Thursday, December 31, 2009

EdVenture in December

It wouldn't be a vacation without driving down to Columbia, SC for the day and visiting the EdVenture Children's Museum. This is our 3rd visit in a year, but our first time getting to see the Snowville exhibit.

It also wouldn't be a trip to the museum if we didn't lose sight of Jayce at least once while we were there.

Brian and I always each take one kid and split up. Jaina loves to run from one thing to another at the museum. Jayce likes to stay and perseverate on just a hand full of exhibits. Or, ride the elevator up and down for an hour. This time, he actually got on a stair climbing kick and we walked up and down 4 flights of stairs until Mommy's legs were screaming and told him "NO MORE!".

So, Brian took Jaina to play on Eddie the Giant. I was in charge of Jayce. He wanted to stay on Eddie, too. I followed him into the stomach, but when he wanted to go down the slide, I had to leave him there and meet him back down by the giant sneakers. Brian was climbing down an artery and he said he'd see him when he got down. Well, the artery does not end up at the same side of the giant as the green slide did, so when Brian came back up to the stomach, he hadn't seen Jayce at all.

I quickly ran down the right wing of the museum and looked in the grocery store, the barn, the fire truck, the car, Snowville, and the indoor hockey rink. No sign of him. So I ran back to Eddie and touched base with Brian. No sign of him. So I ran down to the left wing. Through the African market place, through the camel of Egypt, through the music room, TV studio, and even checked his favorite message in a tube exhibit. Nope.

I thought quickly about checking upstairs since he LOVES elevators, but knew I couldn't possibly check all 4 floors in a timely manner. So, I went straight to the front desk to report him missing.

Thank goodness that there was a winter camp thingy going on at the museum that day. I've NEVER seen so many workers at the museum before. That day there seemed to be a couple young adults in EdVenture t-shirts in every exhibit room! And they all had walkie-talkies :)

I gave the girl a quick description of Jayce, told her how old he was, and what his name was. And said that he probably would not be crying or even know that he was lost.

Just a few quick minutes of some back and forth on the walkie-talkies and then Jayce was being led through a side entrance to the front desk to me.

Was he scared? Of course not. He wasn't lost. He knew exactly where he was at all times.

The worker that found him then relayed the conversation that they had had together.

"I spotted him right away because of his colorful shirt that matched the description. I went up to him and asked him what his name was. He said his name was Jayce. So I told him he needed to come with me. He asked, "Why?" I told him that we needed to find his mommy. He then looked around and just realized that he was by himself. He said, "Okay."

When I asked him later why he went to Snowville instead of staying with us at Eddie, he said, "I just wanted to go without you." Well, there you have it!

We then went back to Snowville together this time!


Farmers Eva and Jaina:

Jayce absolutely LOVES to send messages back and forth to himself through the tube. Unfortunately, he also thinks that no one else is allowed to use this exhibit while he is there.

Jaina tries her hand at being a weather girl:

It sure is hot at the beach!

Jaina and Eva report the news together:

Jaina made several crafts, but liked her snowfall and trees the best:

I started a butterfly, but didn't get a chance to finish:

Eva climbing up Eddie's spine:

The grocery store was really crowded with both kids and parents alike, so Brian sat on the sidelines waiting for the girls to move on to a new exhibit.

Jayce was mesmerized by watching the cleaning crew mop up a spill. He then read the sign, loudly, to let people know they could fall if they walked on the wet floor.

Jayce buys greenbeans at the grocery store.

Jayce wasn't scared of the fireman statue this time!

Through the fire tunnel:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cookies for Breakfast

Cookies for breakfast.

McDonald's for lunch.

Ramen noodles for dinner.

Staying in pajamas all day long.

Playing New Super Mario Brothers for 3 straight hours.

Needing to recharge the DS battery twice in 24 hours.

Watching an ICarly marathon on Nickelodeon.

Skipping baths.

Foregoing all bed times and routines.

This is what my family has done with their holiday vacations from work and school. What have you all been up to?

I have a feeling that reality is going to be very shocking for us all next week!

Monday, December 28, 2009

I Heart Faces: Hilarious Outtakes

Its Monday, so its time for another entry into the "I Heart Faces" weekly photo challenge. This week's theme is sure to make you giggle. Thank goodness photographers take tons of shots, right? Because you have to have something good to keep in your scrapbook. And then these are the shots you save to embarrass your children with later.

Head on over to I Heart Faces to see more hilarious outtakes or to add your own!

I think an appropriate caption to this photo would read, "Its Christmas and all I got were pajamas?" Honestly, I have no idea what she was thinking. She knows that we only open Christmas PJ's on the night before Christmas. She actually DID like her nightgown this year, too. I have no idea where this expression came from.

Don't let the smiling fool you... Jayce is actually getting ready to hit Jaina square in the face in this photo. Jaina soon stopped smiling and I had to go get Jayce off of her.

This is what I get when I tell Jayce I'm about to take his picture. Its his version of saying "cheese".

I just wanted a nice picture of Jaina enjoying the refreshments after her piano recital. I got this instead:

This was Jayce's reaction to "We have to leave the museum in 5 minutes!"

Thanks for looking and come back next Monday for more contest entries :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Day

Christmas morning soon arrived and the kids woke up excitedly at 5:45 AM. I had given Jaina strict instructions not to come into our room until the clock in Jayce's room said "6" on it. She came in anyway, defending her decision by telling us how she could not contain her excitement. Well, that excitement rubbed off and we all got up to open presents. I did not take a single picture during this time. Instead, I took video to add to our Walker family Volume 6 VHS tape.

Jaina received 3 presents from Santa:
-Hello Kitty Gumball Machine/Water dispenser
-Zhu Zhu pets and fun house
-a stuffed dog you can dress up

Jayce received 3 presents from Santa as well:
-Imaginext BatCave
-Hotwheels track
-Black and Decker tool set

They all loved their gifts!! Jaina also got an UGLY doll in her stocking whereas Jayce got a Mr. Bump (we couldn't find Mr. Rude anywhere, and he's Jayce's favorite!) stuffed animal.

Oh, and they also received Nintendo DSi portable gaming systems from Mom and Dad. We hid those until the very very end because we knew once they opened them, they would be too excited to play with those to open anything else.

The surprise gift for the whole family came from Uncle David down in Florida. He sent all his nieces and nephews dinosaur robots to play with. Uncle Jeff helped us figure him out.

Jayce received another dinosaur as a Christmas gift, this one from Grandpa Robert and Grandma Cathy. We introduced Spike Jr. to the robot dinosaur. They pretty much just clomped around the living room together.

Jeff and Jayce took turns feeding the dinosaur the leaf.

Jaina tired quickly of the dinosaur and went back to her DS.

But she was soon interrupted by a dinosaur that wanted to play!

One electronic was put down for a few minutes while another was picked up. Dad and Kim got Jayce this cool Leap Frog game.

Daddy, Jaina, and Jayce sure did have fun playing with the Batcave. And Uncle Jeff brought the batcopter for Jayce's gift. Although Jayce says its a "Robin copter" because he doesn't let Batman ride in it ever.

And of course we had to do the obligatory posed family shots before Jeff got on the road. This is without flash.

And with flash.

After all that excitement, Alli decided to take a nap.

And what did they do today? Well, the sun finally came out and warmed up our area to a pleasant 50+ degree temperature. So the kids abandoned their electronics for the good old fashioned out doors. They did, however, bring a slinky with them.