I think you could say there is still a little snow on the ground here…
I’ve been trying to keep Dylan busy doing indoor activities, but we’ve almost run out of things to do in the area. We’ve hit up Chuck E. Cheese, a book store and my sister Alana’s house on Thursday.
And then had a long day to kill on Friday. Dylan and I had plans to meet my sister, Kelly, and her boys at their house after she got out of work, but we had a lot of hours to fill in the interim. We went to an indoor play place in the morning. It was crowded!
We went to a children’s museum later. Here’s Dylan playing comically close to another child!
Playing with trains…
Digging for fossils…
Covering himself in chalk…
We also walked around the mall and Toys R Us. I told Dylan he could pick out one toy. He took his time and chose an assortment of cars that I’m sure we already own. When we got back to the car he wanted to open them immediately!
But really…is this level of safety really necessary? It took me fifteen minutes in the parking lot to get all of the cars free from the packaging. I didn’t mind because we needed to kill time, but Dylan wasn’t as patient.
We also had lunch at a Five Guys.
Eventually, we made our way to my sister’s house! I have a couple pictures of Trevor but I didn’t get any of Parker. Darn! The afternoon sun was just perfect for pictures. Look at this adorable boy!
This picture would be great if it weren’t for my giant shadow!
L<3ve this one!
Now, moving on to the weekend!
We hung around the house Saturday morning and then met up with my sister, her boys, and her friend, Niki, for lunch at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth.
I tried to keep order but the table ended up a mess. Dylan is obsessed with letters right now and he really likes letter stickers. I carry them everywhere and am constantly finding them in the strangest places. I can always tell where Dylan has been because he marks his course with letters.
We went home after lunch and I baked a batch of pretzel and chocolate chip cookies. My mom watched Dylan at night so that I could attend a birthday celebration in Portsmouth. Kelly and her husband, Ben, went too!
The party was held at the Martingale Warf, a beautiful restaurant on the water in Portsmouth.
It was kind of a joint birthday celebration for me and Katie. It was nice to have some of my favorite people all in one room!
I had a great time!
Kelly is always the straight man!
My sisters and their kids, sans Ryder, who couldn’t make it, came over on Sunday to celebrate my birthday again! I asked if I could make my own cake because I have been wanting to make a tres leches cake for weeks and thought it would be a good opportunity.
I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe and it was pretty good, though I’d like to try a couple more to compare.
I was worried the kids wouldn’t like a tres leches cake so my mom got a regular birthday cake too! We had PLENTY of cake for our small gathering!
I don’t know who was more excited about all the cake; me or the kids!
Little Julia was funny and chastised my grandmother for starting to sing Happy Birthday too soon. Julia has birthday etiquette all figured out. See how serious she is:
At one point we took the kids outside to play in the snow. One thing led to another and we started to make a snowman.
Actually, no. Everyone but Dylan made a snowman. He has not been interested in the snow at all this visit! I tried to get him excited but he didn’t feel like participating.
This might be one of my favorite pictures of all time!
The rest of the day was spent inside playing, eating, making messes and cleaning them up…on a loop.
Lastly, Dylan and I enjoyed some FaceTime with Jay!
Jason always makes FaceTime calls interesting. He shows Dylan all his toys and puts on a show.
Dylan loves it!
And that about sums up my weekend! TTFN!