Saturday, February 18, 2012

Good times!

The title of this post is how Becky described today's play date with Claire and Ava and I wholeheartedly agree!  We had a great time on a spur of the moment play date today.  It was 70 degrees (in the middle of February!) so we met at a nature park in Kinston.  It is the same park we met Ava at last year for our very first play date ever.  Back then, Claire could hardly sit up on her own.  Today, we walked and walked all over the park! 

I never realized how many fun things there were to do at this park.  We hit up everything that we could (all FREE) except the train rides that don't start back up until March.  We plan to go back and do that for sure! 

The girls had a lot of fun together and us moms did too.  They definitely wore us out!  I was sweating by the time we left.  Claire fell fast asleep on the ride home with Cheerios falling out of her mouth.  And when we got home, Claire has let go and walked on her own 3 separate times this evening!  She takes about 5 steps towards me all by herself.  I swear every time she is around other kids, she comes home and does something new!  Another good reason for more play dates!

Here are a few snapshots from the day!

We hit up the swings first and that was fun!

Next, we found this alligator/lizard looking thing.  Claire didn't really like it, but Ava did!

Then we decided it was time for a snack on the baby picnic tables.  So Claire and Ava shared some sweet potato puffs, chocolate milk, and juice. 

Then we went into this little place that had lots of snakes and animals. We found this friendly nice looking bird and Claire quacked at him.

Claire then found the fossils and decided to eat one to see how it tastes.  Yuck!  These are real dinosaur bones behind her.  Or at least I think they are. 

The slides were next!  There were so many big kids out there the girls didn't really get to slide much.  But they liked sitting together on it!  Cute picture! 

And then someone brought out a dog.  So of course they were like magnets to the dog named CoCo.  Claire kept following the dog around the park yelling "woof woof" at her!

Thought this was funny since Claire will call my dad "Big Daddy."  Big Daddy (or B.D.) is also what we called my mom's dad and I think that's what they called their grandfather.  Big Daddy is the gopher looking animal below.  It looks like he must be the train conductor when the train runs.

We took another break in the wooden mulch.  Claire tried to taste every piece while Ava was on a stick hunt.

 And as much as I just looooove heights, Claire seems to have no fear of them.  We just had to climb up the stairs to the jungle gym.  And this platform may not look high but to me it felt like we were 50 feet in the air!

Hanging out in the shade.  By this time I was sweating.  It was very nice and warm!

Ava wanted Claire to get back on the slide with her, but Claire had walking on her mind. 

We found the stairs again and then Claire found this bridge looking thing that I promise reminded me of the swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain.  Seriously.  I know it wasn't actually swinging, but I was so dizzy from my fear of heights, it felt like I was swinging!

Then Ava decided it was her turn to walk the bridge.

There's Big Daddy again!

Our last stop was the Health and Science Museum.  I am so glad we stopped in there.  Most of the stuff in there was too "old" for Claire and Ava, but there was some really neat things in there including this humongous heart that you can crawl through and go under the floor and come out somewhere else in the room.  There was also a huge mouth with a stomach attached that you could walk through. 

There was also this huge poster of a heart and it gave all of the names of the parts of the heart.  NEAT!

Ok, I know these next pictures are a little strange, but they had a glass case in there with fetuses and their sizes at certain months in a uterus.  I thought it was neat because they had one that was a 7 month old fetus (a little bit older than Claire when she was born).  You can't tell from the picture, but the baby is TINY!  I forgot Claire was that small when she was born!   The 7 month old fetus is the one on the bottom left corner that is upside down.  Also at the top of the picture you can see these bean bag type things.  They were different weights based on the weeks of the fetus.  There was a 32 week one that way heavy and a 28 week one (Claire was born at 29 weeks) that felt more like what I remember. 

(Amanda O. - this next picture is JUST for you!!)  ;)

Outside of the museum was a fun pond with a fountain that Claire liked. 

And that was our day!  We spent about an hour and a half there and it was so much fun!  I can't wait to go back.  Thanks Becky and Ava for inviting us!! 

The Scott Family

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