Jul 30, 2012

Stupid Swimming Lessons Update

{Stupid Swimming Lessons}

Swimming Lessons ended on Thursday night.  You may recall that I attempted to speak with the director before leaving the pool that night, but was unsuccessful.  I called to leave a voice mail message for her, when we got home.

I was pleasantly surprised when she returned my phone call Friday morning.

I wasn't quite prepared for the call and I had to scramble downstairs to find the Progress Report so I could  specifically read to her what was written {I always hate confrontational moments like this.  I get very flustered and more than likely sound like an idiot!}

Once I was able to successfully locate the Progress Report I felt like I was able to talk with her a little more easily, however, I was still nervous {It's that darn people pleaser in me!}

I was grasping at straws as I began trying to gently explain my frustration with; not only the comments that were written, but the attitude the swimming teacher possessed, along with his lack of communication, and confidentiality.

My mind was put at ease as we talked and she understood my frustration.  She explained to me that part of the lifeguard and swim teacher training discussed communicating with parents.  The training also included giving swimmers specific skills to practice as they waited for their turn to work with the teacher individually.

After talking with B, I learned that the infamous 'messing around' occurred when they were told to stay by the wall while the teacher was working individually with another swimmer.  B was not told to practice kicking or arm strokes {he has been told to do this in the past with other swimming teachers}.  Again, I'm not excusing my son's behavior, but I am better able to understand that it happened because he was expected to just stay on a wall with 2 other kids his age.  He wasn't given anything constructive to do, so he found something to do, which wasn't a good choice.

Before our conversation concluded the director thanked me for bringing these items of frustration to her attention.  She went on to say that the swim teacher would not be able to grow without parent feedback.  The director also stated that they always try to make the program the best that it can be and talking with parents helps with that.

Now that the situation is done and over with I feel better knowing that I stood up for my child in a respectful way. 

I realize that the swimming instructor is young {even younger than I gave him credit for initially} and doesn't realize the effect of his words and actions have.  I hope that he will use this opportunity to learn and think before he acts in future.

Part of my heart still aches knowing that my son wasn't really ever given a fair chance to show the swim teacher that he does know how to listen and be respectful.  B is caring and kind and he wants to follow directions.  He just needs to know what the exceptions are that he should be following.

Jul 27, 2012

Stupid Swimming Lessons

{WARNING: This Mommy is about to get ugly}

Alright so here's the situation:

B and G have been taking swimming lessons 2 days a week for the past month {This is not the first summer they have taken lessons}.

Last night was their last lesson.  When lessons ended they were given Progress Reports.

The Progress Report is broken up into 7 sections with various titles, such as Personal Safety and Stroke Development.  It ends with section labeled, Instructor's Comments.

B handed me his soggy Progress Report and I glanced at it.  As I scanned through it I was trying to help him dry off, alert G as to where we were {For some reason he wasn't able to find us.}, and bounce a fussy Baby M.

Now before I go any further I need to let you know that I am not one of those people who thinks that her child is a perfect swimmer and expects a + mark to be in each box.  For goodness sakes the kid is 6.  Having this kind of attitude, in my opinion, suggests that there is no room for growth.  Let's be honest here, we can all grow in some way.

Ok back on topic, when I got to the section labeled: Swimmer's Attitude I read,

2.  Listens to instructions and follows directions.
The teacher {who appeared to be a high school kid, but my better judgment tells me that he was at least a Freshman in college.} wrote: Messes around to {That's not a typo.  He really spelled it like that.} much with J {wrote out the other child's name}.

Now wait a minute, why am I just now learning about my child 'messing around too much' with another child?  If this problem was significant enough for you to bring it to my attention in the Progress Report maybe you, Mr. Swim Teacher, should have alerted Brent and I to the issue a little sooner.  This way we could have addressed it with B.  And maybe, just maybe it would have stopped.  Oh and on another note, I don't think it was appropriate for you to write another child's name on my child's Progress Report.  Have you heard of a little thing called confidentiality?  Since this 'messing around' was so troublesome, I'm guessing that you wrote my child's name on the other child's Progress Report.  Now in all honesty, I'm sure J is a lovely child and his family is just fantastic, but on the off chance that they are crazy psychos, I'm not too thrilled about B's name potentially being written on J's Progress Report.

Ok problem #2:

Under the same section heading I continued to read:

4.  Demonstrates caring, honesty, respect & responsibility.
The teacher wrote: sometimes/sometimes not.

Ok, could you elaborate a little here?  Maybe you could try this thing called a positive sandwich.  Here's what you do: start with something positive a child does, explain in a gentle, yet tactful way what needs to be worked on, and finish with another positive.  It's like the positives are the bun of the sandwich and the area of growth is the meat, get it?!  What specifically does he do correctly sometimes?  What specifically does he sometimes not do?  Again, I'd like to address this with B, but saying: "Sometimes you are caring, honest, respectful, and responsible and other times you’re not", doesn't help him to know what he needs to keep doing and what he needs to stop doing.

Onto problem #3:

The Progress Report ended with: Instructor's Comments.

Oh wonderful Swimming Instructor wrote:
He is a very good swimmer {Yay, a positive!} he just needs to stop messing around with J {Same kid's name written, again.} and the things we use and he will get 10 times better than he is right now.

Well thank you for the complement glad to know you could find 1 thing to let me know that he does well.  Now, back to this messing around with J thing,  it's obvious that you found it extremely troublesome {and rightfully so}, however, if it was that much trouble why in the hell did you not talk with Brent and I about this?!  I would have been more than happy to talk with B about the problem and get it corrected!

As I'm sure you can guess I was slightly upset after reading this shit junk.  In an effort to try and help B realize he made mistakes and that he needed to rectify them, I briefly explained that his teacher noted his disappointment with B messing around with J.  I continued to explain my disappointment and encouraged him to tell the teacher he was sorry.

So as we were leaving the pool B walked up to his teacher.  The teacher was standing and talking with a group of other teachers and life guards {It did look as if they were practicing some type of drills}.  He didn't even acknowledge that B was standing near him {I'm sure B did speak softly and it was more than likely difficult to hear his voice}.  Finally, B tapped him on the elbow; the teacher didn't even look at B.  B said, "I'm sorry."   The teacher, still not looking at B, muttered "it's cool."

It's cool?!  Ok his response, his attitude, and his body language tell me that he can't stand B and is very annoyed with him.

First of all buddy, the kid is 6!  While I'm not thrilled with his behavior, it is developmentally appropriate.  If you can't handle it, get another job!  Second of all, whether you like it or not you are a role model.  You put yourself in that situation when you took this job.  You did not demonstrate the attitude of a good role model!

I did try to talk with the director of the swimming lessons before we left, but she had gone home for the day.  I called and left her a voice mail message when I got home.

I also talked with B about his behavior and we came up with some better activities he could do rather than 'mess' around with J {Whatever the heck that means!}

This is from last summer when his teacher liked him.

Jul 25, 2012

Growing Up is Hard

You may or may not be aware of G's larger than life personality.

He is an all or nothing kind of guy.

At 4 years of age he knows what he wants and what he likes and he will let his feelings be known, LOUD and clear!

G is obsessed with all things that are soft.  It could be anything from a blanket to a pair of pj's.

If it's soft he likes loves it!

Little did I know 2 years ago when I purchased a pair of fleece Santa jammies, that they would become his favorite!

 *Sorry for the elephant ears.  It's
amazing how difficult it was to find a picture of him wearing the pj's that he never takes off!

I would even venture to say that they are more than simply his favorite.  G is flat out obsessed with these pj's.  He wears these things all of the time.  As soon as they are clean they are the first pair he picks out to wear.  It's been like 100 degrees almost every day this summer and the kid still chooses to wear fleece pj's with long sleeves and pants.

The other day I made the mistake of mentioning that his favorite pj's were beginning to look a little short on him.

I'm not really sure what I was thinking as the words spilled out of my mouth.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you're watching and listening to yourself.  You hear what's coming out of your mouth and you know it needs to stop, but no matter how hard you try you just. can't. make. it. stop. {Yeah that's how it went down}

It is an understatement to say that he was upset about the pj's.  He was down right pissed!

I'm pretty sure the neighbors heard his disgust with me over the comment.

I guess I should learn to keep my opinions to myself.

I'm pretty sure he's going to hang onto these babies until he can't pull them on.

Do your kids obsess over anything?

Jul 24, 2012

What does The Tooth Fairy Bring?

Last summer B lost his first tooth.  Losing a tooth is a pretty big deal.  Brent and I were faced with a dilemma –How much should The Tooth Fairy bring?

I thought since it was his first tooth, The Tooth Fairy should bring him $5.00.  Mr. Cheap Skate Brent thought $1.00 was enough.  My argument on the situation was that B, like any 5 year old, would want to spend his money immediately.  There aren't too many options for a 5 year old that cost $1.00.  I also thought that the first tooth should be worth more.

Brent held strong to his opinion that $1.00 was plenty, stating that, B would expect $5.00 or more for each tooth.

We struggled to come to a consensus on the payout.  So I made a post on Facebook to get the opinions of our friends and family regarding the situation.  I explained our debate and that I thought the Tooth Fairy should bring $5.00 for two reasons.  1)  It was the first tooth and 2) He wouldn’t be able to buy anything for $1.00.  Just to be fair I explained Brent's point of view as well {See, I can be nice}.

Wouldn’t you know . . . most people sided with me!  Surprise, Surprise {Sorry, I had to get 1 more dig at my hubby, Love you babe}!

And so the Tooth Fairy brought B $5.00 and he was THRILLED!

B lost another tooth tonight.  He looks like a true 1st grader now, with his missing teeth!

B has lost a total of 3 teeth and managed to chip 1 of them {He only had 2 adult teeth when the accident occurred.}.  Let’s hope he is able to keep the rest of his teeth safe!

Has the Tooth Fairy come to your house?  How much did she bring?

Jul 23, 2012

Mission Possible - Book Give Away

You may or may not be aware of the fact that I am a teacher.  I have made mention of it a few times, but to be honest I don’t like to highlight it too often.  It’s not that I don’t love what I do.  It’s more because too often I feel as if I have to play the part of a defender on a daily basis.  I don’t want to be judged as a teacher.  I blog from home and I know you may find this surprising, but those kids of mine don’t really care what I’m doing when they want/need something.  They will interrupt me at the drop of a hat {I’m sure none of your kids do things like this}.  Interruptions may cause a mistake or two despite my every effort to prevent them.  This blog is my space and I want to step away from the role that often takes a beating or is often used as the scape goat for the problems with American youth.
Eva Moskowitz
Arin Lavinia

I was provided the opportunity to read the book, Mission Possible written by, Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia.  I am also very fortunate to be able to give away a copy of the book to my readers! 

Mission Possible is an information text that discusses why schools are struggling.  Suggestions are offered to improve learning for all students through the use of   rigorous reading and writing curriculums that are affective.


Along with reading the book I was asked to offer my opinion regarding: Stagnation and why I think this country treats teaching so differently than it does other professions? 

In America we are constantly seeking the fastest way to accomplish tasks.  Often society looks to educators as the ‘providers’ of knowledge.  Oh and by the way, they want that knowledge given quickly, as in yesterday

Well I’m here to tell you that it is not possible for one single person to possess all of the knowledge there is, let alone have the ability to take that knowledge and pour it into someone else’s brain.  Knowledge is not something that can’t simply be given.  It is something that is learned.  Teachers help students to understand concepts.  Students gain knowledge about the world through their understanding of basic concepts.  Understanding and learning concepts takes time and practice.  When students aren’t able to demonstrate their understanding of knowledge adequately, who do people turn to place blame on?  . . . The Teachers, which lowers respect for teachers.

It’s difficult to compare educating to other professions.  In an office, for example, a typical day may consist of; working on assignments, attending meetings, and conferring with colleagues regarding various work related tasks.  Time is given to complete tasks and feedback is provided when mistakes are made. 

So often I think people overlook the fact that an educator’s first priorities are students.  Yes, teachers attend meetings and work on assignments, however, in between the meetings and paper work there are students, children, who are the priority.  Rarely is it taken into consideration that children have different needs than that of the average business client.

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Jul 18, 2012

Movie Review ~ Magic Mike

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About 2 weeks ago a friend emailed me along with 3 of our other friends.  She proposed a Mommy's night out, which included dinner and a movie.  The movie just happened to be none other than, Magic Mike.

Immediately when I read the email I became extremely excited at the thought of going to dinner with friends {AKA uninterrupted girl talk, nothing is better!}.  I had not heard of the movie and asked Brent if he knew what it was about {Don't laugh at me.  I don't get out much.}.  Of course, he began cracking up at me immediately as he told me about it.  He couldn't believe that I had no prior knowledge of the movie.  The conversation ended with him saying, "Oh, Erin", and his typical head in his hand shake.

I responded to the email, as did the others, and we arranged to have dinner and see the movie last Wednesday.  I couldn't recall the last time I had gone to the theater to see a movie that wasn't a cartoon.  I was totally pumped at the thought of seeing a movie and not having to take someone potty during it!

Alrighty so here you have it, my opinion of the movie {Take it for what it's worth}:

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Channing Tatum, oh wow, he looks good and the boy can dance!  You can't help but like his character, Mike.

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Matthew McConaughey, I was SUPER disappointed in him.  He looked old and greasy!  And I'm not talking about that pretty little sheen that's supposed to look hot; I'm talking nas-tay!

The movie started out with a good story line.  Mike works several jobs trying to save every penny he can.  His goal is to attain his own custom furniture store.  At one of his random jobs he meets, Adam, a young kid trying to find his way in the world just after high school.  Mike takes Adam under his wing and helps Adam to get on his own 2 feet and off of his sister's couch.

The story becomes rather drawn out and takes a turn for the weird when Mike and Adam preform on location at a sorority.  Drugs were introduced and honestly I was turned off.  Things really went downhill from there.

It appeared that the movie was totally written by a man who was envisioning what he thinks women are interested in.  There were more bare boobs in the movie than anything else.  Personally, I'm not all about seeing naked men {which you don't see} and I 'm guessing my face was several shades of red throughout the club and dancing scenes.

I've never been to strip club and if the movie truly depicted what occurs in one I'd be too embarrassed to go {Not that I'm judging anyone who has been or enjoys going.  If that's your thing more power to ya!  It's just not for me.}

Ok so over all, it was great to get out and have some adult time, the movie had its ups and downs.  I'd say the movie is more dollar theater or rent worthy.

Have you seen it?  What did you think? or Are you going to see it?  Are you doing a girls night out?

Jul 17, 2012

8 Years Ago . . . - Memories Captured Link Up

8 years ago today I was on pins and needles.

My mind was filled with excitement and anticipation.

I was nervous and worried.

2006 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert

I am so amazed at how quickly things have changed in such a short period of time.

We have grown in many ways during these 8 years.

Our ideas and dreams have gone through several phases. 

We have learned so much about life, love, and each other.

2009 Chicago

Happy Anniversary to my Prince Charming!

I Love you babe!

2011 Epcot

I'm linking up with Alison and Galit today for Memories Captured.

Jul 16, 2012

Making Lemonade

Lemonade is a simple summer tradition that can be enjoyed by the entire family . . . well almost.  Baby M isn't quite old enough to enjoy it, yet.

B and G on the other hand, not only love to drink lemonade, but they have fun making it as well. 

I have to confess that there is no real science to this recipe or anything.  I sort of came up with it when I was pregnant with B.  He was born in September and it was a  L   O   N  G  hot summer that year.  I was told that lemon helped to settle stomachs.  Well since I spent most of my pregnancy with him feeling rather nauseated, I was willing to try anything to make the feeling go away. 

So here you have it my thrown together lemonade!

You'll need:
3 lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 liter of water
a knife
a cutting board
a pitcher
a juicer

What to do:

The steps are pretty simple.  My 4 and 6 year old were able to help with most of the process.

1.  Wash the lemons

2.  Cut the lemons in half {I did this part}.  I also like to dig out the big seeds that I can see after cutting the lemons in half.

3.  Using a juicer {I'm not sure of the actual name for this tool, but I think you get the picture} turn the lemon halves and squeeze the juice out of them.  I started the lemons on the juicer for B and G.  When they got as much of the juiced out as they could, I helped to get the remainder out.

The lemons will look like this when all of juice is out of them.

4.  Pulp will collect on the top of the juicer.  I try to dig as many of the seeds as I am able to find out of the pulp before dumping it in the pitcher.  You could choose to leave the pulp out if you'd like.  Personally, I think it gives the lemonade more flavor.  So I use it.

We got about 1 cup of lemon juice from our 3 lemons.

5.  Pour the lemon juice into the pitcher.

6.  Add 1 cup of sugar and fill the pitcher with water.

7.  Stir it all together.

8.  I like to add the remaining lemon halves to the pitcher as well.  They add more flavor.

We made some brownies to go along with our lemonade.  They were just a bag mix.  1 made from scratch item is enough me{I know, I know, call me lazy!}

Hey brownies are brownies, and the kids still liked them despite the fact that they were a bag mix!

Oh and by the way these are items #24 and #27 from our Summer Activity List.

Jul 11, 2012

Use Sparingly - DIY Foam Soap

Let's face it when it comes to the term: Use Sparingly, kids are clueless!

No matter how many times you explain what it means or actually have them practice using a small amount; kids seem to be oblivious using just a little bit of anything.

Lately, my kids have been going through soap like CRAZY!

And well to put it quite honestly, I've had enough of them literally washing money down the drain.

I mean seriously let's think about how many times kids wash their hands in one day . . . it's gotta be like 582 or something very close.

So here's the solution that I have implemented.  You know those foam soaps that you can buy?  Well once they are emptied I have been saving, them rather than throwing them away. 

Now I have a little side note to add here: I LOVE the Bath and Body Works soaps.  They smell heavenly.  I wait until they are on sale for dirt cheap and stock up.  Well my kids, they just don't appreciate them in the same fashion as I do.  I'm not really sure how they do it, but they go through a bottle of soap 3 times faster than Brent and I do.  Also, the sink looks as if they finger-painted with the soap when they are done using it.

Sadly, I have told myself that I am going to have to stop buying this lovely soap because of those little wasters!  I have moved onto purchasing the clear kind.  Not any specific brand, just whatever is on sale or least expensive.

I use my empty foam soap dispensers {which just happen to be from Bath and Body Works} and pour some of the liquid soap into the dispenser.  I pour the soap level to just past the 'h' in bath.  I guess that would be approximately an inch of soap. 

Next, I fill the remainder of the dispenser with water.  I stop filling when the water level gets to the crease at the top of the bottle.  Once the dispenser is filled I put the top on and gently turn it upside down and gently shake it from side to side so that the soap and water mix together {Be sure to shake it gently because it will become a big foamy mess if you just shake it rapidly up and down}.

Voila!  There you have it, DIY Foam Soap!  Not only do my kids make less of a mess with it, but the soap lasts longer, and I have recycled the dispensers.  And less money is wasted, yay!  So it's like a win/win situation here people!

Oh by the way, I am now using the dispensers for their shampoo and body wash as well.  It works like a dream for these as well!

Check out my other DIY products:

Jul 8, 2012


{This is an update to my post from Saturday}
What is it about girlfriends that make them so special?

· Maybe, it's the fact that they listen to your joys and your fears and still love you no matter how outrageous your ideas are

· Perhaps it's the fact that just because you don't see each other as often as you'd like you're still able to pick up where you left off

· Or could it be that you are guaranteed to have a blast each time you see them

Each year my college friends and I arrange an overnight get together. As I'm sure you can imagine, we enjoy being able to reminisce about good times we've shared along with creating new memories!

This year my friend, Courtney, graciously hosted us. It was only about a 45 minute drive from her house to mine {We live on the opposite sides of town}.

After unloading our bags we spent some time just chitchatting before heading to get pedis. I love how soothing simple conversation and laughter are.

We never really have definite plans other than to get pedis. It's the one consistent part that we have each year.

Rachel and Courtney

After getting pedis we headed to The Flying Cupcake. I had a Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake {There are several fun flavors like this}. I want you to imagine how tasty chocolate chip cookie dough is. Now think about the best cupcake you've ever had. You know the kind that are super moist and they have icing that is really smooth, creamy, rich, and chocolaty.  Like the best you've EVER tasted. Ok now combine these two treats and wham! you have the Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake!

So after this super awesome treat we got some lunch.  Yep, that's right, we ate our dessert first and then our lunch.  And ya know what; it's ok, because we didn't have to set examples for our kids!  What they don't know won't hurt 'em!

When our lunch was completed we headed back to Courtney's to change and freshen up.  Our activity for the evening was to paint at Wine and Canvas.

Rachel, Courtney, and Cat

Now let me tell you this Wine and Canvas place was very cool.  A local artist instructed us through a painting that we created ourselves and while we created this painting we . . . you guessed it - drank some wine!  Doesn't that sound like super fun?!  Ok, don't give me the, oh well I'm not an artist, you don't have to be.  You just have to want to have fun . . . that's all just have fun :)

Me and Rachel

While we were painting we took a few pictures and sent them to our husbands.  They had some interesting comments regarding our art work. 
Brent wanted to know where the rest of my painting was.
Rachel's husband, Josh, told her she needed to drink some more wine before finishing her painting.
Aren't they nice and supportive? {Jerks!}

Cat, Me, Rachel, and Courtney
Every so often the artist stopped and took a break during the painting process.  This picture was taken during one of the breaks.  I'll let you decide if our shenanigans are a result of the wine or sleepiness setting in.  When deciding keep in mind that 1 of the 4 is pregnant and has a 3 year old, another has 3 children, one has 2 children, and the 4th has no children, but teaches 4th grade.

Rachel, Courtney, Cat, and Me
Here we are with our finished products.  If you can't tell {I don't blame you if you can't} they are lake scenes with some hills and a tree.  And just in case you're wondering yes, we did giggle and say "A happy little tree" {You know like Bob Ross that painter who was on tv}.

When our canvases were completed we were STARVING so we headed to eat at The Cheesecake Factory.  The Cheesecake Factory, just in case you were wondering is like one of my all time FAVORITE restaurants!  If I always got to choose where to eat {and if I had an unlimited supply of money} I would choose The Cheesecake Factory. 

I was shocked to learn that my friend Cat had not previously eaten at The Cheesecake Factory.  I felt like it was my duty as her friend to take her there so she, too could enjoy some of the best food on the planet.  She agreed, it's yummy, and she would totally go back!

I'm sure you can guess this, but we headed back to Courtney's for a good 'ol fashion slumber party {well minus the bra freezing} and talked and fell asleep.

When I returned to reality this morning I was gleefully greeted by B and G who jumped up and down saying, "Mommy's home!  I missed you Mommy!"  Baby M got a huge smile on her face and kicked her feet rapidly.  I had fun being away, but it's nice to know they missed me at home.

Do you get away with your friends?  What do you like to do when you get away?

Jul 7, 2012

I'm Outta Here!

*All my bags are packed; I'm ready to go . . .

Yes, I packed 4 outfits for 1 night . . . because well I'm a girl and that's just how I roll. Hey a girl never knows what she's going to want to wear. It's better to be prepared, right?!

*'Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane . . .

Really it's a Monte Carlo. I'm only going to the north side of town for our annual girls mini weekend with my college friends. I am so pumped to get pedis, go shopping, and have a few adult drinks. More than anything I'm looking forward to being able to finish a sentence without someone needing something or without having to clean up after 4 other people!

*Don't know when I'll be back again . . .

Actually I'll be back on Sunday. Sometimes I wish I could leave indefinitely. Like the time that I thought it was a good idea to take all 3 kids grocery shopping with me before nap time. Yeah, that went well. B was pushing his small cart into the shelves and into me. G had his arms sticking out of the cart and across the aisle like a bridge. He was telling other shoppers that they had to say the magic word in order to cross. Then he started high 5ing everyone who passed him. Baby M took her socks off and was chewing on them like a dog. It was such a hot freakin’ mess pleasant trip. I haven't done that one again!

*Oh, babe, I hate to go . . .

Well no, no I don't hate to go. I am freaking excited beyond belief to see my girly friends. I will miss my babies though. G had to pull out the big guns when I told him I was leaving . . . the little shit sweetheart gave me his favorite stuffed animal and told me to bring it with me so I would have someone to cuddle with. Damn him! Why does he have to go and make me feel guilty for leaving for less than 24 hours?! Seriously I think there is some secret kid book that they pass around. The book tells kids ways to make their parents feel terrible.

This was taken on our weekend 2 years ago

So as you can see I am headed to spend a little me time with 3 of my very close friends from college. I'm looking forward to sharing some fun stories with you when I return!

*{lyrics} Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

Do you get some time to spend with your friends? What do you like to do when you get together?

Jul 6, 2012

Our visit to The Children's Museum

Since it has been so incredibly hot lately I thought a trip to The Children's Museum {this also happens to be # 7 on our summer activity list, too} would not only engage my kiddos, but keep us all cool and not so damn crabby happy.

The Children's Museum {Here's a link if you'd like more info.} is like one of our favorite places to visit, next to Disney World that is. Nothing can top Disney World. So, since we don't live in Florida and we do live within 30 minuets of the museum, off to the museum we went.

In all honesty it is a super nice museum. There are activities and attractions for children of all ages and abilities. The activities are hands on and very interactive. We have a yearly pass. It totally pays for its self in 2 visits. There are 4 floors so it is difficult or nearly impossible to get through everything in 1 day. Not to mention, our kids wouldn't last through the entire museum.

Oh and my favorite part . . . it is SUPER CLEAN! I mean it is a museum for children and it is hands on so as you can imagine, things tend to get goobered up, because let's face it, no matter how hard we try, those darn kids just goober things up! Despite the number of children who come in contact with each area of the museum, it is clean and well taken care of.

This time we decided to begin on the 4th floor and work our way down. We went to the Science works area first.

G is in the water area here. He is trying to build a dam to stop the water so it will not flood the housing development downstream.

Next, we moved onto the Healthy House.  There are several activities within the house that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  In the kitchen G learned how to make a healthy snack with an interactive touch screen computer.

B pushed a light in the bathroom and all of the germs were illuminated. Of course my boys were very entertained by the fact that there were even germs on the potty! I loved it when they told me I was right about the germs on the potty! {Yay! They did listen, for once.}  When he let go of the button the germs disappeared.

After the healthy house we were off to the construction area.  B and G enjoyed using larger diggers to scoop up piles of mulch.

They also loved the bulldozer that they were able to drive. Look out because this thing really moves!

After leaving the Science Works area we headed over to ride the carousel. With a membership you can ride for free. I think it costs .50 for everyone else.

Behind the carousel are several other areas for the kids to play in.

G especially enjoyed serving ice cream in the ice cream shop.

He also had fun watching these balls roll and drop.

From this area we moved onto the Playscape.  In the Playscape kids can play in several different areas that encourage imagination.  These areas include: sand, water, building blocks, dress up, house, and magnetic items. 

There is even a special place for babies to move around in.  Baby M loved playing with these blocks and looking in the mirrors.

After eating some lunch in the cafeteria {We packed our lunch, but there are restaurants inside the museum that you can eat at}.  We went to the Dinosphere.  Again, there are many different activity options in the Dinosphere.  The boys began with the digging area.

We ended our trip in the dinosaur dress up area.  B and G are trying to protect their eggs from the other dinosaurs!

How have you and your family been trying to keep cool?