13 February 2013

Da Da Dadadadada CIRCUS.....

Unfortunately there was none of that song going on this Circus, but nonetheless, we went! Sloan LOVED Madagascar 3

I went to the circus once when i was in third grade. I only remember getting a green tinted plastic see through visor with lights around the band. It was very cool.  Of course PETA is outside protesting the circus, why wouldn't they, then when i see the animals, i'm like yeah, this totally sucks and i have to choke back tears for them.  No I don't think they're treated that great. I mean they ride around in a box and get let out to do their thing and then what? back in the box?  Nothing like free range...

Here's a secret i'll share with you. when the guy was in the ring with the lions and tigers, I was hoping one of them would maul him, eat him, something... I kept saying, get him! get him! Of course, nothing happened, and lets be honest. there would have been some pretty scarred kids (i think Sloan would have been too young to follow what was going on aside from the screams from the crowd) but it seems pretty sad, and the animals looked sad. It made me think twice about the whole thing.

Before the circus, Rick took Sloan down to the floor to see the Elephants and the clowns. I drew a circle around them!

Here is sloan's face when the animals first came out -  wide eyed watching the elephants.

Sloan had a great time! I picked seats in the front row of the Club section and was grateful I did. We had nice swivel chairs and nobody could kick us in our backs because the seats behind us were about 3 feet back and a wall between us. I picked the front row on the Aisle, and, there was a glass window that Sloan could look through. It was like her own private circus. We could have had lower level tickets for the same cost, but something about being sandwiched between everyone, especially when Sloan didn't sit still the entire time, would have made for a miserable experience.

She also had a great time playing on the stairs, which was nice for the slower transitions. She watched the circus in spurts, and for the most part did a great job! She LOVED the elephants, dancing to the music, and all of the lights and colors.
When the elephants went inside, she looked at Rick and myself and said, where did they go? (with her hands)

All in all, I was happy with our seat selection and grateful I selected the front row aisle. We had a great time at the circus, though i won't recommend it for children under age 3 or 4. Especially for a 7pm show! too late for our baby who went to bed overly stimulated and had a had time staying asleep!

05 February 2013

Self Quarantined!

Sloan caught pink eye so we had a weekend at home. I didn't realize it until Saturday evening. Fortunately I am capable of diagnosing pink eye and had some drops left over from last time she had it. Nothing like a matted shut eye to keep you home all weekend! So what did we do?
We played Doll house (i think Sloan is tenderizing the beef for the family)...

Sloan is great at playing alone with her dollhouse. It is so cute to watch her talk to the dolls and tell them stuff. She has a good imagination already. She puts the baby in the rocking chair and on the bed. She talks to them (i think)

We made cloud dough (1 part baby oil to 8 parts flour). It's like sand, only holds together better. But not quite like play dough. We had a good time balling it up, stacking it, playing catch with it, tasting it, and otherwise making a HUGE mess! But messes are fun! I'm not sure i would make this again, but it was something fun to try and gave us something to do for a bit outside since we were quarantined. 

we also played with her dolls and her cash register. She LOVES to play with the coins or "MONIES" as she calls them. I think you can see a few of them on the roof of her house. 

I have a box of my old doll stuff and clothes, blankets and newborn diapers that we put on the baby doll. She LOVES it. WE swaddle them, and sometimes she takes the TINY baby from the doll house and wants it to be swaddled too.
We also did a load of laundry. Sloan lobes to help me do the laundry and while it takes a bit longer to take from the washer to the dryer, her involvement is worth the few minutes extra. She then gets to press the button on the machine to make it start and will sit back and watch as the clothes spin around. Last night she was showing her doll and explaining to her to watch.
sloan LOVES babies! I think we could get rid of all of our toys aside from the baby dolls and doll house and she would be happy.

We also did some coloring. Elmo watching and took many naps! Never a dull moment, even when you have to stay home!

Edited to Add: We also informed anyone we came into contact with on Saturday, just to play it safe. I would hate to be the transmitter of "disease" but would rather let people know ahead of time either way!