Thursday, June 6, 2013

Our Ship Has Come In....


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!"

"You did?"


"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!


Julia said...

Love this!!! It's all our pirate dreams come true! Where did you purchase it?

Caroline said...

It seems that they'll have plenty of a ventures. =]

Mom on a Line said...


Johanna at The Baker Twins said...

How fun! Lucky little mateys. :)

Samantha said...

That's amazing! Lucky kids :)

Olusola said...

WOAH! That is crazysuperawesome.

Happy birthday Em & Drew

PS: Melissa, if you're in the market to adopt a 30-something year old african child to come play on that boat, I have a candidate for you ;)

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! I've never seen one like that! I can only imagine their faces when they first saw it! Happy Birthday, Emily and Drew!

Leigh Powell Hines said...

That is awesome. REally, really, cute.

Rory Bore said...

I so totally want to play on that ship. that is Awesome!! My kids love Jake and the Neverland Pirates too. they would go nuts for an actual ship in the backyard.
Happy early 3rd birthday!!

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