We've been struggling with Monkey wanting to climb every single thing in the house. Some things I don't mind. The couch? Go for it buddy. Climbing to the top of the couch and then using it as a boost to climb on top of the window sill? PLEASE DON'T DO THAT! Ugh. Their antics are getting crazier and crazier, and I worry it won't be long before we're dealing with cracked skulls. Bear doesn't seem to realize how rough and heavy he is, and prefers to show his love to Monkey by standing on sensitive areas like his face and stomach.
But it's not all bad. They can be so incredibly cute or sweet, sometimes both. Bear is my little scavenger, and he's constantly looking around for food scraps. He'll eat anything he finds on the floor (which is usually something he threw there himself during lunch). Tonight I found a couple of cookies that had been tossed off the high chair, and I placed them on the coffee table. He noticed 30 minutes later, and his little dance of joy was spectacular to behold.
|A dangerous game of hide and seek|
We spent last weekend in SC for a wedding. It was our second time flying with the boys, and they were great. DS's mom met us there and watched the kids. I'm pretty sure this was the first time we've had a whole evening away from them together. It was so lovely, almost 8 hours! Not to mention all of his "snowboarding" friends were there. Such a nice reunion.
|Honorary cousins of the boys!|
|Bride & Groom|
On Sunday, his sister and her kids came up too, and the whole family went to the zoo there. It was hot, and very crowded. I'd been there before, but I honestly didn't remember a single thing about it. We rented one of the zoo double strollers since we hadn't flown with ours. There wasn't anywhere to put our diaper bag, and attaching it to the bar immediately made the whole thing tip, even with the kids in it. So that was a pain, and there was only one "belt" for the both of them. It was challenging. Even still, hanging out with the four of the kids together was really fun.
|Checking out an ostrich from the stroller.|
Not long before that, Bri and I took them to our zoo. It was our first time visiting with the new KidZooU open, which was actually really cool. There was a farm section just for littles like mine that can be gated off so they don't get lost. It has large wooden cutouts of animals with little buttons the kids can push so the animals make their sound. Monkey thought it was the coolest. They also got to pet some goats and sheep. Some of the doors at the zoo are spectacularly lovely.
|Smaller than an ant!|
|Petting some goats|
|Dragonfly wing doors|
|This guy was "helping" clean the deck. Spoiler: He's the one that put that dirt there.|
We also had some friends visit. They wanted to visit this local sculpture park that was built by one guy over years and is a sort of architectural mosaic. I had never been before, only walked past, so it was neat to run around inside it a bit. We were holding the boys most of the time, but there was a section that was fairly open and empty of crowds, so we let them run a little bit. Bear was completely fascinated with the floor tiling. He looked at every step he took and kept bending over to touch the different textures.
The inside was also used as an art gallery that caters to mosaic artists, and there were some really lovely pieces that used maps and weather patterns and galaxies to great effect.
|Art by Yulia Hanansen | http://www.mosaicsphere.com|
|Detail of The Center of the Universe by Rachel Sager | http://www.rachelsagermosaics.com/|
So if you get a chance, check out Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, because it's fairly inexpensive and pretty cool. Better than I expected, if I'm being honest.
We also went hiking at a small local park. It was our first time with the kids, which was exciting because DS and I have been longing to get back outside. I don't think we'd really done anything together beyond neighborhood walks since I watched him climb when I was pregnant.
|The remains of a formal garden, but no signage to clarify.|
|Under a train bridge.|
It's actually kind of nuts how busy we've been lately. How exciting!