These are letters to Jack, my son, and my daughter, Audrey. You have given me the gift of motherhood. This is just a little gift back. I want to share my experiences with you of your childhood from my perspective of watching you grow - of being your Mom.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Membership has it's privileges


I have found in the short period that I have had the pleasure of being a Mommy, that one of the smartest things I've done is to make sure I have memberships to places that I can take you.

Our home is a great source of stimulation, but you are forced to play there every night and on the weekends and it gets, well, stale - no matter how many things there are to do.

Enter - the Membership!
Your father and I made the decision when you were very small to become members of the Magic House and we have USED IT! If the day is rainy and it's not letting up - you still need to run. You need the opportunity to release your wild toddler self and explore! This is when a membership is solid GOLD. I can take you to the Magic House right after school, on days when it's too hot or too cold to be playing outdoors, wet, windy - almost any reason. We have someplace we can go.
This weekend, we added a membership to the City Museum to our list.

It was a rainy, gross weekend and we needed to get out. All of us did.

We decided to check out the City Museum and were SO impressed with it, we signed up for a membership.
Now we have two places we can go to when all else fails or just because we CAN and I think of these memberships as investments in your childhood. I can see from the experiences they allow you to have, that they are totally worth it!



Here you are sliding down ramps that are in one section of the museum. There are skating ramps and you were using them for slides. And having a blast if I might add! There were also tunnels UNDER the ramps to make it even MORE fun to explore! How cool is this setup? A cement poured skateboarding area that can be used as a SLIDE!You weren't at all intimidated by the bigger kids and we were there, too, JUST IN CASE we needed to strong arm anyone! (Just kidding!..... kind of......) WHEEEEEEE!Again! Again!

Going to get Daddyand heading to the next adventureThese wood ramps were even slicker and so you could shoot down them fast, but they were crowded and, with kids coming down both sides, your Daddy and I had to poise ourselves at the tops and bottoms to play referree in order to prevent some collisions. Can you believe it? All this AND no broken limbs?!?

They also had a toddler area with a rolling conveyor style slide which you loved, an art area where you painted pictures and glued collages and a block area that is a raised platform COVERED in blocks where kids can climb aboard and build to their hearts content.Plus there is a circus area where juggling is performed by young aspiring jugglers and gymnasts that perform minorly impressive acrobatic feats for the young audience. And this is RIGHT next to the block area, so you can watch the performance WHILE you build!

Then, they sweetened the deal with a toddler train that goes through a LIT TUNNEL! It's no exaggeration when I tell you you must have gone around on that ride about 15 times. The engineer of the little train knew you by name and you understood all the rules to travel by (staying on your BUTT) and stuck to them so you could ride again and again!

There were even more activities and areas to be explored, some you were a little too scared to try this time, but with the membership?There will be plenty of opportunites to try it all!
I look forward to it! Oh, oh, OH! You pooped in the potty, too, for the first time this weekend. This time, I did us all a favor, though. No pictures!

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