Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sneak peek

 Our next performance is coming up next month... and our pink starling leotards finally came in and they are gloriously hot-pink.
 It was a pretty great day in ballet... our helper is back from a big competition in New York (yay for Ruby!) and it was costume try-on day and we looked magnificent.

 Saturday was loads of fun.  We started the morning with some activities around the house.  Owen made some really great rope baskets (one for our dear Esme's birthday below) and I worked on making Mochi!  I don't like to eat it but sure have fun making it!
Esme had her big birthday party at the community pool!  We had a blast and I LOVED getting into the water again, and even did great showing off my swim skills.  

Plus these new froggles are working great finally!

Owen had a blast too, and we all enjoyed splashing all around and celebrating our friend... Happy Birthday Esme!
 Today, I took Esme to see School House Rocks!  Owen's school took him earlier this week so he wasn't as eager to go again, though did love it.
 We went out for a yummy hot chocolate after learning all about the different parts of grammar and how a bill becomes a law and all sorts of other exciting educational tunes (plus at least one appearance of a disco ball!).
 Followed by some running around the art museum and a short play-date at our house.

We are a glamorous crew!  

Owen and Dad did not miss out though because they went fishing and Owen hooked a Sturgeon that was as big as he was!  We are missing the pictures because Dad botched the photography, but he did manage a few cool videos.  The sturgeon was released and swam happily (if not a bit more tired after a 20 min fight) home.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Freddie Fungus and Alice Algae took a lichen to each other..

Mom was out of town this weekend at a lichen identification workshop.  While she was studying those organisms made of an algae and a fungus, I was starting to grow a new batch of fungus (oyster mushrooms) of my own for a school project.  I have to give a talk in front of the class in a few weeks and I've chosen mushroom growing as my topic.  Hopefully, I'll have mushrooms by then. 

On Saturday morning Mom headed off to her lichen workshop.  A few hours later we were on our way to the pool.

Going to the pools was actually Grace's idea this time.  Generally she's not a big fan of swimming, but I think she found her goggles and got excited to use them again.

The goggles do seem to still work. 

Scrubbing the shed was also Grace's idea and I have no idea what the inspiration was for that.  Dad and I played our kubb lawn game while Grace scrubbed away with a smile on her face.

After church on Sunday we grabbed a quick lunch at home and headed out to the Westmoreland park. That's the park with all the play structures made out of natural materials like logs, branches, and rocks.

We climbed log towers...

and climbed rock towers...

We even did a bit of crawling.

Dad didn't take any photos of them, but we saw some really cool remote controlled sailboats in the casting pond.   I think they were having sailboat races with them.  They really look like a lot of fun.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Games with Grandma!

Grandma came to town this weekend and we were sure excited to have a visit with her!  She came in Thursday and picked me up early at my (new) daycare and I was so excited that I talked it up with everyone before she came in!  Friday, it was a good day to all visit together, but for some of it, we had to hang out downtown while Mom had a meeting.  

 but we did get some fun shopping in, a new dress for me to wear to Cousin Brittany's wedding in a few weeks and a new swimsuit that I can hardly wait to use! Thank you so much Grandma!
 Owen really ran Grandma through his current gaming obsession and we played maybe 10 games!  We learned rummy and Jacks, and got Grandma to also play Killer Bunnies, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, War, Samurai, my own version of KB, and a game from my magazine, pick-up-sticks, and pshew, that is even a lot of games for us lately.  Owen puts up a tough front but was super excited to have Grandma over to play all ... yes all of his favorite games.
 In spite of the rainy forecast, on Saturday, we headed over to the Tulip farm to admire spring at it's colorful best.
 It was pretty fun!  There were wooden shoes to try on, flowers to admire (and run (carefully) through,
 and although it wasn't exactly balmy, it was lovely to walk around the fields and admire the blooms.

 The ones we got here years ago, are still doing beautifully in our front yard so we refrained from adding to our collection, but it was so fun to admire.

 Owen and I enjoyed a very bumpy cow-tour of the fields too!
 Leaving the folks to take some pictures together

and ham it up for the camera a little bit!
 until they brought us back.  I was pretty excited by the closest thing to a roller coaster that I have ever been on!
 Owen thought it was awesome too.  He promises he was being dramatic in this picture, not that he was this scared!

 Okay, maybe a group shot was asking too much towards the end of our visit.

 I think we do better in pairs!

 Back at home Grandma showed Owen one of her favorite games, Jacks, so he is perfecting his technique.
 Today we started with a nice breakfast out at Toast, followed by a trip to the zoo!  Me and Grandma posed as Bald Eagles!  Grandma is channeling the adult bald eagle with her snowy top, and I am a young'un with a brown head!
 We had a few great sightings today, the Cheetahs were sleeping right against the window, which was cool!  We saw the condors flying around, the whole lion pride sunning on the rocks, and Chimps on their play-structure outside.

 Overall a very nice morning at the zoo.
 Owen talked Grandma into one more game when we got home before she had to go back to Grandpa Tom.
 Grandma may have played enough games to last her at least until I see her again.  While Mom was dropping her off, Dad took us to the playground to play on the structure....
 I am getting so strong!!!
 and a (final game) game of Kubb.

Thank you for the fun-filled weekend Grandma!