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26.4.14

Do Your Best and Forget About the Rest - #PawPatrol on DVD

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If you have a little one and you are not familiar with Paw Patrol,  you just might be missing out!!!   Broxton started mentioning he wanted to watch Paw Patrol and I had NO CLUE what he was talking about - I finally searched and found out it was a new show coming on Nickelodeon back in August... Of course, we had the premier scheduled to watch and from that moment on - we have been in love with Ryder and the Pups!   We have seen every episode numerous times... and we still enjoy watching to see what is going to happen - and you can bet, if Mayor Goodway is in there, a crazy mishap is bound to happen!   


So- what exactly IS Paw Patrol?  
Their explanation : "   The series, produced and owned by Spin Master Entertainment, follows the adventures of six heroic rescue pups and a tech-savvy boy who work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that “no job is too big, no pup is too small!” The series features a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, social skills, and problem-solving. "  
My explanation :It is a great cartoon that takes us with a boy named Ryder and his group of pups that go around "saving" Adventure Bay!   Each of the pups has certain jobs they can do to help out and Broxton loves Marshall, the fire pup, I love Sky the cute little girl dog that flies!    Well - if you love Paw Patrol (or if you have never heard of it and want to grab a great DVD for your little ones...  )  They have announced a release date of May 13th for Paw Patrol on DVD.  "


PAW Patrol Episode Synopses:
 
Pups Save the Sea Turtles / Pups and the Very Big Baby
Ryder, Chase, and Rubble hatch a plan to help sea turtle hatchlings safely cross the road to get to the beach! / There’s a beached baby whale in Adventure Bay! Can thePAW Patrol work together to reunite it with its mother?
 
Pups and the Kitty-tastrophe / Pups Save a Train         
Ryder and the PAW Patrol rescue a lost kitty from the bay, but who will save them from all the mayhem she causes? / Ryder, Rubble, and Rocky call in Chase to help the free Katie and Cali’s train from a rockslide!
 
Pup Pup Boogie / Pups in a Fog       
The PAW Patrol must work quickly to fix the tracks and remove a train car at the Adventure Bay Train Station, before the next train comes. / Ryder and the PAW Patrolbattle the clock to fix the lighthouse.
 
Pup Pup Goose / Pup Pup and Away
Marshal gets a new BFF when a gosling he names “Fuzzy” takes a liking to him. / When Mayor Goodway accidentally takes off in a hot air balloon, Ryder and the PAWPatrol must make a dramatic rescue to save her and win the race!
 
Pups Save the Circus / Pup a Doodle Do
Ryder gets a call from the Circus ringmaster – Ellie the baby elephant has escaped from the circus train! / Mayor Goodway’s purse chicken “Chickaletta” has gone missing.  Ryder and the PAW Patrol search Adventure bay.

Broxton loves this show so much that we have discussions with a buddy of his on his baseball team - he is a big fan too!!!!  When our Paw Patrol DVD showed up, he had to invite his buddy over to watch it at our house, since he didn't have it yet.  Gotta love kids!!!!
The thing I love the most?  Marshall says " Do your best and forget about the rest."  That is now our motto here for Broxton...   and I love that he remembers this phrase!!!!

We were very happy with the release of this on DVD, but I did wish that they had a "never before seen on tv" episode or something, since we have watched these a million times.  Broxton was excited thinking it was a Paw Patrol movie- so maybe they can do that next?  Like I said, we were happy - but if you have seen all the episodes a million times like we have, it does have you wanting more.  (But it is great to have available whenever you want to watch!)  

24.4.14

A Fun Adventure @FernbankMuseum

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Summer time is ALMOST here ... I tell you, it seems like I was just crying tears putting Broxton in preschool and now we are almost to the summer before he starts kindergarten!  What?!  
Well- if you are planning a vacation or a stay cation - look no further than visiting Atlanta!  
There really is so much to do around here ... from sporting events to museums, theme parks to many many great places to eat and shop.  Bottom line is that the options are endless... and if you are flying in - you have plenty of options of transportation, but if you want to rent a car, you can travel a couple hours to even more fun and adventure!  
Anyways, I want to share with you my experience at Fernbank, Museum of Natural History.  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I posted a photo of the Fernbank sign... now, to tell you about our day:

I was able to take the boys there one day as part of our Spring Break...
I was honestly not really sure what to think, you know... would three boys enjoy a "museum?"
Score a couple points for me!  They loved it!

As soon as you enter Fernbank Museum, you are greeted with these HUGE "Giants of the Mesozoic" dinosaurs.
The boys were completely mesmerized with this (and I tell you, they are pretty massive and attention grabbing!)   
 Fernbank is actually a couple different floors and they give you a map when you enter.  I decided it would be best to start at the bottom and go from there...
Their "special exhibit" right now is actually whales... The 13 year old loved it, since he said they had been learning about whales at school and he was eager to read all about it and compare with what he had been learning.  I was excited that although it was "educational" he was still very excited about it all!  They had whale bones, video where they tagged whales, an area for you to hear whale songs and so much more...

This is a replica whale heart that was large enough for kids to climb through.  I believe there was a little tv set up in there for them to watch a short video, but I did not go in, so I could not tell you exactly.   
After exploring the first floor (they had a section on shells that I would have enjoyed looking at for a longer time, but Broxton wanted to go back to the dinosaurs.)  We did spot the Star Gallery and all of us stood there observing the ceiling in amazement at how peaceful and serene it was.  We then skipped the entry level and headed on to the top floor.....

Having a blast in the Nature Quest exhibit.  
On the top floor, I made the mistake of heading to the Nature Quest Exhibit first.  Once in there, I knew it was going to be quite some time to get the boys out, so I walked around exploring the area...
It was actually REALLY cool and a place that you could literally take the kids there and let them spend HOURS enjoying themselves...
In Nature Quest you have a couple different sections.  It was so neat!
You could go in one area to see all the coral, climb through the big tree house...  Look at little (pretend) turtles in one area, shine flashlights to see what animals you can find in another area, cross a rope bridge, use a pulley system to load items and take to the top floor / lower to the bottom level.  The boys had a BLAST in there and I am not really sure how long we stayed, but I had to pry the 3 of them out of there!!!
Mental note- come back again and plan to just spend most of our time in there!  

The next area we went to was the Reflections of Culture section - that was a quick walk through as the boys were interesting in the Sensing Nature area.....
 That was the second coolest part!  As soon as we walked in, we w ere greeted with a huge bubble making area.  I think they stayed in there making bubbles until I had them leave so that other kids could play!    If you want to be amazed at several different things, make sure you plan plenty of time to check out the Sensing Nature area...
They had the bubble area - several different vision trickery areas, a whole area I never got to and then the coolest - these big circles across the room.. you sat in one and someone sat in the other - then you spoke in your normal voice and you could seriously carry on conversations with the other person like they were right there beside you!     Oh yeah, then there was the section where you could pretend you were on the weather... the ball that has the static electricity (Broxton was AMAZED at that and had to do it over and over and over and over and did I mention over again?)  That and the tornado replica!!!

How big of a bubble can you make?  That was the goal, right?  
 While we were constantly in AWE with all of the discoveries in the Nature area - Broxton spotted more dinosaurs... So, we headed to check it out and explored all the other exhibits throughout Fernbank.
Like I said, if you are looking for a great time -  (you don't have to tell them its educational too) make sure you check out Fernbank!  It was a blast for the 4 of us and I am sure we will be back again soon!
Now, when people talk about how awesome it is, I can chime in and agree...
Dinosaur Exhibit at Ferbank
 
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