|Happy Birthday, Sweet|
It has been COOOOOOOOOLD here lately which has been tough! Of course, Ryan's been DYING to ride his jeep and he has never been one to take "no" for an answer, so we have to break it out, regularly, to keep him happy. At least he's getting lots of use out of it because the darn thing took up a good portion of our Christmas budget. Oops, I mean, the elves, yeah, the elves, worked long and hard to build that thing, so I'm sure they'd be happy to know that he LOVES it. In any event, it is hard to keep from climbing the walls in the winter, in spite of the jeep, with three ACTIVE kids. And, with the exception of birthday season that now kicks off a couple of weeks sooner because of sweet Katy Kate, winter is usually our quiet season!
This past weekend, a three day weekend, no less we realized on Sunday morning, after the kids had been cooped up all day on Saturday, that we needed to leave the house, lest we face mutiny at the hands of the three (who do outnumber us)! :). Of course, none of the local bounce houses had open hours, so we planned an impromptu trip to the Children's Museum of Richmond. We are HUGE fans of Children's Museums and have done three of the D.C. area ones, but we have never hit the one in Richmond. What's more, we learned that the "one" in Richmond actually has three different locations! So, while we have explored one after this past weekend (which was GREAT!), we have others that we can try before the weather gets more humane.
The kids had a great time. Katy's favorite exhibit was the Dinosaur Dig... She could have spent all day digging up bones in the indoor sandbox. Well, that was, until one of the shopping carts in the Grocery Store exhibit became available. Then she spent the rest of the time pushing the shopping cart (we do have one at home, so not sure why it was such a hit) all OVER the museum... Bumming John out since the cart belongs in the Grocery Store exhibit, no?
|Look! It's John! :)|
|QUICK! Pick the apple! :)|
Ryan was floored when, low and behold, he looked up and one of his buddies from school was there! His friend John's (who has two sisters) parents apparently had the same thought and were down for the day. This worked well for John because he had some friends of the male variety to play with and it worked well for Ryan AND Patrick as the three had blast. I think that was their favorite part... That OR the Apple Orchard where they got to run around picking apples that continuously regrew (we need one of these at our house)... I was amazed at how they never got bored!
We had a great time. The next couple of weekends are busy, again, so it worked out perfectly that we got to squeeze it in!! If you want to see the rest of the pictures, copy and paste link to Snapfish! http://www2.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=9941288007/a=28592081_28592081/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/
:) Kimberly, John, Two Boys, and a Little Rose
P.S. The weather turned out to be GORGEOUS... Nearly 70 degrees... Shoulda checked the weather first and we coulda just done the park... LOL