Sunday, March 28, 2010

Please Touch Museum -- Written by Bel

This past Monday was rainy & miserable out, so K & I went to the Please Touch Museum in Philly with our cousin, Kirsten. And boy did we have FUN!!! And I mean all of us! There was so much for Kayleigh to see & do and they still make it appealing for the parents. I like that they had separate play areas for children 3 & under so that K didn't have to try to keep up with the big kids the entire time. And it was nice to let her roam around and discover on her own. There should definitely be more places like this!!

There was one section called "Wonderland" that was dedicated to the Alice in Wonderland stories. There was a section with white rose bushes made of lights and the kids could "paint" the roses red with little paintbrushes. When the paintbrushes hit the roses, the lights turned red!! One of the cool effects was that the area by the bushes actually smelled like roses! And there was a tea party with The Mad Hatter where kids could dress up as different characters. Unfortunately, all of the costumes were too big for K, but we did have a seat anyway :)

And one of Kayleigh's (and my) favorites was the miniature grocery store - They had kid sized carts and mock groceries, some of which were very believable! And the kids could work the registers if they want to as well (but K didn't really pay much attention to that part).

And the day ended with a ride on the carousel (which went MUCH better than the one at Smithville!) She said, "Oooooohhhhh" for pretty much the whole ride!

All in all, we had a great time & can't wait to go back!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

St. Patty's By The Beach -- Written By Bel

We have come a long way since our last post! The weather has been so beautiful that we have been lucky enough to make it to a park almost every day for the past week!

One of our most recent trips was to visit Auntie M at her apartment in Bradley Beach on St. Patrick's Day. We went for a nice long walk on the boardwalk and stopped at the park to play for a while.

Kayleigh has learned the art of sliding all by herself. Well, mostly. I still have to put her on it, and even have to help her off it sometimes. But she's doing it all by herself & LOVING it! Bye-bye swings, hello new world of opportunity! I think we might have to put in a slide in the backyard.....nah. Then we would miss our walks :)

Here's a little snippet of what we spent a good 20 minutes doing.....I started to worry that she may never tire of it. LOL.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day At The Park -- Written by Bel

It's been a while since the weather has allowed us to venture out to our old favorite hangout, a local park. An even rarer occasion that Laura was able to join us! But what a beautiful weekend!!!! We could not resist dusting off the old stroller & going for a walk to the park.

Kayleigh enjoyed the ride in the stroller, especially when the wind came & blew on her face.

When we got to the park, the first thing we did was ride on the swings, like old times. K enjoyed flying around :)

Now that Kayleigh is getting bigger, she was ready to try out the slides for the first time! She wasn't too sure about it at first and I had to hold her all the way down. But eventually she let go & laughed all the way down to either Mommy or Marmy.

There was a big tube slide that I took her down, but I don't think she liked that too much - it's more for the big kids anyway.

All pooped out, we headed back home for supper. Poor Kayleigh started to doze while clinging to her stroller, and then took an almost 2 hour long nap (A rarity these days)!

I hope you all had the chance to get out in the beautiful weather we had this weekend :)

Hide & Seek -- Written by Bel

Kayleigh has been running around all over the place these day & getting into everything! There's so much for her to explore & I love, love, LOVE watching her learn something new. She has a new favorite game - Hide & Seek. Well, the Kayleigh version of hide & seek. Laura hides in one of our bedrooms in the house, Kayleigh runs down the hall to find her & as Kayleigh approaches, Laura pops out of the room and yells "Boo!" You would think this would scare Kayleigh, but she gets a kick out of it! She runs back down the hallway laughing and goes right back to Laura for more. We have gotten some seriously great laughs out of this game.

Here's a clip of Kayleigh playing Hide & Seek, Kayleigh style. She also laughs her butt of when she watches the clip with us!

(*The head bump is not as bad as it sounds - she was fine right away. However, it does get funnier & funnier every time we watch it and even Kayleigh has taken to laughing at it!)