Yesterday morning Me, Jake and the 6 older kids all loaded up in the Yukon and took off for Flagstaff. The kids knew I had a surprise for them but I refused to tell them what it was. During the drive we played trivia games do to help pass the time. This is something that I started doing about a year ago and all the kids really seem to enjoy it, especially when the winner gets a prize.
As we were getting closer to Flagstaff I started seeing more and more signs advertising our "surprise". The best was when we drove right past Flagstaff. All the kids thought that the surprise was there so they were all shocked and disappointed to find out that we needed to drive a little bit farther.
As we got to the out skirts of Williams it was time to take our exit and at that point our destination was obvious. For the little girls I had to announce that we were going to Bearizona. The kids were excited but a bit confused. I leaned over and whispered to Jake "How long do you think it will take one of the boys to mention that they wished they brought a gun, and that they could use it?" Well as I predicted it didn't take long once we got through the gates for Trey to speak up.
A donkey that we got to pet
Bearizona is a drive threw zoo where you have up close views and interaction with different kinds of animals. I had been telling Jake for months that I wanted to take the kids there, for if no other reason just something different to see and do.
Once we got into the park it was kind of fun to see who could spot the animals first. Trey usually won at this game. I swear that kid has eagle eyes when it comes to spotting wildlife. We got to see everything from donkeys, buffalo, wolves, big horned sheep and of course bears.
One of the many bears we saw
Once you drive threw the park there is also a small walk threw zoo with a petting zoo. This was fun because we were able to get out of the car and stretch our legs. The kids had a lot of fun in the petting zoo, I think too much fun. At one point Ethan caught a turkey and tried to chase me with it. Ty and Race just enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of animals.
Lori, Ty, Ethan, Trey, Dustin, Race & Jake
Race petting a pig
After being there for a few hours and seeing all there was to see we drove back to Flagstaff and ate Panda Express (another 1st for the boys) and then went to the mall so the boys could spend there Christmas money if they chose to. The best part was when Jake surprised Dustin with a new cell phone.
It was a fun day and we all enjoyed seeing new things and being together.