Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Magic Moment

As we were walking along the quiet streets of our little town last night, I couldn't help but take a deep breath and turn to my stroller-pushing husband. "I don't want this day to end." It was just one of those really fabulous days, ya know?

The night before, Eric took Evie on his lap and asked her if she knew what the next day was. Why, her birthday, of course! "And do you know what little girls get to do on their birthday? They get to go to the Magic House!" Evelyn cheered, even though I'm quite certain she had no clue what the Magic House was. :) It was a nice little surprise for all of us. Eric had taken the day off and even arranged for my mom and John to come along with us without any of his girls knowing. Sneaky, sneaky. :)

And I think we all had a blast! I remember going to the Magic House as a preschooler myself, and it had been that long since I had been last. What a fun experience to see some of the same things I remember doing myself as a tiny tot through the eyes of my own children.

I thought I'd just share a few pictures today of some of the exhibits we visited at this children's museum. Pretty sure we covered every square inch of the place!

^^She cracks me up!

Evelyn could have spent ALL day shoveling rocks and then dumping out the wheel barrow. 

Who knew rocks could be so much fun? And it was much less messy than sand. I think we need to start letting our kids play in rock boxes. :)

Watching Grace try to balance a little hard hat on her head was hil-AR-ious!

 While Evie and John were playing in the pretend market, Grace thought working on a car was much more fun. My kids couldn't be more different...all day they were heading in two opposite directions. Grace satisfied her inner motor-head....

...and Evie spent a lot of time caring for babies at the baby hospital. 

And all of the kids enjoyed the water table. 

John and Evelyn really liked serving us in the Pizzeria. :) This place is seriously a preschooler's dream!

One of our last stops was an Indian village...Native American village? know what I mean. Grace and John liked the dress up here!

I don't think it would surprise anyone to learn that the girls fell asleep in the car on the way home. This is a great place to take kids if you want to wear them out for a day! We tried to get one group shot of all three before we left, and this was the best we could do:


I was just so thankful that we were able to do something fun on Evie's actual birthday. I was worried about how I could make the day special, but Eric made sure his oldest daughter had a good time. Thank you, Eric!

And just for fun, later that night we went to Eric's parents house where we were treated to one of Evelyn's classic story sessions. By the time we whipped out the camera Evie had already been entertaining us for ten minutes and she was winding down, but you'll get the idea. :) When she runs out of words but still has something to say, she starts jabbering and talking nonsense. Haha. This is a taste of what I hear every single day:

For those who don't know or are new here, Togan is one of Evie's favorite new imaginary friends. :)

And now as I sit here wrapping up this post this morning, I'm wondering what in the world I'm going to do with myself. I have a TON of housework...but we're out of diapers. And I can't find my phone. And Eric hid my car keys this morning, and I can't get a hold of him via the computer. So it looks like I might have to abandon ship and load the girls up in the stroller to get some supplies for the day! Why does everything have to happen to me all at once all the time?? :) Haha, have a good day, friends!


The Independent Spinster said...

Awww...what a good birthday for a little girl! Good job Daddy!!

Anonymous said...

Omg listening to evie is like listening to my own 3.5 yo! She even uses the same hand motions which cracks me up. Lol. Where do they come up with this stuff??

Sara Phegley said...

I knew your kids were adorable but omg that video was cracking me up!!!! So cute!!!!

sblind2 said...

this is a great post...I wasn't sure if the Magic House had stuff for smaller kiddos to do! =)

Adrien said...

Hehe, yep - she cracks me up!

The Magic House is PERFECT for our kids' ages. I wasn't quite sure what to expect either, but I would say if the child can walk, they will love it! I think the Magic House is great for the smaller set and the City Museum is good for the bigger kids.

The Pettijohn's said...

So cute! Wyatt loves the Magic House. That place even wears out adults to watching and following their kids run everywhere.

sblind2 said...

Watched the video this morning...although I couldn't make everything out - it still brought a smile to my face!! =)


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