Saturday, April 5, 2014

Circus Life...

A few weekends ago, we took Georgia to her first ever circus performance.  Thinking the circus would only be an hour or two, I bought us tickets for the late morning/early afternoon show.  Who knew the circus would be almost three hours long?!?  Oooops.

Lucky for us, our local news channel was running a show about the upcoming circus and mentioned a "pre-show."  I quickly googled and found out that there was an hour long free pre-show that allowed the kids to go onto the floor and meet some of the performers.  Sounded good to us, so we got up nice and early and trekked into the city ready for our circus day...

Waiting for the doors to the Verizon Center to open!

Checking out our tickets

Once the doors opened, we walked right down to the arena floor and watched clowns, performers, and other artists demonstrate their skills.  The pre-show treat was a bag of mini-marshmallows, which Georgia promptly inhaled!  As we were wandering, we spotted an area with some benches and some ropes were being put up.  Georgia walked right over and plopped herself down to watch the happenings.  She couldn't have picked a better seat and we had NO IDEA what was coming...

Checking out the jugglers

Georgia loved watching this uber-flexible performer fly high into the arena sky

As we sat there and watched all the mini performances, more and more people joined us in our little roped off area.  Georgia was more than happy to just watch everything going on.

Family selfie

The next performers were a dance troupe that specialized in jump roping.  They asked for a few volunteers from the audience and we were blown away when Georgia hopped right up and walked right up to them!

Volunteering herself

Jump roping!

Quite honestly, the pre-show itself was worth the ticket prices to the circus!  Georgia loved every second of the pre-show.  

Big claps for the dancing horses

And then... it became apparent that something BIG was going to come out and we had a front row seat for it.  ELEPHANTS!!!

I managed to capture Georgia's face the moment that the elephants emerged from behind the parting curtains...

What an expression!

The kid's face never ceases to amaze me.  What a personality!  I don't even know what she was angry about at this point...

Nick was standing a few rows behind us and you can see Georgia sitting on my lap watching as the elephants emerged...

The baby elephant and it's Mama watching from the curtain area

Who knew elephants could paint???  The baby elephant painted a picture and then it was raffled off later during the show...


The best part - after all of this, the show hadn't even started yet!  Nick and I joked that we could have left after this point and felt like we had gotten our money worth.  Georgia was beyond excited that she got to see ponies and elephants.  She got to jump rope with the performers.  She saw jugglers, aerialists, etc.  It was amazing.  If anyone is heading to the circus anytime soon, check to see if the pre-show is happening!

And now onto the big event...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Georgia's New House..

Daddy creates the best forts!  I left the house for a few minutes the other night and came home to a brand new creation in the living room...

Nick took the box fort to a whole new level when he installed an iPad slot in the top of the box for quick easy viewing!

Hanging out in the fort

Watching her favorite "Tinkerbell" movie

It's amazing - all the toys in the world and the best ones are the free cardboard boxes that come in the mail!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Family Cave - Part 3

If you missed any of the previous posts, check here for part 1 and here for part 2.

This is the point in the project where Nick gets to take a step back, kick up his feet and enjoy the fruits of his labor.  However, reality usually just sends him to work the next day!  Luckily for us, our project got an extra day thanks to some unexpected snow in the DC region.  So, he truly got a day to just sit back and relax after a non-stop weekend.  And I got to start my favorite part... how to decorate the new area!!

The first step was to drag back the alphabet/number mat to the area.  Georgia was more than "helpful" (and by helpful, I mean, doubling the amount of time it should take to complete a task).  

It really is a tease to let your kid see the finished project, but then send her right to bed!  Sorry, kiddo!

Who me?!?!

My first executive decision was that the curtains we had hanging for the past several years had to go since I had plans for that wall with the window on it and they were getting in the way.  

I sent Nick upstairs to grab the play kitchen that had been living in Georgia's bedroom for the past year.  It found a new home under the window.  We grabbed more and more stuff and started filling up the area...

Since we love the light we get from the window, I found some new valances from Bed, Bath & Beyond that were more appropriate for the area.  That way, we could still have a curtain framing the window, but the length didn't get in the way of the play area.

The shelf provided endless opportunities, as well as a chance to change things out every now and again.  To start...

The Twinkle Twinkle canvas was a find during a Home Goods trip a few weeks before the project started.  The framed Georgia print was a gift from Mimi about a year ago that needed a new home.

After a few days of allowing everything to dry and set, we tested out the magnetic capabilities of the new wall...

You can clearly see Nick's complaints about the smoothness of the wall in this picture.  Hence, our next project will also include a step for sanding first.

Thankfully, one of us actually reads the directions on the paint can because I completely missed the part about conditioning the chalkboard wall.  Nick went missing one night for awhile and I found him downstairs rubbing chalk all over the place.  I figured he was just playing, but apparently it was also a necessary step.

We brainstormed for awhile about where to keep the chalk and we hadn't come up with any grand plan yet when I happened to walk by the $1 area of Target and spotted some cute little tin buckets.  Nick installed them next to each of the boards using a simple hook...

Georgia finally got a chance to play once the walls were conditioned.  

Please note that it was Dr. Seuss week at daycare and my child doesn't always dress like a 70's flower hippie on an acid trip!  We took quite literally the mismatch theme of the day.

So far, she seems to really like the chalkboard area.  Daddy seems to like it too.  In case you missed this picture from a few weekends ago, Olaf has now graced the wall...

This week, we added some new storage, which was essential to the whole plan of reclaiming our living room for the Toys-R-Us explosion that seems to have occurred over the past year.

Overall, we're starting to make some progress...