Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flyin' with Grandma!

Happy Valentine's day everyone!  I hope you spent it sharing the love with your friends, family and sweeties.  We had a great day... woke up to some treats from the folks 
(new dress by Mom for me, new Dad designed Froggy t-shirt and super cuff for Owen).  
We also got some super sweet cards from Grandma and Grandpa Steves, awesome toys from Auntie Donna and clothes from Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom!  Thanks loved ones for helping make the day extra special.   The fun continued at school!  
At the Y we had a special Valentines snack that Daddy got to visit for.
  We had a great party complete with cupcakes!! 
 Though Dad reported that we all mostly just ate the frosting.  Owen had a great day too sharing Valentines with all of his friends at school too!  A little later that week he had a talent show with the Y at his school... 
he was a magical wiggly worm and perhaps the only kid we could hear clearly in the auditorium during his play.  The biggest excitement of the week was Friday.  
Well it started out super fun, Mom and I met Liam and Vanessa at the Patio and Yard show at the convention center which was super great.  Mom got a few seeds and a new winterhazel bush,
 I got to play with Liam in the play-house and on some of the fun equipment they had set up for kids entertainment too. 
 Afterwards, I crashed in the car as Mom drove over to pick up a special surprise from the airport... Grandma Terri!  YAY!  We got to catch the tail-end of Owen's Wushu class and took ran some quick errands then headed home some books that Grandma brought us (I LOVE Owl at Home, we have read it many times a day this weekend)  for a great burger dinner. 
 The next day we played around in the morning and took off to Evergreen Air and Space Museum, 

home of the Spruce Goose (or Big-birch bird to be more accurate).

  It was pretty cool...

 in addition to a whole bunch of planes, there were lots of plane seats... which I really really loved.

You could even buckle in!

We learned a lot, like the "spruce" goose is really made of birch...

, the movie the Avaitor had a bunch of really good models that served as mini sets,  that they filled the pontoons up with beach-balls in case one was punctured it would be "unsinkable"

AND that it flew for a whole 30 seconds before being retired (a one-line flight log)

  In addition to being able to see all of the planes,

 there were some great activities as well...

 There was an artist (who sells his pictures in the shop) giving lessons on drawing planes

 that Owen and Daddy took advantage of, they worked hard on their masterpieces and they were pretty great!

 After exploring the "Air" part of the museum, we checked out the "Space" building which was also pretty cool...

 there was a blackbird, all sorts of space shuttles, capsules, etc.  Most exciting was the airplane merry-go-round.  I went on it while Owen was drawing and felt like this...

"MOMMY!!!"  with a lot of tears and not much happiness... it made an impression and I would relate repeatedly "Airplane up and down... up and down... no like up and down"  though with a little space and time, the story changed more towards how much fun I thought it was.  Owen on the other hand had a blast from the get-go.

  Towards the end of our visit we got to set for a lecture from "The airplane guy" who showed us a dozen or so cool paper airplanes then showed us how to fold a great one and then it was tons of airplanes all through the museum!

 We got his book signed and then brought it home to work on all of the new plane ideas.

 Sunday, Daddy and Owen made a bunch and flew them outside.

 We have to work on how to trim them out, but otherwise, they were super fun.

 Today Daddy and Owen went to see Starwars in 3D while Mom, Grandma and I had a great girls afternoon.
We did some shopping downtown and caught lunch before heading home (and not napping!).
Grandma and Owen did a puzzle together (100 pieces is obviously not enough of a challenge, we will have to up the atne soon).

 We got some Pizza and let Mom and Dad go out for a nice date to the Woodsman and Pix.  We had a great movie night with Grandma.  Thank you so much Grandma Terri for taking such good care of us this weekend!  We had a wonderful visit with you!

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