Sunday, August 30, 2015

CFA Firetruck

There are several Chick-fil-A's in our area and they all have several fun activities for the kids throughout the month. A lot of the time, the activities are either at night (which is usually inconvenient for us) or on a day the boys have school or their summer program. So, after their summer program was over with, I decided to take the boys to one of the activities before school started. The Chick-fil-A in North Augusta (in South Carolina) was having a firetruck come that the kids could explore, so I took the boys.

This was after the Touch a Truck and I wasn't sure if the boys would be that interested in it, but they were. Firetrucks never get old to little boys.  

They got to sit in the back and try on some of the gear.

There were a couple different vehicles. Here's Carter, checking out this one.

All the kids got to climb on the back and play with this hose thing and they loved it.

Carter waving at me! Haha, I got so tickled when I noticed he was waving because I was getting a picture of Evan and didn't notice Carter waving at first.

Carter's turn to climb up and check things out. The boys thought this was the best part of the experience until they got down and found out what they were doing next.

The firefighters decided to turn on the water and let the kids hold the hose. This really made the boys' day and they are still talking about this.

How cool is that?!

Carter turning the hose on, he didn't want help doing it.

Afterwards, I got the boys and ice cream and let them play in the play area for awhile before heading home.

Evan doesn't have time to bother with spoons.

I'm glad we were able to make it to this event before school started. There will still be things to do, in the evenings and weekends, but I'll miss these weekday activities we liked to do.

Big Boy Play date

One day at the end of July, I picked up the boys friend, Cooper, and took them all to the movies. Regal has $1.00 movies at 10am two days a week over the summer. I meant to take the boys more this year, but I dropped the ball and only ended up taking them once.

I'm friends with Cooper's mom and she was expecting baby #3 (was-she had her the second week in August) and was on bed rest, so I offered to take Cooper to the movies with the boys so she could get a little bit of a break. It benefitted me more, though, the boys were so excited to have a friend come a long and them having him to entertain them, made my job so much easier! :)

The three boys before the movie. They got a choice of Lego Movie or SpongeBob Squarepants. They all chose SpongeBob Squarepants.

This was their last week before starting kindergarten. They're not a the same school, but I can't believe they all met when they were in the same class when they were 3 and now they're in kindergarten!

There's a game room as soon as you go into the theater. I let the boys explore it for a few minutes before going to the bathroom and finding our seats.

The boys were willing, so I got a quick picture in front of this display.

I took the boys to the bathroom before the movie started and they all wanted some "candy" from this machine in the women's bathroom. Haha. They were very disappointed when I wouldn't let them get any.

The boys were perfect during the movie, they kept their hand to themselves, no talking, etc. Nobody had to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie, which was so nice. And I think they really enjoyed it. It wouldn't have been my pick for their age, but it wasn't bad.

Afterwards, we headed to a Mcdonald's with an indoor play area and the boys had lunch and then played for quite awhile in the play area.

After about an hour or so of playing, they had some ice cream and then we dropped Cooper back off at home.

I felt like this was such a big boy play date, it wasn't like the ones where you meet somebody somewhere, it just felt different--like the boys are growing up. :( It was really fun listening to their conversations in the car, though--these 3 are a mess. :)

Greg's Birthday

I'm so far behind on blogging. I uploaded pictures for several posts, but then never got the chance to write them. I'm going to just publish those now before any more time passes and I forget even more details. I want to blog about the boys birthday, birthday party, first day of school, etc before I forget the details.

On Greg's birthday, he got off early and went out for lunch and drinks with everybody from his office. While he was hanging out with co-workers, the boys and I went over to a friend's house for a play date. My friend has two girls, so everything was princesses and pink and it was so fun! The boys loved playing with toys they don't have at home.

There were 7 kids total and I never got a picture of all of them together, but they had the best time.

They went outside to run around in the sprinklers, jump on the trampoline and then have freezer pops.

This baby toy, where you put the balls in and it blows them up in the air, is the boys FAVORITE toy of all time. Every person I know owns something like this and the boys will play with it the entire time we are at somebody's house. I never bought them one, so they still think it's the best thing ever.

After our playdate, we met up with Greg for dinner at Mellow Mushroom. It was Friday and we always have pizza and movie night on Fridays. The boys were happy to give up watching a movie that night to go to a restaurant and then have cupcakes for dessert.

The boys stayed very busy with their kids menu and crayons.

Greg and I decided to try some  new pizzas. We got the boys their standard cheese pizza, but for me and Greg, we got half a buffalo chicken and half a bayou bleu pizza. The Bayou blue was so amazing, it had andouille sausage, shrimp and a blue cheese base instead of pizza sauce. It was so good, it was probably the best pizza I've ever tried. I loved how different it was.

I didn't get any pictures of the rest of the evening, like the boys singing to Greg, but we had a nice, low key night--which is exactly what Greg wanted.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fort Gordon Parks

A few weeks ago, we met some friends and showed them the parks on Fort Gordon. They had never been before and so they followed us there for a play date.

There's one pretty big park on Fort Gordon that's covered--which is a HUGE plus for us. And it's a pretty big park and the boys can play there for hours. They love the swings.

We always have folding chairs and a picnic blanket in the back of the van. It's handy to have when we're at the park and the kids want to have a little picnic snack.

One of the older boys was playing so well with Carter. It was so cute to see them together. I love when older kids on the park are nice the younger ones. A lot of times, they don't want to be bothered, which I understand, but it makes me so happy for Evan and Carter when the older ones are nice. The boys always look up to the older kids there.

After the boys played for a couple hours at the first park, we drove over to the small pond/lake and fed the ducks. We had some bread that we needed to get rid of and I wanted to show our friends this park, also.

There were a few ducks hiding under the bridge, trying to keep cool. So, the kids fed the turtles and fish in the lake.

Friends feeding the fish.

Pool Time

A couple weeks ago, we went to see my friend and her daughter and swim in their neighborhood pool. She lives in the neighborhood that's connected to the one we're moving into at the end of this month.
We got there before her, so we killed time by taking pictures in the car.

The boys wrapped these around themselves and walked this way.

The boys played in the pool for awhile without their floaties. They begged me to not make them wear them since they could touch the bottom of the pool in the shallow end.

They loved the freedom of not wearing the puddle jumpers. I think they could swim with a little practice, but they'll only practice with a swim instructor. If Greg or I try and help them, they refuse.

Carter loved going under the water, he thought it was so fun that he could go under and sit on the floor of the pool.

I put sunscreen on both boys, but must not have got Evan as good as I got Carter, because he had his first sunburn that evening. It didn't both him at all, but I felt horrible about it.

We spent about 2-3 hours out there swimming. It was hot and we didn't want to get out. The boys had a blast and slept like babies that night.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shopping and Artsy Me

Since the boys' birthday is coming up soon, whenever we go shopping, I let them look at the toys so they can let me know what they want to add to their birthday wish list. They love looking in the toy section, they don't beg for toys, so it ends up making all our trips so much easier, I just go by the toy section when I'm done and give them about 10 minutes to look around.

They will find any box that says "try me". They love pushing all the buttons and things that they can.

It makes shopping so much easier. 

A few weeks ago, we met some friends at Artsy Me. It's a little studio where you pick out something to paint--they have everything you can imagine. You paint it however you want and they'll seal it and put a clear varnish on it after you leave and you go back and pick it up a couple days later. Evan picked a lion and Carter picked a dinosaur.

I wasn't sure how they'd do, but they loved it.

It was so cute to see them interacting with their friends and talking about what they were doing.

Evan and Carter knew exactly what they wanted to do with their paint.

Both the boys sculptures turned out really cute.

Evan, posing with his.

Carter, proud of his masterpiece. I need to get a picture of each of them since we've picked them up. They look so much better after the clear coat.

One of the boys friends wanted to give them each a hug. Carter hugged her back, but I must have just caught the picture at the right time to get this shot. I think it's so hilarious.

The Artsy Me isn't super cheap, but it was fun and they have lots of things to choose from, including things for adults to paint also. I would love to go back with some adult friends and paint something one day.