Anyway, we headed up to visit my parents this month for my Dad's birthday on the 14th. Loved being up there, and loved the time we got to spend with them. It's never long enough. The boys (or should I say, my little screaming banshee named Collin) did much better on this car trip than previous trips, which made the 12 hour drive at least more bearable. It also didn't hurt to have Auntie Jenn along. She entertained, changed movies, found snackies (and drinks), entertained some more, and found the many thrown paci's Collin had hurled throughout the car. Auntie Jenn Jenn...we owe you one!
It was also fun this time around to spend some time in Portland. Christi and Tyler have lived up there since they were married in August, but it was my first trip up since then, so it was fun to be able to see and spend a night at their house (which was so cute!). Poor Ty Ty and Christi though. Their beautiful, very un-child proofed home was invaded by a almost 4 and almost 2 year old who made sure to show them each and every area that will need to be child proofed or changed whenever they decide to have babies. *wink*
While we were there, we also made a trip to the Portland Children's Museum. We had been once before when Collin was a baby, but it was fun to have both boys be able to enjoy it this time around. Some hightlights:
-The light up Peg Board:
All of those lights were little colored pegs that could be taken in and out of the board. The boys thought they were pretty neat.
-The light up board with magnetic blocks:
Collin and Poppi
I wasn't sure the boys would be into this, but Drew ate it up!
-The "Veterinarian's Office":
This was new since our last visit and was probably Collin's favorite room. Each of the stuffed animals had a collar and leash. He found this little dog and drug it all over the "office". He had and ear to ear grin the entire time. Can you say child after his Momma's heart?? :)
-The Grocery Store:
The fake food in the store looked and felt real..so real in fact, that I struggled to keep it out of Collin's chompers! Every time I turned around he had a different piece of food in his mouth. And of course, I just kept imagining how many other kids' hands had touched all of that. Thank goodness for hardy immune systems!
Make note, this is where the boys' fascination with shopping carts started...
-And of course, the Water Room:
Collin and Lala
This was only a small portion of the water room. They had so many cool things! Drew was willing to wear the smocks they provide, so he ended up a little drier than Collin, who of course, refused one.
The rest of our time we spent at Lala and Poppi's house playing and hanging out. Although we did seek to go a few places, the boys are honestly the most happy just getting to hang out at my parents' house where they play all day and night with Lala, Poppi and Auntie Kell.
So remember that shopping cart fascination I mentioned earlier? Apparently all of the shopping cart shenanagins at the children's museum kick started some sort of shopping cart lovin' for our boys. My parents have always had this little shopping cart at their house, but aside from occasionally filling it with toys, the boys haven't given it much time. This time however, they figured out how to race around the house with one of them in it (BIG fun!). Collin would climb into the basket and sit whining, getting louder and louder, until eventually Drew would hear him and come to his rescue and the fun would begin! At least once a day, they spent time squealing and racing up and down the hallway and throughout the rest of the house like little maniacs. (I should have grabbed a picture of this mid-action, but unfortunately the only one I got, they look pretty mellow). It screamed "accident waiting to happen", but the trade off was pure little kid bliss for the boys. Fortunately for me, both of them came out unscathed.
Like I said, the whole point of the trip was to visit for my Dad's birthday, so Friday night we had a big birthday shindig with plenty of food, friends, and of course, German Chocolate Cake!
Happy Birthday to the best Poppi!! And yay for a good excuse to eat cake!!
And of course, if there are candles to be blown out, Drew is more than willing to help out!
Since the weather was way warmer than I had expected it to be while we were visiting, the boys found plenty of time to dig in my parent's planter beds, run around naked in the backyard, soak in the sun, and play in the water as well.
Although they claimed they were "helping" my Dad with his garden, the boys managed to convince him to turn the hose on so they could play in the water. The water was cold, but the boys never care. They played with the hose until the patio area and ground cover were flooded and Poppi shut the water off. Even then, they had him fill up big buckets with water and then continued to play in those. They were both drenched when it was all said and done. Drenched, happy campers!
Anyway, like I said. Tons of fun while we were there! Thanks Lala and Poppi! We love you and miss you already!