It's been a long time since we last went to Choo Choo Bob's. We'd forgotten how awesome it is. There is a huge electric train set-up in the front of the store . . .
. . . and all kinds of trains you can play with throughout the store. These small trains are great for collecting. You can fit tons of them in your arms if you try.
It can be a little tiring though. Next time we'll have to pace ourselves a little better.
Can we go tomorrow? PLEASE?
Daddy made us a great snack today. A bowl of strawberries with a tower of whipped cream on top.
It was so yummy, we definitely inhaled it.
We were still kind of hungry after we finished so then we had graham cracker soup. If anyone wants the recipe, just let us know, we'd be happy to share.
We got to ride our bikes today after church. You can't imagine how happy we were to do so.
We can reach the pedals, but just barely. We're still working on figuring out how to use them.
We can certainly go faster when we put our feet on the ground and run.
There is some risk involved, however.
If you fall though, it's best to get right back on the bike and give it another ride.
It's OK to take a breather too.
It's about time we got to our park this spring. We've been going a little crazy since we got back from Texas. The nearly two hours we spent swinging . . .
. . . climbing . . .
. . . and sliding were an extremely welcome endeavor this afternoon. We could have stayed there all night. Believe us, we tried. Maybe one night we can bring dinner there and have a picnic.
Time for a hair cut. The ominous feeling in this picture pretty much sums up how we felt.
It was a little nerve-wracking waiting for our turn.
But when the time came, we got out suckers and all was kinda OK.
We fought it a little but in the end it was easier to just give in and let it happen.
When it was over, we had a little time to enjoy our suckers without everyone grabbing our heads.
ELMO! He was at the Children's Museum today.
We felt it was best to stay at arms length when he first came out.
So that's what we did.
Charley warmed up eventually and they became friends. He was really
fuzzy and it kind of tickled when huggeing him. Weird.
Getting any closer just wasn't for Jax.
Grover was there too. Even though we were more interested in Elmo, we thought we should at least be polite and say hello. We waved and said, "Hi Grover."
Did you know there's a holiday that celebrates the color green? Apparently there is because yesterday we ate green biscuits and drank green milk for breakfast. St. Patrick must have done some pretty great stuff with the color green to get a whole day named for him.
After breakfast our great friends Shivani and Shashank came over with their Mommy, Heera, to play. They shared their yummy snack with us too.
We now know what having butterflies in your stomach means.
We had an amazing trip to the zoo today. When the tigers first came our way . . .
. . . we were a little nervous and scared. Look at the size of that thing.
With a little help from Mommy, we got right up close . . .
. . . it was incredible. Mommy was as shocked as we were.
There were actually two. Unbelievable. They could totally eat us in one bite.
It was such a great trip, we galloped from animal to animal. The last time we were here, we said THAT trip was the best ever (click here for proof). We were wrong.
The weather was amazing. We walked across a bridge over a lake . . .
. . . and saw some swans walking on the lake.
We stopped to say hello to the giant bear statue too.
Do you think real bears are this big?
The bears were putting on a show again for us on our trip to the zoo today. One of them was swimming right up to the window.
We gave him a high five. High for us, low for him. He was HUGE.
When he first got in, he walked right to edge and wet his face as if to test the temperature.
Then he slowly went in, bottom first. It looked REALLY cold.
He had as much fun in the water as we do. Playing with sticks . . .
. . . and splashing. He loves to splash too.
So, an insight into our happy home . . .
I'm reading a book to the boys at bedtime today . . .
A little doggie book we got as a party favor from a birthday party . . .
ANYWAY, it says, "I wag my tail. I bark. What am I?"
So, I stopped after "I bark" and asked, "How does a doggie bark? What does a doggie say when it barks?" And Charley says, "Go RIGHT downstairs."
--- for that is what we say to the dogs every time they bark senselessly at every car that drives by, leaf that blows, and raindrop that falls.
Bumpa and Grandma C came over yesterday and we had a great BIG dog party (or happy hour, whichever you prefer). You'll notice that everyone was wearing ears. It was pretty awesome with popcorn, mango, chips (pita and tortilla), humus, guacamole and list goes on.