Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chuck E Cheese

The days nights are really long when Brian's on afternoons, so my mom and I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese. We timed it perfectly (around 3pm) so we had the whole place to ourselves. I was expecting most of the stuff to be a bit old for Bryanna & Cameron, but there was a ton of age appropriate games and rides.

Cameron liked the rides- at first I thought he was young enough that he wouldn't care if it was moving- NOPE! He figured out the concept of tokens pretty darn quick and would take one from my hand, then feed the (correct!) slot to start the ride.

Bryanna's favorite was a gun that shot water and raced two characters. The problem was that she'd feed the game, then get distracted by Austin playing the game next to her and forget to play!

Austin didn't have a favorite, he played them all! There was a (kinda) cute animatronic show, and there was a blue screen and camera set up so kids can dance & watch it on the tv screens that were all over the restaurant. That was a big hit!

My only complaint is that the little kids games were programmed to give out only a set amount of tickets, regardless of how many points were scored and the rides didn't give out any at all, (although one did take lovely pictures). We traded in our whopping 150 tickets for 4 mini frogs and a set of glow-in-the-dark teeth.



This ride produced a picture every time it was ridden. We left about half of them behind.


Chuck E Cheese himself (on a screen) did these sketches up for only one token- what a bargain.


Poor Bryanna- I don't really have an excuse for her goofy expression. She really is much cuter than this, I swear!

Monday, June 20, 2011

In memory of the Bad Monkey

Remember the bad monkey? The kids said they would be brave, and we decided to pay him a visit. Fortunately, there were no "bad monkey" incidents this time!

The highlight of Brian's day was this lovely lady...

Who, instead of eaing the food in his hand, wiped her slobbery mouth all down his arm!



Cameron was so excited by this baby...


That he didn't notice the mama until she nibbled his fingers!



After visiting the animals, we played in the huge playground.













Sunday, June 12, 2011

Star Wars

We had Austin's birthday party today. He was thrilled when he got to see his cake this morning (though he did sneak a few peaks last night while we were working on it.)



After waiting not-so-patiently for everyone to arrive, he had to wait until after dinner to open his presents! Just look at how nicely all these little kids are sitting:


Finally it was time to blow out the candles...


And open some presents.


Later, all the kids went outside for an "asteroid hunt" aka: candies wrapped in tin foil. They had to work in teams - one older kid to find the asteroids, and a little kid to hold their bag.


Carrying the bag with your teeth was optional.


After everyone left, we had to watch his new movie. Can you guess which one? I'll give one hint- he's using his new light sabre to fight the bad guys.



It was a long day!



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Taste of Summer

We finished school last week, and this is how we spent the fist day of summer vacation: