I just love watching my kids in their own element. Exploring new things and figuring out what they want to do with no direction. Then of course, I have them stop and let me take a picture!
On yet another Atlanta adventure, I took the youngest two to the Children’s Museum (this isn’t where my sister gets to tell me that we’ve almost done everything in Atlanta and we need to start exploring Houston!). E (thankfully) took a nap while I walked around with N and checked everything out. Of course I liked all of the science stuff (hello heating balloons to make them rise), and well N picked the painting area for her first stop. It helped that she practically had the place to herself because we got there right when they opened. We need a wall like this in our house. We go through a lot of paper and paint. A washable paint wall? Totally on our (imaginary) wish list.
Then we discovered the ball area. She was in heaven. She figured out where to put the balls to get them to a certain bucket that could be dumped into the basket for the crane which could be turned and dropped into another bin to start all over again. We both had fun discussing where we would put them and where we thought they would end up. Then we watched to see if we were right or not. She had the best time with the little crane. She turned the wheel to pivot it and pulled the ropes to get the balls loose. I enjoyed watching her little mind work to get it all going just the way she wanted it. It was also funny to watch her try to tell the other kids how to help her achieve her goals.
E woke up and we got to check out the shoeless crawling zone. And no surprise here, but N tried to boss her baby sister around and show her where to go, too. Is it bad that I think it’s great that E is getting to the point of pushing her sisters away from her so she can do what she wants without their interruption? Because I might (secretly) cheer her on!
I’m seeing a trend with this one. She’s definitely got the bossy gene in her!
After we played for a while, Mr. Serious met us for lunch. It was definitely a nice treat to see him during the day (he was able to walk over from work). Target provided us with lunch and lessons for how to make quick and easy holiday food (that was delicious and still kid friendly….turkey sandwich sushi, crab cakes, asian chicken, pasta salad).
We also learned that during 2011 Target contributed more that $2.35 million to support the local Atlanta-area community. They do school library makeovers, field-trip grants, support United Way, give to community organizations and do Target Free Second Tuesdays at the Children’s Museum! Yep, you can go to the museum for free! Certainly one of those things I wish I would have know when the girls were home with me during the summer!
If you aren’t in the Atlanta area does Target sponsor anything like this near you? You should definitely check into it! If you are in Atlanta, have you taken advantage of Target Free Second Tuesdays?
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli
*We were provided admission to the museum, lunch and a goodie bag from Target. All thoughts are my own.