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Everyday at my friend’s house my son would want to go outside to play in the sandbox or the bubble area. She had purple sand for the sandbox. How cool is that? We don’t have a sandbox so training him to not dump the sand out of the box was an interesting feat. We are still working on that behavior. We all had a great time so enjoy these few pics of just one of the many times we were outside during our stay.

Yesterday we went to Kings Orchard in Plantersville. It was a very lovely drive. I decided to take our own personal wagon to make things easier on me. Thye do provide the small old fashion red wagons if you don’t want to bring your own. You pick either a 5lb box or 10lb box to take with you for pickin’. The nice things is you get to decide how much you want to fill up your box since they weigh your fruit at the end anyway. After deciding which box you make a somewhat long haul out to the field of strawberries! It was so beautiful to see the rows and rows of fruit. I was amazed by how much fruit, vegetable. and other foods that they are growing on their personal property. It is a big property so they have the room and staff for it! It was very inspiring for this very inexperienced “gardner.” I don’t think gardner is the right word if you have only done it for 3 years and are still learning to keep your vegetation alive! We are back in pots for awhile until things bet better. Sorry to get off track! My son loved picking the strawberries! He did not want to leave. Here are the pictures from our little adventure together! The pictures are not that great since I was trying to keep up with my active 2 yr. old!

He was really upset about leaving and having to wait to eat his favorite fruit! lol

A couple of weeks ago a friend treated us to a family day out. I guess we have been so cooped up over the past 3 1/2 months that they truly understood we needed a day to do something different. This is one of the sacrifices we have had to make while hubby is without employment. Though I must say we typically do things on the inexpensive side anyway so giving up “family outings” really wasn’t that much of a stretch. Let me just clarify that we still do “family outings.”  Only it requires a little more creative thinking on my(our) part to keep it from being so monotonous. We would typically pick one weekend out of the month that required a little money spent for the day. I guess I say all that to remind myself that you honestly don’t have to spend money in order to have a “fun family outing.”  We are bike, picnic, and playground people anyway so there you go.

Sorry didn’t mean to go on and on about finances! Anyway, we picked the Children Museum for many reasons. One, it was different and we have never done it before. Two, I had a coupon. Three, you could bring your own food but had to eat it in certain areas. I could go on and on and on. It was a blast! I had no idea they had a “toddler area.” Though it was hard to get little man upstairs to the “toddler area” since we passed by a car to climb  in and an ambulance that made noise! We really enjoyed watching our son play and discover things. I love this the most about being a parent. Just the pure innocent discovering that children do in their learning process. Children’s Museum gets an A+ from me!

In ambulance having a great time!

This was his favorite in the toddler area. Open door, shut door, turn on light switch, turn off light switch, and of course ring the door bell!

slide, slide, and more slide!!!

cars on a ramp! so cool!

Outside water play downstairs.

more water fun!

I have more pictures but this is what I will share for now! Just a quick side note. It cost $7.00 each to get in and parking is no more than $7.00 for the day. You can also bring food like I mentioned previously. They have benches outside their cafe area for people who do choose to save money that way. Don’t quote me but I believe the benches are off to the side away from he cafe area. They have signs inside the cafe stating clearly “for cafe patrons only.”  The Toddler Area upstairs requires anyone to either remove your shoes or wear bootie covers. Plus every hour on the hour they switch toys out to be sanitized. All in all it truly is a safe environment for the kiddos. Any place that has stroller parking on their maps has to be good!

Last week we as a family visited the downtown Arboretum. It is a beautiful place right smack dab in the middle of the city. I encourage you to visit this one if you have not already! Here are some pictures that were taken! Enjoy!



Going into this new year I am so blessed to have these two in my life.


here are a few pics of our adventure…

let's go!

let's go!

likes the farm better than the pumpkin patch part!

likes the farm better than the pumpkin patch part!

don't know who is more orange, the child or the pumpkin?

don't know who is more orange, the child or the pumpkin?

I like this one!

I like this one!

daddy and his mini me at the duck pond by our house

daddy and his mini me at the duck pond by our house

I will catch you, mister duck!

I will catch you, mister duck!

climbing through tunnels is so much fun!

climbing through tunnels is so much fun!

So, today after my run at Myer Park I decided we would play at our little neighborhood park. Honestly, we have never use it. I know I am so ashamed because it is a nice one! Anyway, they have several slides, a plastic rock climbing wall, teeter toter, cars, merry go round, a volleyball court and tennis courts. You have to have a key to get into our playground area. Which is fine and makes me feel somewhat safe. However, the tennis courts usually are just open and are never locked. Little man wanted to discover the open space of the tennis courts. I let him and myself into the area to play chase mommie! He loves that game. After about 15 minutes, we needed a potty break or should I say I needed a potty break. I walked over to the gate to open it and discovered very quickly we are locked in. OH NO! “Don’t panic”, I say to myself. I had left our bag with the keys on the bench in the playground area. YIKES! Plus, the gate has only a key entry in and out so you can’t reach around with your hand and turn the lock to open it. I laughed! I began to think okay I am a resourceful woman. There has to be a way. I know! There are 24 hour surrveillance video cameras on so maybe if I wave my hands around like a crazy person they would look and see a toddler and his momma locked in. Right? Quickly, I prayed my 9-1-1 prayer! “I need wisdom now or a police officer would work too Lord!”  I looked at the gate to see that some of the metal had been twisted off to where there was a little opening but not much. I decided to twist off the rest on the sides to create a bigger whole so we both could get out. Sure enough it worked. My little man must have understood because he was right behind me or thought we were going to wrestle since I was so low to the ground. We were free and leaving very quickly since my bladder was in “relieve me” mode.

SO HOW WAS YOUR DAY???? lol

p.s. the above thought process took all of about 90 seconds….=0)

tennis courts

tennis courts

this is where we crawled through to get out

this is where we crawled through to get out

tennis gate

tennis gate

tennis gate

tennis gate