Monday, March 26, 2012

2 bloggers. 2 toddlers. And a Children's Museum.

A couple of weeks ago, when Aly @ Analyze This asked me if E and I would like to go out to lunch with her and her little niece and then go to the Children's Museum, one thing pooped into my mind. The checklist. You know, my 25 {more like 28} things to do before E turns 2. Yes, that checklist.
And needless to say, I have been wanting, dying, to take E to the museum now that she has been all into exploring, discovery, and learning about all the different things around her. She's so into the exploring stage.


And any excuse to have a mama daughter date? I'll take it.
Thank you i-phone.
Aly and I met for lunch at a locally owned restaurant that had the environment suited best for two tiny little rambunctious tots. But environment is key in my mind. In fact, it was the first thing I asked her in the email when she proposed the idea of meeting up on this lovely Saturday afternoon.

Noise much? Yes, please.

We were seated close to the door with people swarmed around us waiting for their turn. Cearly, the place is hopping {my attempt at sounding cool}. I mean it only took the waiter 5 hours to get to our table. But who is counting right? Obviously not this mama who knows that every minute is oh-so-precious when you have a ticking time bomb {a toddler waiting to make a scene}.

But I had ammo here. Another toddler. Another little girl. And E?

Well she was totally buying it. She stared at this litle girl. Watched what she did. And what she did? She wanted to do too. It was by far the cutest thing I had ever seen.

So much so, I couldn't help but giggle like a little school girl.

My little precious toddler girl here was amazed that she was sitting next to another little human. Just about as amazed as I was. 
Thank you i-phone.
By the time our food came, the girls {including ourselves} were starving. We scarffed down the food. E with her PB&J sandwich with a side of fruit. And me with my tomato soup. Which by the way I had to remind myself to eat. I'm not even sure why I waste the time ordering food. I eat a fraction of it. A couple bites here and there.
I'm too busy snatching away a spoon here. Or a knife there. Or grabbing the hand before it hits the glass of water, surely ending in a shatter on the ground. Or how about the climbing out of the high chair. Good thing this one had a strap... Lord knows we have run into trouble before with the high chairs with no strap. Yes, yes, we have.
By the time lunch was over, I was just thankful dishes hadn't been thrown on the ground. Shrieks weren't heard. And everyone was still in one piece. Including myself.

As we started packing up and getting the girls ready to head out, E stood next to Maggie, and that is when it happened.

She held her arm out {I'm sure to pat her, as she does too often}. And then Maggie reached her hand out. And they held hands. And it was the cutest thing my mommy eyes laid on that day. CUTEST.THING.EVER.

So cute, that I swore I needed a picture. So we hurried out the door. I layed my bag on the ground. Scurried to get my camera out and lid off, and then we did it. We aligned the two next to the window, and proceeded to give them direction. "Okay, do it again! Hold hands."

It lasted .2 seconds. And then E was all about turning around, facing this way or that way. She was all sorts confused. So a lot of back pictures I got. But whats a mama to do? I mean really. I needed to. HAD to. Snap those pictures. It was a first in my baby's book, and I needed evidence of it. All while all the people in the restaurant peered through the window to witness a nutty old first time mama.

Me. Obviously.

Here. Let's take a closer look at that picture above. Proof. We made people's lunch that day.
But that was just the first of many more mama-must-get-out-camera experiences to come. After all, we had the childrens museum next.

And that? Well that was all sorts of insane. So much so that I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking.
The pictures are beautiful.
The day was beautiful.

But the best part?

My baby girl has a little friend. And that?

Is beautiful.


                                                                                      oh. and the fact that I checked another thing off the list. CHECK.

30 comments:

  1. I miss the Children's Museum in Chicago. The one by us now just doesn't cut it. Love the little one's outfits that day!

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  2. The hand holding is too much. They are presh.

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  3. Beyond adorable. So glad you have a great day with the kiddies and Aly.

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  4. awww!! Those two precious girls are SO sweet together!! Ummm I need to get Olivia to whereever you and Aly shop for those adorable fashionistas!! haha

    Ummmm, barbie exhibit?! I know it is meant for little girls but I am JEALOUS!! haha

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  5. That hand holding is just TOO adorable! OMG! You guys are so cute too, how do you do it? I know what you mean about sweatin' it at the restaurant; my hubs and I joke we have a very small window of "acceptable time in the restaurant" before meltdown time. But E did great! Looks like such a fun day!

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  6. Awww, it looks like you girls had a great day! Love all the pics. :)

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  7. Those hand-holding pictures are just the sweetest ever!

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  8. It sounds and looks like you guys had an amazing time!! :) How fun for Elli to have a little friend. And the holding hands pictures?? I died. So so cute. Gahh, I can't wait for our lovebugs to play together in a couple of weeks. Surely the Chicago Museum will have lots of fun things to see and do for them!!!

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  9. Those two look like two peas in a pod! Super sweet and looks like a lot of fun! I will have to see if there is one around here to go to for my girls!

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  10. The hand-holding pics were just OOZING with cuteness! :) Museum's are so much fun w/ lil ones!

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  11. Oh my gosh, the two littles holding hands was so adorable!

    Looks and sounds like you guys had such a great time! I've been wanting to take my little guy to the Hand's On Museum here, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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  12. Sooooo stinkin cute and soooo awesome!! Soo happy you and Aly got a chance to meet up and have a blast with the girls!! :)

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  13. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

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  14. GREAT PICS! I took my children to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Oh, it was a RIOT. So much fun for the kids!

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  15. Aww, seeing your momma/daughter dates makes me wanna be a SAHM! & I don't even have kids yet. :-)

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  16. that picture of the girls holding hands is so precious!! Great pictures. The girls look like they had a lot of fun!

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  17. Adorable pictures! Looks like you girls had a great time.

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  18. Awwwww such sweet pics! Looks like y'all had so much fun!

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  19. Oh my gosh, I die. So cute. This looks like the best day every and they girls look like they had the best time!

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  20. So cute! Looks like they had fun!

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  21. golly! look how literally adorable they look!! so much fun!!

    and ps i love her headband. TOO CUTE!

    xo

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  22. Oh my gosh this post is just too sweet!! I'm sure you'll cherish the hand holding picture forever. Definitely worth looking like a slightly crazy mom ;) I know I will be some day!! But the memories are worth everything!

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  23. No they didn't hold hands!! So seriously cute!! Glad to finally hear details on the trip to the museum. Happy Monday mama!

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  24. The hand holding is incredibly adorable! This day sounds like SO much fun! And seriously? A Barbie EXHIBIT?!?? That sounds like the best children's museum ever!

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  25. Precious! LOVE the Barbie exhibit!!! How cute it that.

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  26. they look so comfortable together, just cute friends. It looks such fun :)

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