Heidi & Emma's school calendars have not matched up completely this year. So, Heidi had Winter Break the week of 2/20 and Emma still had school. On Tuesday of that week, about 6 of Heidi's preschool friends came over for a play date. I had been watching the predicted weather for the week before and Tuesday looked like the best day for an OUTSIDE play date (we invited a lot of kids and I wasn't sure how many would be able to come and thought outside would be best). As it ended up, it sprinkled on and off throughout the morning and it was rather chilly. All of the kids brought bikes and/or scooters to ride, they jumped on the trampoline and played on the swing set - and eventually we all came inside. It was a fun time and Heidi really enjoyed having so many friends over.
On Thursday, Rachel, Heidi & I took advantage of a special pass to the Georgia Aquarium. We went with some other preschool friends and had a good time. Heidi liked the beluga whales - in fact that was her souvenir as you'll see - a stuffed one.They both liked the penguins (who doesn't like penguins???). They have a tunnel where you can walk underneath the penguin habitat. Rachel is in the tunnel and I just happened to snap this picture at the right time.The aquarium has added dolphins and a dolphin show since we went last. The girls waited patiently for the show to start.However, the story that they put with the dolphin show was scary to both of them. They liked seeing the dolpins, but before the show was over, Heidi was crying, they were both in my lap, and Rachel had her head buried in my shoulder. So, the dolphin show did not leave a very good impression on them.
They did like seeing the big fish in the big tanks and the colorful fish in the Great Barrier Reef area.We did come away with souvenirs - one stuffed beluga whale, one "baby dolphin" and one Magic School Bus book for Emma.So I think we've done the aquarium for awhile. Winter Break was fun, busy and exhausting. I was so ready to get back to regularly scheduled programming. Now it's three more weeks 'til Spring Break!