Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chattaboogie and Go Braves!!!

We had a last minute, whirlwind trip to Chattanooga (or Chattaboogie as we call it) to the Aquarium and to Atlanta for a Braves Game.  We had so much fun just getting away and out of town just us and the boys.   Other than visiting family, (which we obviously LOVE to do!!!) we had not been on a trip this year with the guys so a little get-a-way with them was long overdue.

From Otters to snakes, the boys had a blast!

Oh Daaady, look over here!!

Hunter reading us the sign, which when I say that I am kind of not kidding.  He is sounding out words like a champ!!  

Petting the Sturgeons 
(and no we did not tell Hunty to roll up his sleeve...but apparently he was worried the water would reach his short sleeve)

And then some cute baby crocs

And not so cute snakes (which obviously this one was fake, but the rest in that room were not!)

And then we saw a scuba diver cleaning in the tank.  Folks we could have called it a day here!  The boys could have snagged a seat on a bench and sat there for hours.

But fortunately we found the world's largest turtle shell.  I wanted to get a picture of the 3 guys in front of it but the only way Hunter was going to take that picture was if everyone got on the ground and pretended like they were a didn't take my boys much convincing.  What can I say, you need Batman?  We got it!  You need a turtle?  We got it!!  Just stay posted for next weekend, and you may see a pirate at Captain Drake's birthday party!

Weird fish, but cool picture

Drake's favorite spot in the world...

And getting a little scared after being in the dark for a while

But we finally left the "River Building" and entered the "Ocean Building"...and Hunter picked out a shark he has named "Sharpie" with some birthday money.  He LOVES sharks!

And then on to the Sting-Rays! 

Hunter was obsessed with petting them!

This one actually had a personality...I am NOT kidding!  It got excited and would swim up the side near you and flap its edges/fins/not sure what sting-rays have...but we loved him!
Hunter told me that he pet the sting-rays 16 times!  Oh yes he kept count!

And the SHARKS...what Hunter had been waiting for all day long!
But these do not look as nice as Sharpie...

Hunter kept trying to show the sharks in the aquarium Sharpie in hopes they would see him and come  over I suppose.  Needless to say it was sweet...and a little sad because it didn't work.  Those RUDE sharks!

Me and Drakey looking at some fish...and relaxing

Then after the aquarium we got to get some ice cream!!!

And then to the playground

The next day we loaded up and went to a Braves game and had the perfect weather, with the perfect amount of time the game took, to the perfect size of a crowd.  It felt loud but not too full.

Hunter checking out the girls behind us

Drake sprinted up the stairs to give Homer a High-5!

Something about Drake reminds me so much of my brother right here...

We watched some life size tools (literally people dressed up as tools) race and apparently I thought it was funnier than the boys did!

Drakey picked out a baseball bat with some of his birthday money

We were trying to get a picture of the 2 boys and Hunter didn't want to smile, and Drake just wanted to dance! (no he is not Karate chopping, he is dancing)


  1. What a fun few days! I know y'all had a blast! And I could just die over the pics of Drake in his hat with his glove! Love y'all! Looking for a date in October to come up there!!

  2. That looks like such a fun trip!! So glad you were able to get away for a couple days. (I'm assuming this is in place of the other trip you were going to take?) I want to take the kids to both of those places with Brandon sometime, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't enjoy the baseball game as much as your boys did. But who knows, maybe they will surprise me. We miss you guys and can't wait to see you again!!

  3. That looks like so much fun! I definitely need to get Carrie to that aquarium soon! It looks awesome. And some of this was so funny...the life size tools, the karate chop dancing...loved it all. Those are some sweet, good boys u got!

  4. Hi Caroline!!! The boys are so cute - all boy!! : ) Looks like you all are doing great. Enjoy seeing you at least through blogging!

  5. Oh my goodness! They are so big! We just went to Chattanooga a few weeks ago. Didn't make the aquarium, but it looks fun!