Monday, September 2, 2013

Summer Fun # 9 ~ Monkey Joe's

For our last week of summer before Evan started back to school and I headed back to work, I braved an adventure with the boys alone and took them to Monkey Joe's while Daddy was working.  This was a place I took Evan a lot when he was younger but that we had not visited in a long time.  The boys had gone more recently with their nanny, and Evan begged to go back.  Evan loved this place before he was even a year old, and we even took him as a "You're walking" celebration.  There are several locations in our area, and we decided to go to a different one than the one where we used to go.  I was slightly disappointed in the quality of this other location and wouldn't recommend it.  One of the large bounce castles was on the floor and not filled with air.  There was obviously a leak in the ceiling right in the center of the building and buckets were left out to catch the water.  Many of the bounce castles were so old and poorly maintained that they barely held air.  When Evan was smaller, I could take him down the bigger slides easily, but when I tried to take Brody, the bounce castles were leaking air so badly that I would sink down into them and could barely get out.  Despite these disappointments, Evan and Brody managed to both have a little fun.

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Brody enjoyed riding this little dinosaur. 

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And then Evan had to join in.  The poor dinosaur couldn't hold them both! 

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Silly Evan fell off! 

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Evan loved this snail when he was little.  You can tell the snail has seen better days since its eyes have been rubbed off! 

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Brody peeking around the dinosaur at me. 

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Coming out.  He couldn't handle the ones with big kids. 

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He liked playing in the little kids' play area.
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Evan showing me how to go down the big slide. 

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Evan getting ready to slide. 

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And coming out.  I missed him on the way down.  

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Brody was having fun while big brother did the big kid stuff. 

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Evan wanted to go down again so I could get a picture this time. 

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Down he goes!

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Love this leap in the air. 

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My handsome big boy!

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Evan came over to play with little brother. 

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Brody had to ride the dinosaur some more. 

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And give him some love. 

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And the dinosaur face planted!  

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More dinosaur love. 

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Happy kid. 

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Riding on the snail. 

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And choking the snail. 

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Big brother going down the big slide one last time. 

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One last slide to end the summer! 

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I just had to look back at some of the fun pictures from Evan's earlier MJ experience.  Notice that he is sucking his thumb in 2 of the 4 pictures.  Ha!  
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And this was a fun memory of me under a pile of kiddos!  :-) 
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  1. Fun! Spencer and Michael went to a similar place over the weekend. I think all little boys love places where they can bounce around and get some energy out. Us parents love it too!

  2. That looks like so much fun! And oh my goodness, Evan was one adorable walk baby!

  3. I'm so sorry the bouncy place was a bit of a disappointment. It looks like Evan had fun though. Both Sam and Rachel are still scared of bouncy castles/etc so it'll likely be a few years before we do them again.

  4. I love that you "braved" taking them by yourself. That looks like a fun place and looks like they had fun!! Good job mom!!


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