We did a few new, fun things with the girls this past weekend.
Santa Monica Airport: On Sunday, I participated in a paid research study in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. While I gave my opinion on concept cars, Dan took the girls The Museum of Flying. He said it had quite a few interactive exhibits that both girls enjoyed. When I met up with them after my study ended, one of the museum workers was unlocking a fire truck so that Vivian could climb up in it and turn the sirens on.
After we all left the museum, we walked over the observation deck at the airport and watched the planes take off and land. We were standing only feet away from the runway, so we had a primo view of all the activity. The airport had a playground and garden on site and we walked through those, stopping to play and smell the flowers, on our way back to our car. The entire outing was fairly low-key, but fun, and easy to do with the kids. It was also a bit unexpected, because we originally thought that we would go to the Santa Monica Pier. In the end, it was much easier, less stressful, and probably more fun, to spend the afternoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Plus, we’d never been to the airport before and it was neat to check it out.
Once Upon a Storybook Book Store: Although I had MLK day off work, Dan didn’t. The girls’ daycare was also closed, so the three of us spent the day together. In the morning, I took them to an “Itty Bitty Storytime” for toddlers at Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin. We sang, read, and bought a new book – Iggy Peck, Architect.
Scooter’s Jungle Indoor Play Yard: Then, we went to Scooter’s Jungle in Aliso Viejo so that Vivian could run, play, and bounce for 1 1/2 hours. When we walked into this indoor play yard full of toys and bounce houses, Vivian’s eyes got huge. I could hardly contain her long enough to give her some simple instructions. She had a blast bouncing, sliding, climbing, and playing.
Even Lillian got in on the fun – and she certainly enjoyed watching all of the activity around her.
Odyssey Park: We returned home in the afternoon for naps, and then set out for a walk and some park play.
It was one of my best days with the girls yet. It was sooooooooo much better than my crazy maternity leave days. Now that Lillian is older and happier, I don’t have to stress about car screaming (and screaming in general). I didn’t have to constantly nurse her, and, in fact, only nursed her once during our outing. And now that Vivian is fully potty trained, I didn’t have to stress about her peeing or pooping herself. Everyone was happy and had fun. And that made me happy. It’s really too bad I can’t take six months off work now to be with the girls!