Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flutterby, my butterfly!

Last weekend we took a trip to Collin Creek Mall to the Kiwani's Club butterfly exhibit. We met our friends, Amy & Audrey, for our now second annual Mother's Day play date with the monarchs. Devyn was tentative, she desperately wanted to see the butterflies but she did NOT want them to be close to her. Momma's little diva.

They have tons of pretty flowers with hundreds of butterflies floating around a white tent in the middle of the mall.  For $6 for adults and $2 for kids it was totally worth it!  You get a Q-tip of what I thought was magic butterfly nectar, but my mom later told me it was Gatorade.  Turns out the little flutterbys loved some red Gatorade. And blonde hair.

My mom and I talked about it the other day. Something like this isn't an activity every 30-something girl runs out to do on their weekends, but to see that look on the kids' faces as they got to hold a butterfly and feel its delicate wings... that's the magic.

Grammie was the butterfly whisperer. They loved her! 
And butterflies loved my blonde lambies.
Momma Review:
Dates: This annual event typically runs for one week in May around Mother's Day. This year the dates are May 11-19th from 10-6pm, Sundays from 12-6pm.
Cost: $6 adults, $3 children. Click here for a link to a coupon:
Pros: The event raises money for the Kiwanis Club which does local charity and philanthropy. It's great for families and the elderly. It is wheelchair accessible, but you have to park your larger strollers outside the tent. The cost is reasonable. There are other activities, you can buy a chrysalis and watch butterflies hatch at home. There's also face painting and other butterfly related gifts. The mall also has the Spiderwalk which kids 5+ seem to really love.
Cons:  Little kids may be frightened of the butterflies. Or they may attempt to pick up the butterflies with their hands or smash them.  So, if you know you've got a rough little one make sure to watch them closely!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

4 year old interview

1. Who is your favorite person in the whole world?

2. What is your favorite color?

3. What's your favorite television show?
Dark Knight Batman

4. What's your favorite outfit?
Batman clothes

5. What sport do you like best?
Angry Birds soccer

6. What song do you love?
Batman song and Scream & Shout by & Britney Spears

7. What's your favorite cereal?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch

8. Who is your best friend?

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Bruce Wayne Batman

10. What is your favorite book?
Batman book

11. What are you really good at?
Doing fighting
(Mommy note: wth man?! He means pretend playing and rolling and doing stunts)

12. Where do you wish you could go on vacation?
an airplane and a beach

13. What is your best memory?
Going to a mall

14. What would you buy if you had $1000?
Big fat Batmobile toy

15. What vegetable do you hate the most?

16. If you could have a wish, what would it be?
For a lucky Batman toy

17. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Batman ice cream

18. Who is your biggest hero?
Bruce Wayne Batman

19. What do you like to do best with your friends?
Fighting bad guys

20. What do you hope you'll get to do before your next birthday?
Play soccer

Momma Notes:   I wrote exactly what he said. Clearly you can see we had no choice but to do a Batman birthday party.  Of course, since then in the past month he's fallen in love with Iron Man, Captain  America Iron Man, Blue Beetle (ummm I dunno where he got that one), and Hulk. And Transformers.

I don't know exactly what kind of thug life preschool gang my chid is involved in. But they fight bad guys, they are NOT the bad guys, so that's important to note.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013


This weekend we met some friends at an undisclosed rocket launch pad somewhere in the city...
My friend's husband had a stash of rockets and they'd scoped out the perfect place to launch them. They even wore their family Batman shirts since four year old Brucewaynebatman would be there. Awesomely sweet. And of course, someone came home from spending the night at Lolli and Papa's the night before convince that today he was Blue Beetle.  DC? Marvel? Who the F is Blue Beetle?! This kid asks me every day, "Mommy, can I be _____ today?" (Fill in the blank with Batman, Raphael (ninja turtle), or Optimus Prime). I, of course, say yes... (Apparently I have authority on granting superpowers?) And he says "Thank you Mommy!!!"  with a huge grin. So today, he wore Batman but he told me he's really Blue Beetle.

As we pulled up to the field, he says "Hey guys -- Are we gonna get busted?"
Get busted?!  Wait, who brought the beer? Busted?!
And why does my preschooler even know about 'busted'?
We assured him no, we wouldn't be busted. We're just scientists, doing an experiment.
Then we taught him about keeping on the DL.          psych.

That morning I may have been a tad excited.
So excited that I used my special black glitter paper and made official Rocket Club badges.
A Cricut may or may not have been involved. As well as chevron print ribbon and spray adhesive.
I thought it was pretty rad to give the kids spaceage names like Blast, Zoom, Zap, Whizz, and Zeee.
Only Cade wanted an official rocket badge.
The girls would have no part of it.
Upon later reflection I realized that for 3-8 year old girls you really need to have pink, purple, and teal for it to even be a consideration. And bling. And a necklace instead of a safety pin. Um hello?? What was I thinking?! So disappointed... I've got the boy mama thing down-ish.... Now I've got to work my inner girly girl.
Thanks, little man. For wanting the badge. For being "Blast" and being excited about it.
For making momma not feel like a huge loser.

Anyways, they launched all the rockets and each time they let out a fun loud noise and some steam.
The kids would then take off and run through the field to chase the parachute.

We may or may not still be a man down.
One half of one of the chutes is in someone's backyard. Sorry 'boutcha.
We tried to notify you. ish... And pray for a strong wind to knock it down.
With recent current events we understand it's not exactly a good sign to find a part of a toy rocket in your backyard. It looks a wee suspicious, but it's a child's toy. Promise. Can we get it back before you call the FBI? Nevermind.

It's always a playdate plus when the dads can be involved (AKA run the show) and the mommas can sit back and chat and pass out goldfish.
It's also a plus when your fellow momma brings Legit Goldfish.
I agree, the organic kind is better for you. It's also 3x the cost. And Goldfish are a staple to my American childhood and thus my children's too. So where does this fit in exactly in my "Cool Friendly Momma" checklist??  Last summer at a friend's neighborhood pool some chicks spotted my friend's organic gold-bunnies deals. These moms went on and on and on about how how could anyone POSSIBLY feed their flesh and blood all the chemicals and cheddar and arsenic or whatever they belive is bad about Goldfish. My friend nodded as these girls babbled their schpeil, then she said "Oh, these aren't the real Goldfish? My mother-in-law bought them for us." I wanted to high-five, fist-bump, hell chest-bump her. So bad A, no?   Meanwhile I was slipping my kids the real deal along with some rainbow Cheerios and praying that they didn't catch me "poisoning" America's youth.  Thus, Goldfish became another gold-star for any potential Mommy friends.
Respect. Keeping It Real.
Fighting the Good Fight.
Real Goldfish.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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