Onto the 6th week of summer and the end of July and beginning of August (insert sob noise).
The weather at the end of July/beginning of August was crazy around here. Cool mornings. No humidity. It was lovely, but bizarre! There were days that Georgia and I actually passed up on going to the pool because it was "chilly."
We kicked the week off celebrating a neighbor's birthday at the local Splash Park. Grant wasn't a huge fan of the very cold water spraying on him, but he loved the giant jumping pillow!
Back in July during the Brodeur's visit, Georgia was sick and missed exploring the National Geographic Museum with the rest of us. So, I promised I'd take her back later in the summer and we managed to squeeze that in this week. We had just spent the whole week watching Shark Week, so she was super excited that the main exhibit was all about sharks! We had plans for neighbors to join us, but they woke up with sick kids, so it was just Georgia and I. We hopped onto the metro and headed downtown for the day.
She loved the "cage diving" experience...
The museum had a cute scavenger hunt, which required some adult assistance for a 6 year old. But, thanks to all we learned during Shark Week, as well as what we learned in the museum, Georgia was able to complete it and turn it in for a prize when we left.
Onto the Earth Explorers section...
The only downside of the museum is that it is super small (and you have to pay to get in vs all the free Smithsonian museums). Georgia and I covered the entire place in just about an hour (it was also empty during the week). We debated what to do next and decided that the zoo was just a few minutes away. Instead of heading back into the metro, we flagged down a cab and made the super quick drive over to the zoo.
|Pretty sure this was her first cab ride|
We weren't sure if we would spot any animals in the afternoon heat or if they would be all napping. However, we ended up hitting snack/lunch time for most of the animals, which led to some awesome viewing experiences!
First stop... pandas.
In all my years visiting the zoo, I've NEVER seen the pandas this close! Usually they wander up by the fence line, but their snack was down by the viewing area, so all of them were RIGHT THERE!
|Feeding time for the seals and seal lions|
|Cooling down on the American Trail|
Of course, no trip to the zoo is complete without a ride on the carousel. It was also a nice break walking up the hill. We ALWAYS park at the bottom at the zoo and spend the first half of the day climbing the giant hill, so that on our way out, we're headed down the hill. Unfortunately, the metro stop is at the top, so G and I had a LONNNNNNNG climb up the hill to exit the zoo. The cooler weather from earlier in the week disappeared and we were HOT! We stopped at every misting station on the way out.
Georgia was most excited by a special treat we found on the way out of the zoo - cake pops at Baked by Yael, which is right at the entrance to the zoo. We had never visited previously, but heard amazing things online about this nut-free shop. Georgia and I each enjoyed a cake pop as we strolled to the metro to round out our long adventurous day in the city!
Later in the week, we hosted Georgia's Girl Scout troop and their families for a s'mores night at our house.
Our little troop is expanding by a few girls, so it was a good opportunity to introduce the new friends and their families to our crew. Georgia was so excited that one of the "new friends" was an old friend of hers from her daycare days.
Meanwhile, Grant was getting faster and faster with his walker (and didn't mind indulging in s'mores with all of his sister's friends).
Georgia and Grant may have their differences, but they are EXACTLY alike when it comes to walking. Big ole scardy cats! He refuses to let go of the walker or your hand. I can remember it took months for Georgia to work up the courage to walk on her own. Mr. Man seems to be very similar. Cautious is the name of the game for our kiddos! I'm terrified this one is going to go from not walking to sprinting because he's got crazy speed on this walker.
Later in the week, we were invited on a play date to Bohrer Park with some neighborhood friends. Georgia and I hadn't been in a few years, so we were excited to check it out again (ironically, our trip to that same water park popped up in my Timehop app that day from 2 years prior).
We were so lucky with the day that we went - totally empty. I usually avoid the place because it is typically PACKED with multiple camp groups. The last time Georgia and I were there a few summers ago, we were squished in like sardines and couldn't even find a place to sit.
And no trip is complete without a few Boomerangs...
The kids would jump out of the pool demanding to see their "video!"
Wrapping up the week, our favorite allergy company, Enjoy Life Foods, sent us some boxes of their new chewy bars. Georgia has LIVED on their bars for years and they are in her backpack daily for after school snack. She was so excited to check out some new flavors and the caramel blondie got an immediate thumbs up. It probably won't replace her beloved Cocoa Loco, but I suspect nothing will at this point. She's a loco-aholic.
|Three new flavors to add to our rotation|
The week wrapped up and we were solidly into August. BOOOOO. As any teacher will tell you, flipping the calendar to June is pure elation. Flipping the calendar to August causes immediate anxiety!