Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kansas City Zoo

We miss the Wichita Zoo, it was close, well kept and we had a membership pass.  Everyone around here has been telling me how horrible the KC Zoo was so it took me over a year to go find out for myself.  While the drive there was long (40 minutes or so), I definitely didn't think the zoo was as bad as everyone made it out to be.  Some of the exhibits were in need of a little TLC but overall I thought there were many positives.  A lot of seating, playgrounds, trains, a couple different cafes, a carousel, bird shows and sea lion shows to name a few.

I didn't bring a stroller, and there was lots of walking (one negative) so we didn't make it to that many animals.  We lasted 2 hours which was just long enough for all 3 of us.

We'll go back at least one more time this summer, poor Alec has gotten the shaft on zoo visits.

Our first stop was the polar bear, if that wasn't clear.


We had to climb on every single animal statue, and trust me, there are lots.

Ethan and me on the train.

If one gets a picture, it's only fair for the other to get one too.

The train bear, Ethan was giving me a thumbs up because he liked his train ride.

Cow bell music.

Ethan was soooo excited to ride the camel.  He was pretty bummed when he found out it was only twice around a small track.

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Alec kept calling the camel a horse.  See?  Shafted.

PB&J's = Thumbs Up!

And for the grand finale:

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Flounders

The first summer in our new house we visited our neighborhood pool only a few times, it was just too hard with a 3 and 1 year old.  But THIS summer?  We're here a lot!


We like to hit the gym first thing in the morning and bring a packed lunch with us so that we can head right over to our pool afterward.  The kids love eating on their towels and then jumping in after.  Obviously, I don't adhere to the ol' wives tale of waiting 30 minutes after eating to swim.  But I remember my mom did (hi mom).




They both wear their puddle jumper life jackets, which we love.  Ethan has been getting a bit more brave lately, he likes to swim without it.  Nick or I have to be right next to him the entire time as he can't quite float, but he's working on it.  His favorite thing to do is run and jump off the side into the pool.  He even likes to dive, which looks more like a belly flop but shhh! don't tell him.

On the days we don't want to pack up and drive the 2 blocks to the pool, we just hang out in our backyard.  Between a sprinkler, baby pool, water table and hose...they're happy.  Sometimes I even skip the trunks for Ethan and let him run around in his boxers, he thinks that's pretty cool.

Alec generally always has on sunglasses or a hat.  He's a cool dude, you know.



This picture cracks me up.  I didn't realize there was a front and back to his swim diapers.  His little butt cheeks were hanging out all day long, so cute.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hop On Pop

HOP ON POP ROUND #1





HOP ON POP ROUND #2






There were at least 9 rounds of Hop On Pop tonight, this boy loves this game!

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

He's TWO!

Dear Alec,

Happy 2nd Birthday!

You are fast asleep now after filling your belly with cake and playing at the park.  For your birthday we didn't throw a big party, we just hung out and sang you Happy Birthday approximately 17 times.  You were very happy with your choice of breakfast (hash brown and oatmeal from McDonald's), a trip to the gym, lunch (you begged for macaroni and who am I to say no?), swimming in our neighborhood pool, nap time then dinner and cake at the park to round out your big day.

This past year has brought you to a new city to live in, I'm sure you don't even remember Wichita.  But you have adjusted well to your new surroundings and now just go with the flow.  Kind of.  You do have a bit of a temper.  I've been meaning to talk to you about it but honestly, I'm afraid to.  You'd get mad at me and hit.  Yes, you've started to hit and no one likes it.  You'll even grunt and growl at me when I do something you don't like, now that....that makes me laugh a little but I try my best not to let you see.

Ethan has introduced you to all things super-hero.  You know them all by name and prefer spiderman and batman.  Our house has been taken over by Marvel!  You are Ethan's little shadow most of the time, and generally you both want the exact same toy and will argue over it until one of you is in tears.  Soon I'll let you both figure it out, but for now we're really working on sharing toys.  Don't tell Ethan, but you are the better sharer, most of the time.

You are talking more and more these days.  You tell me, "Don't leave" when I'm tucking you in at night and you go up to daddy and say, "I wanna nuggle wit you Daddy",  he can never resist a snuggle. When Ethan says he loves you you're quick to reply, "Love ewe too bra-ber".  Makes my heart melt.  Most of the time you're pretty quiet around people you don't know.  The gym daycare ladies didn't think you could talk, but I assured them you were blabbing away at home.  Now you're a jabber box there, too.

We're working on identifying colors, but right now you think everything is green.  And potty training?  Hmmmm, I think we've got quite a ways to go before you are ready to start that.  I won't rush you, but your daddy will be quick to tell you that your big brother was roaring and ready to go a month after his 2nd birthday.  You love your Pillow Pets, you've got Daddy Puppy and Baby Puppy.  Both of them must be in your crib while you sleep, otherwise there'd be trouble.

Your dad and I just commented on what a handsome little boy we've got and how your smile is contagious.  Your grin is so big, ear to ear, showcasing your lone dimple while your gray/blue eyes light up the room.  We love to see you so happy, and we also love those big bear hugs you dole out when you're in the mood.

Thank you for being the best 2 year old on the planet, we love you more than you'll ever know.

Love,
Mom

Breakfast of Champions!

Opening presents

New shades!

Ethan couldn't keep his paws off the presents.

I asked Alec what he wanted me to put on his cake, and he said dinosaur.  Ask and ye shall receive, little one.

Getting ready to blow out his candles.

He uses forks now...

...but didn't see the need for them last year!

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY ALEC!



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