Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Discovery Place Kids

For Xander's birthday, he got a year membership (and his family did, too!) to Discovery Place Kids. We've already been twice in the past month. The kids absolutely love it!
There is so much to do. Themed areas like an airport, doctor's office, vet, construction site, café, grocery store, bank, and farm. There's a huge water table, train table, fire truck, fitness area, and  underwater world. They have story times, puppet shows, craft areas, and dance parties. We spent 5 and a half hours there the first time (we had gone with friends who wanted to get their money's worth) and then 3 and a half hours the second time. My kids could go for many hours each week and still love it. There's that much to do!
AND it's only 20 minutes from our house. Awesome!
Water Table

Music Area

Fitness Area

Puppet Show

Doctor's Office

Band-aid on the boo boo

Fire Station
(with real fire truck!)
Underwater World

And that girl was still playing even on our walk to the car. :)
Balance beam?


We met up with Mimi and Grandma one day to eat lunch and go shopping.

This craft is so cool! If you have preschoolers, I recommend it. I keep it in my purse at all times and pull it out when we have to wait anywhere. It's great! Thanks, pinterest. :)
My sister's family got a new dog in March. He's a little confused since they can't seem to stick with a name. :)
He's mini-Cooper.
He's Wicket.
He's dog.
He's absolutely adorable.
He reminds me of the dog I had growing up, Brandy, so I call him L'il Brandy.
I think he'll be a rapper when he grows up.

Kindergarten registration

Yes, you read the title correctly. It's already that time! Can you believe it? I know, me neither. I can't believe my boy will be going to kindergarten in the fall.

I registered him last week, which basically meant I got a lot of papers together to take to the school to verify that he is who we say he is, he's the right age, and he lives in the correct area for that school. I filled out a bunch of forms when I got there and got a tour of the school. I opted to go on a day that the kids were with their grandparents because I knew I wouldn't be able to absorb all the information if I was distracted by little ones and all their questions. :)

I am so excited for Xander. I just know he's going to love school and I am pumped for him! I may be crying over bouquets of sharpened pencils when the fall comes, but for now I am overjoyed for this next step in our lives.

Kindergarten, here we come. :)

American Girl

If you don't know anything about American Girl, I suggest you check it out here.
The only thing I really knew until recently is that you can buy dolls, books and accessories from the company, but I really didn't know much about it.
There are historical dolls, the girl of the year, My American Girl dolls, and bitty babies.

My mom called me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in going to an American Girl fashion show with her and Kaitlyn. My sister's not really into that kind of thing, so she didn't want to go. When mom asked me I was so excited, even though I really didn't know what it would entail. Kaitlyn has the "My American Girl Doll" which looks like her. My sister even French braided their hair to match. So cute!

We had a great time! It was at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem, which Kaitlyn kept exclaiming was "so fancy!" We got to walk around and see vendors/exhibitors before the show started. The show was very interesting and informative - I loved hearing about and seeing all the outfits from the different time periods for the historical dolls. The little girl models were so cute!

Amelia Jayne will love it when she's older, but she was too young this time. I can't wait to take her! I would love to get her into something like this. She already loves dolls and there are so many things we could do to extend her enjoyment. I've mentioned it before, but I am so excited for the opening of an American Girl doll store in Charlotte this fall.

Checking in
Our table

Waiting to go into the fashion show
Getting her nails done

the final product (matched her doll's dress perfectly!)

Petting a horse

A horrible attempt at a selfie, by me

Kaitlyn and Mimi

Ame's 60th birthday

Happy 60th birthday to the one we call Grandma! She turned 60 on April 9th.
Here's a video of a few of us singing a song that we wrote in her honor.
She's always written songs for each of us on our milestone birthdays, so we decided to do the same for her - to one of her favorite songs, "All for the Best" from the musical Godspell.

We love you, Grandma!!

Krispy Kreme

One Friday morning I called up my friend Crystal and asked if she and her daughter, Keira, wanted to join us at Krispy Kreme. Xander had a coupon that was expiring and I'd promised him we would go. We ended up spending over an hour there, the kids playing while Crystal and I visited. We were interrupted multiple times by potty breaks (both our girls had on big girl panties that day) and questions, but it was so relaxing and refreshing for my soul. :)

Park Days

Although it is unusually cold today, we've had some beautiful spring days lately. We've taken advantage of a few of them and gone to the park. I'm excited that we have two parks in our neighborhood that we can play on. I plan to frequent them a lot this summer!