea what you just said, but I can still be your friend, because I can talk to you!" It was so cute!

We made it back to the hotel, went for a little swim, and went to bed. The kids (and I) were up a lot through the night, so we started Sunday pretty tired. But that was to be expected, right?

Part 2 coming soon..... :)


Katie said...

oh, it sounds like so much fun! The pictures are great too. I'm glad they leapsters worked out for you. I kind of think they're a little bit magic or something:) I can't wait to hear the rest of your exciting story.

Erika said...

Can't wait to hear the rest!

colleensewnsew said...

Sounda like you had a great time. It was awesome!

Cecilee said...

Thanks for the play by play. It just looks nice to be in a warm place.

Rebecca said...

Sounds SO fun! Next time I go anywhere we are getting Leapsters ;) Sounds great!

Catherine said...

Sounds like fun, Shanna! I've been excited to hear about everything! We're glad to have you back!

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

You are GENIUS with the Leapsters! I love old San Juan. I think it's one of my favorite places on earth. But I've never seen that park. THAT looks cool! Can't wait to see the next part!

Emily said...

Jealous! Sounds really fun and it looks beautiful!!

The Petersons said...

How fun! Oh what I would do to be some place warm right now!! I love how you documented the whole thing.

Yeah, I was told that blurb website didn't work for blogger either, but it worked just fine!

Valeni said...

Loved the pictures and details of your glad you could go and look forward to seeing you soon.