Our family does something special for each person's birthday. The birthday girl or boy is allowed to choose anything within reason. So far none of the kids have asked for Disney world because we would be in trouble. We covered that by saying within reason. Leah's birthday was August 20th. She couldn't choose between Cleveland Zoo and Waldameer Amusement and Water Park. I think the older two helped her make her choice some. She decided on Waldameer. We all had a wonderful time. I teared, just a little, pregnancy hormones I guess. My baby just turned five. Baby for now, I worry about that just a little. *cringe*
I like to include some form of education on our day-cations and vacations. For mine I usually choose a fun, although, educational day. As you can see my choice was Niagara Falls. We did a little site seeing (and site shopping), then had dinner before going to the actual falls. The restaurant we visited on our way was spectacular. The design, the atmosphere, the service and oh the food yum.
Niagara Falls was as beautiful as ever. The sun glistening off the water made for a beautiful God made portrait. We were all in awe of the beauty. Our two youngest didn't recall having been there before so I knew right then I had made the correct decision in choosing the falls. Due to being native New Yorker's our big event for the day wasn't just watching the falls though. The thrilling part was riding the boat the "Maid of the Mist"! I had thoughts of traveling over to the Canadian side of the falls and riding her back. When they said the three kids had to have passports also I decided against it. That is an expense I'd like to put off a while longer.
Everyone loved the sight of the falls from the river angle. We went fairly close to the actual falls, and the other tourists were saying it compared to being in a low grade hurricane or on land a bit back from a hi grade hurricane. They had given us plastic poncho like coverings ahead of time so that helped, although we still were real wet after. Of course the kids loved the water misting and blowing at us. It was a beautiful sight, all that roaring water pouring down and rolling into the massive river.
Leah thought it was all fun and exciting. Dylan wasn't quite sure what to think of it in the beginning and for a split second I worried about his SPD issues. Turned out he had a grand time and probably would have went on a second time given the chance. Kayla loved it, although she said it was a little chilly at the very end. If a little chilly is the worse complaint in a day, I'll happily take it. When we arrived at home that night there were three sleepy children and that ends any mama's day with a smile.