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Sunday at the Park

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

It finally has stopped raining and just in time too.  One of Oliver’s friends turned 3 today and we went to her birthday party at a local park.

Oliver got to feed the ducks, but I’m told there were no ducks in sight.

Instead of bread, Oliver threw rocks — and he loved it!

At the playground daddy helped him down the big corkscrew slide.  After a few helping turns, he was zipping down all by himself.

There was even a section of the play gym for Evelyn too.

She tried to walk down the slide and after a near disastrous fall daddy stepped in to help her out too.

Her first slide ride!  She is not the thrill seeker that Oliver is.  She is perfectly happy to stand at the top and boss everyone around (ahem…).

Our fun was shortlived as daddy/the hubby had to leave for Atlanta today.  We went our separate ways after teary goodbyes and that was that.  I just have to remember that tomorrow is another day.  Soon enough daddy/the hubby will be back for a visit.

First Friday Family Night Out

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

We finally made it back to Marbles for our First Friday family night out after a 2 month hiatus.  The last time we were here, Evelyn was just getting up on her knees.  Now, she crawls from one end of the baby area to another!

They have the coolest foam blocks for the kiddos to climb on.  Evelyn wouldn’t stop until she reached the top of the highest one.

That’s my cutie pie!  She had so much fun there, especially when her brother came in to play for a bit.

For the first time ever, Oliver didn’t play with the trains!  He kept going back to the telephone booth though.  He was too cute pretending to talk into the phone.

Oliver has reached the age where he doesn’t want to pose for pictures of any sort.  Getting him to sit still for 20 seconds is like trying to hold a slippery eel.  There’s too much to see and do to just sit around!

It was good getting out as a family again.  We could have worked on the house, but figured it was time for a much needed break.  The kids loved it and that’s what matters the most right now.

Snack Time is Fun Time

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I sit with the kids when they have their afternoon snack and treat them to my one mommy vaudeville act.  I had the kids cracking up with my rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  We do the songs in sign language first with no noise.  Then we do them with gestures and humming.  Lastly, we break out into full chorus and wildly flapping hands.  The kids LoVe it!

It doesn’t hurt that they also love graham crackers too…

Happy snacking everyone!

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Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Tryouts for the Easter bunny in 10 minutes…

There was a birthday party at our neighbor’s house this afternoon.  They rented one of those inflatable bouncers for the kiddos and Oliver got to play. 

This thing was huge!  At first Oliver was afraid of it, but once he tried it out we couldn’t keep him out of it.  The sun was a bit much for Evelyn, so I took her home to cool off.

Oliver bounced through the cake cutting, Easter egg hunting, and presents unwrapping.  He could have bounced all night.  In fact, they had to kick him out to deflate it!  Hmmm… I wonder if Santa could fit one of these things in the back of his sleigh.

The hubby even joined in the fun.  What a great way to “bounce” into spring!  After 3 hours of playing, Oliver should sleep like a rock tonight.  :-)

Spinning Easter Eggs

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

We colored Easter eggs for the first time as a family!  A friend gave us a new-fangled egg spinner kit.  It looked like a small salad spinner that you drip food dye into.  It was advertised as “EASY” and “NO MESS”.

Oliver LOVED the egg spinner.  It reminded him of his old push and spin popcorn toys.  He was so excited!

Oliver’s first ever Easter egg – not too shabby! 

As for the “NO MESS” and “EASY” – uh, no.  We only did 5 eggs and it took quite awhile.  You had to clean the machine after each color and at the very least between each egg.  They dye dripped everywhere and our fingers are all stained a nice red/purple/blue.  Was it fun though?  Heck, yeah!  I felt like a kid again mixing up colors and sprinkling glitter all over.  And like I said, Oliver LOVED it!  :-)

Evelyn didn’t get to color any eggs, but she sure liked playing with them.  She concentrated very hard trying to pick them up and mouth them.

It was all good until we noticed that the dye and glitter were coming off – even after they were “dry”.  Maybe next year little girl!

Marbles: Best 100 Bucks Ever Spent

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We took advantage of the hubby being home all week to take the kids to Marbles one rainy afternoon.  I have to admit that buying a family membership was one of the best investments we made last year.  Normally, it would cost $5 for each of us (Evelyn excluded).  The family membership costs $100/yr.  We’ve well exceeded $100 of use out of it and have probably saved over $300 in admission costs.  If we only went once a month on First Friday, when the museum is open late, we’d save $80 ($180 vs. $100).

Evelyn is even getting some benefit out of it.  The baby area is covered in mats and she loves digging her little toes in to flip over.

She can almost go from her belly to her back too.  Pretty soon its crawling, then walking and no more baby!  Hmmm… maybe I’m getting rid of the baby gear too soon.

The boys came to get us when the museum closed.  Oliver loves playing with his daddy doing “big boy” things.  The baby area is too small for Oliver now.  Both the kids are growing so fast.  (sniff)

Love the Flexible Flyer Swing Set

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Last week, Kmart had super sales on old fashioned Flexible Flyer metal swing sets.   This simple set was $120, reduced by $50.  He loves, loves, loves to play outside and he has totally outgrown his simple plastic slide.  He could play outside for hours on end if we let him.

He is a still very shaky on the regular swings, so we attached the Little Tykes swing chair to the swingset.  We bought the toddler swing at a consignment sale last year for $3 and never found a place to hang it up. 

The first thing he did was climb up the ladder and slide down the slide.  After the first ride, he squealed and then ran right back to the ladder and did it again! 

I’d say the swing set was worth every penny.  Now I’ve got to figure out how he can use it into the summer after the mosquitos swarm in.

Do you have a swing set for your kids?  Is it metal or one of those new fangled wood fortress types?

Spring Festival 2011

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Spring is officially here!  An organization we belong to threw a Spring Festival at a local park.  There were face painters, free food, a bouncy house, and games galore. 

Oliver spent the afternoon chasing down the Easter bunny.  Wherever the rabbit went, Oliver wasn’t far behind.  In this pic, Oliver was inspecting a decoy when the real rabbit popped up.  He hightailed it outta there!

Evelyn loved chomping on the rabbit.  She even got a purple one of her own.

Oliver played a few games, including this Duck Swim.  Some ducks had the word, “Winner” written on the bottom of them.  If you picked those ducks, you got a prize.  Oliver, very systematically, picked all the ducks and they loaded him up with swag for being so cute.

Oooo, that wascally wabbit!  This was as close as Oliver got to the bunny.  I’m sure he’s going to have some crazy dreams tonight of a white rabbit.

Evelyn was a big hit.  With her bling and her shades, she looks like a superstar!

We had a great time out and about today.  We got some fresh air, some sunshine, and some exercise.  Best of all, we did it together and it cost us nothing.  It’s amazing what public resources are out there for everyone.  Google has become our best friend.  :-)

What have you done to celebrate spring this year?

Spring is Here – Trips to Park

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Spring is here!  I try to get the kids to a local park at least twice a week to play.  We have a new community center in our neighborhood that has a really nice playground for the kids.  It’s all new construction and the ground around the play gym is made of squishy foam.  Oliver can run around to his hearts content and I’m not so scared of him hitting his head on the ground here.

The park has two play gyms, one for toddlers and one for kids 5 and up.  Oliver loves the older setup better.  It has bigger slides!

See the rubber ground?  No sand or wood chips to clean out of shoes and no scrapes or skinned knees.

The community center held a mini-camp for the kids who were tracked out of their year round schools.  Children in grades K-5 were all over the play area when we arrived.  Oliver had a blast “playing” with them.  A bunch of young girls took a liking to him and chased him all over the playground playing tag and peekaboo with him.  When the camp counselors called everyone in for lunch, Oliver marched right over there with them.  Since he’s so little he had to take the long way around down the ramp and the kids were calling out “Bye Oliver” to him.  It was too cute.

Thankfully, they were watering the plants that day and he got distracted from his friends by a hose.  Gotta love it!

Here’s a couple things to keep in mind when you go to public parks:

1- Don’t forget the sunscreen!
2- Don’t forget water, snacks, and wipes to clean their hands with.
3- Park equipment gets EXTREMELY hot!  Especially the slides.
4- Leave your valuables locked in your car.  Some parks are very busy and nimble fingers can pluck your wallet right out of your diaper bag when you leave it sitting on the bench while you chase your kid for just that one minute.
5- Pay attention to the age limits on the equipment.  Oliver loves the 5+ play gym, but I only let him play there when I can get up there with him.  It looks safe enough with it’s big platforms, bridges, railings, and slides, but at strategic points they have zero rails so that big kids can slide down poles and swing off onto monkey bars, etc…  A 4 ft drop for a big kid might be okay, but would be very bad for Oliver.

Lastly, use common sense and trust your instincts when it comes to your personal safety at the park.  My mom made me promise not to go to the park a few streets over from our house when it was empty.  The park is very big, secluded, and slightly run down.  If something bad were to happen to us (an injury, a dog attack, a robbery, an assault), there would be no people to flag down.  Look for parks that have wide open spaces, people visiting, have community centers, are well maintained, and easy access to parking.  Those are the places where we have the most fun!

Laughing Baby

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

My youngest is 4 months old now and has started laughing.  It’s such a sweet little laugh, more like a chuckle.

She laughs the most at my son.  He is 22 months old and is starting to play with her more often.  He loves swinging her in her chair and she just laughs and laughs.  Whenever he is around she lights up.

I can sit for hours trying to make my kids laugh.  It’s the sweetest sound in the world!

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