Monday, October 19, 2015

Back in Action

WOW friends. It's clearly been quite a while since I last posted and I'm actually sad I didn't keep up with posts for a few reasons. After my last birthday post a TON has happened and I will do some posts to catch up on things soon but here's the quick recap.

We found out we were pregnant on Valentine's Day. Baby number two due October 11!


We went back to DC and took Russell with us. It was part work trip and part vacation which was fun.


Russell turned 4 which was so much fun. He loved his birthday and now anytime we have dessert at Grandma's house he wants to light birthday candles.

We also bought a house! Nothing like moving when you're super pregnant. I don't recommend it if you can avoid it.

The hardest part about the new house was the fact I went into the hospital early. I was admitted on Labor Day and wouldn't leave until we had the baby. And, if you're looking at a calendar, yes that was a month before she was due.

Finally on September 16th we welcomed our sweet baby girl into the world. She is a wonderful addition to our family and such a great baby. We love her so much!

Since then I've been back into the hospital for postpartum pre-eclampsia which happened with my first pregnancy. (That's a story for another day.) I went through the rest of my Yoga Teacher Training. (Don't worry I'll update on that for sure.) I've been sick a couple times but been able to manage things from home. I'm looking at going back to school and starting to teach some yoga classes. WHEW! Yep SO much has gone on and I can't wait to share our sweet baby's birth story. I hope to revive the blog again and share many of the things that have been on my mind lately. I'm currently on maternity leave so here's to hoping I can get caught up before I go back to work. More from me soon but for now it's time to have some lunch.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Birthday Weekend Recap

It's well after my birthday now but I still wanted to share some pics from my birthday weekend. I loved seeing all the fun posts on Facebook wishing me a happy birthday. It's always fun to hear from friends you might not have heard from all year. I also love that I happened to have my birthday off work this year so it was nice to relax and not have to worry about anything but having fun with the family.


Our day started out with breakfast at The Original Pancake House. I love enjoying breakfast out because my favorite breakfast is eggs benedict which takes some effort at home and when we eat out I can just enjoy it without the mess. Russell loved his fresh fruit and the service was great so it was a wonderful way to start the day.


One of my gifts from Joe and Russell was a massage. YES!!! If you've never had a massage you MUST go at some point in your life. I've been to a few spas when we lived in Vegas and have always enjoyed the experience so when I found I would get to enjoy a massage for my birthday I was excited. Plus, things had been stressful at work for a while so it was nice to know that I could just kick back and relax.


After my massage we hung out for a bit before we took Russell to my parents house so we could go out to dinner. We went to Red Iguana which was a place we'd wanted to try for a while but never had because it's always so busy. We don't mind a short wait with Russell but the only place you can wait at Red Iguana is right on the sidewalk by the street. Russell is a little too into trains and cars and isn't one to sit still so we decided we'd check it out on our own and decide if we could manage Russell there. The food was great and we went early enough we were sat right away. I think if we went with Russell we'd definitely go early so we're not waiting for long.


Finally even though it was my birthday I picked up a birthday balloon for Russell to play with. He loves balloons and we love watching him play with one so it was a win all around.


So, with all the birthday festivities I was reminded that friends and family are what's truly important. Another year older I am looking inward to focus on how I can improve myself and my life so that as a family we can be happy together. We are hopeful that this year we'll get into a house where we can settle in and really make it our own. I am excited to see what the next year brings and hope that we continue to experience good things together.

What are your favorite birthday traditions? Do you love a big birthday celebration or prefer something more low key? Share your favorite birthday memories and let's celebrate life together!



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Little Things

Things have been a little crazy at work lately. My team member, and friend, who has been with me the longest accepted a wonderful opportunity that was a good career move for her. Sadly for me, that means the process of re-hiring and training a new person. I got lucky and we had an internal candidate that accepted the position which reduces some of the work for me but is still a stressful process. I decided it was time to breathe and relax and look for the little things in life that are beautiful. I found some lovely things in my parents backyard that reminded me that even in a yard that looks mostly dead there are still beautiful things and signs of life.








This week I encourage you to take a moment and look around. Find something beautiful and meaningful to you. It doesn't have to be big because sometimes it's the little things that make life worthwhile.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Motovated Monday - Look Inside Yourself

I love following DoYouYoga online because I get amazing inspiration like this. A good reminder for us all as we start a new week.

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"Look inside yourself; everything you want, you already are."
~ Rumi

Friday, February 13, 2015

Adventures at Thanksgiving Point

This year one of our Christmas presents was an annual membership for our family to Thanksgiving Point. The benefits are pretty sweet and include being able to visit all of their venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm Country, Thanksgiving Point Gardens, Museum of Ancient Life). We have already taken Russell on multiple occasions and have found that it hasn't been as busy and chaotic as we thought it would be. We had tried the Museum of Natural Curiosity when it first opened and it was insane but it seems like going during the week isn't bad at all.

We have gone to the Museum of Ancient Life multiple times and Russell seems to love it. He enjoys the dinosaurs and playing in the different interactive parts of the museum. My favorite thing is when we've gone it hasn't been so busy that Russell couldn't take the time to play and explore. We've probably already gotten close to the value of the membership and we're barely into the new year so I know we'll get some serious mileage out of this gift!

I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from a recent visit to the Museum of Ancient Life. If you haven't been I recommend you get down to Lehi and visit. There are tons of great places to eat and shop in the area so it's definitely worth your time.

If you missed it the stegosaurus has a dinosaur in it's mouth. Yeah, that's what dad does...
Russell wanted to stack up all the pieces of the dinosaur.
It's fun to see what will catch Russell's eye each time we go.
Russell found his reflection interesting.
What are your favorite places to take your kids in Salt Lake or Utah County? I'm always looking for new options where Russell can have fun and learn new things. We have tried the usual places but I'm always interested to see what other people's kids are into. Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Karma

Lately I've had a situation that has been causing me a lot of stress. It's gotten bad enough that I believe some of the eczema problems I've had are because of stress. I have a lot of pain in my back and I believe some of that is just me holding on to stress and anxiety. I've been exhausted, unmotivated, and not interested in doing much more than the minimum to get by and even then I question if I'm even doing the minimum. I've came to a decision about this situation but I've had a hard time executing on it and I couldn't figure out why until I came across this...


I found this on the Chopra Center Facebook page. They share a lot of motivational and inspirational quotes but this one completely stopped me in my tracks. I realized one of the reasons I haven't been able to change my situation was because I hadn't completely learned the lesson I was meant to learn from it. I realized that I was letting other peoples actions, behaviors, and dramas impact me and my life. My reaction is what's holding me back from completely letting go of the situation and moving on.

WOW!

It reminded me of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".

Dang it! It's true!!!

Sometimes you just need a reminder at the right time to teach you the lesson you haven't seen or been willing to see. At this point now I know that I need to better control my reactions and do my best to not let other peoples actions impact my quality of life. Some people will always bring drama, lies, manipulation, or other negative traits to your life but it's really up to each one of us on how much of their yuck we let into our life. We can choose to let them make us angry, bitter, upset, or feel small or we can stand tall, stand for what's right, uphold our values, and not let them get the best of us!

Whew! So what's next?

I feel that now that I've realized why I've had a hard time letting go it's practicing the lesson that will set me free. I know it won't always be easy and some days will be harder than others but this life is mine to live and I am taking back my power and going to look for the good in every situation. Look for the other lessons I can learn along the way and always remember how I feel so I never make the mistake of treating someone else in this way.

All this being said I will apologize for being vague about things. I am not at the position where this situation is resolved enough that I can say more but know that things will work out and that's what's important. My hope in sharing this is that if you are currently in a situation that isn't the best for you or bringing you joy you find the lesson quickly so you can move on to the next part of your life. I do believe that in every hard situation that there is a lesson to be learned and until you do it's likely to keep reoccurring in your life anyway. Find the lesson, learn from it, and be free to move on!

Have you ever had a lesson that kept following you regardless of what you did to change things? When did you finally realize the lesson and how did you manage it once it became known to you? Have you ever tried to help someone find their way out of a bad situation before? Feel free to share your thoughts on lessons learned or what you have to overcome.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Motovated Monday - Just Say Yes

When in doubt, just say yes. You can figure things out along the way.


What bold thing have you said yes to in your life? Is there an opportunity you should be saying yes to? Don't be afraid to work hard and learn the things you need along the way. No expert is ever born that way. What you see is years of hard work and dedication being acknowledged. You can be that expert too.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Make it Happen

Over the past month I kept seeing a book pop up on social media and in conversations so I decided it may be a sign this book was for me too.


Have you started reading this book? Is it on your "to-read" list on Goodreads? If you haven't already started reading Make it Happen (or even if you have) pick up a copy at your local book store or order yourself one and get ready to Take the Leap with me! I'm going to start sharing my thoughts and some of my comments from the Take Action section as part of my Strategic Sunday space and I hope you'll share your thoughts and actions with me too.

The book is written by Lara Casey and I'm not really familiar with her work but one of my really good friends highly recommended her and this book so I took a chance. As soon as I got a couple pages in and read the piece below from the Use What You Have Now section I knew this book would be something I'd be excited to work through this year.
This book is your invitation to stop striving, be still, and let go of your struggles and fear. To surrender what feels like everything, to gain what really is everything. You were created to do more than what can possibly be held in your tiny world all by your lonesome.
For the longest time I've felt like I was meant to do so much more than what I am doing now. That's not to say what I'm doing isn't valuable and good but for years I have thought I was meant to do something bigger than me and what I am right now. Who knows, maybe in some way beyond my current reality I will find a way to change the world. And, if I do, you can say you were following my blog long before I was famous. :)

So, I'm really only a few pages in so I don't know what to expect and where this will take me but my friend who is further into the book says it's great and only gets better. If you'd like, pick up a copy of the book and read along with me. Be sure to comment below and let me know if you're reading along. You are always welcome to post in the comments on my blog or post a link to your own blog if you're sharing your thoughts. As I read a little more into the book I'll figure out how often I'll be sharing but know this won't be the last you hear about this book. If you're local and would like to discuss this book I'd be happy to figure out some times we can get together and share in person.

What are the books that have changed your life? Do you have any books you would recommend to anyone and everyone you meet? Is there an author you just can't wait to get the next thing they publish? Join me on Goodreads and let me know if there's anything you'd recommend I read.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am so grateful to have made it to another birthday. This year I have seen many friends deal with the loss of loved ones and heard about many other deaths across the country. It's hard to think about but in reality we may be here today but who knows when our last day will be. So, to not be a serious downer about it all I am asking that everyone celebrate life with me today. If you don't know how to join in the celebration here are some suggestions I have for you...


Take a nap. Seriously when in doubt take a little time to reset and relax. Double points if you have an awesome place to sleep like Panda did.


Try something adventurous! You don't have to make a run to Vegas or Wendover but try something that's outside of your comfort zone. Your future self will thank you for it.


Have dessert first! Yep, it's my birthday so everything is fat free and calorie free today. Indulge because if today were your last day would you want to know you'd said no to everything good and delicious. Live healthy but also enjoy the moments where you indulge in the decadent things in life.


Give thanks today for those who are doing so much to protect our freedom whether here in the states or abroad. You don't need to do anything formal but don't forget that not everyone gets to celebrate their birthday at home surrounded by friends and family. (And yes, that is my husband and he can definitely shoot.)


Find beauty in something today. In nature, in yourself, in those around you, in your circumstances, whatever... Your choice. Find something you can be grateful for and embrace that. When we think about it for most of us we really are blessed in more ways than we may think. 


Be creative! Don't just do everything the same old way. Drive a different way to or from work. Try something crafty. Create something from scratch. Get down on the floor and play with your kids (or a friend/family members kids). Life is more fun when you give in to your inner child and see things in a fresh new way.


If you want a tangible way to celebrate go shop somewhere local and get yourself or someone you love something nice. Seriously, go out of your way to buy something you'd usually get at a big box retailer and find it at a local shop. You are supporting those daring enough to follow their dreams and supporting your local economy. I think both of those things are amazing and worth doing.


Eat cake! Yeah baby! If you can find yourself some cake have a slice and think of me. Feel free to also let me know what your favorite cake is in the comments. :)


And free choice for you! If none of the things above really appeal to you just do something for yourself that your future self will thank you for. Take that next step, read that book, make that phone call, whatever you need to do... You'll know what it is deep in your heart. There is always something you've set aside for far to long and today can be that day where you pick back up and move forward one little step at a time.

Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads this post. More thanks to everyone who takes action on one of these things and comes back to share how that went. I am seriously not big into celebrations but I hope today you'll celebrate not just my life but the lives of those that mean the most to you. Comment below and let me know what you've done today and seriously what your favorite kind of cake is. (Or other dessert if you don't like cake.)

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

YTT Session One

I am so excited to share a recap of my first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) session! Part of my training includes blogging about my experiences. If you are interested in getting up to speed on my YTT journey you can check out my past posts here.


YTT started on January 30th. Our group will gather every last weekend of the month at the Bodhi Yoga studio in Provo, Utah. It's such a wonderful and beautiful space and the people in my training all seem like long lost friends. I am very hopeful that we'll all support each other throughout this time together and hopefully well into the future.


I love that this training is a good balance of book work, videos, demonstrations, discussions, and hands on work. We all have the use of bolsters, blocks, blankets, mats, eye masks, other props, and the studio space where we can learn and even practice teach. If anyone is in the Provo/Orem area and wants to get a group together I'm happy to coordinate a time so we can use the studio space. It's amazing and I know your friends and family would love it!


We were advised to come prepared and bring snacks so I put together a nice healthy mix of nuts, fruit, and dark chocolate chips to help me keep my energy up through discussions. Friday we meet from 3 - 9 and Saturdays are 8:30-5 which includes a full yoga practice so having healthy and good food and lots of water are essential.

On our first night together we shared some delightful dishes from Bombay House. There are three locations in town and I HIGHLY recommend you get yourself there soon and try some of their food. It was so good Joe and I ended up getting some for us on Saturday for dinner.


On our first day I found out that Rani, a certified teacher that assists during class, took her training at the same time as my friend Tara did. There is also a student, Emma, who also knows Tara which makes the class seem even more exciting since we have this common connection between us.

Our class is made up of all women but we have a variety of ages from, I'd guess, 20's all the way through 75. Some people are single, some married, some with and without kids, some have kids that are grown and out of the house, some tall and short, and all body types which is great. When I was driving down for day one I was a little worried that I'd show up and be the only one who wasn't wearing a complete Lululemon outfit and in perfect shape. I guess I should have known better based on the vibe you get walking into the studio. It's not pretentious at all it seems to attract normal people who want to enjoy yoga and share their time together.

At the end of our second day Kaija gave every student a lovely little note. I don't know if they are all the same or different but it was nice to receive and I now have mine in the front of my binder as a reminder of her thoughtful words.


On day two we had some time to break for lunch and luckily I could just run across the street to Zupas. I picked up some food and took it back to the studio to eat. The place was packed and definitely not the vibe I was looking for during our break. It was nice to eat and share some time with Renae so I could get to know here a little. (She is 75 years young and raised 10 children. Now she wants to bring yoga and meditation to other seniors to help them. She is amazing!)


Overall I feel this was the right decision for me and I am so pleased with how things have gone so far. I am excited to work on our follow up items before our next session and can't wait to see everyone again. I do miss Russell when I'm gone for so much of the weekend but he still shows me he loves yoga too by playing with my bolster I got for Christmas and helping me clean my mat at home.

If you want to know more about the Bodhi Yoga studio, the classes that are available there, or the Yoga Teacher Training I am a part of you can find all the details at gobodhiyoga.com. Don't forget, if you are interested in being part of my practice teaching please complete this form and then I'll know to contact you when I'm ready to start scheduling my practice classes. Namaste.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Motovated Monday - What You Think

I have been trying to be more positive in my thinking lately so this resonated with me. If you're not following Positively Present on Instagram you need to. Plenty of great inspiration that you'll want to see in your IG feed.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's Go Time!

I am so excited yet nervous at the same time because this weekend I start my yoga teacher training at Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. If you want to get caught up on how I got here you can go back and check out my story.


One of my goals this year is to live a healthy lifestyle. For me that includes daily meditation or yoga practice. This will be essential as I go through my yoga teacher training so that I can practice what I am learning. I have had good days and bad days but I know building consistency will be key to me getting healthy and helping my body feel better.

I don't know what the next few months will hold as I take a deep dive into this training. I know I will gain a deeper understanding of yoga and what it can do for me and others but I am sure so much more will come from being a part of this training. I hope you'll keep checking back in to follow my journey. I'll be sure to share more after my first yoga teacher training sessions this weekend.

If you are interested in being a part of my yoga journey, I will be doing practice teaching where you can come practice yoga with me for free but in return I need you to complete some feedback so I can learn what works and what isn't working so I can grow as a teacher. If you are interested in being part of my practice teaching please complete this form and then I'll know to contact you when I'm ready to start scheduling my practice classes.

Wish me luck this weekend. I can't wait to meet the other people in the training class and get started with my yoga training.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Motovated Monday - Timing

I believe that part of becoming successful is working hard and doing your part so that when the right opportunities become available you are ready to receive them.

sheadande.com

If you haven't yet figured out what it is you are meant to do with your life you may want to consider a coach or joining a group that can help you make the connections you need along the way. The graphic above is from a friend of mine who is a coach, author, and empowerment expert. She actually worked with me as an AmeriCorps VISTA when I was in Las Vegas and I am so excited to see she has taken her life in this direction. She was always someone who was driven and hard working and I can definitely see her doing this type of work. She is in Vegas but travels across the country to help the people she works with. You can join her online or in person if you're in a town where she's hosting a workshop.

I think finding the right coach or right group can be helpful to finding your direction in life so check out her website and see if Adande may be the right coach for you. If you're not ready to make the leap check her out on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Have you ever worked with a coach or networking group that helped you develop professionally or personally? Are there things you do yourself to help keep you motivated and on track to meet your goals? How do you make sure you're connecting with others in your community to make sure you can take the next step in your life?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

4 goals for 2015

We started the year with 4 Tips for Setting Your 2015 Goals. Hopefully by now you've taken some time to sit down and think about what will be important for you in 2015. Perhaps you wrote down a few goals or maybe you went all out and put together your goal poster. Either way, I'm hopeful you have something on paper and will be working towards your goals with me through 2015.


I always feel it's important to "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk". These days with the wealth of information out there it's easy for someone to read up and decide they're an expert in any given topic. I want you to know that when I am talking about goal setting it's through years of work, evaluation, and trial and error that has led me to where I am at now. I personally think my system is still a work in progress but each time I find a way to refine it I know I am getting that much closer to a system that will work for me year after year.

As you can see in the first picture our goal poster is up. Since getting married Joe and I have been making a goal poster together. I used to have one of my own that would live in my office space but I never really looked at it so it wasn't that helpful. Finally after we realized we were both going to work towards things to improve ourselves and our lives we started making a shared goal poster. In our old home in Las Vegas it lived on the bathroom mirror. Here it lives on the wall between our bedroom closet and bathroom. It's the perfect place because it can be the last thing you see before you fall asleep and the first thing you see when you wake up.


After a long period of reflection I realized that 2015 is all about building a foundation. I felt like I have these great goals and dreams and I want them to be a reality now but I know that those people you see who seemingly achieve overnight success really worked hard year after year before their preparation met opportunity and BAM! Success!!! I decided that if I wanted to achieve my big crazy goals I needed to work hard to build a foundation for my future success. This year it's time to get back to basics and master some new things.


As I mentioned, I am walking the walk so here are my 4 big goals for the year:
  1. Learn more - yep, I always have a goal that is mostly focused around reading more books. This year I've expanded it to include taking classes or attending webinars because I feel it will be smart for me to start networking with the people who are going to help me fulfill my dreams. I also feel in some subjects I have done a lot of reading and it's time to start putting that knowledge into practice.
  2. Live a healthy lifestyle - to make it simple, I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I try my hardest to stay positive and not complain but honestly most days I feel like crap. Whether it's feeling bloated after a meal or my hands hurting and peeling from eczema I feel like everyday is a battle to not feel like crap. This year I want to start making the little changes that will hopefully add up to not feeling bad every day over time. 
  3. Cultivate creativity - when I think back to the happiest times of my life it was when I was being creative. I've played the piano since I was three. I loved to dance in high school. I have always taken various cooking and crafting classes and loved them. Even my favorite memories from growing up include doing crafts with my mom. Now I love all the crafty things I can do and I want to expand my creativity. I want to try new things and remind myself that sometimes it's ok to not have to be logical and to just have fun.
  4. Start building a billion dollar brand - honestly, I thought about not sharing this one here. I felt like it was one of those goals most people would laugh at or think wow she's seriously delusional. I get it, my blog isn't the best looking or most sophisticated. I don't have a product that's making millions and I am not connected to the rich and famous. But... I feel you have to start somewhere and if I focus on doing the things that will make my business billion dollar fabulous then one day, just maybe, it will actually become that. Can you imagine? Every billion dollar business started as an idea so why can't my idea eventually get there to? 

There are two additional goals that are on our poster that are shared goals. Our biggest being to save money to buy a home this year and the second is to take time to have a monthly date/family day. I feel having goals as a couple gives you something to work towards together. It also helps you both to have an understanding of what is mutually important to the both of you or what is important for the family. I believe writing those mutually shared goals down helps avoid the confusion about what is/is not a priority so you both know where the money needs to go.

So that's it for me! It's time for you to share your goals with the world. I'm excited to have shared my goals with you and I hope you'll come back to check in on my progress and get tips on achieving your goals throughout this year. 

Have you created a goal poster or written your goals down for the year? If you're feeling bold share one or all of your goals in the comments below. You can also tag #motovated and @motovatedwellness if you share a photo of your goal poster on your social media. I would love to see what you're working on this year so we can keep each other accountable!

Friday, January 23, 2015

3 Types of Parents I Discovered at the Discovery Gateway

This past weekend we went downtown with my parents and checked out the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. My dad got some free passes for the family so we figured why not see if it was something Russell would enjoy. When we got there Russell wanted to run in and start exploring which was a good sign.


Russell did check out the area with the balls that you could send through different tubes but he really just wanted to dump the balls on the floor so that didn't last long. We moved on to the construction area with the trucks and big blocks and he really liked being there. Most of the kids were scrambling to play with the crane they had but Russell was happy playing with the smaller toy trucks in the corner.


The other thing Russell really liked was the large xylophone type thing that you could make noise with. He of course had to have two sticks and could have happily stood there playing for quite some time. At that point I was wishing they had a bench in that corner and we could have let Russell make noise for hours.


Russell eventually found the play house area where he quickly went and explored the kitchen. He loves helping us in the kitchen so it was no surprise he wanted to play with the pots and pans and explore the fridge. The picture above was taken just as he put the veggie into the pot and put the lid on it. Super cute!

He also liked being in the little grocery store area because he could find all the fruits and veggies he can name but there were tons of kids in that area so I didn't take many photos. I was trying to hang out with Russell more than take photos but I do like to have a few pictures from our adventures because Russell likes to look at them too.


Finally a trip anywhere isn't complete without checking out the wares in the gift shop. Russell of course wanted every truck and train in sight but settled on playing with this tiny piano while Grandma went through the checkout line. I love that he enjoys music as much as I do and maybe as he gets a little older I'll teach him to play.

This was our first time at the museum and overall I think it was ok. It wasn't too packed even though it was Saturday afternoon which was nice so Russell could explore. By the time we left I had decided that all the parents fell into one of three categories:
  1. The parents who were putting together a PHOTO DOCUMENTARY of every second of their child's time here using their camera, iPad, and iPhone. (No really, some people had multiple devices.) These parents were clearly in charge of making sure your kid didn't get in the way of their perfectly set up shot. Or they just didn't care if they were in your way because they were too busy taking pictures.
  2. The parents who were clearly using this space for a BRAIN BREAK. They were too busy looking at their phone or talking to their friends to notice their kid was running over other children with the play car they stole from the 3 years and under area. (Yeah, this seriously happened and no parents were in sight to stop it. Luckily the kid got bored and rolled on with no injuries to the kid he ran over but still...) I totally get the need for some adult conversation but please at least keep one eye on your kid so they don't terrorize the other children or destroy the museum.
  3. The parents who were desperate for a cup of COFFEE, a NAP or a glass of WINE (maybe all three) but realized this place isn't for adults and that it was about the fact their kid(s) was(were) having fun and that was ok. These parents were not glued to taking a million pictures and they were overall very courteous and aware of their children's behavior and taking turns with the other kids. To these parents I thank you for keeping a little bit of sanity going in an otherwise chaotic place.
Yeah, we fell into category 3. By the end I was ready for more coffee, a nap, and a giant bottle of hand sanitizer. I know, some germs are necessary to build up an immunity, but by the time we left here I felt pretty gross and was ready to be done. I even overheard some other parents comment that all the kids were having a blast and the parents were standing by yawning. It was the truth.

Honestly I give mad props to the poor folks who work there. Imagine your house after all the kid cousins/neighbors/friends come over and destroy everything. Now multiple that times 100, with enough toys to fill a big box toy store, and clean it up over and over again for HOURS every day... Yeah, that's probably what it's like working there. You have got to seriously love kids and be so patient because there is no reasoning with a kid bent on world museum destruction...

I give this place a thumbs up if your kid has a healthy immune system, doesn't mind loud noises and crowds, or you really just need to wear your kid out. There is a ton to do and even Russell enjoyed his time here. Go in knowing this place is about the kids so it's not that interesting for adults. I prefer NHMU or Thanksgiving Point since there are activities for Russell but there are still interesting things I can look at and learn from while I'm there. Plus those places require you to have some control over your children while you're there. Discovery Gateway to me was a place where some parents just let go and let their kids do whatever they want. Which for me is just a little too much chaos. Overall, if you can go for free or at a discounted price it's worth checking out. I was glad my parents had a free pass for us to get in and try it and maybe we'll go back one day.

What are your favorite places to take your kids? Do you enjoy places where your kids can run wild or do you prefer a more focused learning environment? I feel there's a time and a place for both but definitely prefer the more adult and kid friendly options. Share your favorite pics for places to take the kids, especially in winter time. :)