I surprised the kids with trip this weekend. Oz and I had decided to go down and visit Science Museum Oklahoma, my mother, my sister and brother-in-law, and my grandmother. And because M2 had been begging to go swimming, we booked a night at a hotel with a kickin' pool. Oz spends enough nights at various hotels that it was FREEEEEEE... and I like free!
We headed to McDonald's for a pre-trip breakfast on our way out of town. In-car breakfasts are a tradition with us on long trips, like bringing DVDs to play in the van's DVD system so I don't have to listen to children bickering all the way down or up whichever turnpike we're taking. Makes life easier.
We hopped on the road, and I turned on "Mr. Bean's Holiday." The kids had never seen it but thorougly enjoyed it. The best part, though, was when M1 listened to the following bit of dialogue:
French woman: [speaking French]
Mr. Bean: Non.
French woman: [speaking French]
Mr. Bean: Oui.
French woman: You speak French very well.
Mr. Bean: Gracias.
M1 instantly realized the flaw and humor in this conversation, and he was thrilled with himself for knowing what was 'wrong.' When he realized that he also knew the word 'oui' a few minutes later, he was even happier.
She twirled... repeatedly.
She slid down a slide based on an Archimedes screw... repeatedly (and has the bruises all over her arms to prove it).
She climbed up the ladder into a little house, dashed across and out the other side, and swang on the swings that were hung underneath this building. The swings were all different shapes, and her favorite was the one shaped like a trapezoid.
We then repeated this whole procedure a couple of times before I insisted we move on to see other things. Then Vanity Girl discovered...
the mirror maze.
It was all I could do to get her out of here. She twirled and danced and admired herself ad nauseum. She did whack her face a couple of times in the process but was completely undeterred. What finally encouraged her to leave was peeking out the door and realizing there were stairs that led up to...
We spent a good 45 minutes here. I'd rearrange the mats a little bit, and she'd go up and down and over and around; she'd rearrange the mats and do it all again. Once a girl, probably about 7, decided to show off on the balance beam, and M2 hopped right up there with her, determined not to be outdone, and mimicked everything. Thankfully the other girl was kind and patient and enjoyed her little ape. When I told M2 that Oz and M1 were out of their show, she agreed to leave the mats behind and instantly got sidetracked by the sound of her own voice.
I'm standing at an identical dish about 20 feet away. She loved that she could whisper or talk into a small ring in the center and hear me reply while facing the other direction. I sort of explained the mechanism behind it, though I don't think she cared. She just wanted to sing.
We met back up with Oz and M1 and swapped kids for a little while. M1 really enjoys thinking about all the science behind things, and even though he was already getting tired (not sure how the show tired him out, but he's a growing boy), he still found enjoyment in the small things.
The hotel and pool and Granny time were in store for later!