Monday, February 21, 2011

Princess Mommy

This morning over breakfast I showed Mitch some pictures from our wedding. I know. Almost five years later I have finally printed a few favorites and framed them in the pretty wedding frames we received as gifts. At any rate, Mitch is seeing perhaps for the first time a few wedding photos. I asked him who was in the photo. He could easily ID Daddy. It took him a few seconds before he exclaimed, "And Mommy! (Pause) Mommy a princess!"

Just like that. My son called me a princess.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dinos, Butterflies, and more Critters

A few pics from our jaunt to the academy last week.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mitch and I made red velvet cupcakes earlier this week to celebrate Valentine's Day. Mitch was chomping at the bit from the time we got home from daycare and pulled the step ladder out, climbed up, and helped himself to the ingredients."I gotta help Mommy!"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Science Museum

Almost like we were Curious George and his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat, Mitch and I set off today to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. No lie, I had not been there since I was 10, for a 4th grade field trip. Even walking in, I really had no recollection of the place except maybe the gift shop. I was 10 so I can imagine I cared more about hanging out with my friends than the dino bones that graced the place.

But dinosaur bones there still are. As soon as we were through the big doors, Mitch looked up and exclaimed in amazement, "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! MOMMMY!! DINOSAURS!! ROOOOOOAAAAARRRRR!!!!" And off he flew like a bird. It was definitely the equivalent of a child on Christmas morning -- amazed, astounded, in love, overwhelmed, excited.

We saw dinosaur bones, animal exhibits, more beast bones, the Butterfly exhibit, and the children's nature exhibit. Mitch got to dig for fossils and sift sand. He saw pandas, antelope, gorillas, birds, an auk (they DO exist people), turtles, frogs, and more. I thought surely he was on information and sensory overload but the entire drive home he told me everything he saw and did and ate.

Naturally, I couldn't let us skate out without a trip into the museum store. This is bad of me because now is the time to skate out...when he doesn't know. Instead I saw the tiny rubber frog and thought, what a cool souvie from his first time here. It snowballed into a Critter Case with a few more rubber reptiles that we carried out of there to the awws of older folk around us: " Awww...That is so sweet...a critter case..." And sweet it was. There were are, hand in hand, with Mitch's other hand clinging his critter case. In his coat and snow hate, he looked like an adorable toddler. It is a cute plastic case I have to admit. Even if I do cringe at the thought of what interesting creatures he and the dog will find to put in there this spring and summer.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011