Late last Wednesday night, my parents flew in from Maine for a quick visit. The boys were pumped! Thursday morning, after dropping the boys off at school, I headed to the hotel my parents were staying at and picked them up. We ran a bunch of errands together (including hitting half-price day at a kids consignment sale), had lunch with my sister and her boyfriend and then picked three very excited boys up at school. That night we took the boys to Bob Evans for smiley fries (which Jackson called “smelly fries”, because he thought it was funny).
Friday was a cold, rainy, miserable day. The solution? Head to downtown Kansas City and take the boys to the children’s museum for the first time! You seriously should have seen the look on Jackson’s face when Nick and I told him we were going to a place where he could touch everything! Jackson is a toucher and it often drives us bonkers, so telling a toucher that he can actually touch whatever he wants was like a dream come true.
Very large dinosaur displayed outside the building.
Jackson was too busy running from exhibit to exhibit for me to get any pictures of him. I’ve heard several times since Friday “I want to go back to the touching place!”. Obviously it made a big impression on him.
After several hours of fun in the museum, we headed over to the Crayola Cafe (yep, a restaurant run by the crayon people). Part of that journey included rides on an escalator, which is another favorite around here!
Saturday’s fun included taking the boys to swimming lessons, followed by a trip to the zoo! It was chilly (thus the hats and bundled up look people were sporting there), but not very busy.
After wandering the zoo for a little bit, my mom and I left the 5 boys and headed to what I thought was a Mary Kay party. Turns out it was a surprise baby shower!
Laura and my friend Stephanie both had the thought that a shower planned around my parents’ visit would be perfect, and they actually pulled off the surprise! I was impressed they managed to pull one over on me and touched they thought to do it. I received a nice start to my little girl’s wardrobe! Ahhh, the cuteness of little dresses, jumpers, tights, shoes and accessories! Probably the most touching gift was sent by my grandmother… Carefully wrapped inside a box was a bonnet she wore as a baby 78 years ago. The note inside mentioned she thought I might want it for pictures. Boy, does she know me or what?! I can’t wait to do that!
Sunday we spent the morning playing at home, before asking the kid of the day (Chase) what he wanted for lunch. He wanted pizza, but didn’t want to eat it at home. So we headed to Pizza Hut, because who are we to argue with the kid of the day?
On the way to the airport, 2 out of 3 kiddos fell asleep and missed saying good-bye to Grandma and Pop Pop, which was a bummer. They know they’ll be back though, right after their little sister is born! Definitely a fun weekend, with lots of fun memories made.
Holy Cow! What a whirlwind. Glad you had a great weekend. 😉
I’m so glad you had a visit with your parents…and what a fantastic baby shower surprise! And I just love the idea of the bonnet. That’s priceless. 🙂
Looks like a great weekend! That was awesome about the shower! Too fun!
Ahhhh the famous Crayola Cafe – the fond memories 🙂
So we are going to see more about the shower this week…. right? You did hand over your camera for more pictures (or got pictures from elsewhere). I want to see pink stuff 🙂
Ooops, I took pictures at the shower and forgot to leave them with you, Helen. I’ll try to email you the best ones. 🙂 We had such a fun time!
What a GREAT time ! Thank you. We started to miss you before we got on the plane home. 🙁