We packed way more into this vacation than we did the last....not having a brand new baby made that a little easier. On the way to Gulf Shores we stopped at the USS Alabama in Mobile.
And, we explored the submarine docked next to it. The kids would have spent their whole day on the submarine if we had had the time. Everything was pretty much kid sized inside, and they were totally enthralled.
Can you spot what's off about this picture?
My dad went to trim his beard the morning we were leaving, but he forgot to put the guard on. He ended up accidentally shaving it off....for the first time in my entire existence. I wasn't the only one thrown off by his beardless face. It took Lillian most of the day to get used to his new look.
While we were in Gulf Shores we headed for Fort Morgan.
They were also intent on scaring the pants off of me.
Here they are coming down. It apparently took both Stephan and my dad to keep Sophia from attempting the descent all by herself. And, there's Levi shouting down to me, "It's O-K, Mom! I'm fine. I can do it ALL BY MYSELF!!!" I closed my eyes shortly after taking this picture.
The apples apparently don't fall far from the tree around here.
On one particularly gray day we headed for Foley, Alabama. It's not far from Gulf Shores, and they have a miniature train exhibit as well as a couple of other small museums.
Needless to say, the kids were riveted.
We saved the zoo for last. The Gulf Coast Zoo is small, but so very charming and well kept up. It was actually the perfect size for young children.
During the summer months they have Animal Encounter exhibits, so we got to pet some baby kangaroos! They were so cute and soft.