Sunday, June 7, 2009

Stepping Up My Mom Game

A few posts ago, I mentioned I wanted to step up my "mom game." (Read about it in this post). Well, after lots of suggestions and a little extra thought on my part, I think I'm starting to do it. (Thanks for the suggestions by the way!)

The Museum of Ancient History:

We had to run an errand down in Utah County and decided to stop by Thanksgiving Pointe. McKay's into dinosaurs so I'd thought he'd love it. And he did. We didn't read many of the signs, but all the cool displays kept his attention pretty well. I loved that there were so many "hands-on" activities. Sophie's favorite was the fossil rubbings. I think she made 3 different pictures. McKay enjoyed building a giant stuffed dinosaur and was sure to let me know he was building a stegosaurus. (Where do boys get their knowledge so early? I know that wasn't from me!) They played in the erosion tables making a little beach village of small plastic dinosaurs. Later they got to "dig" for fossils. It was a great outing and the kids loved it. This has to be my favorite pictures from the little outing. A little scary? Definitely, but oh-so-cute!

Jordan River Parkway:

Before we went here this afternoon, we decided to make cookies. Lyndsi has been asking for dessert everyday lately, so I told her we'd make some today. We decided on the cake mix Oreo cookies. Normally, I don't like the kids around me in the kitchen, but I was really good and let them do most of it. They lost interest by the time the cookies were ready to frost, though (which was fiiiiiine by me).
McKay loved feeding the ducks. He thought it was hilarious when they chased him for more bread and laughed off two duck bites. Apparently duck have very sharp teeth. It was cute to watch him make sure that all the ducks got some bread and that no duck was left out.

Sophie enjoyed it too, until the ducks got too close. Thankfully Grandpa was there and she could continue to watch/feed those silly birds from the safe perch of his arms. (Don't you just love when 2-year-olds insist on picking out their own outfits and no amount of persuading or bribing can change their minds?)

Lyndsi, however, wanted no part of it. Honestly, I don't blame her. Those Jordan River ducks can get greedy and a little pushy. She had fun on our walk afterwards, though.


Sunshine and Lazy days said...

I don't blame lyndsi for not wanting to feed the ducks! We have geese down here that will attack and give chase! I don't like birds! It sounds like your kids are going to have a really fun summer! You are super mom! Luke always insists on helping when I cook, it drives me nuts! But I let him... have you tried the Dinosaur park in ogden? That's pretty fun, and even sariah who is almost nine, likes going!

Anisa said...

Totally fun places. My kids are scared of ducks... so sad.

Karamie Maynes said...

Sounds like fun, wish we could have gone to Thanksgiving Point, another time though! See you this weekend:)

JM Phocion said...

What a man, taking on those ducks. Shark bait ho ha ha