Finally, after for trying and trying for what seems forever my Bestie, Roxy, and I were able to have a play date with my kids and her niece and nephew. It may sound very funny to have a play date with her nephew because AJ is so to be 18 years old. I don't remember having play dates with 11, 5 and 3 years old when I was 17, 18 years old. It sound funny but I think its totally awesome. AJ is such a sweet and down to Earth kid. He is a great roll model for my three little monkeys. So we need to have more play-dates before he goes off to college. (HINT HINT ROXY...lol)
The New York Botanical Garden. It was our first spring visit of this year. I am pleased that this was my second cultural institution in one week. This has my Cool Culture juices flowing. I was in hibernation and now it use it before I don't have the Family Pass anymore.
When were in the garden long enough to enjoy the activity available at the Children's Garden. We made terrariums! YAY! Another time where mommy was freaking out in her head. When we reached the activity it began to lightly rain so everyone in outdoor part of the Children's Garden flocked inside. So it became crowded in the blink of an eye. There was a lot of confusion and impatient mothers. We were able to successfully created four terrariums with minimum dirtiness. Unfortunately, Big Bea hit the deck. She panic for a moment and tried to fix it. Has a grand gesture Roxy's niece, Janae, traded her terrarium for Becky's wrecked one. That's is pretty awesome. (Of course Titi Roxy aided in the gesture.) Janae walked back to the construction area and re-built it.
So many great and wonderful things happened socially during this visit its so hard to writing about them all. Janae, who also has special needs, warmed up nicely to Big Bea and they had a giggled old time. She also was willing to play and guide Big and Little Al throughout the grounds. AJ said that this is a miracle. Another great social achievement came with Little Al. When trading child for a potty break Little Al was willing to leave my hand and go with Roxy with no tears or worries. That's right no tears. The only person she is willing to leave me for is her Titi Katrina. This is a major milestone.
The New York Botanical Garden is sensory friendly and transitions friendly. The only time I had a problem with noise level and people traffic and volume was when everyone came in out of the rain. The properly placed in the Conservatory always makes it easy for potty training. However, the restrooms near the reflection pool is not the cleanest. There is a lot for walking involved in this very large garden. Children with "new" legs will need help getting around if you plan of staying for an extended amount of time. Bring an umbrella but keep in mind they are not allowed in the Conservatory or the Children's Garden Activity House. Little Aly's legs did get tired when we were on our way to the parking lot. I pick her up for a little while and put her down when she realized that she was leaving.