Monday, May 21, 2012

Recent Family Field Trips

I have a lot to catch up on so I am going to try to break it down a little and summerize what we have been up to!  Now that the girls are getting better about staying close to me in public, we have been able to do more fun things.  There was a time not so long ago when I thought we would never have pleasant outings.  I would have to push the girls in the double stroller because I couldn't trust them to stay close and I would wear Jack in the bjorn.  Let me tell you, it was quite the work out and I got all kinds of looks and comments from people.  But it is looking more and more promising each time we go out (as long as it is not too close to a meal time or nap of course!).  So here is the run down of our recent adventures.  The day after we visited the Addison Fire Station (previous post) we went to the Dallas Zoo with Todd's parents.  Kate and Ellie had a blast and I think this was the first time that Jack actually paid attention to the fact that there were neat animals everywhere.  He was pointing at everything and shouting "that?", which is how he asks "what is that?".  This was also the first time we rode the monrail and carousel.  We thought it would be the best time to try because we had extra adults to help.  The monrail was not a huge hit, but the carousel certainly was! 

A bird landed on Kate's head and she LOVED it.  She was bummed when it flew away.

Todd did not love it :)

Notice our friend Kate in the top corner

Someone was getting impatient

What's that?
On next field trip was Ellie and Kate's first trip to the movies!  The girls have been really into Peppa Pig for quite some time and we were excited to find out that it was showing at Studio Movie Grill.  Jack stayed at home and Todd and I took Ellie and Kate on a movie date.  Kate's favorite part was the preview for a pirate movie and twirling in the big chair, but Ellie couldn't tear her eyes off the screen.  She sat still and quiet for the entire hour and watched every moment, even though they were just episodes that we had already seen several times at home.  All in all it went better than expected and I am glad we had the opportunity to go.

Another recent trip was to the Dallas Children's Museum.  It was really neat and there were a bunch of fun interactive things for the kids to do.  Unfortunately there was a poorly behaved, rowdy bunch of elementary school field trip students there.  They were the worst I have ever seen and were actually bullying the girls and the other toddler friends that were with us.  It was sad, but we tried to make the best of it and hope to go back at a less busy time.

We also went to the Grapevine Aquarium with our friends Isabelle, Connor, Luke and Audrey and back to the Dallas Zoo with Grammie, Aunt Catherine and baby cousin Ava, but I didn't get any pictures from those outings.  Sometimes managing the kids and all of our stuff keeps me too busy to take pictures!  Ellie, Kate, and Jack also go on weekly trips to Gymboree and Target, but these are much more casual field trips ;)

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