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bucket list update 1

Hello, friends! I am back to provide updates to the bucket list as well as just a general update.

First, I put down a deposit for a 5-night Disney.Cruise for next June! I am so ridiculously excited!!!! I know the kids are going to LOVE it. I hope DW does as I know she’s mainly agreeing for me and the kids – she is not a big beach/pool vacation person. That said, she freaking LOVES Disney, so…

DW leaves for California on Saturday to help her mom finalize her move. They will both fly back next Wednesday. My parents are coming to help me with the boys from Sun-Wed, so that will be nice. They cut short a beach vacation with friends to do it, which is both amazing and unnecessary. I mean, hell yeah I’ll love the help, but I could manage by myself, too. They insisted ūüôā

Last Saturday at Tar.get, DW picked up the first Captain.Underpants book for Monkey as he’d expressed an interest. He started reading it in the car, and when we got home, he sat on the couch reading for an hour!!!!!! At bedtime, he finished the book. So proud, y’all. This was a first for him. They are headed to the library today to pick up more in the series.

Now for a bucket list update!

Attend one Durham Bulls game per month:
June – Merge Records night
The family and our friend H went to the Merge Records night Bulls game. It was fun, but the Merge part was a big old letdown. We are huge Superchunk fans from way back, so hoped to see Mac and Laura out on the field, hear some tunes, etc. They had an organist playing Merge artist songs, a random Merge employee throw out the first pitch, and an unknown-to-us guy and his kid sing the national anthem. Sorry but YAWN. We love a Bulls game, though, so it was all good. This was the MM’s experience:

  • On the way to ball park: I want pizza.
  • On the way to seats: I want pizza.
  • In seats: I WANT PIZZA!
  • We get pizza. He fairly quickly eats his (huge) slice and then immediately: More pizza!
  • Get a second slice: I want cotton candy!
  • Boys share some cotton candy. The MM gets out of his seat: Okay, let’s go home. LOLOLOLOLOLOL!

At least he agreed to get and wear a Bulls shirt this year. He wouldn’t do it last year, much to DW’s chagrin. Yes, we are one of those families in matching Bulls shirts for every game.

Go boating with local friends (first time for both boys)
A co-worker of mine lives on a lake and recently bought a fancy, brand new pontoon boat. They also have a pool. We were invited out last weekend and we all had a blast. We picked up a couple of life jackets (buy 1 get 1 free at Dick’s!), pack some snacks and beer and were on our way.

It was an hour drive from our house to their’s (co-worker has an hour commute to work). I was like, “This is insane! I can’t imagine doing this everyday here in NC!” Then we got to their house, on the lake, lots of land, beautiful. I was like, “Oh, now I get it.” We changed into swim suits and headed out on the boat.

Had a nice cruise around and then Monkey announces he wants to swim in the lake. Head back to their dock and Monkey gets in lake (with life jacket). MM decides to get in lake (this was a shocker!). Mama gets into lake. We had a total blast! I can’t remember the last time I swam in a lake. Then co-worker’s wife asks if Monkey would like to kayak. He’s never done this before and says he wants to. Child gets on the kayak and is like a freaking pro! Figured it all out in like 5 minutes and did great.

Then we got hosed off and went in the pool. Drank some beer, floated around, listened to music. Then lunch – pimento cheese, tuna salad, turkey and cheese sandwiches; chips and guac; iced tea and lemonade. Heaven. A bit more pool time and then we headed home. Boys sacked out easily. We hope to repeat this trip as we all had a really good time.

So as not to sugar-coat it, here are couple of not-so-great parts of the lake trip:

  1. A neighbor was mowing his lawn while we were swimming in the lake and apparently a couple of (non-venomous) snakes escaped the mower by slipping into the water and one was heading for Monkey. Co-worker was telling us this but none of us could really hear over the lawn mower noise. We never saw the snake (only co-worker and wife did) and all ended well, but man I bet Monkey would never step foot in a lake again had he seen that snake near him in the water! Shudder.
  2. When I went in from the pool to use the restroom, I slipped on the wet floor and busted my ass. I fell between the toilet and vanity and hit my leg, hip, arm and head, and slammed my right hand in the fall. I sat there stunned for a sec, thinking, “Am I okay? Did I break anything?” I did not, but I’m still pretty sore and bruised. Just glad no one was the wiser – how embarrassing!

BUCKET LIST

  1. Visit Granny, Papa, and cousins for pool time
  2. Go on yearly Edisto beach trip (mid-July)
  3. Get library cards. DONE
  4. Attend one Durham Bulls game per month (First one is this weekend for Merge Records night!) June: DONE
  5. Go boating with local friends (first time for both boys) DONE (Hopefully more to come!)
  6. Get bikes for the family (finally)
  7. Put an Intex pool in the back yard¬†DW has nixed this plan ūüė¶ It makes her uncomfortable since our yard isn’t fenced in. Ah well – guess we’ll have to visit the local pool instead!
  8. Go strawberry picking with friends
  9. Enroll in swimming lessons (the MM)
  10. Attend summer camp:
    • The MM‚Äôs first summer camp experience (Super Hero camp with bro at what will be the MM‚Äôs preschool next year)
    • Monkey‚Äôs summer camps: Chemistry, Art, Karate, Super Hero¬†Durham Bulls baseball (tentative) Monkey has decided he doesn’t want to do baseball. Mommy has a sad, but we will be enrolling the MM for fall ball, so she has another shot at it!
  11. Help Grandma move to Raleigh (mid-June)
  12. Go to Carowinds (mid-August)
  13. Plan a local family vacay¬†Carowinds will probably be it. Mommy doesn’t want to do another beach trip.

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summer!

Hi, friends. Believe it or not, I’m still alive!¬†My pal Amanda over at Little Monster(S) and Mommies has convinced me to try my hand at the Summer Bucket List again this year after a break for the last few. My list will be at the end, after a brief update on our goings-on of late.

The Marshmallow is finally kind of, sort of agreeing to potty training. At 4.2 years old. We have tried several times and he is one stubborn dude (a friend calls him Silent Thunder and it’s pretty apt). He can do it (and had a 3 day stint of no accidents and dry overnight diaper), but sometimes he just wants to show us he doesn’t HAVE to. It’s the MM’s world, y’all – we just live in it. Anyway, we’re committed and 2 weeks in so let’s hope we’re all good in the very near future.

Monkey and the MM are in karate and they enjoy it. They recently participated in a karate competition and then had belt testing this week. Tomorrow we have karate “graduation,” during which they will receive their belts (yellow for Monkey and yellow stripe for the MM).

Monkey’s last day of school is next Friday. The MM has been home since we pulled him out of his last school. Let’s have a moment of silence for Mommy (DW) who will be home with them all summer.

We have sold our California condo and close on Tuesday. It has been a money suck and our prop manager out there was the worst, so bye, Felicia!

As we purchased it in 2002, we are going to make a nice little chunk of change on it.

Now that I’ve provided a quick update, on to the bucket list! Following is what we currently have lined up or are considering (I will add/remove events accordingly):

  1. Visit Granny, Papa, and cousins for pool time
  2. Go on yearly Edisto beach trip
  3. Attend one Durham Bulls game per month (First one is this weekend for Merge Records night!)
  4. Go boating with local friends (first time for both boys)
  5. Get bikes for the family (finally)
  6. Put an Intex pool in the back yard
    Speaking of, anyone have input regarding the inflatable vs frame version?
  7. Go strawberry picking with friends
  8. Enroll in swimming lessons (the MM)
  9. Attend summer camp:
    • The MM’s first summer camp experience (Super Hero camp with bro at what will be the MM’s¬†preschool next year)
    • Monkey’s¬†summer camps: Super Hero, Chemistry, Karate, Durham Bulls baseball (tentative)
  10. Help Grandma move to Raleigh
  11. Go to Carowinds (I remember going as a kid and having one foot in NC and one in SC as the park is on the boarder)
  12. Plan a local family vacay

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2015: an overview

Since I rarely blog anymore and I like to use my blog to travel back in time and reminisce, I thought I’d do a 2015 timeline entry. 2015 was a pretty huge year for us.

January

  • Packed up all of our stuff and moved our family (including our 3 cats) from Los Angeles, CA, to Raleigh, NC (1/22)

February

  • Found our home (2/8)
    We went from 1300 sq feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms to 2600 sq feet, 3 (incredibly large) bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a YARD!
  • Experienced our first NC snow – first time either boy had seen snow (2/24)

March

  • Monkey started at a new preschool…
    …which was a disaster.
  • Monkey quit the new preschool

April

  • First Easter with cousins in SC (4/5)
  • Monkey loses first tooth (4/10)
  • Moved into new house (4/26)
  • The MM turned 2 (4/29)
    It was a quiet affair at home with balloons, gifts and cake. It was enough of a feat to get the sunroom orderly enough to put his new train table there.

May

  • The MM’s first hospital procedure/got front teeth¬†capped (5/15)I didn’t blog or FB about this because I was actually rather embarrassed. The MM had some discoloration on his top 4 front teeth, so I took him in to the dentist for the first time in April. Turned out¬†that it was decay (!!) and they recommended capping them. Since he was so young, it needed to be done under anesthesia (!!) in a local hospital (!!!!). I was freaked out about it, of course, so I got a second opinion, and, yes, this was the recommended course of action. I called every local ped dentist to see if there was anyone who could do this in their office and nope.I took him in super early in the AM after an overnight fast. They put us in a room to wait. They wait until they are in the OR to give¬†gas to get them out quickly and then do IV, procedure. Then one of the worst things ever – they took him screaming and crying from my arms to the OR. It. Was. Awful. I waited for an excruciating 1.5 hours and then they brought me back to hold him as he came to. Again, just awful. He was so upset and disoriented. I nursed him, took him home, and put him to bed. He slept for a few hours (with constant Mama checks) and then woke up and was absolutely fine. And that was that. The capped teeth will fall out as normal when his permanent teeth start coming in.The dentist blamed my nursing him overnight as the cause of the decay, which is why I felt embarrassed and ashamed. I’ve read that breastmilk doesn’t pool in the mouth and lead to this problem like formula from a bottle overnight does. Who knows. I just know that I did what felt right for him and for me and that’s that.

July

  • Our first ER visit: The MM gets stitches (7/9)How we made it 5 years without an ER visit is beyond me. This one happened because Monkey was chasing the MM through the house and of course the MM fell right on the edge of the fireplace (Note: We’ve since purchased guards for the edge.) DW tried cleaning him up but we quickly saw that his poor lip was split. I first took him to Urgent Care as they said they do stitches. On arrival, however, they said since it was on the face, they wanted us to go to the ER.The MM was a freaking rock star. First they applied topical numbing cream with a cotton ball taped to his lip. Then they did some sort of nose spray¬†that makes you¬†very woozy and out of it. Lastly they sewed up his lip. Dude didn’t even cry during the stitches and barely did for the other stuff.He did great! And now he has a small bad ass scar on his upper lip. Dude has been through it this year.
  • Monkey started Kindergarten (7/7)

August

  • Trip to Wilmington (8/10)
    First time to NC beach for any of us. Granny came along (my mom). We went to the beach (but only for one day as the kids really wanted to be in the pool at the hotel), did a lot of swimming in the pool, visited the USS NC Battleship and NC Aquarium, and Mama and Mommy went out for dinner did the Ghost Tour.

September

  • Baseball for Monkey!

    This was actually t-ball, but ended up being coaches pitching. Monkey was much more focused and into it than he ever has been and did well. We found a great league nearby and loved Monkey’s coach (a former NY Yankees player!). We found that out when the team was invited to coaches’ house for a post-season wrap up. Dude lives in a freaking $2 milion dollar home! Cray. We just signed up for Spring ball and are really hopeful we are on his team again (his son is the same age as Monkey).

October

  • Color Run (10/3)
    Monkey LOVES to run and this seemed like something he’d enjoy. Did he ever! The whole family went but only Monkey and I did the actual run (let’s be real, Mama mostly walked). We got covered head to toe in colored powder, much to Monkey’s delight. Afterwards, they had a big dance party where they handed out more color packs and everyone got even more covered in color. On our walk to the car, there was a powder station that a bunch of kids were playing at (purple powder EVERYWHERE), so we stopped and let the kids go to town. You guys, they were seriously covered in purple powder. They loved it. Monkey still asks when we can do it again. LOL.
  • NC State Fair (10/17)
    Meh, we are not really fair fans, but the fairgrounds are super close and everyone said you must experience it. It was hot, parking was hell, there was disgusting fair food, there were smelly buildings full of farm animals, and overpriced tickets to ride crappy rides. Kids loved it – Mamas, not so much. Mommy was like, “We aren’t doing that again.” I was like, “You know you’re dreaming, right? We have kids!” LOL!
  • Mama starts new job (at same company)
  • First Halloween in new house
    In LA we lived in a security condo building so we never got trick-or-treaters. Monkey thoroughly enjoyed handing out candy. In fact, he cut his own TOTing short so that he could go home and hand out candy. DW also really did up the house for Halloween. Orange lights around posts on front porch, skeleton lights along front walkway, tombstones and flashing lights in yard, and spooky sounds via a speaker in the front window. Pretty impressive ūüôā

November

  • Mommy’s band plays first gig
  • Mama has work trip to LA – first time away from the MM overnight (11/17-11/19)
    Highlights included staying at The Standard hotel, going to The Broad museum, partying on my last night there with my old gay work boyfriend (we did drinks at the rooftop bar at The Standard, hit Clifton’s for dinner, and walked around downtown LA, which is really lovely these days). Bonus? I was not at all homesick for LA – I was totally ready to come home to NC ūüôā
  • Wean¬†the MM¬†(11/17)
  • First Thanksgiving with my family in SC

December

  • Monkey turned 6 (12/21)
    No party or huge activity planned this year, which ended up making Monkey sad. We hit up the local kid’s museum, went out for brunch and went to the trampoline place. Then home for gifts, dinner and cake. Next year we’ll do a party at our place.
  • First Christmas in new house
  • Mommy visited Grandma in LA (12/26-12/29)
  • Mama and boys visited family in SC (12/26-12/28)
    Highlights include exchanging gifts with family, visiting the Riverbanks Zoo with cousins, and seeing The Good Dinosaur.

So far, we’ve had a pretty busy January 2016 as well!

  • The MM saw his first movie in the theater – Hotel Transylvania 2 (1/3)
    We have a $2 theater near our house so we thought we’d try it. He did great and we’ve already been back to see The Peanuts movie, too.
  • Monkey received a character award at school for Respect (1/8)
    There were around 6 total character awards per grade. Very proud!
  • Toured and applied to a magnet school for Monkey for first grade (we find out if he got in 2/5)
  • Had our first snow in our new house (1/17)
  • Scheduled¬†a tour of¬†a local pre-school for the MM for next August (1/22)
  • Monkey’s first school performance (1/22)
  • Roller skating for the first time ¬†for a school fundraiser (1/30)
  • Mommy’s band has scheduled their second show (2/6)
  • Researching soccer and/or karate options for the MM, and track options for Monkey
  • Work on potty training the MM (ughhhhhh)

Whew! Non-stop action over here.

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summer bucket list round-up

Dude. Summer, the bucket list, and this blog are getting away from me. Since I last updated, we have crossed a few more items off the list, but we have several that I’m afraid will be slipping into fall…

We went to the beach in South Carolina for a week at the end of July and had a lot of fun. Monkey and his 8 year old cousin had a great time, meaning that they made it kind of miserable for the rest of us. Bouncing off the walls, not listening, just running wild. I had to remind myself and others of how super annoying my cousins and I were around that age and what incredible fun we had back in the day. Monkey is still talking about his cousins and missing them. All’s well that ends well, I guess! We visited the Serpentarium and Botany Bay – our yearly excursions.

Monkey feeding turtles at the Serpentarium

serpent

 

Granny and MM at Botany Bay

bbay

Mama and Mommy had two dinners out Рwoot! We also discovered the joy of Firefly sweet tea flavored vodka and lemonade. Highly recommended!

We spent every day on the beach and in the water. The MM took daily beach naps, mostly on me but on my mom one day as well (she was in heaven).

Our beach setup

beach

 

Cousins on the beach

cousins

While we were in SC, we had a rented golfcart for the week so we can strike that one off the list as well. It is a life-saver as an activity that the kids love and the adults have fun with, too, when you’re not on the beach. Every evening we’d put the kids to bed and have cocktails and play games. The new favorite this year was Telestrations. A combination of Pictionary and Telephone – super fun and funny!

Boys passed out after day at the beach

asleep asleep2 asleep3

It was great to catch up with family (my parents, my brother/sil/kids, aunt, cousin, 2nd cousin) and we dropped the news to them that we are interested in relocating, probably to the Southeast. This will tell me who is actually reading this blog ūüôā Yes, we’ve decided that we really need to leave SoCal – too expensive, unappealing school options, etc. I’ll do another entry on this later, but figured I’d drop it here since it was a big deal to let my family in on it. Yes, they are all working on helping me find a job already ūüôā

In terms of the bucket list items that are not crossed off the list, I am still holding tickets for the local trampoline jumping place and we also have a certificate for dance classes for Monkey (Hip Hop!), so those will be happening in the coming weeks. I’m bummed that we never made Gym.bor.ee classes happen for my little MM. I will be getting that going, too, as it can happen while Monkey is in school (he started his third and final year of preschool today). Monkey had a playdate last week at Noah’s Ark, which we’ve been to before and love, so another one off the list.

Total of ¬†15 bucket list items complete. By the end of August, it’ll be more like 18.¬†Not a bad tally!

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‚Äôs car – not happening due to the drought here in CA
  • Go to the (local) beach
  • Touch a Truck¬†event
  • Farmer‚Äôs Market
  • Drum circle
  • Plant flowers in pots on balcony – not happening due to the drought here in CA
  • Go miniature golfing
  • Go bowling
  • Visit¬†Noah‚Äôs 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
  • NEW: 4th of July parade
  • NEW: Go carts!
  • NEW: Visit a California Mission

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more summer bucket list fun

Over the weekend we crossed another couple of items off the bucket list and added another new one! I attended a conference at a FABULOUS resort just south of us. But before I get into how insanely luxurious and wonderful it was, we also rode go-carts on the way down! DW noticed a Boom.ers on the drive¬†to San Diego last time we went and really wanted to drive go-carts. We looked it up and discovered that Monkey is¬†tall enough to drive on the small, little kid track and to be a passenger on the big track. Our hotel check in time wasn’t until 4, so we took a pit stop! (See what I did there?)

First, let me say that Boom.ers exists in the same hellish category where Chuck.E.Cheese resides. OMG hate. That said, the go-carts were a blast! We put Monkey in a car on the kiddie track first. He had no clue what he was supposed to do – “Put on your seatbelt.” <Blank stare> “Push the green pedal with your foot.” <Blank stare> But once he figured it out, he tore it up. He had his pedal pushed to the metal and took the turns like a champ – only got stuck on the side once. Of course, when it was time to stop, he completely ignored it and ran over the stop sign (DOH!) and then after the guy running things said, “Do not hit the car ahead of you,” bet you can’t guess what happened… I felt bad for the guy and we did what we could from the sidelines, but you know, he’s 4. He had so much fun and looked so cool doing it, too.

After that, DW took a turn driving him on the big course and then it was my turn. I had never driven a go-cart before (this stunned DW). It was super fun, but kind of stressful, too. I never knew when someone was coming around me! Monkey was killing me yelling, “Oh my God!” No idea where he got that from (seriously – we never say that). I laughed and told him to say gosh instead so as not to offend anyone and he actually obliged. Still, it was hilarious as we’d round a corner and he’d cry out, “OH MY GOD!” LOL!

DW and I really wanted to leave at that point, but there was a huge room full of video games, so you can guess where this is going. Monkey played a few games and we bribed him with some candy to get out of there. Still, I’d do it again just for the awesome go-cart action.

Then we were on way to the ridic resort we stayed in Sat-Tues. This place? Pure opulence. Our room was huge and had a big balcony overlooking the main lawn. So beautiful. The bathroom was a dream – huge soaking tub with separate shower. The boys and I got in the tub every night and even made use of the lavendar sea salt bath crystals provided.

View from our balcony

view

There is a golf course between the hotel and the beach (natch), so they shuttle guests down to the beach, where an employee sets up an umbrella, beach chairs, and towels in your preferred location. Oh, and they gave each boy a bucket and shovel on check in. The beach was gorgeous and both boys had so much fun playing in the water and the sand (see new header photo for evidence). This bodes well for our week-long beach trip next week.

Monkey at the beach

m_sand

We had room service a few times (just easier with littles at a fancy shmancy hotel). While I attended the conference on Mon, the family went to the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. DW loved it and said we absolutely have to stop on one of our SD trips so I can check it out. In the late afternoon, the family went for a swim in the kid pools (one was 1.5′ deep and the other 4′ deep). We ordered up a bucket of ice cold Cor.ona Light and had ourselves a nice cocktail hour.

Monkey at the Mission

mission

That night after we put the kids to bed, we had a cocktail out on the balcony and watched the sun go down. So. Awesome. We had planned to do this all 3 nights, but DW fell asleep putting kids to bed the first night and we both fell asleep putting them down the second night. (Both boys were up at 5:20AM all 3 days, so Mamas were pretty beat.)

On the last day there, I won a $200 gift card to the hotel during the conference! Sounds awesome, right? But we had to check out at noon so I spent about 15 minutes playing all you can grab in¬†the gift shop. I was really hoping to score some resort-branded beach towels, but alas they were not to be had. I ended up with a branded beach bag, a pair of sunglasses, and some toys for the kids. I “paid it forward” by giving the remaining $10 to the person behind me in line ūüôā

Now, I’ve shared the Face.book, happy-happy-joy-joy version of the trip but rest assured, it was not easy or¬†super relaxing. See ridiculous wake times above. See also Monkey in all his 4.5-ness, not listening, being totally wild, messing with the baby constantly, etc. Let’s not even discuss the epic argument DW and I had on check-out. Ugh. Still, we had a good family time at a place we’d not be able to afford otherwise (thank you work), so I call it a win!

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‚Äôs car
  • Go to the (local) beach
  • Touch a Truck¬†event
  • Farmer‚Äôs Market
  • Drum circle
  • Plant flowers in pots on balcony
  • Go miniature golfing
  • Go bowling
  • Visit¬†Noah‚Äôs 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
  • NEW: 4th of July parade
  • NEW: Go carts!
  • NEW: Visit a California Mission

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summer bucket list mega post

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!

endeavor

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.

Splash Pad

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.

splash

 

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.

camp

Swimming lessons

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!

underwater

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!

Farmer’s Market

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā 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!

wagon

 

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

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