Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indoor Activities

One wonderful thing about living in Texas with two little boys is that the weather very rarely prevents you from going outside. Aside from your occaisional rainy day, we have mild, warm weather almost year round. However, from December to February we sometimes experience a "cold snap" and that is what we are doing this week.

It started out with a fluffy snow on Sunday that started while we were in Sunday school and was just enough for playing outside in the snow but not so much that we were snowed in on Monday. Perfect. But b/c of our very high level of activity at the moment (Cole is now quickly approaching 2 and a half and Cohen is 10 months), by Tuesday we had to start seeking out indoor activities that were outside our own house. So we ventured to the mall and the boys had a WONDERFUL time at the "play place".

Now don't get me wrong, we have been there many times. But just lately has it become interesting for Cohen. He is crawling so well, pulling up, standing on his own sometimes and REALLY wanting to walk so the soft floor and tons of running, screaming kids are so fun for him that I think he would have stayed all day. Cole will stay interested in it for quite a while, however, there are little "car ride" toys just outside the play place that he always wants to play on. I don't like them b/c (1) they are outside the walls of the play place so I have to stand and watch like a hawk (2) they cost money (which of course I don't put in) and (3) They are on a little platform and I can't let Cohen down so I hold him while we watch Cole get in the car and just yank on the steering wheel and pretend he's driving. Anyway, all of that to say that Cole has finally figured out my trick of letting him play in the cars without depositing quarters. So after he had played in the play place for a while he came over and said "Mom, I need money". I laughed and said "you do? Why?" He looked up at me, grinned mischieviously and said "for the cars". hehehehe - man they are too smart for their own good aren't they?

So I finally convinced him that instead of putting money in the cars we should go home and put it in our piggy bank. That actually was a great excuse to pack up and head home for naps so it worked out well.

Looks like we'll continue to seek out indoor activities for at least the rest of the week so stay tuned for more pictures. (PS - these aren't great b/c I took them on my iphone but they'll do).

Cole playing with Taz

Cole and Cohen on Taz

I love this one - oh that brotherly love!

Cohen on the Pepe le Pue slide (this was his first real sliding experience and as you can tell, he loved it!)