Friday, November 22, 2013

Toothless Joe

It took about a week, but we've successfully gone from a wiggle to a hole.  Tonight, as we were leaving the house, A wiggled his tooth right out in a bloody mess.

I don't think I've ever seen him so proud!
Looks painful to me.
In case it's not clear, he lost the front center on our right.  The front center on the left is being pushed to the center by the clearly protruding permanent tooth. 

I recorded this in his incredibly blank in so many spots baby book, and mentioned to him that now that he grew all his teeth, he gets to lose them all, or something like that.  This, of course, led to his wanting to see himself as a teeny tiny baby and comparing how small he was then; this photo got an "I was so cute."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

End of summer fun

Here's a post I just found that never posted!  Oops.

This week, E filled his whole potty chart,  earning a special treat (a big one...I wss thinking Sesame Place).  M said he was taking us somewhere that was a surprise!
We ended up going on our first family trip to Hershey.
It was a fun filled, incredibly frustrating day.
We hit no traffic until a long line to get into the park.  We followed parking signs, bearing left because the signs said "RV Show" to the right.  First mistake.  This took us to Chocolate World, where we were told parking is closer but double the price (I guess this happens a lot since we were given directions from here to the real lot.)  We turned around and followed these directions.  Second mistake.  Because (maybe) of the RV Show, we hit more traffic; it took an hour in total from the first park traffic we hit.  We were now hungry and frustrated.
Hershey allows kids on way more thrilling rides than other places we've been (the boardwalk namely).  E could go on all the kiddie rides and some rides considered adult elsewhere:
A could even go on an upside down roller coaster, which he's been asking about all summer.  He refused, preferring the tradituonal kiddie rides (though he did gp on the runaway train style ride his brother went on).
For the first time, we did Parent Swap so we could go on a big coaster too.  It always seemed unfair to make the boys stand In a long line to not even do a ride, but the boys were great in the line and doing this turned my mood around a ton.
But the comedy of errors wasn't over.  We had to eat.  We (foolishly, in hindsight) left the park for dinner.  Red Robin looked packed so we went to a smaller restaurant in town.  I called ahead to ask about the wait and put our name on the list, which did absolutely nothing.  After waiting 50 minutes, we took our hungry boys for drive thru.
But, despite all this, we had a great family day at a new theme park!

Ziggle Review and Stories

We've had so much fun playing with the Ziggle we received to try out from House Party, that I just wanted to share some of our videos.

(I thought he was taking a picture, not video)

Here's the boys, getting clever on how to stop fighting over the Ziggle:

(If that video had continued, you'd have seen their favorite thing to do with the toy:  crash into their toys in the living room)

And here's what I thought of it in my review for Chatterbox:
We have predominantly used this inside the house on hardwood floors.  The kids zoom through our open floor plan.  They've tried it as singles (which usually results in arguing or a parent having to set a timer) or sometimes they work as a team to get the thing going in a totally wild manner.

Mom tried it out to serious giggles for all; it was so much fun that I can understand why the kids fight over the Ziggle.

It was pretty easy to put together, though one of the caps has fallen out a few times (perhaps because of the repeated banging on the door moulding it has taken as corners are taken too narrowly...  serious fun sometimes requires makes some serious damage!).

I can't say enough good things about this toy.  It makes me want to have a home with a flat outdoor surface; this would get so much use without the previously mentioned moulding damage!  I love that this accomodates both our boys (it's listed for ages 3-8) and will do so for a really long time.

And here you can see why and where our moulding is getting damaged!