Jun. 10th, 2012

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Last weekend (May 31-June 4) we had friends with 5- and 7-year-old boys visiting from Austin, so the weekend was crazy. Various permutations of the group did the following:

1) Tried a new restaurant called Zumon Zunum (I cannot keep this name straight in my head!) up in The Woodlands. It advertises itself as the best of both worlds -- good food for an adult palate, plus a children's play area. Our boys loved the play area, but the food was mediocre at best. Given that the place was also crazy expensive for what you got ($3.95 for a cup of milk for a kid?! Really?), I don't think we'll be going back without a coupon.

2) Played in the backyard in the inflatable hippo pool and new curvy slip-n-slide. (Our neighborhood pool was closed due to vandalism. Joy!) The hippo was definitely a bigger hit than the slip-n-slide. Verdict: slip-n-slide is much better in its normal, boring, straight version.

3) Ian and I went to Ian's buddy Miles' 2nd birthday party on Saturday morning. 4 kiddos total, Ian being the youngest at 20 months. It was essentially a playdate with presents and cake. But lots of fun for the kiddos :).

4) The rest of the group went to Space Center Houston. The big boys LOVED the giant indoor playscape there. If we lived in Clear Lake, a season pass for the playscape alone would be in our future. Alas, we do not. Seeing the Saturn V rocket was apparently the other highlight.

5) Ian and I drove down and met the rest of the group in Galveston. We explored the new Pleasure Pier, tried to have dinner at Fish Tales but failed due to an hour-long wait at the time we arrived with hungry, hungry kiddos. Had pizza for dinner at Mario's Ristorante instead -- it's an Italian place on 61st Street (i.e. NOT the Seawall!) we ate at in Galveston a few years back and remembered liking. They have GOOD pizza! And no wait at 6:00. (They were much busier by the time we left after 7.)

6) Lots of bike riding in our cul-de-sac. Corwin is slowly improving.

7) Sunday morning, Corwin's behavior was atrocious. So he stayed home with his (not feeling well) dad Saturday afternoon while the rest of us went down to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and saw the new Paleontology Hall and the butterfly exhibit. The Paleontology Hall looks INCREDIBLY cool (I have never seen so many dino skeletons all in one place!) but I didn't get to look at anything closely due to having to focus on keeping Ian under control. I didn't expect him to be really interested, but I expected him to be a little more interested in the big skeletons than he turned out to be. I definitely want to go back without him to look at the Hall more closely. Ian enjoyed the butterfly center much more, though his favorite part was the big pool with the waterfall at the bottom of the pyramid. Ian's other favorite thing was the big spinning granite ball/water feature outside.

8) Dinner at the Black Labrador English Pub on Montrose. I haven't been there in years, but much enjoyed it!

9) Monday morning, we took the boys to play on the playground at Mercer Arboretum. It was HOT, but they had a blast.

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