In the world of 2 year olds, we had a hella weekend!
The hubs went up to our lake house to work on the
minor major dandelion problem we have, so Georgia and I and some of our closest friends got our (2 year old) party on!
It all started with Sesame Street Live on Saturday morning. This was the first real “show” we’ve taken Georgia too and I was nervous, but she had a blast! We don’t watch much Sesame Street but of course, she knows who Elmo is and kept asking for him whenever he wasn’t on stage. I wanted to tell her that the teenage kid in the costume was probably really hot and needed a break, but I didn’t want to ruin the magic.
We had second row seats and let’s just say the kids got lots of high 5’s from the characters. I had no idea who half of the ‘friends’ who live on Sesame Street were – I mean, where did they come from? Did Snuffleupagus get evicted and then the weird purple guy with the big nose moved in? I was so confused.
Here’s Georgia holding her ticket like a big girl. This was before the show so I think I was more excited than she was at this point.
At intermission they turned the lights on and brought huuuuge Elmo balloons up near the stage. You could just hear every kid in Wells Fargo Arena saying, “I want a balloon! Elmo! Elmo! I want an Elmo balloon.” Damn, they’re smart. Have I mentioned my kid looooves ballons? And this Elmo balloon was $10.
Yup, we got one. And she was the happiest girl on the planet!
After the show we took the kids to the sculpture park for a picnic lunch. The day was gorgeous and the kids had lots of steam to blow off. They didn’t eat much, they ran a lot and we got some really great pictures.
Is there anything better than rolling down a huge hill?
Then we tried to get a good picture of all 4 kids in this huge bust made out of letters, but have you ever tried to get 4 kids to look at a camera at once? Yah, it didn’t work very well, but two kids in particular were quite comfortable with each other.
Now that I think about it, Georgia did want to sit by Henry at the show. And then we tried to take pictures and this is what they did. No prompting, I swear.
First they played it cool.
Then shit got real.
Then I couldn’t help but laugh, aaaand let my mind flash foward about 12 years. Wouldn’t that be nuts? But really, it was hilarious and so cute.
By then, the kids were zonked, so we went home for naps. That night G and I planted flowers in the hanging baskets and got good and dirty, took a bubble bath and had sprinkle pancakes for dinner. I know you’re jealous.
The next morning we went with our friends Erin and Peyton to the zoo. It was just the second time we’ve taken Georgia and she’s obsessed with animals so it was a no-brainer that she’d have a blast.
Checking out the otters.
Playing in the kangaroo pouch.
Feeding the llama (and I prayed we’d leave with all 10 fingers intact).
And seriously, this guy was pissing me off. Calm it down, goat.
Leaving the new sea lion exhibit. Very cool, Des Moines. Very cool!
After all of this (and some Pizza Ranch) we all needed a nap! It was a big weekend doing fun things around the city and I had a blast. It’s weekends like these that I need to remind myself that Des Moines is a good place to live, to raise our family and that I should stop being so antsy about getting out. (and I think the grandparents would slash the tires on our car if we tried to move away.)
So yah, my weekends look pretty different these days, but I’ll admit it, this weekend was a blast.