However, before all the sickness and the vomiting and the laundry, there was a wondrous time when we were healthy. And happy. And we went to visit my family for Hayden's second birthday party, and one afternoon my dad and I took the kids to a children's museum.
Little Man was briefly entertained by arranging shapes on a light table:
The kids enjoyed this display, which blew air straight up. There were all kinds of materials you could test to see whether they would fly up into the air. Cupcake wrappers were the winner.
Sweet Pea got up close and personal with a water snake:
There was a room full of interactive toys and displays relating to winter, like this igloo made of milk jugs,
"snowballs" to throw,
a frozen pond to "skate" on,
and big white beanbags to make snowmen out of.
Then we went outside, to the farmyard. We saw alpacas (which made Little Man giggle), a massive steer, a really loud donkey, and some goats wearing coats. There were saddles set up on logs for the kids to climb on, which CC and Little Man enjoyed (Sweet Pea refused). I think this is as close as I'll get to any of my kids on a horse for a long time!
And the kids stood on the livestock scale, which recorded their combined weight as 38.5 kg (84.7 pounds).
It was a really fun afternoon. The next morning, we went to Dane and Hayden's house in anticipation of the party. Unfortunately, that night Hayden started vomiting. And the next morning CC started complaining that she didn't feel well, either. The party was cancelled, so we packed our car and drove home. We almost made it before the vomiting began ...
Hopefully everyone will be on the mend soon. The party has been rescheduled for next weekend, so stay tuned for all the details!