Today, the Babies' third birthday present arrived!
While their birthday isn't technically until Saturday, I knew there was no way we were going to be able to conceal the big ark banked out back.
Instead, I envisioned a surprise unveil, complete with the parent paparazzi to capture the oohs and ahhs.
Drew was easy. After his eye appointment, he fell asleep in the car and was out when I slipped him inside.
Emily was not so easy. She has eyes like an eagle.
As we pulled in, I came in on two wheels, hoping to whip in and thereby prevent her from seeing the big boat peeking out from behind the house.
"Mommy! I saw something!"
Louder-- "Mommy! I saw something!"
"What do you think you saw?
"I saw a blue slide!!"
You can't get anything by her...
She wasted no time in waking Drew up from his nap and dragging him, half asleep, out the back door.
A short walk up the gangplank, and the maties were on board for waves of fun!
There's a blue slide
and a rock climbing wall.
A forward deck for gathering with friends
and a deck below with a bench and a fireman's pole.
There are regular swings
and trapeze swings (aka "an accident waiting to happen").
All sailors need an overlook to spy the open seas-- or peek over the neighbor's fence for the first time ever. Emily exclaimed, "Mommy, they have a pool and DOGS!" Yes, baby. There's a wide world out there...
They have a ship's wheel to safely steer them through their adventures.
It didn't take them long to get into a pretend adventure, as they reenacted scenes from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Emily quickly assumed the role of captain, ordering Drew, her first mate, to check the treasure map. Like a seasoned sailor, he pulled a piece of paper out of his pocket. After a quick check of their location, Emily decided they needed to adjust their sails, and Drew assured her, "We're almost there!"
Something tells me the trip has only just begun!