Since I’m woefully behind on updating, this post will cover all of the bucket list items we’ve crossed off the list so far this summer. We’re having a ton of fun and the best is yet to come!
Science Center to see the Endeavor space shuttle
A few weeks ago, we met friends to go to the Science Center. Full disclosure: We have already been to see the shuttle once, so this was our second time. First, DW, Monkey, friend, and friend’s son went to see a space-related IMAX movie. The MM and I tooled around the Science Center having fun at the various Discovery Zones. After the movie, we met up and started our way through the Endeavor exhibit. There are lots of small space ship items set up in the main science center and at the end, you go into a separate, specially built warehouse to see the shuttle, which is mounted to the ceiling. So freaking cool!
Afterwards, we decided to look at some of the other exhibits at the Science Center. When it was time for us to go, Monkey threw a tantrum of epic proportions. It went on and on and on. Finally DW managed to get a grip on him and hoisted him over her shoulder and out we went with the screaming, hitting, kicking banshee child. Sigh.
This splash pad is near Grandma’s house, so she met us over there when they turn on the water one Saturday. Both boys had a blast! It was the MM’s first time at such a thing and he wasted no time heading right into the middle of the water. I realized fairly quickly that I should have worn a suit as well – I was worried about the MM getting too deep in without me, so I was in the splash pad as well. We played for about an hour and a half and at that point, the MM’s lower lip was quivering (cold) and Monkey was over it. We went for pizza and then headed home.
Monkey attends camp
We are in week 4 of camp and Monkey is having a ball. He goes 3 days a week, from 9AM – 3:45PM. Long, full days of camping fun, including swimming every day. We are loving the peace and quiet at home with the MM, but it’s so unlike his co-op preschool that it’s a little unnerving. Often we have no idea what he did all day as answers our questions at the end of the day with, “Mama/Mommy, I’m not interested in talking right now.” We know he loves swimming and his best camp pal is named Noah. He helped build a rocket and has done a few fun dress up days (sports, 4th of July). He comes home exhausted and looks forward to going to camp so it’s a win. Just wish we had a little more insight into his days there.
Prior to the start of camp, we enrolled Monkey in two weeks worth of swimming lessons. These were group lessons and he was with 2 other boys his age. On the first or second day, one of the other boys started in with, “I don’t want to go under!” The other two boys followed suit and things went downhill from there. Monkey is so stubborn that even when the other boys moved on and started enjoying the lesson, my boy would continue with, “I don’t want to go under!” Props to the instructor, who was really great. She managed to keep him in the water and even had him under a few times. So, at the end of the lessons, we were thinking we hadn’t made much, if any, progress on the swimming front. Then we took him in our pool at home and guess what? This little fox immediately dove under the water over and over and over and showed us all of the things he had learned in his lessons. He is honestly thisclose to full on swimming! Goes under and holds his breath, tries to do underwater flips, refuses his swimmies, floats on his back, etc. My stubborn child was taking it all in. We tried to tell him if he did one more week of lessons, he’d be swimming but he’s not having it. We’re not too worried about it as we think he’ll be doing it on his own by the end of the summer at the rate he’s going. Spirited children are not for the faint of heart!
Touch a Truck
This event was also near Grandma’s house so she accompanied us. It was super cool (and super crowded)! They had all sorts of trucks parked in a lot and kids could get in them, wash them, work some of the equipment (raise and lower tow truck bed, for example). Ton.ka had a booth with freebies, a helicopter circled overhead and landed, there were food vendors and bounce houses. And it got so crowded and hot that we left before we even saw everything. We’ll definitely go again next year and start at the other end to make sure we see it all. Super fun!
We went to our local Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks back. Monkey’s favorite thing: Bounce house! The MM’s favorite thing: free food samples! He especially enjoyed strawberries, hummus, and yogurt 🙂 Monkey and I shared a homemade strawberry lemonade on our way home. Delicious!
Take MM swimming for the first time
Monkey has always been a water baby. His first time in the pool was at around 6 months old and he was an immediate fan. We bought the MM a little water float like we had for Monkey and brought him in. He lasted in the float for maybe 5 minutes. Then he lasted in Mama’s arms for maybe 15 more minutes. Sigh. We have since learned that baby does not like the float AT ALL. He does like the pool and will happily hang out for an hour or so – in Mama’s arms. NOT IN ANYONE ELSE’S ARMS! Ahem. So there’s that. I will be glad when he’s a little bigger and can wear the swimmies as I think that will solve all our problems 🙂 Still, we have been in with him about 5 times and it’s fun.
NEW ADDITION: 4th of July Children’s Parade
We saw that there was a local parade where kids could decorate a bike, wagon, stroller, etc. and walk in a parade to a park. So we pulled out the old Rad.io Fly.er and went to work!
Monkey had a ton of fun riding in the parade and jumping in the bounce house, getting a balloon sword, and doing the limbo. The MM was too hot and crabby, so after the parade he and Mama found a shady spot under a tree and hung out, practicing the MM’s new fangled walking skills. Full on toddler, little baby no more.
And that’s what we’ve been up to! I’ve crossed off the items we’ve done and bolded the ones that are happening really SOON! VACATION, Y’ALL!
Summer Bucket List
- Trampoline place
Science Center to see the space shuttle (Endeavor) Splash pad Monkey attends camp for the first time Swimming lessons
- Dance classes
- First Gymboree class for MM
- Fly to the beach and spend a week playing with family
- Ride in a golfcart
- Wash Grandma’s car
- Go to the (local) beach
Touch a Truck event Farmer’s Market
- Drum circle
- Plant flowers in pots on balcony
- Go miniature golfing
- Go bowling
- Visit Noah’s Ark
- Go to Natural History Museum
Take the MM swimming for the first time
- Mini vacation at fabulous resort on the beach (thanks, workplace!)
- Go to the zoo
- Go to the Getty
4th of July parade