The Drone

We were lucky enough to have a beekeeping event hosted in our hometown.  I took the boys and the highlight of the event for us was certainly drone petting.  The beekeepers gave each (willing) child a drone to hold and pet.  The drones were very gentle!

I loved that Ender was willing to hold a drone and he loved feeling it crawl all over his arm.  I felt that Atlas was still a little too young to hold the drone, as I was worried that he would crush it.  But he certainly enjoyed watching it crawl on big brother!

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Winter Afternoons – Kid’s Museum

We have a great little kid’s museum near our house.  It’s the kind with kid-sized stores, hospitals, banks, etc.

One great thing about the community we live in is that each month, a local business will sponsor a “free” day at this kid’s museum.  So last week, we took advantage of one of these free days and spent the chilly afternoon at the museum!

Ender had actually been sick at school but perked up in order to enjoy the museum.

I think the boys’ favorite part of the museum was the little grocery store.  It had the packaging from real food items.  It also had little tiny grocery carts, little mini conveyor belts, and working cash registers that provided real receipts!

One of the hits of the day was the grocery store.  Here are the boys enjoying a shopping trip together.
One of the hits of the day was the grocery store. Here are the boys enjoying a shopping trip together.

 

Atlas thinks we need some onions.
Atlas thinks we need some onions.
Ender didn't know what several of the food items were (for example, frozen pot pies).  When asked what an item was, he'd happily say "I don't know!".  That certainly didn't stop him from adding the items to his cart!
Ender didn’t know what several of the food items were (for example, frozen pot pies). When asked what an item was, he’d happily say “I don’t know!”. That certainly didn’t stop him from adding the items to his cart!
Cashing out with the very realistic cash register.  It even had a scanner to scan the barcodes on each item.
Cashing out with the very realistic cash register. It even had a scanner to scan the bar codes on each item.
When Atlas took the money out of the cash register, Ender said "that's daddy's!".  Because apparently only daddy holds money.  haha
When Atlas took the money out of the cash register, Ender said “that’s daddy’s!”. Because apparently only daddy holds money. haha

The first time we visited this museum, the hospital (complete with ambulance) was the runaway hit for the boys.  This time, they weren’t quite as into it.  Ender was giving the doll a shot in her eye, which sounds pretty horrifying.

We have no idea what this stuff is!
We have no idea what this stuff is!

Another big hit is the water table.  The water table has pegs into which you can slide these plastic rectangles in order to direct the flow of water.  This is useful for creating areas for Atlas where his toys won’t float away.  Ender really loves the fishing toys (magnetic poles and fish).

Ender trying to get his brother to fish with him.
Ender trying to get his brother to fish with him.

The museum has quite a few agricultural displays.  For example, they have a gardening plot, a display about farm animals, this really neat grain conveyor belt, and several pieces of farm equipment you can climb into.  Ender just wanted to try to lock Atlas in the barn.

Waiting for his change to lock Atlas in the barn.
Waiting for his change to lock Atlas in the barn.

This was a really great to spend the chilly afternoon and I hope we can do it again next month!

Making the most of 30°F

It was significantly warmer than it has been this past Sunday.  We took advantage of the warm weather to try out the awesome sledding hill near our house.

The hill is actually super huge.  It starts out as a very tall hill (like 100 yards up maybe?), then flattens out over a road, which is closed in the winter, then finishes with a much smaller hill (maybe 25 yards).  We spent most of our time on the smaller hill at the bottom.

Ender LOVED sledding.  He just laughed and giggled the entire time.  At one point, he got sick of walking back up the hill after sledding down and started crying.  I mean, I totally understand.  Walking back up the hill after sledding down is a real bummer.

Ender's first sled, then walking back up
Ender’s first sled, then walking back up

Atlas sat in our awesome wooden baby sled, which was a gift for Ender’s first Christmas from my parents.  It’s got a back and a cushion, so it’s great for pulling kids around in.  I did try taking Atlas down the hill once, but he seemed scared and cried as we were going down.  So maybe he’s a bit too young to enjoy sledding!

Baby Baby

The only mishap of the day happened when a Ender’s sled collided with another kid’s sled.  Yeah, he cried.  But he got over it and still wanted to sled after that.  Oh, and when we were pulling the kids to the hill from our house, the sled tipped over TWICE, sending Atlas face-first into the snow.  He didn’t seem upset, though, just confused!

We came home afterwards and enjoyed some warm chamomile tea to warm up!

The Boy is a Bookworm

Each fall, our town celebrates its heritage with a weekend-long festival.  We’re new here, so this was our first year checking it out.

Because we live in a rural area surrounded by farmland, it made sense to bring barnyard animals downtown to join in the party and pen them up on the sidewalk.  Because why not, right?

Yes, I do believe that is a cow.
Yes, I do believe that is a cow.
I am trying to do important scientific research here! No more pictures, please!
I am trying to do important scientific research here! No more pictures, please!

At some point, we told the kids we were going to go downtown to see some farm animals.  At that point, Ender insisted on bringing his very own guide, so as to properly identify any unkown species.

So here we are, downtown, surrounded by families and eager children reaching into experience first hand these barnyard animals.

And here’s our very own Ender, crouched on the sidewalk, trying to find a picture of each animal we come across.

Of course, the little guy was just happy to be around.

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