Cedar Falls

The kids and I are in Cedar Falls visiting my parents this week. It is a regular trip for us; we try to visit once a month.

This morning we tried a new park. It’s at an elementary school in town, so the kids are a little small for it. Just don’t tell them that.

After the park the kids had filthy feet. Crocs and wood chips do not play nice together. Elliot was OK having his feet washed, but Audrey threw a HUGE fit. In the midst of her epic meltdown he was offering ways to wash her feet. He could throw her in the river. He could hose her off. She could wash her feet in the bird bath.

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After the excitement this morning both kids are now sleeping soundly. I might take a nap too.

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Summer Tuesday

Today was the kind of magical day that I dream about all winter. It’s early enough in the year that things are still vibrant green. Everyone is happy to be outside. We don’t even care that it is ninety degrees out. Heck, in the shade that is downright comfortable.

We started with a walk to a splash pad. We are lucky to have one that is only a 20 minute walk away. I love that I get a good walk in on the way. On our walk we ran into a neighbor that we chat with a lot. He offered the kids popsicles, and even though it was only 10 in the morning I thought that was a wonderful idea. So did the kids.

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The splash pad was busy, but not totally packed. We were able to find a place in the shade to park the stroller. Elliot was scared at first and had me hold him in the water until he felt safe enough to stand on his own. Once he was comfortable standing it was about 90 seconds before he was splashing and having fun.

The kids are constantly blowing bubbles. Elliot also likes to “float”. He isn’t really floating, he’s just laying on his stomach. He is very proud of himself. I am proud of him too, as he is the kid who gets so upset when me mention taking a bath he makes himself throw up.

After swimming we walked home for lunch and a nap. We all needed a rest after being in the sun. We also needed energy for our afternoon plans – the Beaverdale Farmers Market.

I love that we can walk to a farmers market all summer. Part of that is knowing I can get the kids dinner from a food truck once a week. We had a picnic for dinner. We split a Parlo pizza. One pizza was enough for all three of us, especially because the little ones kept munching on kettle corn.

After dinner we grabbed cupcakes. Elliot wouldn’t stop devouring his for a picture.

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We were so hot when we got home I threw Audrey in the baby pool in our yard in her clothes. She thought that was pretty cool.

Tomorrow we have another full day planned. Unfortunately it will involve things like going to the grocery store because there isn’t a farmers market and I will need to make them dinner.

I’m now going to go drink a gallon of water and try to stay awake to finish my daily square. Wish me luck!

Kansas City Weekend

Happy Sunday! We made it back from our quick trip to Kansas City. It was a fun weekend.

On the three-hour drive down we stopped at the first rest area in Missouri to play and take a nature walk. It was hot – in the 90s. It was so hot Audrey decided she should walk down slides instead of sliding down them. That went about as well as you would think, and she ended up falling on her face. Luckily the playground was on the bouncy rubbery material that keeps kids from getting hurt. It was just enough of a shock to keep her from doing it again (hopefully).

On Saturday we went to my brother’s house to celebrate my niece’s graduation from High School. It was a great party. The highlight was discovering that Audrey is a natural at karaoke. She saw the machine and got to work singing nursery rhymes. Bailey, the graduate, was kind enough to sing a few songs with her.

None of us slept well last night, but we had been promising the kids a trip to the Kansas City Zoo for weeks. We decided to skip brunch and get some time in at the zoo before the kids crashed. I’m so glad we went. John hates to travel, so I like to squeeze family vacation moments in whenever I can.

We headed for home after a quick stop for lunch. Elliot, who woke up half asleep this morning, never napped. I have some very tired kids. Maybe they will even let us sleep in a little tomorrow.

I hope you had a great start to your long weekend!

 

Thursday

I am so happy it’s nap time. We’ve had a big morning. I’m ready for a nap myself, but before I sleep I thought I would share our morning with you.

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My mom found an electric griddle for me at her church garage sale. Pancakes have never been so easy to make. I can also see a grilled cheese party in my future.

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Audrey now fits into one of the cutest outfits my niece ever wore. She will be in her strawberry outfit most of the summer.

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I put my blanket on my bed to continue drying. It is so pretty I had to share it again. It is probably the last time I will make you look at it. Unless you are at my house, and then you are for sure looking at it.

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I took the kids out to lunch with friends to celebrate my friends daughter finishing her year of preschool. The good news is both kids enjoy Indian food. The bad news is they were horrible. It’s like we never let them out of the house. On my to do list for this summer is to get them out more so they learn to behave. That or we aren’t going out to eat again until they are in high school.

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In addition to the rest of our morning I finished my socks. They are currently blocking. If Audrey ever falls asleep I’ll be casting on Vanilla Latte Socks this afternoon (thanks for the tip, Karen!).

Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to cast on some socks or nap. I’m not entire sure which I will choose.

Today

I had a hard time coming up with a topic to write about today.

I could write about how Elliot has taken to climbing the learning tower and throwing toys to the floor. Even metal toys. Our floor has new scratches in it.

I could write about how I realized my borrowed digital copy of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime is due in three days and I really need to finish it. I cannot begin to explain how interesting that book is, so finishing it won’t be a problem if I can find the time.

I could write about how Audrey now says “Mama, I’m sick of you” and “Mommy I don’t like you.” It breaks my heart. I responded to her with words I remember my Mom saying to me, so I sent my mom a text to apologize for being a jerk.

I could write about the cute things that happened today, like Audrey saying maybe we would see R2D2s at the Kansas City Zoo and Elliot attempting to blow bubbles.20180517_170926883889581.jpg

But instead I’ll just show you my finished sock, because I am not up to a long, thoughtful post today.

I messed up the decreases on the toe. It turns out decreasing while pushing kids on the swings doesn’t work as well as I would have hoped. I decreased on rows that I should have decreased on twice on the top of the sock. I decided it worked and I’m not going to tear it out. It’s still comfortable.20180517_19043658301587.jpg

I hope you had a wonderful Thursday.

Zoo Morning

We are still enjoying beautiful weather here, so the kids and I headed out to the zoo this morning. We should have gone to the grocery store, but I decided it would be better to play at the zoo this morning and have a pizza picnic instead of cooking dinner. It was the right choice.

We have a membership to Blank Park Zoo. It’s a small zoo only 20 minutes from our house. We visit often; it is not unusual for us to go every week. I love that we can visit until the kids are starting to get hungry and tired. It is a great place to spend a morning.

This was the first day this year that we have been at the zoo when it has been warm enough for the giraffes to be outside. It was nice to see them enjoying the sunshine instead of looking depressed in their enclosure.

Both kids wanted to bring their animals into the zoo. Now that I’ve discovered the mitten clip trick¬†having the animals with us is less terrifying.¬† I ended up being happy that giraffe came with us when Audrey had giraffe look through the fence at the other giraffes.

Other than the giraffes we looked at the rhinos, fed the goats, peeked at the monkeys, and spent a shocking amount of time looking at the people cleaning the sea-lion and seal pool. We spent a little over an hour there, which is a long time for us. It was a great visit, and Audrey is already talking about the things she wants to do the next time we visit.