Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Library is a great Summer Actvity!

Looking for a summer activity to do with your kids? Well, believe it or not it's probably right in your back yard. Take a trip to your local library and see if they have a summer kids program. My 2 1/2 year old and I go to the Pasadena Library a couple times a week. If you sign up and document the books you read, each week you'll get a prize like chalk, a flute, crayon pack, etc.

It's a great way to get your kids involved in a fun activity and get some quality time reading books! Here are some titles we like: Duck in the Truck, Fix it Duck, Froggy Learns to Swim, and What time is it Mr Crocodile? The theme was bugs last year and this year it is "Be Creative".

It's a great activity to do with your kids and something you can do every day of the week! And the best thing is that you can go online and browse titles or authors and request books. I have found some great authors and I can find the books, request them, then the next time I go to the library, the books are on hold for me! It doesn't get any easier than that.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Zing Zang Zoom, One of the Greatest Shows on Earth!

Last night I took my son to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and I can happily say, I had a blast. I was a little worried because I was supposed to go with my wife and son, but when my wife had to work late, I got a little nervous. You see I live about 45 minutes from the Honda Center in Anaheim and in LA traffic that can mean anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Fortunately, what started as a skeptical evening ended up being a great night out with the boys.

We had been invited by Mom Central and Feld Entertainment to attend a special pre show, followed by an official pre show, which all ticket holders are invited to attend, then the actual show itself. Both pre shows were an amazing opportunity to experience the circus like never before. Circus clowns, jugglers, elephants, dogs, zebras, oh my!! They were all available for meet and greets, autographs and photos before the show. This was an unexpected and nice touch that really created a comfortable and special atmosphere. For young children like my almost three year old son, I think it helped him feel comfortable in what must have been a very strange. colorful, night.

The show began shortly after and I have to say, all my circus stereotypes flew out of my head. See, here is my confession. I had been to the circus when I was about 4 or 5 years old. From what I remember, it was fun, but it was closer to the circus you see in scary Hollywood movies - slightly run-down, falling apart, tired animals, an older ringmaster and slightly spooky talent. I am pleased to say that rather than replicate a circus seen in the movies, this is a circus FOR the movies. With influences ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Asian acrobats, this is no Dumbo's circus. The Zingmaster is amazingly talented, energetic and young - full of energy and leadership to keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening. My son was mesmerized by the elephants, especially when one disappeared, and loved the dogs as they jumped through hoops and slide down slides just like he does at Gymboree! I could go on and on, but don't want to give anything else away so that you can check it out for yourself!

One final point about boys night out for which I am even more amazed and grateful for my son - after driving for a half an hour, I had the sneaking suspicion I was driving the wrong way when my son said "mama and papa live far away". We need a mousekatool (From the Mickey Mouse Club House television show) to get home." I realized that yes, we had been driving for a while and noticed that indeed, we were headed in the wrong direction on the wrong freeway!! I quickly corrected my mistake and we were home shortly after. All I can say is who needs a GPS when you have a savvy son!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Great Mommy Blogger Sites!

I'm just getting started as a daddy blogger and so far, so good. The toughest thing is finding the time to blog.
Here are a couple sites I have come across that are very good and they also have giveaways! Check them out!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We're in Colorado spending time with my in-laws and having a great time. We arrived on Saturday and on Sunday, my father in law took my wife and I on a 28 mile bike ride. We did not think it was possible to be more exhausted since having our little one who never sleeps through the night, but it was. I can't believe what great shape my father is in. I'm playing golf tomorrow and then fly fishing on Friday. I feel like such a cross trainer.

And my son has been walking and playing with my mother in law everyday - coloring, picking up rocks, small hikes, playing with play doh, etc. He's been sleeping through the night from sheer exhaustion. I hope he keeps it up when we get home!

Photos to follow.