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The Children’s Museum in Wilmington

This week has been a little crazy for us so I haven’t had a chance to post until now.  Whew!  The end of school is near so there’s much to do with the bigger Little Bits — end-of-the-year concerts; plays; and just all that end-of-the-year school work that MUST be completed before the final day of school.  It’s exhausting to me as a parent — I can only imagine what it’s like at school for the teachers!!  I do NOT envy them right now.

Anyway, since the big kids will be out for summertime soon, my friend invited my Littlest bit and I to the Children’s Museum in Wilmington for a little day trip. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN and totally amazing!  I could have stayed there playing for a week! I mean, LB3 could’ve stayed there playing for a week :D.

First, she and her good friend played dentist and did a little teeth brushing on the  alligator patients.

Their teeth were super sparkly when they were done!  It was such a cute set up — there were even Dentist jackets

(they did NOT want to wear those, however), lots of giant toothbrushes and toothpaste, and even some teeth set up

on a shelf for them to practice on in between patients :D.  There were even x-rays of the teeth of their alligator

patients to make super sure no one left with any cavities.  I’m DEFINITELY bringing her back here right before her

first dental appointment.  FOR SURE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we were done at the dentist, we headed over to the Doctor’s office where

Dr. LB3 went straight to work helping her sick patients (of the stuffed variety)

get well.  Using her trusty stethoscope, and her syringe filled with medicine (yummy

medicine to be exact), she made their booboos feel all better so they could be on their

way.   It was really a cute set up what with all the medicine’s and all the doctor’s office-y

things.

 

 

 

 

Dr. LB3 checked her patient’s heart and said it was Ok.  And ever since

our super fun visit to the mini-person’s Dr’s office, she’s been asking me if my… (knee/

elbow/head/foot/insert body part here…)  hurts so she can doctor it on up and

make my booboo feel better.  What a sweet girl :D.  Hmmm, maybe this will turn into

a future career choice??  😀

 

 

 

 

There was even an x-ray

machine so she could

make sure no bones were broken!

How cool!

 

 

 

 

 

There was so much to see and do at the Children’s Museum!  There were different types of

boats to play on, a big tree house with a slide (INSIDE!!) and so many different

toys around to play with!  There was a big pirate ship inside where the kids could go

up the ramp and dress up like a pirate then swab the decks with the mini broom and mops

onboard  — oh, it was so cute!

They had lego tables set up and stacking cups as well as a whole room under the main floor

filled with lots of science fun!  There was so much to do!!

 

 

 

We had a lot of fun drawing on the chalk wall, playing with the blocks and

painting some pretty pictures in the art room!  They even had paint

aprons available for us to use — even though our paint was all washable.

 

 

 

We moved on from there to the little doodlebug car where our little bits got to

drive us to the super market.  Oh what terrific drivers they were too!  We drove past

the theater where they could put on a puppet show and even made a little pit stop to

try on some huge foam feet with strings attached to help them walk around like giants!

 

 

When we left the doodlebug car and the puppet  stage area, we decided to stop in the super market!  Oh boy!

That was my absolute favorite place in the whole museum! It was so realistic, but in toddler size!

There were super small shopping carts and all the

groceries were set up just like at the real grocery store!  All the fruits and vegetables were separated in their

own little bins, then there was a cereal isle, a section for the cold foods (milk and eggs)…

 

 

 

 

 

And a freezer section! Of course we had to get some popsicles!  I mean, we can’t enter

the freezer section and NOT get popsicles!  That would be crazy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH!  It was SO much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Once the shopping was done, it was time to checkout and make our purchases!

It was just amazing to me that I never realized how much my little bit watches and learns

from what is going on around her!  I guess it’s time we started her in filling out her

job applications!  Time fo her to start earning some cash since I now know she’s more than

capable of holding down a job LOL.

 

 

 

 

 

She wasn’t really too much into being the cashier, but moving that conveyer belt and

bagging the groceries were right up her alley!

 

 

 

It was really fun for her…

 

and for me too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone knows your fruits and vegetables need to be washed!

So that’s just what my little bit and I did :).

 

Once that was done, we went into the DIY diner and she cooked

me up a little something to eat and then we hit the reading railroad so we

could read a little before time to hit the road.  We had to get home in time for the schoolbus

to drop off our bigger little bits and tell them all about our fun day!

 

If you’ve never been to the Children’s Museum, you should really try to see if there’s one near you because it was so much learning fun!

I’m very fond of a place where little imaginations can go crazy, little hands can constantly stay busy and then the little bit is all kinds of ready for a nap when

we’re all done!  It makes for a very satisfied Mama and Little Bit3.  Next time, I’ll have to at least take LB2 (Big Bit probably won’t enjoy it as much since he IS

16 LOL).  I’d be willing to bet money that LB2 would have a blast, though, in pretty much the entire place!

Until next time!!

 

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We appreciate all the teachers out there!!

As many of you know, it isTeacher Appreciation Week at schools all over the US!  I always love to do a little something special to show the teachers in my childrens’ lives that they are special and thought of, so I do love this week and the idea that is behind it.

This year, since I didn’t get started on LB2’s teacher’s gift early, of course I wasn’t feeling well in the beginning of the week (Murphy’s  Law)  and had to get everything together last night after making a quick run to the store to pick up a few things :D.

I love, love, LOVE the  craft here http://skiptomylou.wordpress.com/2007/05/09/thanks-a-latte/ and that’s where my idea stemmed from to get the craft for LB2’s teacher together!  So…   I  went to the store and purchased my supplies:

– Disposable coffee cups

– snack packs (I chose 100 calorie snack packs, but you could use any kind you wanted)

– instant coffee in little individual packs

I already had the stuff for wrapping it up (some cellophane and matching paper shreds that I totally got on clearance after Valentine’s day for super cheap!) so I was ready to begin!

                   

                                 I started by printing out the “Thanks a latte” label

                                 and cut it into a circle then had the Little Bit’s (#2 and #3)

                                 use their trusty glue sticks to glue it onto some construction

                                  Paper that was cut into different size circles.

                  Next, we printed out the 7 days of the week (3 of each :D) and cut them out. Then the LB’s used the good ole’ glue sticks again to paste each day of the week on a snack, an individual coffee serving as well as each of the coffee cups so there is a cup, a coffee and a snack for a little pick me up for each day of the week!

                                          PHEW! What a long sentence!!

              We put the coffee servings back in the box and grouped  everything together inside the cellophane and added the paper shreds to make it a little fuller.

                                     Tied it up with a pretty bow 😀

                                               I always love to include a little poem with a homemade gift.  I just like

                                               to add that little extra touch :D.  So, I came up with this poem to LB2’s

                                                teacher from my Little Bit #2 :D.  Also, that way the whole Day’s of the

                                                 week thing made more sense.

However, if you have an 8-yr-old, you know that sometimes they like your idea,

and sometimes they just don’t.  So, while we did add her name to the end of

the above poem, she also wanted to included her own personal note (with a picture,

of course, because she IS my resident artist!).

          We then punched a hole in the label, LB2’s note along with the poem (folded up

          neatly, of course), and used a skinnier ribbon to tie them onto the pretty

           package :D.  Wah-Lah!  A cute “Thank-you, Teacher” gift!

                                                                 And THIS Little Bit is so happy to show her teacher her appreciation :)!

                                                                                                          Isn’t she too cute :D?

Oh, and on a side note — in my last post I noticed my Big Little Bit #1 just seemed to skip out on all of the picture taking at the Aquarium.  Hhhmmm, totally NOT cool with this mama :D.  Not with me and my picture-taking madness :D!  Oh NO!  So, as promised, here is my super awesome BLB1 😀 posing oh-so-nicely for the mama (obviously thinking I wouldn’t possibly show this to anyone! Tee hee hee).

                                                                        

                              Mwah!!  Love you, BLB1!!

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Aquarium fun…

  Over the kids’ spring break, we decided to head on down to Myrtle Beach, SC to visit with family and friends and relax a little.  While we were there, we thought we should do something a little “tourist-y” — which is always fun!

With three kids with such distance between their ages, finding something to do that everyone will have fun can sometimes prove difficult.  Enter:  The Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Aquarium!  It’s fun for everyone and educational too — always a plus!

We decided to take the kids over to the Aquarium even though (in my cheap-skate-ness) I secretly thought “Oh, how much is THIS gonna cost us?!”  — but it WAS my idea, so off we went to explore the sea creatures!

 

When we got everyone over to purchase the tickets, we were pleasantly surprised (well, me and my wallet were thrilled, but everyone else was pleasantly surprised) that they offered an active-duty military discount that ended up making the tickets almost 75% off the original price!  So all you military families out there…  check it out because it really was a great price and a lot of fun for all of us!  And THAT’s not something I can say very often!

 

LB2 was super excited to meet a “REAL” mermaid!!  She just couldn’t believe her luck that the mermaid let her sit on the rock with her and everything! LB3 walked up to touch her tail and, when it moved, she ran away crying.  Umm, so no picture of LB3 with the mermaid. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She DID, however, play in the water.  Hmm, no surprise there :).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tank had horseshoe crabs to pet and hold.  LB2 wanted to hold one until she actually got to hold one and then she just wanted to put it down.  It was funny, though, so we did get to chuckle a bit over that one.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

There was a dive show where everyone could sit and enjoy a diver in the tank with all the sea animals.  It was pretty cool and the kids were enthralled for a few minutes (before the moving track caught their attention and they wanted to check out that).

 

 

 

 

You can’t really tell from any of my pictures (famous photographer extraordinaire that I am) but over the moving track is a huge glass enclosed tank where sharks reside along with various kinds of fish, sea turtles, giant stingrays, sawfish… Oh My! There really was a lot to see in this tank and it was so cool to see them all just hanging out with each other not really even noticing anyone fish over another!

 

 

 

 

Here’s a pic of the view from above the tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sea turtle in the tank was just gliding around.

 

 

They even had this play area for the little kids where LB2 and LB3

had a lot of fun getting swallowed up in the scary fish from Nemo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeeeeee!   The tongue was a slide :).

 

 

 

 

 

Looks a little creepy to me, but they had fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Big Bit seemed to escape my super stealthy picture-taking abilities.  Hmmm, I’m SURE that wasn’t on purpose.  Next time (insert maniacal laugh here :D) he will not evade the picture-taking!   Mwahahahaha.

Ok, so, all in all everyone had a great time!  I always love to go to the aquarium because it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like outside or the fact that I have a toddler and a teenager to please, we all end up having fun!  We might just go there again this summer since they offer such an awesome discount for military members — that was the best surprise of all that day!!

Until next time!

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