Thanksgiving this year was UHMAZING. Alex is at such a fun age – she’s curious, talkative and incredibly social. It was nice to spend the day with our families and eats lots of deliciousnesss….
At her Grandpa’s house – there are LOTS of other kids, all of whom are much older than Alexandria. Grandpa and family brought out some chalk for all the kids to play with together – and Alexandria had a blast. Mostly because her Memaw, my 81 year old Grandmother, decided she was going to get down and dirty with her.
My Aunt, who just happens to live next door to my Pops, is world reknown for her amazing Christmas Decorations. In retrospect, I wish I would’ve documented what her house looks like – but don’t worry, next year it’ll happen.
Regardless, Chech was OBSESSED with the Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol station.
My Memaw is pretty cool, don’t ya think? 🙂
Scenario: It’s raining, theres probably a flash of lightning off in the distance… and if you have DirecTV chances are your cable just went out. You need to escape your house.
Solution: Hop in the car, dodge the idiots that forget how to drive
in the rain and make your way over to the Young at Art Children’s Museum. It’s only $13 for adults to enter, and $12 for kids over 1! After popcorn, candy & drinks its cheaper, and waaaaaay more fun than a movie.
Sunday was my birthday & we had a fabulous day at the beach planned with the family. I was soooooo excited – only to wake up to a dreary yucky day more fit for foggy Londontown than sunny South Florida. So, Museum Day it was and for the first time ever I was happy it was raining. We had such a good time. Of course, I documented the whole thing with my iPhone, so blurry pix are in your future.
First up – outside are these GIGANTIC letters, naturally I needed a shot in front of them. I love this little Chech.
Once we got inside, we lost track of time and became completely consumed by the exhibits and fun interactive toys. They even have a special room just for children under 5 years old – read no obnoxious discipline deprived children knocking over my toddler without regard or remorse. Wow, when did I become THAT Mom. lol Either way –
Alexandria’s favorite? Of course, the Agua!
This was honestly one of the most interesting parts of the museum. Think, waterfall designed to be an interactive toy that can be altered by installing panels to re-direct the flow of the water. Some of the older kids were mesmerized by how placing a panel made a water powered Ferris Wheel rotate, while my boo decided it was “Splashy Splashy” time. Note: Munchkins can even splash with raincoats on if you’re worried about them getting all wet. After Chech was thoroughly drenched from the waist up, we decided it was probably time to move on.
Next up – the mirror Triangle. The Chech could not stop laughing at her reflection all over the place, and the silly mommy couldn’t keep the iPhone straight enough to get a clear shot of her laughing.
After some fun in the mirror triangle, we let the Chech rest her tired little legs and we rolled on over to the bigger kids room. On the way, we stopped in the “ArtScape” some really cool Back to the Future car with Neon Lights. Chech wasn’t into it, but this little girl was all about dancing to the beat of the strobe lights. I see very long nights in her future…. I digress.
After we left
After Hours at Space – errr the “Art Scape”, we rolled right into a room classically decorated to imitate an old Renaissance themed Art Gallery. Showcased on the walls are AMAZING pieces by kids ranging from Age 2 – 16; Collages and paintings adorned the wall while little creativity stations dot the middle space. This makes me excited for when Alex is a little older – drawing sessions like woah!
So on one wall is a giant dry erase board type deal with puzzle pieces of famous works of art. Clingy puzzle pieces stick easily and are a blast for kids to put together; well in this case for mom to show Chech how to do it. 🙂
After we got tired of Alex ripping down the Clingy puzzle pieces, we stumbled upon a fun wooden block room for bigger kids. I could venture to say teaching Alex how to roll cars down the ramps and shift gears was Javy’s favorite part. 🙂
Alex seriously had a blast playing with her Papi. Rolling the cars down the ramp, putting in the “People”, saying Vrooooooooom – she was too funny.
Bongo Drums fill a mini tiki hut in the back corner; When she saw these she RAN over to them with her cute little wobbly drunk person walk and looked back at us like, ‘IS IT CHRISTMAS?!’ Then, around the corner is a Stomp inspired fun room with all sorts of regular items that make noise – those white things hanging from the doorway are actually empty water jugs. Alex soon discovered what a cool noise they make.
This was honestly the most amazing birthday a 27 year old could ask for. We had Mommy & Papi fun with our friends on Saturday night to ring in midnight, slept in a bit to recharge for a fun day with the Chech. Watching her explore the twists and turns of something she’d never seen before was an amazing experience as a Mommy, and I will be returning lots and lots to this fun little (actually gigantic) Children’s Museum quite often!
Hope you enjoyed this peek into my Kairos. <3
me Gene” we’ll call it.
Well, my kid is fucking awesome. <3
We had a little fun at bath time the other night so I decided to take advantage of her good mood and catch some future blackmail – err funny photos.
This is my Kairos – Enjoy.
So, we’re practically all moved in, got a pretty decent routine started and I am loving life in my little space. I’m finally getting to enjoy Alexandria more than ever before.
This kid is mobile, boy is she all over the place! I am searching for bubble wrap onesies. This search has also lead me to brainstorming how to start manufacturing bubble wrap onesies. Don’t squash my dreams of a bump free afternoon please – these suits are necessary to the sanity of any parent.
Here are some fun snapshots of my little munchkin in the last week… enjoy!
Here we come to the highlight of the last few days… trying to teach Alexandria to stay out of the kitchen. Up this afternoon – Papi.
I died laughing capturing this 10 minute battle.
That little face of mischief kills me every time.
Being the photography dork that I am – a friend of mine who is the absolute awesomest – sent me this earlier. 20 seconds in, I knew I was sharing! 🙂 Press play and enjoy!