Well, Filipinos seem to always have someone in common. My mom just got back from the Phillipines and luckily she knows the right people. This is the gift she got me upon her return.. whohoo!!!

Seahorses at the Shedd

Mrs. Sotomil and Kayla were nice enough to host us (3 moms, 2 grandmothers and 5 toddlers) for a private lunch and tour of the Shedd. She helped bring the seahorses, which are from the Phillippines, to the Shedd. The seahorses were pretty cute, and I learned that there are a lot of interactive activities for kids. (Good place to take the kids on a cold or rainy day)

We started with a great steak salad for lunch that ended with the most amazing (low-cal) brownie. Thank goodness it was a private meeting room bc the kids would not have sat still long enough for us to eat! After lunch, the kids got to go down to the new play area; they got to stick their hands in water, wear penguin outfits while they play on “icebergs” and watch the dolphins and beluga whales swim around. There’s even a submarine for the kids to play in, which Olivia got trampled in so she didn’t play in that for too long. Then we got to watch the Fantasea show to see all the animals in action. Surprisingly, all the kids sat through the entire show – they must have enjoyed it. We ended the day by visiting the cute little seahorses, and Lola Bambi (Mrs. Sotomil) was nice enough to treat the kids to one souvenir each. Olivia chose the book, Mister Seahorse, which has great pictures and a cute storyline focused around dads.

Meet the friendly iguana:

Meet Olivia, the penguin:

Meltdown part II

This weekend somebody told us they think Olivia’s so cute that it makes them want to have kids.  That was a very nice comment, but I had to remind them that it’s not always as much fun as the blog makes it out to be.

Here’s a clip of one of her meltdowns.  For your sake, it’s not that long.  In reality it lasted about 15 minutes.  I just picked up Lana and Bryce for our trip to Purdue when she started wailing.  We figure we would be fine so long as there was no traffic…but, of course, there was…  (I was driving, so I just held my phone up)  Bryce slept right through it – how?

Thank goodness she did not repeat this on the drive home.