I was compensated for attending this event sponsored by Nick Jr. and Mom.me. The thoughts and opinions below are my own.
Last weekend was probably our last ‘family of three’ date day. I can't believe it. We're going to have two children. TWO. It's only now that I understand what my dad meant when he told me, "you never fully grow up on the inside, you just take on grown up responsibilities." I like that. It's not saying we're not maturing but, in fact, growing and maturing all facets of ourselves. So obviously, we are all about indulging in that child-like side.
We took a short trip down to Salt Lake for the Ultimate Mega Play Date with Mom.me and Nick Jr. It was so stinking adorable. Isla was running around from station to station getting in touch with her girly side and her tomboy side - coloring, decorating princess crowns, designing wooden race cars, the works! She was all about the Shimmer and Shine dolls, even learning how to brush their hair (thanks to daddy). And, she had a ball chasing around the Blaze and the Monster Machines R/C car (also, thanks to daddy). He's pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.
The event was held at Discovery Gateway children’s museum, which is basically every kid’s dream place. And, every dad’s dream. Taylor may or may not have had a ball playing with this massive gears system that was just outside the entrance, while Isla watched by his side. I’m thinking we need to make a few more trips down to the museum this winter. The perfect place when you’ve got two under two and that winter cooped up feeling is just about to strike.
A play date was just what we needed. We may have taken a few too many Smilebooth photos. Okay, Isla may have taken a few too many. She picked up the trigger clicker immediately and there was no looking back. Can you blame the girl? It's so dang fun. AND a big ol' flash goes off when you push the little button. Best reaction a kid could ask for. The cutest part of it all was that she had a ninja grip on that Fisher-Price Shimmer and Shine Wish and Spin doll. She was especially fond of the blue lady. She’d push the button on the necklace that the doll was wearing and giggle her heart out as she clapped and danced along.
We capped our date off with lunch downtown. The only way we know how, pizza style. We ordered fried mac n cheese for Isla girl. Because, what kid doesn't love anything fried or mac n cheese. Not our girl! Okay, she loves those things, but when mushrooms are in the room (or on our pizza) there's nothing that can steal this girl away from them. Such a funny thing for an 18-month old to crave. I never want to forget her love of mushrooms.
Watching Isla girl play with all of those toys last weekend, ones that I've labeled "big kid" toys in my head, was such a surreal moment. She's growing up, sharing toys, interacting with other kids. She's officially taken toddlerhood by storm. Just in time to welcome her little sister into her home. Thanks for having us Mom.me and Nick Jr.!
, by Samantha Broderick