Usually Stefan has Friday’s off work but he had to work today so it was just Ryan and I for the day. I asked Ryan last night what he wanted to do tomorrow and he said “go to the museum”. Well, our local museum has been closed for over 2 years but recently reopened and I don’t ever remember Ryan going there so was surprised at his answer. Of course I said we could go 🙂
The morning was a bit tense as the teenagers were arguing (as most siblings do at times) and once they left for school Ryan cuddled down on the couch and asked to watch Cars 2. He seemed calm and happy so I told him I was going to have a quick shower – something I don’t often do when no-one else is around to keep an eye/ear on him. A few minutes later I heard screaming, jumped out of the shower, grabbed a towel and raced down to the lounge… only to find it was excited screaming! Ryan had opened the curtains and discovered the council had workers fixing the bent barrier fence that has been dented since someone crashed into it in October 2017 (we remember because it happened at the same time as David rescued Havoc, after he fell out of someone’s car who pulled over for the accident, at only 4wks old). Ryan has shown every visitor since then the dented fence and asked us multiple times every day “when are they going to fix the broken fence?” to the point where I almost contacted the council to ask them lol. So you can imagine his extreme joy at seeing it finally happen.
Mid morning we drove into town and went to the Museum. Ryan put money in the parking meter and, as I expected, did a very quick walk around the whole museum – upstairs and down – barely stopping to look at anything. The bones caught his interest.
And then we were off again. There was hardly anyone else there and I know that a future visit will be different because it won’t be a new place. He often goes into fast forward and checks everything out quickly in new places.
Of course across the road from the museum is one of Ryan’s favourite things in town – the Majestic Square waterfall. So we went to have a look 🙂
When I asked Ryan what he wanted to do next he said “check the train tunnel” so we drove to Kowhai Park and he was very pleased to find the train safely locked in its tunnel.
We passed the moas – “like the bones we saw at the museum, Ryan” and he said “yes”, on his way to check the ticket booth was shut. He likes riding on the train but also is quite happy to find it all locked up and the rolling doors down. It’s been months since he has asked me to go here. Last summer we were here everyday checking the train!
He went to check if the showers were going and asked me to “read the words, Mummy” to see why they were not working.
He had a swing, and went down the dinosaur slide a few times. We ran into a lady who used to teach Ryan at kindy, at the park with her young children. Ryan happily pushed the kids around and around on the merry-go-round and chatted away about the squeaking noises he could hear and how he was going around and around 🙂
When we arrived home we discovered a parcel had arrived! Exciting! It was from ExperiSense NZ (they have a facebook page and website) and you can order monthly boxes, themed boxes, or individual sensory and developmental products/toys. I ordered the April box after a recommendation from a blog follower, and I am impressed. The items are great quality, all things I can use with Ryan, and the whole box smelt amazing from the bath bombs with hidden toys 🙂 Check out the photos to see what else was included – visual velcro schedules, theraputty, laminated shape mats for dough/theraputty, stretchy mice and cheese toys, and some small sensory toys.
Like Christmas and Ryans birthday I didn’t want to overwhelm him with too many new things so I opened the box while he was in the bath. I chose the stretchy expandable ball for him to play with, and he loved it! He was enthralled with how it shrunk each time he threw it lol.
Ryan enjoyed more coin posting, cuddles with cats, and playing with the tray of pebbles in plastic boots (3 days in a row he has played with this!). We watched some YouTube videos of cats doing funny things and both laughed until we cried.
When Stefan got home we went for a drive up to the cemetery to take flowers to Stefan’s Dad who passed away 5 yrs ago today. On the way home we stopped for pizza. Ryan thought it was great when a car was pulled over by the police and stopped right behind us. Ryan banged on the window and was yelling “hello!” and then asked me to “squirt the back window to get it clean and wet the policeman” … that child is so cheeky lol!