Monday, October 13, 2014

Sawyer's Big Weekend

This weekend was "Sawyer Weekend", a special two-day treat for Sawyer as kind of his last big hoorah as an only child. While we had planned on not telling him about his exciting weekend until Saturday morning, we caved and told him Friday night. He kept saying "i cannot believe it!".

Saturday, we left around 10:30 a.m. and went straight to a Halloween store so we could pick out his costume. This was not part of the original plan, but we had time to kill before his 1 p.m. jump time at SkyZone so we figured we could kill two birds with one stone. While he'd been saying he wanted to be something scary "like a werewolf or ghost", he ended up making a bee-line to the ninja turtle costumes. I was so proud.

He was a ninja turtle for his first Halloween, but this time he will have mask, real shell and weapons for the whole effect so he is pumped. I of course had to try on the mask.

After a quick bite of pizza, we went to SkyZone where I think Josh had just as much fun as Sawyer did. They were so active and bouncing all over the place that I had a really hard time getting any pictures, but between jumping off the walls, running from trampoline to trampoline, and jumping into the giant foam pit, both my guys were super tired an hour later. 

super tired Joshua

We grabbed some FroYo downtown after SkyZone, checked into our hotel, and then Josh and Sawyer decided to cool off in the indoor pool. After a quick swim, we went to Kanki, a Japanese steakhouse (since Sawyer said he wanted to "watch the magicians cook on the table"). Sawyer was so tired he almost fell asleep while eating.

Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel then headed to Marbles Kid Museum. Sawyer was so overwhelmed by the nine available exhibits he didn't even know where to start. We decided to lead him towards the Around Town area first. In this section, kids could pretend to be farmers, veterinarians, fishermen, EMT workers, grocers, and even more. Sawyer especially loved the farming and vet sections.


Then we moved on to the Splash exhibit. Here, the big guy got to play on a giant pirate ship (of course), a submarine set up like a marine biologist lab, and a water area with boats and sea creatures.

if only I could get him to "swab the deck" at home

We headed upstairs to see the other exhibits and started in the IdeaWorks area and Sawyer had fun racing cars against Josh, using an actual drill and saw on real wood and building with some giant legos.

The Moneypalooza exhibit was next where there are green plastic balls everywhere that are supposed to signify money. Here, kids learn about how money is earned, spent, and saved. There were opportunities to earn money like making and delivering pizzas, pet-sitting, and having a lemonade stand then you could shoot the green balls you earned into a savings area.

We then hit Kid's Grid (an area where kids can "control' electricity) and Power to Play where you can exercise on their kid-friendly equipment and "lift weights".

this was his "it's so heavy" face

While Josh & Sawyer had a blast, I sadly was not feeling well. My blood pressure started climbing last week and my feet have been swelling horribly. About halfway through the museum, I had to find somewhere to sit and just watch my guys have a good time. My feet and legs were so swollen I could barely tie my shoes.

Because I felt so gross and since Sawyer and Josh were already pretty tired, we decided to skip out on visiting Pullen Park and head on home. As one last treat for the weekend, we went to Krispy Kreme or the "doughnut factory" as Sawyer calls it, to see them making doughnuts (and eat a few too). They were already done making them for the evening, but Sawyer still got to enjoy a drink and a hot, regular glazed doughnut.

I am so glad we were able to give Sawyer two days just for him and to celebrate him being an awesome kid. He of course has already requested we have another special weekend like this next weekend.


  1. This is the best! You guys are the best parents, you can tell he had the best time!

  2. I am glad y'all had so much fun.

  3. That sounds like the best kid weekend!! He looks so happy in all the pictures!!

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