We went to Houston this past weekend for a soccer tournament.
Both of my older boys played with their Soccer Club.
I will post pictures of that in a later post. After I have slept. And washed off all this sunscreen. And bugspray.
We did go somewhere we had not been since we lived in Connecticut.
If you have not been there before, go online, look it up, and find the nearest location. It truly is a one of a kind place. The food is a bit costly, but it tastes good. We go more for the atmosphere.
In fact, we have been going for so many years, that the Bull, when he was tiny, used to call it "Rainfor Fafe". He always loved it, just not the big animals. He is so big now, that he didn't even notice them. All he noticed, like most growing boys, was the food.
This particular Rainforest Cafe was in a HUGE mall. We didn't even know it was there until we rounded the corner. The Rainforest Cafe makes a huge presentation.
This is the view of the Rainforest Cafe inside the mall. This is before we even went inside the restaurant.
There was a butterfly with moving wings. (How I was able to catch it with open wings, I have no idea.)
There was also a very large snake looming overhead that every once in a while dangled lower and lower.....
The talking tree in the gift shop was Tiny T's favorite. (By the way, if you are wondering why my youngest is in all the pictures, it is because he is still at the age where he will pose for pictures. His brothers have revolted and when asked to pose, make all sorts of delightful faces.)
The best part of visiting the Rainforest Cafe is the every fifteen minute "animal show". It is too cute.
The audio-animatronic animals all over the restaurant come to life and perform a show.
The gorillas beat their chests and growled as if under attack.
This was after the show. Tiny T looked at the camera for one brief moment. I tell you, these things look so real, I know he was skeptical to turn his back on them.......
The elephants were precious! Huge and purple gray, this elephant family lifted their trunks and moved their heads side to side.
The tigers roared with intensity although they look pretty calm in this picture. (Right before I took this shot, the tiger jumped into their performance and Tiny T and I jumped out of our skins! Our warranted jumpiness caused many laughs among the surrounding tables. I am sure they had seen this fear many times during their lunch that day!)
The cubs were very animated and Tiny T really enjoyed watching them.
This little lizard sat right by our table. And when the show started, he moved his head and blinked his eyes. Pretty cool.
All in all, we had a great time at Rainforest Cafe that day. We enjoyed our food and even more so, the familiar and long awaited atmosphere. But what I really coveted was the time spent with my family. It was nice to sit for a moment and just talk and laugh.
In our busy life, these moments are few and far between. So when we get them, I appreciate them.
Even if it means I had to endure hot wings for the 4th time that weekend.........