On Friday, mom and I drove down to Houston to visit Katie and Jeremy over spring break. We’ll be here until Tuesday because mom has to fly to D.C. for a GK-12 annual conference. We have been having a lot of fun hanging out at the Rogers’ and helping them unpack. We’ve moved things to the garage and right now we’re helping Katie to organize her kitchen and pantry.
Yesterday, we went to the Houston Downtown Aquarium. I think it’s safe to say that it was one of the strangest experiences I have ever had. When we got in line to buy tickets, there was a group of Hispanic teenagers in line in front of us who were dressed in suits and fancy dresses. One of the girls was much more dressed up than the others and seemed to be the focus of the group. They ended up going around the corner of the building (we later found out that there was a restaurant over there), and we decided that it must have been a Quinceañera. Once we got inside, it was pretty normal, just tank after tank of really cool and interesting fish. Then we got to the White Tiger exhibit. We were quite confused until we heard someone explain that White Tigers apparently like water more than any other cat. So, I guess when the aquarium people heard that, they decided that four of these very rare mammals would be the perfect addition to their aquatic exhibits. That was the end of the exhibits in that building, so we went outside, where it got much weirder. There were carnival games and a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, and a little train. We rode the train through a tunnel in a very large shark aquarium, which was pretty cool. Then Jeremy tried to win Katie a stuffed animal at a basketball carnival game, but he failed. Oh well.
After the aquarium, we decided to go to IKEA. It was a ginormous store. We had a really great time looking at all of the furniture and containers and organizational things that they had there. Mom got really dehydrated, though, and was having trouble standing or being coherent. We were very excited to get to the end where there was a little bistro. We got drinks and I got some ice cream that was very tasty. Then Katie and Jeremy bought their stuff and we loaded it up into the car.
By this time, it was six or later, so we decided to go out to dinner. We ended up going to Pappasito’s for some really good Mexican food. When we got back to their house, we were all pretty much exhausted. Overall, it was a very fun and exciting day.
Here are some videos of the aquarium and the IKEA store:
Hopefully I will have time to post again over the next few days to tell you more about our fun times in Houston.
– Lisa, the younger sister