Monday, August 11, 2008

Our little field trip....

I woke up this morning and heard myself say to the kids, "Hey, you all wanna go somewhere fun today?"....who was that? Was that me? Did that sentence just come out of my mouth? I decided the Children's Museum would probably be the most fun I could manage on my own with all 4 kids. I did have back up though...I called my 9-yr old niece and asked if she'd like to accompany us. Thank God she said yes because at that point, I was starting to having second thoughts about going.

The first thing the kids hit were all the emergency vehicles...police car, police motorcycle, ambulance, fire engine, police helicopter. As soon as Garrett saw the police car, he immediately climbed in....the back seat!! My niece and I looked at each other and giggled, "hope that's not a sign of things to come". Once he realized there was nothing for him in the backseat, he got in the front seat and thought he was hot stuff "driving" the cop car and turning the lights on.

"Please turn off your engine and place your hands where I can see them. Oh and don't mind the pacifier in my mouth...."
Here's a brief conversation Cole and I had while this picture was being taken:

Me: Um, you might want to put your hands on the handle bars. Have you ever seen a police officer driving his/her motorcycle with no hands?"
Cole: I've never seen a police officer with no hands. How come they don't have hands?
Me: Just smile and let me take your picture.

Here's a conversation I had with Bella while taking this picture:
Bella: Mommy, let me listen to your heart and make sure you're still alive.

Me: Okay

Bella: Open up your shirt and take off your boobies. I can't hear your heart if your boobies are in the way.

Then we hit the "grocery store" where the kids were all impressed with the idea of getting their own grocery carts and putting whatever they wanted in them.

Cole: Mommy, are you sure I can get whatever I want?

Me: Yes, whatever you want.

Cole: Alright...jackpot (he learned this line from Alvin and the Chipmunks)

He immediately heads over to the sugar cereals.

Look how happy he is that he was able to get Frosted Flakes! Good thing the cereal is fake...

Garrett decides he's gonna help Cole shop. Notice he's reaching for the Spagettio's. They're going for all the things I would never buy. Smart kids...

Finally my niece steps in and says, "Cole, don't you think you should get some healthy food, like fruits and vegetables". Cole says "no". Too bad, she pushes the cart over to the produce section and says "pick some fruit". Awww, she's a little mommy in the making already. I love the look on Landon's face in this pic, like "oh crap, does that mean we can't have the Frosted Flakes and the spagettios?"

Then they all stood at the check-out counter and rang the groceries up. The little scanner actually made a beeping sound each time something was scanned. The kids ooooh'd and awww'd over that. As if they've never been to the real grocery store with me and seen food scanned a million times already in their lives. They're usually too busy trying to figure out a way to talk me into buying them some candy, which is right there next to the check-out counter.

Here's Cole pretending to be a pig. Doesn't he look thrilled? I'll show this picture to his future bride someday.

Awww, look at my little news reporters reporting their first special report....

"There's been breaking news in the last few minutes. It was reported that a mother had a nervous break down right in the middle of the Children's Museum. She could be heard repeating over and over "why did I think this would be a good idea?" She was carted off to the psych ward for an evaluation. Even her kids agreed, as they munched on Frosted Flakes and spagettios, that a field trip to the Children's Museum was probably not a good idea."

Okay, so it wasn't all that bad. It was actually fun, when I wasn't chasing them all in different directions. And it sure beat staying around the house staring at the same four walls we stare at every single day. On our drive home, I could hear Cole and Bella in the back seat talking...."you ask Mommy to buy us some Frosted Flakes"..."no, you ask her. She'll say no"...."just ask her, come on"...."no, you ask her...if she says no to Frosted Flakes, ask if we can have spagettios and that we'll help her make them and we'll even clean up".


joy said...

That looks like SO much fun! I know what you mean about having a helper, I don't know what I would do without my 7 year old! I wish we had a place like that around here, it really looks like a blast.

Chatabox Girl said...


I thought it was a real accident!!

That stuff is so cool. The museums in NZ are so.. BORNG!

I really want to go that museum, even if im not a child :)

Kim said...

That Chidren's Museum looks so cool! All 4 of my girls would absolutely LOVE the supermarket section. They play like that already with pretend items; they'd go nuts if they really got to push around a cart and stand behind the counter!

MamáChanga said...

That looks like such a great place to take the kids. I'm jealous, our small town has nothing even close to that. I suppose it's free to get in?

Love the commentary on the pics, you are too funny!

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twinmama said...

We have a Children's Museum in Cincinnati and people have told me that I must take the girls. I would LOVE to do something like this with my 1 set of twins, but I am scared of letting them out of the stroller! Please tell me how you do it. Really..

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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