Up early for a nature walk. We gathered leaves and bugs. Grandpa pushed over a rotting beech trunk in the woods, and we found a large family of stick bugs. After breakfast we headed to Gator Country. Unfortunately, when we got there it was pouring down rain Southeast Texas style - that is, rain blowing sideways and in buckets. We ate lunch in the car waiting of the rain to stop, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Grandma and Grandpa had a plan B for rain, and we went to Tinseltown and saw "Wall-e." Grandma had a nice nap - the kids and Grandpa enjoyed the show.
After a stop at home, we all went to the local water park and stayed about 4 hours. We came home, made pizzas out of English muffins (good, by the way), and then drove downtown. We went to Grandpa's office and sat at a floor-to-ceiling window in a small conference room on the 9th floor to watch the fireworks show. After we got home, everyone had a popsicle, brushed their teeth, and went to bed. Grandpa is reading "The Whipping Boy" to our campsters, and they wanted more and more Thursday night, but Friday night one chapter was all they could handle before they were headed to dreamland. Here's a montage of our first day activities - mostly at the water park. I'm still learning how to use OneTrueMedia, so there are some glitches, but it is pretty good.