Friday, April 20, 2012

The Silverman's Farm

This week we didn't have our preschool playgroup as it was spring break for the local schools... so we all still wanted to do something enriching for our little tots and Natasha had mentioned a local petting zoo!  So we decided to give it a go!

Silverman's is quite the farm!  

Here are some pics..

Maggie learns the importance of feeding from your palm when her little fingers got nibbled.
 Checking out the chickens!
 Attempting to feed the chickens...
 Oooh buffalos!
 Maggie such a cutie!
 Maggie trying to give the lamb a kiss!
 Having fun in the play area!

A little trailer for your viewing pleasure! The farm has a good variety of animals, plus some fun "farm" themed play areas and even a maze! All of our tots enjoyed everything it had to offer including the gravel on the path! After we went through the petting zoo we crossed the street to the Market, where I bought one of their homemade pies... I must say it was tasty but Seana and I agree both our Moms make a better pie... It must be the love they throw in at the end! They also have some local honeys available so I got a couple to try. It was a great day!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Beardsley Zoo

One of the great aspects of being back in Connecticut is my zoo membership hasn't expired and I still have a free pass up my sleeve!  So we decided to spend part of our Saturday going to the zoo as a family!  The parking lot made it seem like everyone had the same idea!  As we were trying to find a place to park I spotted a spot, and also spotted another car coming the other direction who had a better angle and beat me to the blinker!  

Let me just preface that we know about 4 people/families outside of Seana's work so the chances of running into someone we know are scarce.... but wouldn't you know it the family I gave up the parking spot for we KNEW!!  It was Miles with his Mom & Dad!

So once we were ready to head in the zoo we opted to go say hi and we unanimously decided that we should go through the zoo together!

Here are some pics...

Maggie in wolf house

Maggie looking out and "touching" a wolf (great camera angle work by Muti!)

Maggie being cute (Miles' Dad in the background)

Miles & his Mommy and Maggie & her Muti checking out the Otter!

Sir Otter!

Miles & Maggie tolerating this photo shot!

Miles & Maggie checking out the alligator (well Maggie is really just checking out the ground)
Maggie sporting a super cute twist hair do (yes I am proud)
Maggie Measuring up!

Maggie Measuring up last summer for comparison!

On the move!

Maggie & Muti having fun at the Zoo!
It was a great trip to the zoo and the fact that it serendipitously became a group outing made it twice as fun! We can't wait to hang out with them again!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easter, Egg Hunt, Ear Infection E! E! E!

Easter has now come and gone, but we actually did plan a little egg hunt for Maggie, complete with her own new Easter Kitty!  I have to thank Dora the Explorer in preparing Maggie for the egg hunt, we actually bought a Dora DVD for our trek to CT and one of the episodes is an egg hunt.  This completely prepared Maggie for a what an egg hunt entails, mostly it taught her that when you open eggs there is a treat inside!

Warning Side Story about to unfurl!  A week or so before Easter I was going to make Maggie a scrambled egg, so I pulled out an egg and placed it on the counter.  Cue Maggie wandering into the kitchen pointing at the counter "Egg, Egg, Egg" "OPEN!!!"  I then preceded to pick Maggie up and explain to Maggie that this is a real egg that there is no "treat" inside just her breakfast that has to be cooked, which turned into me attempting and somewhat succeeding in cracking the egg one handed into the pan and cooking one handed while she watched on my hip.

Back on TOPIC!  We went out an got the little plastic eggs to put treats in and picked out some Hershey's chocolates, and a big Easter Egg with a toy inside.  We then took Maggie to Build-A-Bear where she in her own fashion picked out her Easter Friend.  This ended up being an orange kitty.  She held on to him while we explored the mall after and then when we got home we put him back in his Build-A-Bear box and set him aside for her Easter Gift. (1st thing we won't be able to pull off next year)

On Easter, in a very unGodly fashion chose breakfast at Cracker Barrel over attending Church (Which by the way was a great time to go, the place was empty!) We then came home and relaxed and I loaded up the eggs with their treats then took them out and put them in the yard for hunting. (2nd and 3rd thing we won't be able to do next year)  To spell out that would be:  2.  Wake up and do anything before the egg hunt  3. Do the prep work for the egg hunt at my leisure)

Maggie did great with her egg hunt and we put together a short trailer and a longer video of her Easter Egg hunt:

All in all a great Easter for Maggie's first experience.  In the future we want to incorporate more Jesus and maybe a planned meal!

Now, Maggie has been fighting a cold since the beginning of April, so last Monday I took her in to the Dr since her cough was sounding more wet and not clearing up after almost 2 weeks!!  We also noticed her playing with her ears, so we went in and after a long wait we got to see the Dr.  He did confirm she had an ear infection in her right ear and that she is at high risk for bronchitis since the "flem" seems to headed toward moving into her chest.  So we were told to give her Children's Mucinex for 4-5 days and amoxicillan for 10 days.  Well today is the 10th day, she still has a cough when she wakes up but is fine the rest of the day, she is still playing with her ears... so I am not sure if she is completely out of the woods.  Her follow up appointment is on this Monday so we will see how we look.  I am still worried!

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