Archive for January, 2015

  • Chapter 102- Mitchell Park Domes & Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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    Last Friday, my dear friend came into town from Madison with her girls.  Since The Domes were a staple when my friend lived here, we didn’t even consider where else to meet!  Oh, and Little T, if you’re reading this in the future, I’m sorry you couldn’t come and see your friends.  Darn school!

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    Ok, back to the domes.  The kids chose to visit the desert dome first and proceeded to explore in the fastest setting.  It’s REALLY hard to keep 5 mobile kids from running.

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    There were lots of hugs and lots of hand-holding.

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    And posing for adorable pictures!

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    Next, we went to the tropical dome for some rainforest action.  And while we were throwing pennies in the pond and making wishes, Baby S got doused with some water.  An employee was watering the plants above us and didn’t see where the hose was pointed, resulting in a wet and slightly pissed baby.

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    We made a quick stop at the show dome to see the trains, because it was super crowded and the kids needed a snack.  We left shortly after, to pick up Little T from school and head to our SECOND ADVENTURE OF THE DAY!  My kids honestly spent a month inside our house this winter, watching cartoons and growing soft.  So even though it was fairly chilly and I forgot to bring snow pants, we headed to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to eat lunch and take a hike.

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    Mystery Pond was frozen over (I know it was that day, but to be safe, PLEASE always check with staff inside the building) so we did some boot-skating and animal tracking.

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    And general exploring.  And finding snail shells.

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    We tried for a family photo and came up with these two.  Nobody looking at the camera in the first, and and extra kid in the second one.  He’s cute, though, so we’ll take him.

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    My friend Margo and her kids did a much better job of posting.

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    Little T and Little A had a great time smashing and moving and eating ice chunks.

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    The day was a success (well not in terms of how tired I was by dinner time), and even though we practically skipped nap, it was worth it.  The memberships to both The Domes and SANC are well worth it in my opinion, or you could always go to The Domes on Monday mornings, when it’s free for Milwaukee County residents.  But SANC has a ton of land to explore, even in the winter.  You can hike down to the lake to see the ice-canoes, check out the reptiles and rodents in the lobby, search for animals in the trees, enjoy the view from the observation tower, and more.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up!

    A . Storm

  • Chapter 101- Play Date With Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum

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    Since we spent a month doing such exciting things as coloring on boxes, wearing finger puppets on our toes, and taking pictures of Rescue Bots, it’s been pretty quiet around here.

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    The Storm house was hit hard with the flu among other awesomeness, and there was literally a full week where we didn’t leave the house.  However, the girls got Frozen dresses which lightened the mood considerably as it facilitated some serious dancing.

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    But then…people got better!  We took our opportunity to adventure and it happened to be on a day that the MAM offered Play Date with Art.

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    Half the reason we went to the art museum was because it was a below zero day (no school for Little T) and they have a heated parking lot.  PLUS, members get to park for free during the month of January and May.  Check out the benefits you can take advantage of while the museum is under construction.  Anyway…we stopped at our favorite white wall to take a photo, then headed upstairs to the lobby for art and music!

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    The project was to create a landscape picture, and the kids jumped right in with their friends and started coloring, cutting and pasting.

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    And thanks to Sesame Street, this dude picked up a piece of paper and said “Mama, is this a hexagon?”.   Why yes it is!

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    Bigger kids in our group used oil pastels and glued frames on their pictures, while the littler kids dabbled in that project and ended up on the ground with crayons in some sort of twin coloring train.

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    After the kids showed off their artwork, we sat down for some music and marching.  We got to use instruments and sing and dance/march around the lobby.

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    And we also did some interpretive dance/mild wrestling, or whatever’s going on in the picture above.

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    My friend Margo snapped a shot of me and all my kids for posterity.  Because as you can tell, it’s pretty hard to get all of them together and looking at the camera smiling, so any shot where we’re all in the frame is amazing.

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    When the play date wrapped up, we set up shop in the cafe to eat our PB&Js, string cheese and fruit.  Lunch bunch, yo!

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    So from us to you, we hope you had a great holiday season.  And if you didn’t, we feel ya.  But whenever time and health are on your side, there’s always an adventure waiting to be had.

    A. Storm