Monday, February 18, 2013

Play Day

Ben has been helping at church to get the building finished…and it has included a lot of Saturday workdays.  Now that things are almost completed he decided that we needed a family outing/play day.  So on Saturday we asked the kids what they wanted to do, and we played all day.

Elaine had several “eedeas” {ideas} and wanted to feed the goats at the zoo, go to the park, and have fries & chicken {McDonalds}.  She would count the ideas on her fingers, and then get to her pinkie finger and ask “What is this eedea for?”

It was supposed to be cold, and we didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  We decided to do a little bit of everything.  I found a 50th Birthday Party for Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Scholastic Store in Manhattan.  It was free, but right during naptime.  So we skipped naptime!

We rode the train to Manhattan, then stopped in at the Central Park Zoo.  Our zoo membership makes it easy to get in & out and just see a couple of animals.  Elaine wanted to see the polar bears, and my kids both love feeding the goats at the Children’s Zoo.  The Central Park Zoo has llamas in the children’s area as well.

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo
Nolan l.o.v.e.s feeding the animals!  He was excited to feed this llama, who was a little more than friendly, but luckily he didn’t spit at us!

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo
Elaine’s llama

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo
Elaine feeding the goats

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo
This is one set of twin baby goats…I thought that was neat because we have been trying to explain to Elaine about the twins’ upcoming arrival.

These birds were roaming free in the Children’s Zoo.  I’m not sure what they are, or why they were loose – they were very aggressive.  One came up and started pecking at Nolan in the stroller, and even stole one of his mittens.  This made Elaine erupt in screams as she was very upset that Nolan lost a mitten.

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park Zoo
Nolan moves too fast for me…

Fun outing in Manhattan - Central Park ZooElaine wanted her picture taken in the waterfall…

Time led us to skip the playground and head to the bookstore.  We had a NYC hotdog on the way.  The birthday party included two Clifford stories, face painting, arts & crafts, cupcakes, and pictures with Clifford.  Elaine wanted to do all of it.  Nolan wanted to do none of it.  He was getting tired & ouchy, and the lines for each activity were long.  She had a great time gluing gemstones on a cape and getting balloons painted on her face.  She didn’t want to eat her cupcake until the party started and the doggy had his cupcake…

Fun Outing in Manhattan - Cliffords Birthday
Nolan spent most of his time playing with this giant stuffed girraffe, and was not very happy to leave it behind when we headed home.

Fun Outing in Manhattan - Cliffords Birthday    Fun Outing in Manhattan - Cliffords Birthday
Elaine with Clifford…Nolan didn’t want to get close enough for a picture

We finished up our fun day with dinner at McDonalds.  The kids each got gift certificates from Grandma Godby in the mail and were excited to buy a Happy Meal {a rare treat} and ice cream.  Then we headed home for a relaxing bubble bath and bed!

Fun Outing in Manhattan - On the Train   Fun Outing in Manhattan - On the Train
I got these pictures on the train headed home…love his bright eyes!

Fun Outing in Manhattan
Elaine’s face paint…right before we had to wash it off.

Fun Outing in Manhattan
Bubble hats! 

I recently attempted homemade bubble bath.  It’s so expensive to buy in the store, and the bubbles disappear so quickly.  I’ve been very pleased with the results, and it’s super cheap to make if you use the $1 shampoo.  As you can see, we got a lot of great bubbles that lasted the whole bath.

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