Going back in time to do a little catch up here. Like before Florida and before I started in on the fall bucket list of fun.
The Little Gym
I couldn't pass up this Houston Mom's Blog play date! Much closer than the last one we traveled to AND Chick-Fil-A was the snack sponsor. The play date consisted of an hour long Little Gym class (we attended the 3 and under group) followed by a Chick-Fil-A lunch and a craft! They started out on the timid side when the class began and were quite clingy during the Mommy & Me part (in our case it was Mommy/whoever Mommy convinced to tag along & Me), but they warmed up as the class got going. The boys really got into it and enjoyed the inflatable jumping, bar swinging, balance beam, and climbing on whatever they could. Allison was clingy to us unless the teacher was with her one-on-one. Then all of a sudden she could do what was asked. Caroline stuck to herself and did what she wanted to do. She particularly liked this one apparatus she could climb and slide down.
Of course they all dug into the lunch and really liked their first tasted of Chick-Fil-A lemonade. The craft was a little much for my crew, so they just colored instead. And if you know my crew, you know they LOVE to color. We ended the play date by picking up our favors: stuffed Chick-Fil-A cows and coupons!! This event was so worth the $5/kid!!
Another fun event! This one is near and dear to our hearts as it supports the Texas Children's Hospital NICU. Their big fundraiser each year is the Bad Pants Open Golf Tournament. Leading up to it, they have hosted a Bad Pants Fashion Show in the past. We participated in the fashion show last year. This year they changed it up a bit: Bad Pants Day! Rather than a fashion show highlighting the NICU graduates, they honored the NICU nurses with a break in their schedule. We were honored to be the featured family and it just happened to be on the 2 year anniversary of Leah coming home from the NICU!
We donned our bad pants (the kids' pants were gifts from Dave's Thai coworkers when we visited last spring), gathered up our entourage, and headed for the hospital. They were so sweet to provide toys for the kids and lunch for everyone. We had a great time playing and visiting with our old nurses and doctors. No one could believe how big they have gotten! Hopefully they keep inviting us back :)
We were able to attend 2 birthday parties recently. The kiddos are sort of kind of getting the concept. But really I think they just get excited to eat lots of cake.
The first party was at a fantastic park. They loved the playground and the play doh and coloring stations. Then ELMO showed up! Ben and Levi were fascinated, while Andrew and Allison were spooked, and Caroline was off doing Caroline things. Typical. After Elmo photo ops, it was cake time. They wasted no time digging in! They had a great time and it was hard getting them to leave!
The second party was a Frozen themed swimming party. You better believe the second Caroline saw that pool she was getting in it. Andrew was right behind her. I just keep those 2 in floaties when water is nearby. Actually, all 6 got in the pool at some point! They had a blast swimming and of course dug into the cake and snacks. We left with an invitation to come back anytime, so I guess they were fairly well behaved. Again, another fun party they did not want to leave!