Friday, July 18, 2008

Day of fun with a Superhero & Polka-Dot Tot

This past Wednesday, Livia & I got to spend the day with a Superhero - her cousin Nolan (Thanks so much for loaning him to us for the day, Kendra!)

We decided that it would be perfect day to go to the Children's Museum of Evansville (CMOE)

For THE first time in my life, we actually got there early!!! It opens at 10:00am, and we were there at ten til. I must say that I was quite proud of myself!

Livia was ready to go in - or at least try to get those neat things she saw in the window.

As soon as we got in, Nolan guided us to a fun & play stage area. He's been to CMOE several times, so it was wonderful that he knew right where all the fun stuff was!
Liv & Nolan played and danced on that stage for a good 10 - 15 minutes. I knew that Livia loves to dance, and I soon found out that her cousin does too!

Then it was off to the construction room...
I don't think Livie realized that she was being weighed in this picture... and I think she wasn't really on there long enough for it to register her entire weight. It took about 10 seconds to figure out Nolan's weight - and that's about 8 seconds more than Livia had to offer!

Then Nolan showed Liv the house you can "build" - or just climb!

They dug for dinosaur bones & fossils...

And then painted their faces!Nolan was the Incredible Hulk (hence the green)

And Liv was a little Polka Dot Tot

I just loved seeing my little girl have so much fun with her cousin! He watched over her, played with her...

And even took her down a little slide!

Livia really liked that room!

Then it was off to more adventures!

Nolan climbed into this huge nose, and I couldn't help but laugh - the Incredible Hulk kinda looked like an incredibly big booger!
Just kidding!

Nolan showed Livia how to hold the handles of this contraption... it actually beat a drum to the beat of your heart.

Then it was off to the funnest part of the museum - the water room!
Livie had SO much fun getting into the water
Even though it was really kinda cold, she didn't care at all
Nolan was working on trying to get a balloon to fly as high as he could while I chased Livia. In the water room - she was quite excited in there!

Finally, it was getting to be lunch-time, so we decided to leave.

It came as so surprise to me that after we left CMOE, Livia fell asleep even before we could get to our lunch destination! Nolan, meanwhile, happily played his Nintendo DS

After lunch, we went back to our house. Livia fell back asleep in no time, and Nolan went back to his video game. The Superhero quickly succumbed to sleepiness as well, and took a nap too. I couldn't be left out, so I took a little power nap as well!

Later that afternoon when both the Angels awoke, we decided to take a trip over to their Grandparents'.

I think the kids love all the toys their Grandma keeps over there for them - Nolan even has his own room over there!

Nolan got out the Lego's, and began building a fort...
Livia had other plans for the Lego's...!

I laughed so hard that I was lucky to get those shots!

Their Grandma then gave the kids some snackies & lemonade... And I tried to get a pic of all 3 of them.
The most successful picture I was able to get of the kiddos with their Grandma Trilby

Oh well. Hopefully I'll get a really good one next time.

Then it was outside to play!

Bill offered to take the kids in a ride around their place in this little wagon hitched up to the lawnmower. It was the first time I'd seen such a thing, and definitely got a kick out of it!
Nolan held Livia as they began their ride...

And thankfully, Livia had no desire to get up - she liked it!

It was so wonderful to have Nolan along to help with Livia. And she loved having a playmate all day!

All good things must come to an end, though. Shortly after the kids' fun ride, I took Nolan back to his home, and Livia back to ours. I couldn't believe it when I looked at the clock & I was getting back after 7:30 that evening!

Time does fly when you're having fun. And I just hope for more days that go by as fast & fun as this one!

Much love to you all & God Bless!


Ariel said...

Looks like they had a blast!! I love the polka dots! And the Incredible Hulk, well, incredible!

Amanda said...

That looks like a great day out. My boys would love it.
I just love the face paint!
Nolan looks like the perfect big cousin to little Liv.
Thanks for sharing your fun day out.
Amanda xx

Tabitha said...

Oh Amanda ~ those photos are such a perfect reminder of what looked like a fantastic day!!
The two of them look like they had so much fun.
love and hugs Tabitha XXXX

dani said...

nolan is totally a superhero!!! i bet livia totally digs him, amanda. and, it's sooooooooooo awesome that you are creating a closeness between livia and her cousins!!!
cmoe is an awesome place. i was so excited when they moved downtown:D
have a great weekend!!!
ps the face paint rocks:b