Had a fun weekend. There was soooo much to do. It was a full day, Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars event at the Indiana State Museum, and Cinco De Mayo party. The kids really loved the free comic book day. MaM was on the search for an unicorn comic book. The Fox was good with anything. That’s the beauty of a four year old mind. They go with the flow. They are just happy to be involved.
The first comic book store we hit was Carnival Comics, on Keystone. First thing we asked when we walked in the door was “Do you have any unicorn comics?” A phrase I never thought would ever come out of my mouth. At least with people who do not follow me on Twitter. The guy behind the counter, who looked nothing like the comic book store guy on The Simpson’s, said no, but I may have something else. This was something MaM was ecstatic to hear.
This place had a large selection of free comics. There was Batman ans Superman and many others I had never heard of. The kids loved looking over the selection. Each person was limitied to four comic books. So that meant The Fox got five comic books and MaM got seven. As long as she got more comic books than The Fox, she was happy.
The second shop we visited was in Castleton, Downtown Comics. There was a line outside the door stretching all the way past the three neighboring stores. That was a little too long for me. There were a couple of people walking around in costume. Batman, Robin, Poison Ivy, and Cat Woman. MaM’s first reaction was “That’s Cat Woman, she’s evil.”. That’s when MaM’s world got rocked. Cat Woman walked up to Bat Man to get a picture with some people. MaM froze when this happened. I not sure what was going on through her head, but she didn’t like it. I think she wanted Bat Man to do something to her.
When we got home, the kids couldn’t wait to run into the house with their comic books to show their mom.
It was a fun day. I’m lucky that I got to spend it with them.
I learned two important things yesterday. One happened in the morning, and the other in the evening.
I was helping The Fox make his usual breakfast. Which consists of a peanut butter on toast sandwich. The Fox eats this meal almost every morning. Seriously, every day. It is one of his favorite meals. I have made this for hom many times before. But, this morning was different. This was the morning he decided to tell me how to make the sandwich. “Dad, you put the peanut butter on the inside.” Then it hit me. He doesn’t think I can cook or make a sandwich. His instructions were very specific.
Later that night, I was reading The Fox a bedtime story. It was some Lego Heros book that we got from the library. We’ve had it for a couple of weeks and he has mostly memorized the story and a good percentage of the words. While reading the story to him, he started correcting me on my reading. Correcting me with what he thought was the correct words in the sentence. Does he not think I can read?
So it has begun, the youngest child is going to start correcting me at everything I do for him.
Woo Hoo, lucky me.
Last week we visited The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to take the Little People to the new Hot Wheel’s exhibit. We were sure they would love it because their grandpa brings them Hot Wheel cars every time he comes over for a visit. I wasn’t sure it @GotChaBaby and I would because of all the cars we have stepped on in the dark. Come on parents, you know what I’m talking about. If it’s a small toy, you’ve stepped on it in the dark.
They have six full sized cars in the display area. All of these cars were either actual cars created into Hot Wheels cars or Hot Wheel cars fabricated into full sized cars. The centerpiece display is one of the cars designed by Hot Wheels Chief Designer, Larry Wood, called The Bone Shaker. It was cool to see this roofless vehicle with it’s skull grill because my kids have this car in their collection and I had one growing up as well. They also have a full sized version of the first Hot Wheels car that was made into a real automobile, the Twin Mill. We saw this car for the first time at the Indianapolis Speedway a couple years ago at the 35 th Anniversary Hot Wheels stop a couple years ago. Then, it was green, now it’s blue.
MaM took a liking to the exhibit right away. She loves cars. Her dream car is a sparkly blue Corvette The highlight for her was the twenty plus foot Hot Wheels ramp that had a loop in it. She figured out that she could line up ten cars and send them down the ramp at the same time. I caught her filling up her pockets with cars and waiting in line to send the cars on their way. She so liked the area that let her trace the parts of the car on paper. The museum had a similar display during the Barbie exhibit.
AfM liked the smaller track exhibits. He was happy to keep sending the cars down whatever ramp he was standing in front of, just going from ramp to ramp.
The workers in the area were really good with the kids and answered questions for the adults such as “How many cars do you think you’ll go through?” I was told that she wasn’t sure but it amount looks considerably less than what they started with that morning. GotChaBaby asked @TCMIndy the same question, via Twitter, and found out they started with 3000 cars. I wonder how many are left now?
The Hot Wheels For Real exhibit is at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis until January 27th, 2013. If you haven’t taken your kids there, you should, this is one of the best “hands-on” museums for little people.
We got the Indianapolis 500 taking place this weekend. If you’re not from Indianapolis, the 500 is a big event with lots of people walking around. If you’re like us, you go to events like this an do stuff in your city. When I was growing up, my parents would take the seven of us to the auto show or the zoo. We didn’t have a state fair to go to growing up. Every so often, one of the kids would get lost. It happens.
The Indiana State Police suggested giving your kid a business card with the parents contact information. Great idea! One that we use is to add our phone numbers to the yellow Lance Armstrong Livestrong bracelets. You can find these almost anywhere. Just add your info with a permanent marker and let your kid wear it.
We went to Disney Worls last year. We did this instead of the child lease. We’re not a fan of those.
Take Care and Be Safe.
We found our weather radio in the back of the closet. We have had it, used it, and for some reason, it get tossed back into the closet. Maybe it was because my wife didn’t like the guys voice or what he was saying. TORNADO HIDE OR YOU WILL DIE!! We live in Indiana and the weather radio is as much a necessity as tornado straps( google it).
I do have one concern. Lately, my almost four year old has become very concerned with the weather. So concerned, he just told me we can’t go to the park because there is a storm on the way. I’m not sure who told him that. I don’t think it was the gu y in the weather radio. Two weeks ago, a rough storm came through the city. It was a hard storm, but not that bad. The storm lasted probably 15 minutes. The Fox took position under the table. Should I be concerned?
I understand better safe than sorry and I am not trying to tell him not to be concerned, but there is no way that I am going to fit under the table with him. Do your kids do this?
We have a new activity to keep the family busy on Thursday nights. The weekly bike ride in Carmel with Carmel Pedals( aka #TourDeThursdays). I gave it a test run to see if the routes were going to be family friendly before taking my family. I was happy to learn that the routes selected are based on the bike trail system that runs through Carmel, Indiana. I initially thought that we would be doing a large amount of riding on the Monon Trail system, instead we rode through Carmel.
This bike ride is a free, weekly biking event open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. The ride was created by Bruce Kimball. He told me on the first ride that he wanted to start a low key bike ride that got people together to ride on the bike trails in Carmel. Bikers are not locked into doing the same trail as the group. If they want to break off and explore another trail, they are more than welcome to do so. Best part about the ride, no spandex required.
Last week, I brought my family on the ride. Yes, two little kids on a seven mile ride. I pulled The Fox who sat in the trailer and Michelle pulled The Monkey on the hitchhiker. The kids enjoyed it. We were on the road for about an hour and completed seven miles. We stopped half way at a fire department open house and to re-fuel. The week before, we didn’t stop and kept riding. You ride at your own pace. The pace of this rice is not extremely fast, it is leisurely. We road on bike trails except for when we drove through a residential area. We rode on low traffic side streets and crossed four roundabouts. This is something that becomes a little tricky when hauling a bike trailer. Not impossible, just a little tricky.
The family enjoyed our time together during the ride. Some of us, post to Twitter while we ride. This is a great low impact ride if you are new to biking or are looking for a low pressure ride in the evening. Afterwards, you can enjoy a beverage and the open mic night at SoHo Cafe.
For more information
Carmel Pedals on Twitter
Carmel Pedals on Facebook
Carmel Cyclery on Facebook
If you want to ride, head over to the SoHo Cafe in Carmel this Thursday night at 6:30pm
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there.
This is your day. A day to relax while your kids server you and show you how much they appreciate everything that you do. If you can’t be with your mother, call her. If she is no linger with us, give her a couple words of prayer.
Treat your wife like a queen. Show her how much you appreciate what she does.
I made sure the house is clean as well as the kids. I just hope that she does not want me to cook dinner. I am cooking challenged. One day, I hope to overcome this, but it will not be today.
Then going forward, make the things you do on this day part of your daily routine. Dad’s do this things you only do on Mother’s Day more frequently.
We have a quiet day planned. The kids made cards. I hope my wife likes them.
Take Care and have a good Mother’s Day,
PS-If you want your kid to keep quiet about a gift they make for mom, have them work on it near bedtime. This seems to distract them pretty well. We did this on Friday night. I didn’t hear anything about it until this morning when The Fox asked about the picture he drew for mom. I was surprised he didn’t say anything until now.
This afternoon, The Fox and I hit a comic book store to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and Free Comic Book Day in one swoop. He loved it. It is funny what you think your kid picks up as he goes through life. The cool part was getting to hear his reaction to seeing all the super hero’s who were on the covers.
The Fox – BATMAN!
The Fox – X_MEN!
The Fox – SUPERMAN!
The Fox – Who’s that?
Me – Wolverine
The Fox – WOLVERINE!
The Fox – THOR!
We stopped by to see what there was to see and because it got us out of clothes shopping with Mom. The Fox picked up a Batman and a Star Wars comic. He liked the Batman one the most. As a kid, I never got into comics. I didn’t realize the history of the field until I took a course on comic books and culture in college. Time will tell if The Fox gets into this. Hor now, he is happy looking at the pictures and being read to. You would be very proud of me, I didn’t tell the clerk that my three year old is looking for something similar to Heavy Metal.
I do think the comic book store guy got mad at me when I asked when the Hulk became red. Turns out, there’s another guy chasing the green hulk and he became the red one. Who knew? That was definitely my “So, you are not from around here?’ moment.
Did any of you participate in Free Comic Book Day? The Free Comic Book Day website tells me that it occurs on the first Saturday in May. So, go and put it on your calendar for next year.