The kids have started their track break again, so we've got a busy month coming up. We're getting ready to go on our Memphis trip, which I'm getting excited about.
It means I have to fly though. :( I'm already having a little panic about having to get on an airplane soon. I absolutely hate to fly! Every time I know I have to get on an airplane I start to get sick to my stomach days in advance. I wish I wasn't this way. I envy people who don't freak out about flying. But then I wonder why they don't worry about dying in a fiery plane crash. Why doesn't that freak everyone out?! I just don't like being in the air. If a car breaks down you can pull over. If a plane breaks down you crash into a firey ball.
That's a pleasant thought for a Monday morning, isn't it? My blog has become a dumping ground for whatever nutty thing is going on in my brain lately. Aren't you all glad that you're along for the ride? :)
I try to calm myself down by remembering that when we get to Memphis we get to go to the zoo. Yay! Memphis is supposed to have one of the best zoo's in the country, and we all know how much I love the zoo! I'm looking forward to spending a day outside enjoying the animals. We're going to be doing several things on this trip, but the zoo is the thing I'm looking most forward to. I just hope the weather cooperates with us!
I'm also looking forward to the duck march at the Peabody hotel again! If you've never heard of the Peabody ducks before, you should really check them out online. Memphis has an absolutely gorgeous historic hotel called the Peabody and there is a gigantic fountain in the middle of the lobby. Since the early 1900's the fountain has been home to five mallard ducks. (Not the SAME five mallard ducks, obviously!) The ducks have a home on the roof of the hotel where the sleep at night and then every morning they roll out a red carpet and the ducks come down the elevator and they walk down the red carpet and hop into the fountain. It's a big event every day and people come from all over the place to watch the duck march every morning. There is an official Duck Master who comes and announces the ducks and then tells the story of why the ducks live in the fountain. Then every night at five they do the whole thing in reverse and the ducks march back across the red carpet and into the elevator and they send them back up to the roof for the night.
It is seriously the cutest thing EVER!! Last year we practically planned our whole trip around the ducks. I didn't want to miss the duck march everyday! The hotel has all sorts of duck themed things in the gift shops and the hotel rooms even have ducked shaped soap. So cute! I brought the kids duck souvineers last year.
We're also looking forward to taking a riverboat tour this year. Last year we went in February and the boats weren't running yet, so we're looking forward to going on one this year.
It's mostly just going to be nice to get out of the house and go somewhere with Shawn for a few days. We've had a lot going on lately and with the adoption stress it will just be nice to get out and forget about life for a little bit. Now if I can just talk myself in to getting on an airlplane, I think we're going to have a great time once we get there! :)