Monday, July 15, 2013

New Orleans with the kiddos!

We arrived in New Orleans with not much of a plan except trying to do some wandering around (like last time), seeing some street performers and eating at Cafe du Monde. Upon arrival we asked the concierge at at the hotel and he told us the three most popular activities for kids are 1) the cool zoo (like a water park in the zoo), 2) the aquarium, and 3) story land. Since we had recently been to the aquarium and zoo in Guad we decided on Storyland as our kid-centered activity. We decided to visit Storyland in the morning and leave the French Quarter for the afternoon post nap. 

We had a quick breakfast at a diner down the street from the hotel and then drove to City Park. The park is huge and we could tell that there was a lot of exploring to do there, but we had limited time and a destination so we went directly to Storyland. In sum, N absolutely loved it! It was story book characters and structures that he could walk in/on/over. (We also realized that he doesn't know very many classic fairy tales yet so we need to get on that!) Adjacent to Storyland is a little amusement park called Carousel Gardens. Little N was too small to go on most rides but he did go on his very first carousel and very first ferris wheel ride. 

We had some snacks and headed to the hotel to try for a nap. That was a total fail! So we decided to just leave and head to the French Quarter for lunch and wanderings. We had a great lunch at the Acme Oyster House, then walked down to  have beignets and coffee for dessert. We enjoyed just walking around and  watching street performances, but finally the heat was just too much and we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner. Of course Little N passed out in the stroller on the way back! And Baby B? He was a trooper and let us do what we wanted to do. All in all a really great day!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Houston: Astro's Game + Museum of Fine Arts

Seeing as it was Baby B's first visit to the US, and it was summer time, we decided to take the kids to their first baseball game. We headed to Minute Maid park, bought our tickets and headed inside. After finding our seats, we ordered some food and enjoyed the first three innings in relative calm. By then we needed some other activities so we walked around, got the kiddos souvenirs to commemorate their first game, filled out surveys and managed to see a couple more innings in the interim. When it was way past nap time, we headed out and called the game a success!

Another day, this time with Auntie V in town, we all headed to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The boys were extremely interested, particularly Baby B. We saw a nice portion of the exhibits and then were off for some Texas BBQ lunch.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Houston: Discovery Green + Menil Collection

When June rolled around and M's semester was over, we headed north to Houston for a few weeks with the family and a change of scenery. To keep us in a nice routine, we planned daily activities out of the house. Our first destination was Discovery Green. After messing around with the parking for an inordinate amount of time, we had a walk around. Little N absolutely loved the water feature, as expected, and we wrapped things up with snow cones on the grass. A perfect little summer excursion.

 downtown Houston

 (convention center)

Another muggy day, we headed out early for a visit to the Menil Collection. The museum was small enough that it was just right for exploring with the boys. The guards were a little overbearing but we hear that's a common complaint. Other than the main building we also walked over to see a lighting installation. The time-worthyness of that one is still up for debate. We ended with a much anticipated visit to Trader Joe's and enjoyed our treats all the way home.