Spent the last few days of our Spring Break in Cleveland enjoying some time with Tim's family. Before stopping by though, we had to stop at Sweeties Candy Company (recently named the largest candy store in the USA) Thanks to Great Grandma S. the kids each had some money to spend on the candy of their choice. This store is amazing. It has 160 different Pez dispensers, a stuffed Peep that costs $150, a 32 foot Jelly Belly Department which is the largest in the country . . . so fun although overwhelming to kiddos with a couple dollars each to spend.
Then it was off to Grandma and Grandpas for Easter Baskets! (these kids are spoiled let me tell you! :-)
Chunky Monkey enjoyed the fact that Grandma is braver than mommy and actually filled the basket with Easter Grass . . . here he is throwing it up in the air.
After a visit with Great Grandma and Aunt Grace that night the next day it was off to the Cleveland Children's museum. This museum boasts that it is for children 7 and under . . . how is it that my "baby" is aging out of everything this year? Snif snif
The kids favorite (and maybe mine too) exhibit area was the Egyptian Sand area. This amazing sand castle was built for them to look at and there were tons of other things for them to explore and dig up. Andrew and his new buddy here decided they wanted to find out what this building was made of so they dug to the bottom . .. they found a layer of large black plastic covering the ground. Then they buried a bunch of toys for other kids to find. :-) The little kids loved the sand and as long as we could keep Chunky Monkey from eating and throwing it we had a great time.
Next it was the "living" section with a grocery store, hospital with infant nursery, bank, bus station, bus . . . all kid size for them to practice real life. Here is little lady in the infant nursery where very anatomically correct babies needed diapers and baths. LOL Andrew and his friend met up again and robbed the bank of all it's cash . . . (okay, maybe I do see why it's for kids 7 and under) LOL
They all three enjoyed this two story climbing thing of the water cycle. They weaved themselves up and through this thing more times than I can count!
We did a short amount of time in the overcrowded water area (playing in water) but the bleach smell and crowds kept us from enjoying that long (and all my pictures of that have forbidden faces in them) . . . Andrew learned how to be a weatherman and then we were headed back to grandmas.
That night the kids got to color eggs at Grandma and Paw Paws house and then decorate them with stickers. We also had an Easter Egg hunt in the house complete with cash prizes (you could choose cash or jelly beans . . . two kids chose jelly beans, one chose cash . . . you be the judge . . . ) Then we did a Home Depot Build building some flower planters (which have made really nice toothbrush holders for the kids in their bathroom)
Thanks to Grandma, Paw Paw and Uncle John for hosting us and putting up with our noise for a few days. We had a great end to our break week. Now begins our Spring full of sports, school events, swimming lessons and absolutely no free time!