Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July

For the holiday weekend we stayed busy. Cody had a 4 day weekend so we took advantage of him being home. On Friday we took boys to the children’s museum and were very disappointed in the new Play exhibit. It was sort of lame and dangerous for small kids. The idea is to make games life sized, so they had giant pool table balls and 5 ft tall dominos. Sounds cool, but the pool balls were heavy solid fiberglass that could have crushed a toddler. The dominos were being used to build a tunnel that older kids were knocking down as younger children walked through. It was pretty crowded, but the boys enjoyed playing with the legos and stacking toys.
Saturday I took the boys out to give Cody some time to work on a project. We went shopping to pick up some snacks and to a recreation site. We sat at picnic tables for lunch and walked around a little before heading to a playground. I found a wonderful playground for the boys, 5 slides, no drop offs and in the shade. The boys climbed and slid down slides until it was time to leave for nap time.
After nap we met Cody’s sister and family for dinner then went to the park to play and feed the ducks. It’s great to see the boys playing with their cousins. Luckily Cody’s sister brought bread for the ducks (something I didn’t even think about). Next time I’ll bring plenty for everyone since the kids had so much fun throwing the bread. The walk from one end of the park and back was a long walk and the boys were exhausted by the time we got back to the van.
Cody and I both took pictures and some video at the park, but I haven’t looked through them yet.
Sunday I worked (as usual) which is always fun. After work we set up the kiddie pool and water tables to let the boys play and hopefully get them a little more used to playing in the pool outside to prepare them for the 4th. For the holiday the plan was to head to Cody’s parents house to let the kids play in the pools and on the water slide.
The boys were a little timid at first but eventually warmed up to playing with the water.

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The slide was pretty hit and miss. Parker was the only one who could or would climb to the top and go down by himself. Nicholas climbed up on his own once and didn’t really enjoy going down. The boys eventually learned that the slide can be a lot of fun riding on daddy’s lap.

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Grandma bought a bunch of squirters for the boys to play with. They love squirting all of the adults.

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I have some entertaining pictures of the boys shooting water at Cody and their aunt, but as a rule I don’t post pictures of other peoples families or in their swimsuits online. In addition to all of the squirt guns and the pools there were also a ton of rubber duckies. Parker was hilarious with the ducks. Many comments were made about putting his ducks in a row.

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After about 3 hours of swimming, splashing, squirting and some water fights. We had a nice dinner outside where the kids loaded up on cookies and rice crispy treats.
The kids tossed pop-its and we all settled down to watch some fireworks. I was worried that the boys were be terrified and at first they were none to happy about the noise. By the time we were done they were whoa’ing and wow’ing each fountain. Hopefully next year they will be ready for sparklers.
We got home really late and the boys crashed, so did we. I’m glad the fireworks went over well since we have another firework holiday coming up in a couple weeks.

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