Before I get to birthday parties and reviewing the next trip on our summer agenda, it's a rewind post to the 3rd week of our summer vacation, which was rudely interrupted by a little tummy trouble and a fake fever.
We returned from Keuka Lake on Saturday evening and laid low the next few days catching up on grocery shopping and prepping for Grant's upcoming 1st birthday party (knowing that we'd get back from Massachusetts with limited time to do much).
On Monday, Georgia joined me running errands, ordering a cake, trying on dresses for Grant's baptism, etc.
On Tuesday, we woke up expecting to head downtown to meet up with the Brodeur crew before they joined us at our house that evening. However, Georgia woke up "weird." She couldn't quite explain what was wrong, but that's her typical M.O. when she doesn't feel well. She complained a bit of belly pain, then a headache, and so on. So, we cancelled our plans for the day and decided to just chill at home for the day. BUT... she totally rallied when we remembered that it was 7-11 day. FREE SLURPEES!
|Happily sipping on her cotton candy slurpee|
Meanwhile, Grant was loving all the new attention...
|Matthew working on teaching Grant how to walk|
|Look how proud!|
We were hoping that Georgia would rally on Wednesday, but she woke up complaining that she still wasn't feeling 100% and reported that she had thrown up again in the early morning hours (total rock star that she managed to make it to the bathroom on her own!!).
So, we shipped Grant off to school, Nick worked from home to keep an eye on Georgia (who was more than happy to just hang out in bed with her iPad), and the rest of us decided to head into the city to explore the National Geographic Museum. None of us had been before, so a new museum was an exciting endeavor for the day. Unfortunately, it's not part of the Smithsonian, so you do have to pay to enter.
I was over the moon about visiting since the current exhibit included...
|"Trapped" in a shark cage. The real thing is on my bucket list!|
If you've got a kiddo who loves sharks (or an adult who loves them, like me!), then this is a great place to check out this summer.
On the other side of the museum is the second exhibit... Earth Explorers. There were more "interactive" experiences over on that side, which is perfect for elementary aged kids (and older). I was sad that Georgia missed out on the cool museum, which I knew she would love, so I already started planning our return so that she could check it out at some point.
|Crazy Brodeur crew|
|Hello, big boy!|
|Checking out how thermal imaging and how heat escapes our body in the Arctic|
|Look out... Matthew heading out to explore the jungle!|
The gift shop has some great options. Matthew explored them all...
|I debated a new coffee mug!|
When we got home, it was apparent that Grant was suffering greatly...
|Such a sick kid!|
First up... Smithsonian Natural History museum! We were just here over spring break, but it's always a favorite.
|Definitely feeling better!|
|Compared to 2013|
We grabbed lunch in the museum's cafeteria. New tip of the day - if you want a seat in a crowded cafeteria, make eye contact with people while trying to drive a stroller with a screaming baby while balancing a tray with food on it - people jump up and offer you their table! I may have even said "God bless you!" to the woman who waved me down to give me her table. After we checked out most of the museum exhibits, we headed across the mall to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Georgia attempted to get herself lost at the security check-in point for approximately 8 seconds while Grant managed to rally for his second museum of the day (all without a nap). All signs that it must almost be time to escape the city!!
|More interested in his puffs than the exhibits!|
|Auntie & G|
|Life is great when you have big cousins to push you around|