The elevators were broken, so we ended up having to hike in and out. Here's where it began...the cave entrance. Leia wasn't so sure about this. For a minute I thought I'd have to sit out the whole thing with her. She hates dark places and it was pretty scary going deeper and deeper down into this dark hole.
However, though it was very dark, some parts were well lit so visitors could see the beautiful formations. We spent about 4 hours underground and walked about 3.5 miles during that time. Charles and Leia walked most of it, though it was very steep. Going down we were trying to slow ourselves down, but climbing back out was killer.
It is very cool underground, but very humid. When I went in my hair was straight. It just kept getting bigger and curlier the longer we were underground. Here we're resting before the next climb.
Of course we drove through Roswell twice. We saw for ourselves that aliens do exist. I actually do believe the government covered the truth up. Pat rolls his eyes at me.
I feel like I should write up a few paragraphs of what my oldest is like at this point in his life, but really, kids get to the age where they do so much and they really should be speaking for themselves. Suffice it to say, D is very smart, very distracted by everything when it's time to do math, very helpful in everything I could possibly need, very helpful to his younger brothers and sister, very funny, and very hungry.
Speaking of hungry... Dallas is my soup (and salad) kid. He loves it when I make soup (all kinds of soup) and will eat at least 5 bowls full. We used up every bit of our 18lb. turkey over the week after Thanksgiving, including simmering the bones for 3 days to make this delicious green minestrone soup.
(Below, is D playing one of his latest songs. I love it when my kids play beautiful music.)
Dallas just wanted brownies for his birthday, so yay! And we didn't have any birthday candles so he used his candle he made. I noticed he's wearing his Airbender shirt from two years ago. We never made Waterbender shirts for last year, but we made awesome Earthbender shirts this year!!!
This just in: I just found out I got A's in both my English and my Humanities class this semester. Yay! I learned that I hate grammar, though I thought I was good at it before. My good grades on essays made up for my bad grades on grammar tests. I received good grades on all of the essays and on one of them my teacher even gave me extra credit and said this:
Karissa, wow! This is a perfect evaluative essay. Your thesis is awesome, and you support your points nicely. The paper is interesting, and runs smooth. You have minor grammatical errors. Could you message me a copy of this to use as an example of future classes? I will also give you some extra credit here. Well done. Thank you for such great writing. :)
My Humanities class was all essays, 2-3 a week, so LOTS of writing this semester. I wonder if I'll even pass the upcoming math and science classes.