My sister, her husband and nephew moved to Athens a year ago so that my brother-in-law could complete his PhD at the University of Georgia. I have SO enjoyed having my sister close by. It only takes us an hour and a half to go see her now (as compared to 8 hours when they lived in North Carolina).
Shortly after school let out, I decided that we needed to go out and visit my sister. To entertain all of the children, we took them to Athens Memorial Park. It is a free park that has a Wilderness trail that you can walk. Along this trail are several animal exhibits for the kids to enjoy. We had a great time. It wasn’t terribly hot and we even had some light sprinkles, but thanks to the great tree coverage of the trail, we didn’t have a lot of problems with the rain.
My sweet little Gavin. Yes, he is wearing a harness and leash, and no, I am not ashamed to admit it. Gavin is not a big fan of strollers anymore and I didn’t want to risk him running off. He liked where Elmo! :) Mikayla had a lot of fun, too. This is my sweet nephew, Andrew. We got to the zoo right around the start of his naptime. Other than being pretty quiet and just taking everything in, he did great! These are some pictures of some of the exhibits at the park. I was pretty impressed with what they had to offer. It was a great free activity for the kids.
For those of you that have little children, you may be familiar with the NickJr show, The Wonder Pets. Gavin really likes this show and was so excited to see “Turtle Tuck” at the zoo. I just love the mind of a two year old (well, most of the time at least!). After we left the zoo, we went to downtown Athens to have some lunch. On many of the street corners downtown, there are bulldogs (for the UGA Bulldogs) that are all decorated in different themes. We definitely had to take opportunity of the photo op!
After lunch, we let the boys take naps and then we went to the pool in my sister’s townhome complex. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of this. I wish I did, because the kids had a great time playing with each other. We had a great time with my sister and nephew. I am so thankful to have them so close and to have the opportunity for these cousins to grow up together.