Thursday, January 24, 2013

Playground Adventures

A Trip to the Park

We packed up the kids and a lunch and headed for a walk to the park.  It was our first venture to check out this playground....and I wish it was made for toddlers instead of big ol' kids.  Brianne had no fear of the slide - she came flying down it only to say "more" with a big ol' smile.  She is one brave girl!  And yes - in this video there is a bit of a collision of her forehead with the camera....but that didn't stop her from circling around to try it again...

Saw this sign after the slide incident...guess we have some time to grow into this park...


Goal:  Find a Toddler Friendly Playground!

Is it that everything has to be bigger in Texas?  Is that why all these playgrounds have crazy drop-offs?  Where are the playgrounds that don't cause panic attacks for the parents???  Anyone in Fort Worth have insight to the good playgrounds for little ones???  :)  When we were in Florida we found amazing playgrounds that were fenced in and had tons of things for the little kids....wish I could find one of those near me since the weather has had some pretty fantastic days but there's no way i'm taking my dynamic duo to one of these Texas sized playgrounds without backup! 

We did find an amazing Playscape at The Hills Church of Christ.  They post open play hours on their we stopped by on a rainy afternoon.  It can be summarized as an amazing play area....but again - my kiddos have a bit of growing to do before they will be scampering up and down this...but this has serious potential for fun, especially in the summer when you want to be inside to avoid the crazy heat!


 Play Time at Home

The Christmas holiday was a great excuse to revamp the kids toy selection at the house....we had lots of infant/baby toys cluttering up the living room - so we've tried to clear those out and bring out some new puzzles and such.  I am in LOVE with 'Melissa & Doug' toys - and since I found them 40% off I stocked up on quite a few.  My favorite so far is the reusable sticker set...the kids love arranging the animals in the jungle and under the sea.  And when Brianne used sign language for 'octopus' I couldn't help but laugh, be impressed, and make a mental note that she might watch a bit too much Signing Times....but hey - she's learning tons from it so it can't be that bad....right?! 


Another new favorite - the Magna Doodle!  I had to smile when I found a special note the kids left (maybe with a little help from dad).


While 'Melissa and Doug' toys get my vote - the kids still rate boxes at the top of their list.  The first box that had been camping out since Thanksgiving finally had to be retired - but we enjoyed coloring on it before recycling it. 
Coming apart at the seams...
Hey mom - it's still a perfectly good box

But don't worry - there have been a few replacement boxes making guest appearances. 

The kids loved having Aunt Ashleigh and Will here for a visit last weekend - hope to get some great pics posted soon........stay tuned! 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas Break

Christmas Morning!

 We were thrilled to have two full weeks to spend in the Sunshine State for our Christmas break.  The kids had a wonderful time with Grandma Suzie, Uncle Mike, Aunt Michelle, and their precious foster baby!

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a big ol' hug (that may possibly have turned into a wrestling match...)
The kids had quite the task of unwrapping their mountain of presents!  It's possible they might be a tad bit spoiled by Grandma and Uncle and Auntie!

Whoa - we have to unwrap all of these gifts???  We'd better get to work!

Hugs for her new baby doll.
Looking over Grandma's new calendar!   

Ready for Christmas Dinner!
Pie with Grandma makes for a Happy Lil' Bryce!

Walks and Parks 

Walks around the neighborhood and trips to local parks and playgrounds were great ways to keep the kids entertained....and to tire them out!

Warning!  Alligators
One of my goals for 2013 is to improve my photography skillz!


 My little girl charged across this bridge and while it terrified me - she did it with confidence and a smile.  I love her courageous little self that isn't afraid to try new things!  Was very thankful for all the great parks we found in Florida!

Feeding the ducks.....if you bring bread, they will come!

Playing the "WEE" game - Brianne loved being swung in the air! :)

We made a trek to an Arts and Crafts festival at Delray Beach.  Grandma Suzie treated the kids to ice cream. 
Love the boy eating his ice cream cone with a spoon....and sister trying to steal a bite.


We checked out the circus - and I was pleasantly surprised by how much the kids enjoyed it.  They sat and watched all of the acts intently for the entire show!  Bryce's favorite part seemed to be the crazy motorcycle guys that rode around in a giant metal dome......and I think Brianne was most impressed with the trampoline favorite part was the elephants skipping. :)

 Happy New Year!

We kicked off 2013 by spending three days at the beach.  The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed sand covered kiddos and lounging by the swimming pool. 

Waking up and seeing the sunrise right from bed is a pretty sweet way to start the day!

Tired kiddos napping poolside.  Note to anyone vacationing with little kids - a pack-and-play makes lounging by the pool way more enjoyable!  

 We had an amazing time in Florida - quality time with family, catching up with friends, and tons of time to enjoy the kiddos.  But after two weeks away - it was GREAT to get home!

The kids were pretty excited to get back home too!

Happy 2013 everyone!