We had extra tickets and the game was at a decent time, so we decided to make the Purdue game a family night.
Tommy brought his Hammer of Thor. He was excited to tell Purdue Pete that he had a hammer now too! We never saw him up close so we'll just have to go back to chatter about hammers.
This picture explains so much about our game experience. The natives were definitely getting restless. The people behind us loved it, can't you tell?
Charlotte and I decided to spend some time in the concourse. We walked an entire lap around the arena and she still wasn't tired! We stopped to check out the shoe of 7 foot 2 inch player Isaac Haas. It was bigger than her!
There was a cardboard cut out too and she could barely reach his knee. Too cute.
Tommy got on GameFaces again! Just barely. He was one of the last ones. But he got his hammer on the big screen. When he saw his face on the screen, he had a meltdown. He didn't want his picture on the big screen all the sudden. Typical four year old breakdown. :)
The kids were kind of bored after awhile but they really did pretty well.
We had lots of snacks.
Plus lots of Tommy/Charlotte selfies. ;-)
When it was time to go, Charlotte sat on Andrew's shoulders. I tried putting her coat on her while she was on his shoulders. She was still holding veggie straws in her hands. When I need her hands to put her coat on, she set the veggie straws on his head. He had no clue until I showed him the picture. Hilarious.
Another family tradition down in the books. Go Purdue!!
The day finally came where we could go so we went! It was super fun! We bought an annual membership because they are going to have exhibits for Transformers and Ninja Turtles this fall so we'll be back!
We visited the dinosaurs exhibit. Tommy LOVES dinosaurs. In fact, I think Charlotte likes them too. There were lots of caves to climb in so that explains the bum shot picture. :)
They had little play tables with dines on them which the kids just love too! They can totally do this at home but for some reason, they love doing it here more!
The train section has lots of areas to climb underneath also.
Plus more play tables! Something else they can do at home but LOVE Doing here. I heard at least 5 parents say, "Come on, let's go! We have this at home! Let's go see something else." Haha!
I didn't get a picture but we ran into the Staffords when we sat down to eat lunch so we ate lunch with them. That was super fun! Andrew looks ticked but don't worry, he was not. :)
With an annual pass, we were able to ride the carousel for free. Yay! Kids loved that!
Tommy reallllllly wanted to ride a tiger even though it didn't go up and down. He didn't care. He loves his tigers (because they start with T).
Charlotte loved her black horse. She wasn't complaining. Thank goodness you can tie them on those things. Seems dangerous!
After the carousel, we played in the Science Works Center. There are lots of boats and canals and running water for the kids to play in. You can tell from this picture that we had to carry Charlotte out of there in the football hold kicking and screaming after she had wayyyyy too much fun dousing herself with water. Yay for a good time! She got over it. :)
We got a picture in the Indy 500 car of course. Tommy was disappointed the steering wheel didn't work.
Charlotte LOVED the polar bear. She kept growling at him and then waving. It was ridiculously cute.
We had a really great time at the Children's Museum. We didn't cover hardly half of what we could have. I guess we'll just have to go back!
I don't know what it is about Brandon's birthday but it usually turns into a wild night. This time was no different!
We went out to eat at the super fancy Bistro 501. After dinner, we went to Laf Brew Co to see the swing band that was playing. This happens to be Desi's forte. She taught us all how to swing dance, waltz, and rumba. It was so fun!
Even my dad joined in!
HEY! Don't take my picture!
By the way, this is not a picture. It's a video.
Brandon already knows of course, so he and Desi enjoyed dancing on the dance floor. The rest of us were too scared to get out there and do it for real. :)
The only dance Andrew is comfortable doing is this one. ;)
But he caved and learned them too!
The band was HUGE and awesome. I think there were 20 members!
After the swing band was done playing, we went to another bar. It was called Lenehan's Pub. It was a bad bar. I mean, really bad. It has a sewage problem so it always smell like poo. But that late in the night, it's much less noticeable.
Adam took the liberty of taking some selfies with my camera.
My dad yawn-photobombed the girls picture.
The bros took some shots.
We took some pictures with the random homeless guys that were frequenting the establishment.
We also played Hoops and Ping Pong. It was awesome. So glad we could hang out there one last time before they closed it down. Ha!
Tommy is four!! Hooray!! So glad to be done with the Tortuous 3's! You still have your moments but it's so nice to have you back after a rough 6 months. You are extremely funny. You love to make up words like Chinkah Binkah and call us names like Stinky Butt. Yikes. You are ALL BOY and it's really pretty fun!
You adore your sister although it doesn't keep you from fighting with her.
You still love your bike!
You finally got over the potty training hump. You are happy to do it instead of fighting us for a year and a half. It took some figuring out but you conquered the task one day out of the blue and never looked back. Oh, potty training stubborn boys. It's the best. (Sarcasm intended :-)
You've really gotten into Superheroes these days and are enjoying all the dress up clothes I got you for your third birthday. Yay! One day, he was BatSuperThorHulk. Impressive.
You are so incredibly smart, Tommy T. I love seeing you enjoy your friendships at school. You love to pretend to be shy with new people at first and then completely chew their ear off after two minutes. You are developing an incredible sense of humor and can make us laugh every day. You are really good at negotiating and often end up not having to meet your bedtime or nap time because you can talk your way out of it somehow. You surprise me every day. I can't wait to see how you grow and change in the coming years.