Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LegoLand Adventures

Recently PJ and I took an adventure day to LegoLand with Super S and her mom. I had never heard of LegoLand before having my little guy. Turns out it is awesome. Smaller than Disney. Cheaper than Disney. Closer than Disney. Less crowded than Disney.

The drive down was longer than expected due to traffic. The kids were adorable, just like siblings. They loved on each other and they fought with each other the entire time. And not just during the drive, if you know what I mean.

Right at the entrance, there is an entire area built with real Legos. Here is a replica of the Munich airport. The planes moved. The lights flashed.

There were also models of Hamberg, Rome, Berlin, etc etc. I was too impressed to take many pictures. And since I was rushing after a very excited four year old, most of them are blurred. I did manage to catch him from time to time.

We cleverly decided to ride the train as our first ride. We got a good overview of the park and the kids got even more excited.

Yet, even after the train ride and arming ourselves with maps, we still managed to get a little turned around. The kids responded right along the typical gender stereotypes: PJ studied the map while Super S looked around and asked everyone where to go.

Not going to lie, the two mommies had a good laugh about that one.

Check out that rainbow. That thing is made a Legos! Crazy, right?

At lunch time, Super S and PJ played tag. Super S is super fast, PJ ended up being the one running most of the time.

After a few bouts, he got so tired, he needed a cuddle. Heaven! He still fits into my lap, mostly, and these moments don't happen often enough anymore. I enjoyed it.

When we got our move on, we discovered a super nifty playground with all sorts of creatures - including PJ's favorite animal - made (again) out of Legos and with water built into numerous elements.

For me the absolute best part was how my little man really relaxed and enjoyed a wonderful day. We don't get to see PJ this way too often. When I snapped this first picture and realized I had captured my little man happy, relaxed, confident, I teared up. With happiness.

On the little train.

In the canoe ride.

On the safari trip.

On a mechanical horse.

Our last ride was a water based pirate ship. Each boat was armed with eight water canons. We were soaked just from waiting in line and getting 'shot' by the passing pirate ships. When we got onto the ride, we discovered the canons were a little too high for the kids to reach, so the two mommies got to really shoot the canons with a little "help". 

We all laughed so hard. And got sopping, sopping wet. 

By then, a long day was coming slowly to an end. We wandered back towards the Lego cities to make sure we got in a visit to this guy:

And this ship:

And, of course!!, this guy:

Mommy and PJ shared a geek-out moment.

Thankfully, the kids were exhausted and it started to rain right when it was time to head home. The ride back was uneventful and quiet.

We will definitely get back to LegoLand again soon!


PS. No worries about the Mr. and Bean. They had their own ice cream and fun ride adventure at home.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Coolness Defined

When I grow up, I want to be this cool.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Proud of our Snowboarding Papa

A few weeks ago the Mr. took a step into the unchartered and went to invest in himself. He took 10 days, loads of motivation & interest, and committment to himself and his personal development. The kids and I stayed home and had a ridiculous amount of fun.
Since I was on my own, I didn't take many pictures of the silliness and there was a lot of silliness.
For example, we dug deep into our costume box. Everyone got dressed up, including make-up and colored hairspray. There was some very silly outfits and PJ had blue hair.
 We also spent a good amount of time playing with the crafts both kids bring home from the kindergarten. This one started out for peaceful. It ended up with an epic pillow fight.
We did, however, have to deal with a dragon infestation. It was rough. And loud. And ran into a glass door. There were tears. There was drama.
Thankfully it ended well.
Which is not to say that it was all easy. I got food poisoning and was out of pocket for an entire day. Super Sophie's amazing mom came in the morning. I puked. Tante Ireland and her daughter came at lunch time. I puked. Then S-Squared came for the afternoon, evening, and IMPRESSIVELY!! bedtime. I was finally done puking.
All of them came at last minute notice. All with love, compassion, and tons of fun for the kids.
Tanta Ireland got them ice cream. Win!
Tante S- Squared taught them how to build forts. Win!
All in all, we missed our Mr. and our papa a lot. Bean's first three word sentence was:
Papa Come Home!

I even got it on video. Which brings us to the wonders of modern technology. Although papa was on top of a glacier in July, he actually wasn't all that far away. We sent videos and skyped. It was almost - but not really - enough.  
Before we could all believe it (or maybe a little bit after?), the Mr. came home, accomplished and proud.

Dear papa, we are proud of you too.









Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Star Wars, Learning Early

I don't want to brag. But....

While my four year old hasn't been exposed to the Star Wars movies, he sure knows how to handle a lightsaber.

"Like a REAL Jedi!"
Not to brag even more. But...

My not-yet-two-year-old can turn a fish net into a lightsaber and handle it almost like a real Jedi.

Not to brag even more. But...

They can have (almost) no-contact lightsaber battles, including self-made sounds like "Woosh!" and "Bam!" and "Aargh!".

Okay, yeah, I am totally bragging.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Playground Moments of the Heart

Last week the kids and I explored a new playground close to our home. Everything is new and sparkly and includes ropes course elements. The largest one was quite challenging so of course PJ bee-lined right for it. He conquered it like a pro, showing again his excellent balance and timing and showing off his instinctive feel for how to use the rope and his weight to be successful.

On his first attempt he managed one full loop on this course. Check this out: 

He even managed the balance ropes on his first try.

Awesome, right? I was one very proud momma, especially when he popped off the course and lit up with his thrilled, proud smile.

Naturally, what Big Brother can do, so can our little Bean. It took her a little while to warm up (like two minutes) and then she also started attacking a smaller rope ladder somewhat more her size.

This part led up to a short, metal slide. She needed a little bit of help at the start but by the third time she was racing up with confidence.

All was well. Between the sandbox and the swings and the ropes elements, the kids were happy and challenged. I was even able to exchange a few sentences with another mom friend.

Then it happened: both kids were climbing on the netting towards the slide (pictured above). Little Bean got to the top and then stood up between the netting and the slide a little too quickly. Suddenly, and silently, she was toppling backwards. Someone else at the playground let out a little screech and I was racing towards my falling baby.

Then suddenly she wasn't falling anymore.

In that awful moment, PJ leaned his body against the ropes and grasped her arm, yanking her towards him. Both of them draped over the ropes in precarious safety. Bean stared into her Big Brother's face; PJ yelled, "I have her!"

I was already there. I thanked PJ for being quick and helping his sister while I gathered Little Bean into my arms and comforted her past her fear. No injury, just fear. Because of her brother. Her Big Brother.

Faster than my heart could return to its normal resting pace, it was all over. Bean demanded "down!" and off they ran together. Watching them climbing again, my heart flipped only every other minute. 

The rest of the afternoon remained uneventful. The kids climbed and played and fought and tripped and were kids. 

I couldn't help but reflect on that moment. Now, a week later, I know I will carry that moment with me forever. The first time I ever saw my little ones reach out to each other for safety and security, knowing it was already there in each other.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dance Party & Security

Even though it's almost 100 degrees outside, we had a dance party! PJ definitely led the dance part. 

PJ has mad skills and he was really rocking the house when suddenly Bean decided it was just getting to wild. 

Good thing we've got our own security in house to keep us all in line while the Mr is away. 

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