Hmmm….Maybe I’m too old for this…Nah

Last night I was skipping down the hall to bed when it dawned on me that I’ll be 30 in just a few months and here I am skipping to bed like a 5 year old. Perhaps I’m a little too old for this…Oh, my and some of my other pursuits as well. I sing to myself in public, often loud enough for the person next to me to hear. I get way too excited over little things. I dance around my house almost daily. I’m one of those people you see on the highway busting a mini move and singing in the car. I always giggle at silly jokes and tell the same ones over and over. I love the swings at the playground. I love reading to my kids and not just because it’s good for them. Have you read “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus” by Mo Willems? I laughed so hard I almost cried! I like wearing loud, obnoxious colors and funky jewelry. I am forever learning something new. Most of it is useless information…but it’s my useless information. I like running and jumping and yes, skipping…especially to bed. Maybe it’s not all normal…But why be normal? I have so much more fun doing things my way!

Chopsticks at Noodles and Company -Florence, KY

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I took the girls out yesterday for a girl day.  We had vegetarian Japanese pan noodles for lunch at Noodles and Company in Florence, KY.  It was Isabella’s first time using chopsticks and she did amazingly well with a chopstick buddy. I’m proud that she tried so hard.  She found it so amusing.  This is such a cute little restaurant!  It’s family friendly and highly affordable.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life By: Anna Quindlen

This is a truly amazing little book. It will make you think and touch your heart.

“I learned to love the journey, not the destination. I learned that this is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get.” (Quote from “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.”)

Abuelo’s Mexican Resturant – Crestview Hills, KY

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I took my hubby out for a special dinner at Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant. He is a HUGE mexican food fan! This place is amazing! You get free chips and salsa for a starter. We ordered additional dips. He ordered a HUGE meal! Crazy man! I got a steak. I know, I know…but it looked great…and it was! I did get some mexican potatoes with it. Isabella got a quesadilla and Ivy got enchiladas with sour cream sauce. The girls both got rice and beans for sides.

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Look at all the food left on that plate. He was defeated by “The Monterey.”

Website: http://www.abuelos.com/

Cost: $50-$75 for a family of 4 (Not including dessert or Alcoholic beverages.)

Location: 2833 Dixie Hwy. Crestview Hills, KY 41017 (They have many others!)

Newport Aquarium – Newport, KY

We took the girls to the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. Isabella had been asking for 3 days to go see turtles. They were incredibly excited to see all the sea life. There are giant aquariums that make you feel like you are right there with the sharks, fish, and giant sea turtles.
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There is a small play zone called the frog bog. There are tanks with various types of frogs placed throughout the area, information about them, a giant game of frogger (think dance, dance revolution style), large frogs to sit on, and tunnels to crawl through. Isabella did not want to leave! She had fun crawling around with the other kids. Ivy liked the buttons that play the sounds the frog makes. There are more buttons near the penguins that let you hear the different penguin calls.

I think one of the highlights of the aquarium is the petting areas. The first has horseshoe crabs, regular crabs, and starfish. The second area has small sharks and occasionally stingrays. Ivy talked about touching them nonstop! Isabella was so scared! She eventually touched the water on the shark one and was so proud of herself.

There are areas to sit and watch. This is nice because they only allow strollers at certain times. There is a large aquarium where they do shows a couple of times a day that has seating, the jellyfish area has seats, and the penguin viewing has huge benches.

My only true complaint is the fact that you must exit through the gift shop. It annoys me so bad when places make the gift shop unavoidable! We never buy anything. Over the 11 years that we have been taking Ivy places I can only think of a handful of things we have purchased. I remind the kids going in that we are not taking anything home and walk straight through. If that makes me mean, so be it.