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April 30, 2006

Clifford Live!

Yesterday Ken and I took Kate to see Clifford The Big Red Dog Live! I don’t have much to report about the show. It was good but not great, although Kate seemed to enjoy it.

I only have 2 comments. First, Ken and I purchased what we thought were pretty good seats – close to the stage off to the side. Boy, were we wrong. They were awful seats. The sound was awful, so bad that it sounded like the performers couldn’t sing a note that was pleasant to our ears. We also missed so much of the action because we could not see most of the stage. Anything behind the curtain line was pretty much out of our sight, which often included the actors. It made the show hard to follow. During intermission we decided to try seats much further in the back but in the center of the audience. My goodness what a difference it made. The sound was great. The show was so much more entertaining. We had a completely different opinion of the show from Act 1 to Act 2.

Second, parts and actors were missing from the show. It was very bizarre. We were following along in the program we had gotten for Kate and there were whole musical numbers and character cut out. At first Ken and I thought that maybe we didn’t see some things from our lousy first act seats; but after double checking the program we realized things were definitely cut out of the performance. The cast pictures included Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman. They were not in the show at all. It also showed pictures of T-Bone and Cleo dancing in the air during a performance of “Down To Earth” during Act 2. The dancing never happened and the song never happened. Weird, huh?

I guess the show is just fine for preschoolers who may not be able to read or follow a story very well, as long as they have good seats. But this show certainly left Ken and I perplexed. Although it was pretty inexpensive for a live show at less than $20 per seat, we probably wouldn’t recommend it. We might have had a different opinion if we had the even cheaper (but better) seats from the beginning.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 11:40 AM

April 25, 2006

A Very Merry Go Round

Giddyap Flying Horsey!

Posted by Jean-Marie at 08:17 PM

April 20, 2006

Storytime with Ava at the Mall

Between birthdays, illnesses, hurricanes and the holidays, we have done such a poor job of planning playdates with our Little Gym friend Ava. Finally, though, we got together for some fun.

Our local mall hosts a monthly storytime with singing and dancing for the preschool set. This month featured a Berenstain Bears book. Brother was there to meet the kids and take pictures.

After storytime, we played on the rides, ate lunch, went shopping at Target and visited the aquarium at Rainforest Café. We all had so much fun that we decided to make it a standing date.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 10:10 PM

April 19, 2006

Thanks Mimi!

Here's Kate modeling her new Dora The Explorer outfit for a few pictures we sent to Mimi. Mimi bought this outfit for Kate during our mall outing. Kate loves it!
Posted by Jean-Marie at 01:45 PM

April 17, 2006

Breakfast With The Bunny

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We had so much fun last year during our Easter weekend that we couldn't wait to visit Omi and Jay again this year. All of the Breakfast with the Bunny activities were pretty much the same as last year. This year, though, because Kate is one year older, we had even more fun.

Kate wasn't as preoccupied with the Easter Bunny this year during breakfast, but she was more than happy to spend some time with him and take a few pictures.

While I was on the camera, Ken was on the video camera. Ken got some great video footage, especially when Kate gave the bunny a kiss and saw "inside" the bunny. She made a little jump, turned around and gave Ken and the camera a very strange face. Oddly she never said a word about what she saw or what she thought she saw. And she never showed any concern or anxiety over the bunny after that. But you can tell that she definitely saw something very odd.

After breakfast we went to the activities hall where they hosted a bean bag toss, cookie decorating and flower making. Afterwards, we took pictures of Kate with me, me and Ken, Omi and Omi and the bunny. We were passing the time before the big hunt, the highlight of this year's fun.

Kate really cleaned up at the Easter Egg Hunt. She took off so fast that Ken had a hard time keeping up with her with the video camera. I was surprised at what a great job she did collecting her eggs this year with such little help. Look at all of those eggs! Omi was proud.

After all of the morning excitement was over, we headed back to Omi's to open presents the Easter Bunny had left while we were away and to eat some lunch before heading off to our nap. Kate was good and tired after all that exercise.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 08:48 PM

April 13, 2006

Mimi, the Mall and the Easter Bunny

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Today we visited Mimi and headed out to the local mall to go on the really cool kiddie rides and to see the Easter Bunny. Kate, of course, had a blast. She loves the "rides," especially the train, and couldn't wait to see the Easter Bunny.

As terrified as Kate is of Santa Claus, it's a wonder how much she loves the Easter Bunny. I guess there's something more appealing and less frightening about a cute, costumed character than a big, scary, bearded man in a red suit. The mall Bunny may not talk, but Kate seemed to have some sort of non-verbal communication going on with him. She would've stood there forever with him if I didn't take her by the hand and walk her away. Kate was just completely enamored with him.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 11:19 PM

April 11, 2006

Jillian and Kate Merrily Unplugged

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Since Kristen is due with baby #2 in July, it is very important that we fit in as many fun little outings as possible between now and then. So this month we went for a double playdate.

Our second get together was at the Young At Art. It's a great place to go for small children in South Florida. There's always something to do, and since it's indoors it's very weather friendly. No need to worry about the torrential downpours and hot, sweaty heat of summer.

The girls as always had lots of fun. They enjoyed making art and visiting the exhibits, but like most kids this age, they mostly enjoyed things that kept them moving. A favorite is the Earthworks landfill slide. They could go on that one again and again and again.

The wooden teeter totter was also a big hit! It was the inspiration behind Kate and Jillian's first movie video. I made two of them: one with music and one unplugged. Look for the "Kate and Jillian Merrily, Merrily, Merrily Tour" coming to an amphitheatre near you. :-)

Posted by Jean-Marie at 09:25 PM

April 09, 2006

At the Playground with Grandpa and Daddy

While I was out doing some Easter shopping, Ken, Kate and Grandpa got together for lunch and some fun at the playground. Ken didn't take a bunch of pictures, but from what I heard they had a fine time.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 09:57 PM

April 03, 2006

The Discovery Girls

This month Kristen and I took Jillian and Kate to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science. We were a little disappointed that the great gravity clock wasn't working, maybe as a result of the bad hurricane season we had last year. Kate was really looking forward to seeing it in action again. But that little exhibit aside, the girls really enjoyed themselves.

We played with all kinds of gizmos and gadgets and got see a bunch of different live animals. An animal handler even gave us the opportunity to touch a turtle. Kate was very interested in touching the turtle. Jillian took the approach of 'if you don't touch me, turtle, I won't touch you,' but she was more than happy to watch. We also found out that a boy turtle has long fingernails, and when he finds a girl turtle that catches his eye he uses his fingernails to tickle her face. That's how he tells her he's interested. Cute, huh?

Anyway, our last stop was the Discovery Center for children 7 and under. We figured if the rest of the museum didn't wear Jillian and Kate out, this area surely would. They played with computers, built walls in a house, worked on a citrus farm (like the Boynton Beach Schoolhouse Children's Museum) and climbed a really cool tree. All these very interesting things to do and I think that they had the most fun following each other on ride-on cars. They went up and down and all around on those ride-ons. It was really cute.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 09:43 PM