Last Sunday afternoon the boys and I met up with some friends of my Baby Wearing International of Southern Maryland group at Flag Pond Park. I have been wanting to get back there ever since we went two summers ago. I feel like I have been saying this for all our outings this summer- the weather was amazing! We had a blast playing in the sand and water and just enjoying family time in the gorgeous park.
After a busy few weeks with sponsored posts and working on my photography website, this week is going to be super light on content. I have plenty of photos to share from the past two weeks though. As summer comes to an end, we have been busy checking more items off our summer bucket list. This past weekend Adrian had reserve duty, but that didn’t stop me and the kids from getting out. I don’t sit at home easily, even with three kids.
Friday we started the morning off at my friend Erin’s house, since she lives in Annapolis now. Sadly the last time I saw her was right after Ryker was born. It’s crazy how fast time flies! We enjoyed catching up and our boys had a blast playing together. We were so busy chatting that I didn’t take out my camera, but that’s ok!
Around noon we both headed to the waterfront in Annapolis, which is a charming town with brick sidewalks, adorable shops and a wide variety of restaurants that would please any foodie.
Since the sun was shinning bright I didn’t bother taking photos of the harbor, which I now regret. I did manage to capture the three amigos looking at the boats with my phone though.
All of the boys really wanted to run around near the water, which wasn’t the best plan for five boys against 2 mamas. So we walked to the closest playground to the water, which was great. My friend Nadine and her 3 kids also joined us at the playground. The kids had so much fun!
When everyone became hungry and tired at the same time, Nadine and I loaded up our kids and headed to Kilwins ice cream and candy shop. As soon as we entered the store, we were enamored with heavenly scents of chocolate and sugar.
We wasted no time ordering ice cream and grabbing some chocolate turtles to go. Then we headed outside so the kids could gobble down their cold treats.
After ice cream they enjoyed a little bit of hopscotch, before it was time to head back home.
It was another great summer day, making memories and spending time with friends! We are already planning our next trip to Annapolis, which will hopefully include a ride on a pirate ship!
What’s been your favorite summer memory this year?
Noah, my crazy redhead with a wild temper, the biggest grin and the best hugs. His giggles are contagious and his tantrums are fierce. I love my middle boy who came into this world fast and furious and hasn’t stopped since. He has the biggest sweet tooth but eats like a bird a meals. He is fearless and brave. Here is a week of Noah James.
August 6, 2014- Day 218
August 7, 2014- Day 219
August 8, 2014- Day 220
August 9, 2014- Day 221
August 10, 2014- Day 222
Sleeping habits: Falls asleep with his Coudb turtle at night surrounded by all his stuffed animals. Sometime between 1 am and 3 am he wakes up, stumbles into our room and climbs up into our bed to cuddle into Adrian’s back for the rest of the night.
August 11, 2014- Day 223
August 12, 2014- Day 224
What have you been photographing these days?
My family was provided with complimentary tickets to Port Discovery. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.
Last Saturday we continued on with our Summer Bucket List around Washington DC with a trip to Baltimore to visit Port Discovery Museum and then see the Orioles play the Cardinals. It was perfect weather for walking around Baltimore. Believe it or not this was our first visit to the museum, but it won’t be our last. The museum is in the historic Fishmarket Building in the Inner Harbor and about a mile away from the stadium. Interestingly enough Walt Disney Imagineering designed the permanent exhibits. From the 3 story playground to the Tot Trails toddler room, there really is something for every age group.
Upon entering the museum you can’t help become excited. The museum is 3 stories and an open space concept with the huge urban treehouse, Kidworks, in the middle. After you pay the admission fee to play, you and your children are given wrist bands that are numbered as a safety check. When you exit the museum there is an employee that makes sure your wrist band matches your children’s. I absolutely love this security check. The museum is quite large and I can see how easy it would be to temporarily misplace your child, especially in the treehouse. With the safety of the wrist bands, you can rest assure that no one is going to leave the building with your child.
The treehouse can be accessed from all three floors and there is plenty to climb up, jump around on, and slide through.
All three kids loved the Royal Farms convenience store and gas station. I got a kick out of my littles imitating everyday adult life.
The Adventure Exhibition takes you back to the 1920s into Egypt life. The exhibit is dark and a bit creepy for younger kids. As much as my boys wanted to like it, they were both a bit scared and ran through most of it looking for the exit. I’m sure they will love this exhibit when they are older though. My husband and I enjoyed exploring the hieroglypics and pharoh’s lost tomb.
The Art of Sesame Street is a traveling exhibit that showcases various artwork from the show, as well as a mini puppet theater and a replica of the Sesame Street stairs.
The Curious George: Let’s Get Curious area is another traveling exhibit, that Ryker and Xander had a blast in. Toddler’s with golf clubs are adorable, huh?
My favorite area in the museum was the Tot Trails which are designed for infants and toddlers and is entirely enclosed with a door and glass windows. The area features cushioned, mirrored tidal pools and a dune walk, as well as a tunnel and mountain trail. There is also an amazing sand area, a fish tank (with fake fish), and much more. Most importantly the area includes a family restroom and a bin to place toys that require cleaning (after your baby has mouthed it).
Inside the Tot Trails area is an area called The Oasis, which is a quiet area for reading and puzzles. My boys were too busy exploring everything else in the Tot Trails, but this would be a perfect area to take a break in the midst of the fun and chaos.
My boys easily could have played in the Tot Trails for an hour or more, but I wanted to be sure we experienced as much as we could. Next we headed to Tiny’s Diner, which is supported by IKEA in Baltimore. I believe I heard Xander gasp in excitement as he walked into the diner. Both boys love to help me in the kitchen, so this was quite a treat for them. Everything in the diner was realistic looking but tiny, from the ovens to the kitchen tools. There are full-sized booths to the left of the kitchen, for parents to sit and relax, while their kids play. Personally, I preferred to jump right in and cook up something good with my boys.
Overall all had a fantastic time at Port Discovery and can’t wait to visit again! If you are in the Baltimore/DC area or in town for a visit, don’t miss it! To stay caught up on their latest events and exhibits like them on Facebook or sign up for the Port Discovery E-Newsletter.
Have you ever been to Port Discovery? What was your kid’s favorite exhibit?
Last Friday evening Adrian and Xander headed to Tae Kwon Do class, while Ryker, Noah, and I met up with the Craun’s at the North Beach farmers market and fair. I enjoyed catching up with Patricia and of course photographing sights of the fair. Noah of course loved his snow cone. It was a perfect summer night spent with good friends and my boys.
Of course there were treats!
Although we didn’t technically step foot on North Beach, we did manage to get to the area so I’ll count it as another item we can check off our Summer Bucket List.
Have you been to any summer fairs yet?