Story Land Vacation 2013

We headed out on vacation for yet another tip to Story Land last week. The kids are getting bigger and we spent a lot of time at the pool. Conner worked on perfecting his pool jumping technique and asked that I post this video "somewhere everyone can see it."

Eventually we headed out to Story Land. The thing that struck me this year was how much the kids have grown. For example, this is Allison walking under a small bridge at Story Land in 2008.

And this is her a few years later.

And this is Allison in the same spot last week.

Allison and Conner at Story Land 2013

She's grown up quite a bit, but not too much...

I'm not sure what happened with Conner in this shot. He's usually more photogenic than Barney Stinson, but the rest of the kids are so happy I couldn't leave this one out.

Fortunately, Conner perked up and decided he wanted a poster to hang on his wall of him on this horse. He named the horse Iron and came up with at least a dozen cool poses.

Conner riding Iron into battle

I even got a shot at riding Iron into battle.

We had lunch at the place Sara lovingly refers to as the "Turkish Food Court of Pain." Immediately thereafter, the boys took me on those spinning tea cups from hell. Alex bet I couldn't make it go faster than he could. I took the bait and after showing him who was boss I spent the next few mintes desperately trying not to hurl.

I am a grown man with three children and I have no excuse
for the level of stupidity I demonstrate every time I get on these damn teacups. 

In happier news Emily got over her fear of the Polar Coaster and took her dad on it over, and over, and over.

Emily and John rrockin the Polar Coaster

While we're on the topic of the Polar Coaster, check out this action shot I took with my phone. I'm quite impressed with my photo skills. 

Christine and Alex on the Polar Coaster

Most importantly, Christine and Allison managed to continue their tradition of sharing a blue slushy specifically so they could turn their tongues blue. Here they are in 2009.

Allison and Christine 2009

And here they are celebrating their birthday in style last week.

Allison and Christine 2013

All in all it was a great trip. More pictures from this year's vacation are on Google+ and a bunch from this and previous years are on flickr.