We made our first family trip to Sesame Place on Wednesday. With Summer winding down, we want to pack in as much fun as possible. So we headed up to Langhorne, PA for a day with Big Bird, Elmo, and friends. The kids had a great time, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Evan and Eliana really enjoyed the water park section, especially after spending the day at Hurricane Harbor with their cousin, Kyle last week. The Sesame Place water park was a similar set up. Evan and Eliana seemed to enjoy the little kid's playground section, especially the slides. Evan won a few prizes at the arcade, winning a stuffed tiger in his first try. We checked out the parade, had a little picnic, then went on some rides before the park closed. We checked out the Elmo Rocks show and on the way out, we got to see the parade again. All in all, I'd say they had a great day.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
After the few scary moments the night before when a tornado seemed imminent, the storm was relatively quiet. We stayed up until about 2:30am waiting for it to start, and it never seemed to start, so we went to bed. By morning all that was left was the wind, but it was enough to knock the power out around 8:30am. Not sure if it was the tree (below,) that caused the power outage, but we were without power most of Sunday, so the kids went outside to play.
A tree a few blocks away knocked down some power lines and became the neighborhood attraction.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Just got Evan and Eliana to bed, and came downstairs to a Tornado Warning. Apparently, there was one that hit not far south from us in Delaware and destroyed a few homes. We have some pillows and couch cushions ready incase we need to scramble to the basement. The eye of the storm is still hours away, and the wind is already bringing down tree branches.
This is a photo of the warning that came through on TV.
The hurricane has made landfall in North Carolina. No rain or wind here yet, but it's getting a little dark. Wait, check that, it just started raining. Of course we're all spending the day indoors, with the exception of running a few errands. The stores have all been cleared out of milk, bread, and batteries. Not sure how bad it's going to get here, but I think we're going to have more tropical storm type effects.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
EARTHQUAKE at about 2PM
As you can see, the earthquake wasn't strong enough to divert the kids' attention from Peppa Pig on Nick Jr. I however, felt it. I could see the kitchen door swinging back and forth and at first I thought the washing machine in the basement was off balance. But as it got louder, I realized it was an earthquake. It wasn't until I checked in on Facebook that I realized how far spread the earthquake was. The earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter Scale, and I have a feeling you may have heard about it on the news.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Evan and Eliana went to two different playgrounds today, one with Mommy, and another with Daddy a few hours later. So they packed in maximum fun today. These shots are from when Daddy took them to the local playground. We were there for 2 1/2 hours and they still didn't want to leave when it was time to go home. It's a little easier than it used to be with the two of them at the playground. I mean, I still watch them like a hawk, but I don't have to hover over Eliana as much. She has great balance and can conquer the playground equipment rather easily. Evan is into climbing really high, even though sometimes he needs a little help getting down. The park closest to our house is great for them, because there's also a large field where they can just run. Eliana impressed me today with her soccer ball dribbling skills. Evan impressed me with how fast he can run across the field. He got about 100 yards ahead of me while I still had Eliana in the stroller. Once he saw that playground equipment he was off to the races.
Friday, August 19, 2011
One of the first baskets ever scored by Evan! We found an old beat up volleyball on the playground and Evan sunk a few baskets "Granny Style," (underhand.) I was so proud of him!
Evan and Eliana played hopscotch while waiting for Mommy while she was at the Mommy Sale at St. Basil Church in Kimberton, PA
Thursday, August 18, 2011
August 19th 1:35am
This month has been pretty wild weather-wise. We've had some intense thunderstorms and more than a few months worth of rain in just a few days. Yesterday, we were out doing some thrift shopping when we got caught in one heck of a storm. We watched the lightening and rain from the store windows, after a while, I had to make a dash for it. I ran out to get the car and was soaked instantly. We managed to get the kids in the car without getting them too wet, but on the way back home, all of the roads were like rapids. Flash floods everywhere. Now there's word of a hurricane on the way???
Sunday, August 14, 2011
We may have another drummer in the family yet! I thought Eliana wouldn't be very interested, but every time Evan is finished playing the drums, Eliana climbs right up there on the throne, grabs the sticks, and starts banging away.
Look, she even sets the drum sticks down nicely when she's done.
Friday, August 12, 2011
It's tricky to get Evan and Eliana in the same photo, but when I finally got a great pose, Eliana was out of focus. This new lens I have is tricky to shoot with. Evan's face is only 3 or 4 inches in front of Eliana and she's totally in soft focus. They're still cute photos though. I have to work on getting the focal length just right.
We're finally out of the heat wave, it's still hot, don't get me wrong, just not as hot. The humidity is still around and so are the mosquitos. After dinner, Evan and Eliana have been going out to play before bed time. Here's Eliana hanging out in the wagon and Evan digging in the garden for mushrooms.
Evan digging up mushrooms.
Elvis poses for a portrait.