On a roll now – I WILL get caught up!
Mr. Dramatic having a temper tantrum.
Exploring other floors of the Perot museum, building with blocks and mixing music.
Water table – a favorite.
And, of course, playing in the outside water area, which is a favorite feature of this museum. We always go prepared with a change of clothes for the boys.
Malcolm finally reached a stage where he will sit and read books or play with toys independently. He likes to sit on and in things too. This time, he was sitting on the little stool that goes with Kieran’s drum set, which Malcolm set up in the corner all by himself.
This time he was sitting on the little footstool that goes with the boys’ mini chair.
This was not the Jumbo Dinosaur we were expecting…
This broom is a favorite toy of Malcolm’s (when he can sneak it out of the laundry room).
Rocking his brother’s hat.
Doing a little grocery shopping, pants optional.
String cheese on the couch is okay!
Speaking of shopping, Malcolm will take these reusable shopping bags and put them over his shoulder, then walk around the house saying, “Go, go!”.
Trying on Mommy’s shoes.
In April the weather was beautiful, so we spent a lot of time outside. Any evening that we could, we would go for a walk.
Sometimes Kieran pulled the wagon.
Sometimes Kieran rode his bike, while Malcolm rode in the stroller. Until Kieran got too tired far from home. Then Jon had to carry Malcolm and the bike while Kieran rode in the stroller!
Silly brothers on another evening walk.
There is a nature reserve a few blocks from our house. It used to be the site of some old high-rise apartment buildings, which were torn down several years ago. Now, it has a half mile or so loop trail and is all wild.
The nature preserve is supported by an annual fundraiser at the home of a man whose house sits right on the reserve – but more on that in a later post!
The boys loved playing in the backyard, whether it is the games on their play house, soccer, or the trampoline.
We went to Oak Cliff Park for the first time since moving here (I took the boys there in November when we were visiting for house hunting and Jon was interviewing for the job he now has).
At the top of the VERY tall play structure!
See Malcolm and Daddy way down below?
There is an attack Kieran on my back!
The park has a nice view to downtown.
Malcolm got in on the fun too.
Sometimes our evening walks involved making dinner for the boys and taking it on the road! They love to sit in the wagon and eat while we haul them around the neighborhood.
On this occasion, they had ice cream cones. Or, in Malcolm’s case, he was an ice cream cone!
We also went to the Dallas Arboretum for the first time. We spent 4 hours there and did not even get through half of it! The Children’s Gardens were especially cool for the kids.
Lunch before heading into the Children’s Garden.
This is right inside the entrance to the Children’s Garden. No avoiding getting soaked!
But that’s okay, because there are more water play areas once you get further in too. Malcolm really love these little mushroom stool fountains.
Hello, Mr. Giant Ant.
Little frogs on the lilipads.
Running through the trees.
This was up at the top of the tree, so those are tree branches and leaves under Kieran. The nets were pretty bouncy!
The view from the top of the tree. Across the way is a series of areas where they explain different power sources (water, wind, solar).
And below are the big water canons.
See Daddy and Malcolm at the top?
Malcolm learning about water power. He wanted a closer look.
There were some really cool views.
Dinner on the front porch. (Kieran was looking at this picture just now and telling me how he remembered this, and even remembered that he was eating waffles!)
Brunch at Oddfellows. We took our “floating” holiday to run errands and have a couple of meals without the kids. It was my first time having chicken and waffles!
Snails, snails, snails…I cannot believe how many snails there are, everywhere.
See the blue jay on the tree outside our front window?
We went to the March for Science, which was immediately followed by the Earth Day Festival at Fair Park. Kieran helped make the signs, telling me exactly what to write.
We took the DART for the first time. Both boys loved it.
Another trip to Dallas Grilled Cheese Company.
Silly times at the zoo.
Mr. Elephant Rider
A nice shot on UTSW campus.
In April, we FINALLY decided on wall colors and had the walls painted.
Finally, this was just one of many really cute Spring school pictures.