Crowe’s Nest Farm

Last weekend I asked Monk what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Her options were go explore a cavern, hang out at a farm, or go on a glass-bottom boat ride. She picked hanging out at a farm so, we decided to go and check out Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor (pronounced May-ner).

Crowe's Nest Farm-Red Barn

Horned Owls
Piggy
They had a bunch of animals and lots and lots of different gardens to explore.

Fairy Tea Time
Charlotte's Web
We all had a great time. We called and made reservations for the 11 o’clock tour. We spent a few hours exploring the farm and were the last ones to leave that day. The weather was perfect. Usually by May the temperature is in the high 90’s, so far it’s been a really mild spring. I hope the weather sticks around for a while longer.

For more information:  Crowe’s Nest Farm

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog.
-XOXO Lysa

Thinkery

After our amazing Valentines lunch, we were off to the Thinkery for a fun-filled day.
The Thinkery is the new Austin Children’s Museum. We visited the museum once before when it was still at its 2nd Street location a couple of years ago. Last October, I mentioned to Dana that I wanted to take the kiddos back there since it had been such a long time since we visited. I found out later that the 2nd Street location was closed and the Thinkery would open up in December. We made plans and finally got to visit the museum at its’ new location.

Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
We all had an amazing time exploring the new location. Both my one and four-year old had a blast. I was so glad I purchased tickets online ahead of time. When we arrived at 1PM, there was about seven families in line waiting to buy tickets. With our printed tickets in hand we were able to walk right in.

Welcome | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
There were lots of fun exhibits for the kids to explore and a play structure for the kiddos to run around and get out some energy.

Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
One of my favorite exhibit was the Light Lab.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Since it was Valentines Day, I had to make a red heart with the giant-sized “Lite-Brite”.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Red Heart
For both my kiddos, their favorite exhibit was the Currents Exhibit. I made sure to bring an extra set of clothes for them because these two cannot resist playing with water.

Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monk made two Valentines cards in the Kitchen Lab. She really enjoyed the splatter art project. You had to take strawberry puree and squirt it onto a piece of paper that was inside of a salad spinner. Spin the salad spinner and you end up with splatter art.

Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monkey and Squish also loved the farmer’s market in the Let’s Grow Exhibit. They enjoyed collecting eggs from the chicken coop, picking out veggies, weighing what they collected and pretending to cook.

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
We spent four hours there and only left because it was closing time. We all had a wonderful time and I look forward to visiting again soon.

The Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723
CLOSED MONDAY (except for Baby Bloomers)
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Community Night Wednesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission
Visitors: $9
Ages 0-23 months: FREE

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

I Am (Uplifting Them) Project.

I Am (Uplifting Them) is a project aimed to flood the internet with uplifting of children rather than shaming.

Dr. Seuss Quote

I am saddened by the amount of kid-shaming photos and stories I see all over the internet. My proposal is that we flood the world wide web with kid-positivity and uplifting stories and photos. So, grab a kid (preferably your own; if not get permission) and ask them to finish the sentence, ‘I am…’ Write down what they say (I guarantee it’ll be positive) snap a picture of them holding it and post it everywhere! Post them here as well and let’s see how many uplifting, positive things we can learn about our children!

I found out about this project while browsing my Reader late last night.
I read about it on A Magical Childhood.
What an awesome idea and of course I couldn’t wait until the kids wake up so we could participate.
This morning I asked Monk to look at the photos with me on the I Am. Facebook page so she could get a better understanding.

I Am (Uplifting Them) | "I love my family and everyone except the bad guys"
I asked Baelynne (Monkey-age 4) what would be on her sign if she was to have one and her response was:
“I love my family and everyone except the bad guys!”
For Myles (Squish-age 1) I wrote I am curious!

I Am (Uplifting Them) | I am curious!
I Am (Uplifting Them) | Monkey & Squish
So grab a kid (or two) and show the world how awesome they are!
Connect with I Am (Uplifting Them) Facebook | Twitter

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-XOXO Lysa

Little Free Library

Trivial Pursuit: Book Lovers Edition Game PieceA while back I came across an article that introduced me to the Little Free Library.
I was instantly in LOVE with the idea. Both Monkey and Squish love books.
We have a few bookshelves that are overflowing with all kinds of books.
On a recent trip to our favorite local park a few days ago, I noticed two boxes in between the playground and the community garden, right off the walking trail. I instantly recognized the two boxes and exclaimed to Dana very excitedly “Ohhh yay! Little Free Library!” Dana had no idea what I was talking about, or why I was so excited.
Little Free LibraryIn simple terms, Little Free Library is a book exchange.
You are welcomed to take a book, leave a book or do both.

We ended up taking two books from the shorter box. The taller box seemed to be filled with books for older readers and the shorter one was geared towards our younger readers. I chose one book and Monkey chose another. I explained to Monkey that since we were taking a couple of books, when we get home she would have to choose a few books she is willing to part with so we can put it in the little box the next time we go back to the park. Monk was so excited about her new books she asked me to read them to her right then and there, I told her we would read them as soon as we got home (which we did). I saw many families go up to the Little Free Library after we checked it out. They opened the box and looked at the books but we were the only ones that picked out a couple of  books to take home.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library
Little Free Library
I’ve decided to keep a few books in the diaper bag, just in case we happen across another Little Free Library box. I’m so excited about this new addition to our favorite park. Not only can the kids make some new friend and get out some energy, we also have the opportunity to get our hands on a couple of new books for free. All around WIN!

For more information: Little Free Library.

Original article that I came across that introduced me to Little Free Library:
Book It: Bring a Mini Library to Your Front Yard

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa