Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Today’s Scavenger Hunt entries come to you from our house because between the yard that’s neglected and our filthy house (along with plans almost every weekend), I had no time to get out.  Luckily, Jon mowed the lawn and the sun was shining so there you have it.  My yard.

1.  Yellow

One of my daughter’s letter blocks.  I thought it would make for a fun Yellow, especially since it’s a “Y”!  I love these blocks, but we’ve been keeping them away from the baby for the time being since they go directly in her mouth and they tend to shed little pieces of wood.

2.  Something that makes you smile

No surprise here, Peanut is what makes me smile.  Especially these days – her very big personality packed into a very little person is amazing.  I can’t get enough of her silliness, her thoughtfulness, her sweetness, and even her mischievousness.

3.  Ancient or antique

I was actually between a few pictures here since most of the things in my yard are pretty ancient.  I ended up between this and our shed that needs to be thrown out, like 20 years ago.  I ended up here – a hollow tree stump that’s been in our yard since before we moved to our house.  It lies on the stone wall that separates our house form our neighbors.  Some years ago, the summer we bought our house, we talked to our then-neighbors about this stump.  They said it was on their property and therefore they would take care of it.  Then they sold their house.  The stump is still there.  I think I hear my husband say he’ll take care of it at least 5 times each year.

Right, as soon as we take a hot air balloon ride (kind of an incide joke here…I’ll have to tell you that story another time).

4. Splash

Do not be fooled by this photo, we do not water our yard.  Between the well that dries up so quick, we’ve been left without water way too often and the fact that we have no time (see above), it just doesn’t happen.  But I made an exception for you guys so I could get a splash photo.

5.  In the sun

I actually had a rather gorgeous photo of my Bleeding Hearts, but since Ashley used one for hers, I went for a photo of this tree.  When Hurricane Irene hit, a couple of rather large trees in our yard came down, missing the porch and our room by inches.  One of those super large trees was attached to this tree (the one that fell was larger, to give you some perspective). This guy is still standing.

Children’s Museum in Rhode Island

This Saturday Jon, Peanut and I met up with my bestie, her hubby, and their baby-boy at the Children’s museum in Rhode Island.

This place was amazing!

Right when we got there, Peanut bolted toward the water room and spent almost 30 minutes just playing in the water. She loved watching the balls go down the slide and make a splash. Baby boy Michael joined in and the kids had a blast.

I have to tell you guys a little something. Jon and I were running a little behind in the morning and I didn’t double check that the camera had a memory card in it. When we arrive in Rhode Island, guess what I realized? No freakin’ memory card. Which means that I was stuck with my iPhone for all photos. I was pretty upset, but we made the best of it

I bet this actually made everyone around me pretty happy, since I wasn’t running around with the black box attached to my head.

I really cannot get over how interactive they were. Although they are not playing with each other just yet, they definitely watched one another and followed each other. For now they were more into parallel play, but I know that in another year or so things are going to be really different.

This Children’s museum had 2 floors, the first one has a water play area, some fun mirrors, and a few other small activity rooms. The upstairs had trucks, magnets, kitchens, discovery stations, and jungle rooms. After spending some time running around downstairs, we headed up to our next adventure.

The first thing the kids wanted to do was the big tractor and the little trucks with play rocks. While Michael enjoyed riding the big tractor, Peanut collected tiny little soft rocks and filled up the Tonka trucks. Then the two of them switched off. Within minutes, they were off again, exploring.

In a different part of the museum, Michael climbed into a car and decided to go for a little Saturday afternoon drive. I brought Peanut near him and asked him if he could share the car with Peanut, to which he replied “yes” like a perfect gentleman.

I put P next to Michael and the two of them played for a little while. It was pretty much the cutest thing that I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I melted.

Can you believe that just a few months back they looked like this?

And like this

Just over a year ago, they looked like this:

Honestly, kids change faster than I could have ever even imagined.

Back to the children’s museum and the story at hand.

Tired from their Saturday afternoon drive, Peanut headed off to play in the kitchen while Michael ran around the tunnels.

Since Michael is 9 months (almost to the day) older than Peanut, he could do the more advanced stuff like climd things.

After they played separately for a little while, the kids came back together and released some energy at a playground space within the museum. As I chased my tiny little toddler around, catching her as she mistook steps and pulling her away from the bottom of the slide, I noticed that I was the only helicopter mom in the whole area. I gave myself an excuse since mine was the youngest and by far the smallest little one. I know that I have to learn on letting her do more on her own, but she is so tiny that it’s hard not to want to protect her.

After the playground, the kids settled in for a little snack and we decided to let Michael open his birthday (and very belated Christmas) presents. It was great watching them unwrap everything and get excited, “ooh!” and “ahh!”

While the adults got to sit down and chat, the kids ran around and played with the magnet wall. It was nice to catch up and see everyone, as well as see Inna’s little belly! To say that I’m excited for this new little baby to join our little gang would be an understatement.

As the kids got whinier, we decided to call it a day and split up for the afternoon. Inna and company headed home while we grabbed a (horrible!) lunch and then headed home ourselves.

Peanut didn’t seem like she wanted to leave that place.

I don’t blame her.