Today we met my friends Tiffany and Amanda for lunch in Addison. I thought it would be fun for the kids to visit a pumpkin patch while we were up there. It was a beautiful day! We had such a great time being outside, and the kids were so well behaved!
We got to feed the goats,
go on a hayride,
go on a barrel ride (note to grown ups - think small when you are getting in the barrels),
pet a horse, see some chickens,
go through a corn maze (Zachary was Sophie's helper)
and play in a pumpkin patch!
Well, Zachary played while Sophie played in my purse.
Both my kids love music and love to dance. Zachary is also our resident singer (although I think Sophie will help him out with that soon), and has some moves that would make Elvis jealous. Sophie has learned how to twirl and has the best time doing it! Just watch out - she gets dizzy pretty quickly!
Sophie has been saying Mama for a while, but mostly as a term of endearment, and not usually directed at me. Lately, though, she has added some words to her vocabulary:
Da Da (also term of endearment) Ca Ca (cracker - anything crunchy) Guck (duck) Go (as in Ready Set Go) Eye (while poking her finger in mine) Fsh (fish) Dog barking, elephant trumpet, and lion roar Berries (strawberries)
** WARNING: This post contains information about my child's toileting habits. Feel free to skip it! :)
About a year ago, Zachary was able to make the transition from diapers and pull ups to underwear while he was awake. He's had very few accidents and has done really well. Over the last few weeks, we've been working on keeping his pull up dry while sleeping. He's been pretty successful, and we are so proud.
Keep a good thought for Zachary so he can go 7 days with a dry pullup at night. Then he can go from a toddler day bed to a big boy bed!
Yesterday we went with Grandma and Grandpa M and Mrs. Christensen to Granbury in search of pumpkins. Zachary and Daddy selected a very large pumpkin (to be carved at a later date) and Sophie and I found some to be decorated with paints, etc.
This morning, Zachary and I went to Michael's to get paints and other decorations for our pumpkins and came across a haunted gingerbread house decorating kit. I thought it would be so fun after last year's Christmas gingerbread decorating, and it was! Grandma T came over to help with the decorating and Zachary did a great job putting all the candy around the house.
Our family was all in one place, it was a beautiful morning, and we had nowhere to be. OMG - first time in FOREVER!!
We decided to load up the kids for the Kids Festival at Calloway's Nursery. They had popcorn, balloons, pumpkin patches and decorating, a make-your-own slime center, and a Mad Scientist, all for FREE. Wow! It was a lot of fun walking around looking at all the plant, and Z made quite a creation.
After the festival we decided to stay outdoors and headed up to the central market playground for more fun. The kids had a great time and we enjoyed an outdoor lunch. Aunt Mandy joined us for a little bit, and we ran into some old Little Gym friends, Brooklynn, Luke and Miss Whitney.
Best part of the whole day, though, was my Zachary asking some big kid: "You want a bite of me?" Bless that sweet kid for not laughing in his face. :)
Decided that it was time to take advantage of the weather, packed a picnic, loaded up Sophie, got Z from school and headed to the zoo. We had a nice lunch and walked to Texas in search of the merry go round. The kids loved the merry go round, and then we had a nice train ride (round trip of course).
We took a good amount of time looking at the animals in Texas. This is usually our last stop, so we end up going quickly. This time we watched the sea otters for a while, explored the gulf coast exhibit (Z touched a star fish!), went through the rattlesnake and bat exhibit (yuck!) and walked back to the front.
Thankfully, the penguins were back from vacation and we got to watch a feeding and see them swimming. Sophie loved it, as did Zachary. On our way out, we also got to peek at the kangaroos and fish in the Australia section.
To top it all off, both kids slept in the car on the way home!
We are so lucky to have such a wonderful zoo, and it was the perfect day to enjoy it!