Friday, July 30, 2010

Holy Belk Sale Batman!!

So I went to the mall today to see if I could find SL a couple of pairs of pjs, because I had a coupon and Belk was having a red dot clearance sale! Items were marked down 50% with another 50% off that!!! I scored SL clothes for next summer for almost nothing!!! A M A Z I N G deals!!! So this post is for my buddy Melanie, check out what Z will be getting a couple of years, lol!

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Oh and I did score some pjs too!!!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Staying cool in some shade.

So it is still blazing hot here in VA…100 degrees yesterday and on its way there today. So to try and stay cool but yet get the kiddies out my girlfriends and I decided to take the kids to a park that the is in the woods with plenty of shade and a creek to cool off in!

One of two play structures at the park. My friend Amanda and Gena hanging out watching the kids slide.


Ellie having a blast going down the slide…she kept pretending like she was a pirate!


SL and Colin: Ready, Set, Go!


Miss Gena and her sweet baby Jack. Oohhh I could just squeeze those little cheeks…kinda makes me want one…maybe.



Sweet Miss Julia, she is so good!


Shelby Lynn was too busy eating to join in on the swing fun!


The best part! We walked along a little trail that led to this creek and the kids had a blast thrown pebbles.


Colin contemplating life!


Mommy missed it, she had just sat down in the water…good thing I brought a change of clothes. Thanks Amanda for the tip!IMG_2465

Ellie found a little rock to sit on! They all had a blast and Shelby Lynn was very upset when we had to leave the “pool”! Don’t worry sweetie, if it stays this hot we will be going back for sure!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Learning to enjoy the small things!

If you have not read the blog Enjoying the Small Things you are missing out! Kelle writes a wonderful blog about enjoying the small things with her family and it is so inspiring. She reminds not worry about toys on the floor and laundry not always getting done, but to enjoy the time I have with SL! So today that is exactly what we did! Jay filled up the pool and we got busy enjoying the small things:

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Don’t get the bubbles on me daddy!

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Off to see the Dinosaurs!

Shelby Lynn has this huge fascination with dinosaurs so we decided to take her to the National History Museum to see some real ones or at least their bones. While we were there we took in a 3D dinosaur movie. SL didn’t wear the glasses and it was probably a good thing because I think it would have scared her, those dinos came right of the screen and snarled at you! Even Jay said he jumped once or twice! But even with out the glasses on she was not afraid. She would say oh look, that one is flying, or Stomp, stomp roar! It made me so happy to see her enjoying it.

The Museum. It was such a pretty day, but boy was it hot, I think every one in D.C was in that museum to cool off because it was really crowded!


The Elephant in the Rotunda


My 3 yr old can pronounce this better than me!


Dinosaur Bones!

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These Dinos are known as duck billed dinosaurs, I thought they were so funny looking I just had to take a pic!


A T-Rex Head! Look at those teeth!


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Look at her studying the fossils, cracked me up!


After we looked at the dinosaurs, we decided to go to just one more area, The Discovery Room. It was a big hit with SL. They had binoculars, which I didn’t think we were going to be able to get away from her. The Discovery room is cool, it is for kids up to age 12. They can get a close up look at bones, skulls and fossils. There is a coloring area, dressup area, as well as an area full of children’s books about dinosaurs, animals and scientific topics!

Checking out the crocodile head:



Oooh a spyglass, to help Minnie solve the mystery! If you watch the Mickey Mouse clubhouse you will recognize that song!

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The Binoculars! We went to the museum shop to buy them but they were pretty proud of them and wanted $22, so we decided to look at target’s toy section but there weren’t any there. I guess it will have to go on the list for Santa!



She was like uh, mom can’t you see I am busy exploring!



You could use the binoculars to spy on all the animals that were up high around the room:


She tried out their crayons but was more interested in exploring with the binoculars:


After that we decided to head on out since it was so crowded, plus even though there are some really cool items in the museum….like the Hope Diamond, we didn’t think she would be as interested in those (mommy will have to go back though and check it out!) Outside was this fabulous old carousel that had been on the mall since 1967. Daddy and SL decided to take a spin and rode on a big blue dragon (kinda of like a dino, right!)


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While we were outside, I took advantage of the pretty day and snapped a few shots of the museums surrounding the mall and the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

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Even though it was hot outside and crowded inside, we had a great day and were really glad we went. We really need to take advantage of living so close to the capital and enjoy outings like this more often!!