Saturday, October 18, 2008

UEA week take 2

Alright, now to the rest of the week. I misspoke earlier, we did the corn maze on Tuesday, Wednesday the boys and I had a craft morning. I got these cards that have suggestions for toddler activities and these are the ones we tried out. For the first one you put a lump of PlayDoh on the counter and then 3 dry spaghetti noodles sticking out. Then you give the munchkins a pile of Cheerios to munch on and thread onto the noodles. It is a fine motor activity and also something you are likely to have all the ingredients for already. :0)

Next we made twins of the boys, I guess that makes Quads, but we're not even going to think more than twins. I had each bub lay on top of butcher paper as I traced them. I then let them color themselves after which I cut out 2 copies of the tracing. I taped them together and stuffed them with the extra paper. There you go . . .Carter2 and Davis2:


Davis2 did not last the day so I am considering recreating them in fabric, maybe for Christmas. Hmmm . . .
So then Thursday Lowell and I were both off, hooray! so we went to the dinosaur park (finally!) and can you believe it I (yes me) forgot my camera. Shock and awe. The first thing we saw was an animatronic display of a young T-rex and a mother Triceratops and her 2 babies. It really looked very real and Davis was rather scared (he has this little jiggle chin scared thing he does, it is sad that I think that is cute isn't it?) but once he figured out they weren't going to eat him, he and Carter were crazy about it. Unfortunately that ended up being the coolest thing in the park. We walked around and looked at the dinosaur replicas but they just weren't that interesting to the boys. And the park was fun, but not 1.5 hour drive fun. I am glad I got discount tickets and only paid $5 for the fam. Next we went to see my grandma, the boys' oma and walk around the little pond by her house. They loved it and I think Oma got a kick out of the boys wanting to hug her and hold her hand. They chased these really big geese and I was sure they were going to get bit, but they survived to attack them another day. They also fed the ducks and ran down the paths, a good day overall in Ogden. After nap we went to see WALLE at the dollar theater and this was their best performance yet. We made it through 1 hour and 15 minutes, that was almost the whole movie. So we're getting there--but I am still not paying full price, we can wait for the dollar theater. What we saw was really cute and I think it helped that they already knew the story because we have read the book. The final stop for Thursday was a new TV. Our living room TV went out (I think there was something about yogurt rubbed into the speakers on the death certificate) so we went in search of a new one. Turns out they don't even sell tube TVs any more, so it was a good day for Lowell as he carried out his 42 inch plasma TV, sigh.
Friday Hillary, Cyndel, and I took the boys swimming at the Rec Center. That was fun and the boys enjoyed practicing swimming again. I was weirded out by how warm it was inside and then how cold it was when we left. Then last night we made caramel apples while Rob and Lowell put up the new TV. Here's Davis dipping apples-

Carter with the finished apples.
Robbie and Lowell with the finished product, oh so proud.
The apples were a hit (hello, coat anything in caramel and chocolate--how could you miss?).

Other than that, the boys were monsters last night, so cranky and super tired. They didn't nap well (because I almost forgot, Lowell and I went on a date during nap--we had Pier 49 pizza and watched Golden Eye [loved it!]--happy day for us) and had been up late the night before when we got the TV. They are napping now so here's hoping the onery beasts are gone when I get home and my darling boys return. I think the big events are done for the week--we are just going to enjoy the last of the good weather for as long as it lasts. Next week is the boys' 3 year doctor appointment and also the UVMOM Halloween play group so I'll have more to write about then. Until then, have a good afternoon and weekend . . .

5 comments:

Scott and Jillian said...

So fun! Is Lowell a teacher or something? (having UEA off). That is great that you got to have some fun as a family. I hope your little beasts were replaced by your good boys when you got home. ;)

Rebecca said...

Super fun kid house! I want a carmel apple now too, yum. I hope that balance has returned to the force...(sorry a little dorky but what can I say, I'm white and nerdy!)

Kristen said...

That playdoh/cheerios idea is really cool. We are totally going to try it.

Rob Dodenbier said...

Don't you mean Eagle Eye? I doubt you went to see an old James Bond movie. Hey I've got a blog now!!! Go check it at at http://robbiedodenbier.blogspot.com/

Brooklyn said...

You do such fun things with your boys! I've been wanting to do more craft projects with my girls. I've noticed this year they are more into it now that they are older. I'm going to have to try that spaghetti noodle and cheerios thing because like you said, we have the stuff and I think my girls would like trying it. Good ideas!