Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Counting the M&M's was a fan favorite. I know it was my favorite. It was kinda cool. Each child got a small package of M&Ms and had to sort how many there were of each color and do math activities (greater than, less than, adding, etc.). Fun and yummy!
Ellea enjoying some daddy time!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Lately, he's been taking pictures of stuff that he thinks might be blog worthy. And they are blog worthy, but I have to laugh because he seems a little antsy for me to hurry up and use his pictures!
These pictures are from the Knights of Columbus (a men's Catholic organization) fundraiser "Steak Fry" that Glenn helps with.
They actually put the steak on a pitchfork and fry it in a big pan of oil that's been heated to temperature with a propane torch. You'll be happy to know it's a dedicated pitchfork. It's not used for other pitchfork-worthy tasks.
Not the healthiest red meat, but it is pretty tasty.
Photos courtesy of Glenn, of course. You may be seeing some "guest blogging" from him. I'm sure he'd have some good stuff to say, but I told him that I would retain all editorial control!! Ellea didn't think that sounded fair, but whose blog is it???! Mine, all mine!
(Love ya, Glenn! Have a great day!)
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ellea made them both tin foil crowns on the drive over to Seattle. Morgan made Wendi a necklace and Ellea made John a tie. Morgan colored both of them a picture.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I intended to snap a picture of a single slice on the plate, but, alas, I was too excited to eat it to worry about pictures!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
First was a little volunteer time (and shopping) at the Hospital Thrift Shop where she spends a lot of her time. Then on to a yummy Subway Sandwich. After lunch, we went to her house and set up her Christmas tree.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Morgan was pleased with his headress and dried potato necklace from school. The potatoes are supposed to look like teeth. It's pretty beleivable.
Me, about to dive into one of the desserts I made. Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. Yum!! I'll try to share the recipe soon.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Our kids are hooked on those machines that press an image onto a penny. We've done them a couple other places. I tried to argue they'd lose them, but they have a special place to keep them. Well, how can I to argue with that?!!
You pop in your money (two quarters and the penny), chose the design you like and turn the handle.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
It's funny, but sometimes the free attractions seem more interesting to the kids than the spendier ones!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We also heard in great detail about the trouble with the gravity-fed sewer system that drained into the bay and backed up daily with high tide. Fascinating, no?
On the tour, they take you down to where the original sidewalks were. They pointed out these "skylights" that were installed in the new sidewalks so there would be natural light in the passageways.
Monday, November 21, 2011
In some places the gum is several inches thick and it's 15 feet high and 50 feet long. It's often used by wedding photographers. Can you imagine? No, I don't think I want a picture of myself in a wedding dress in front of a gum wall.
One of those things that's interesting and icky all at the same time!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
If you ever go to Seattle, you may notice there is a Starbucks store on almost every street corner! John and Wendi said you have to be very specific when you're meeting someone at Starbucks because there are so many!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
We parked at Wendi's office building (free parking again!!) and walked a few blocks to get down to the waterfront. She said because it was Sunday, the streets of downtown weren't very crowded. It looked like a lot of people to me, but I'm used to Cottonwood, Idaho!
This is the iconic fish stand where they throw the fish around. We didn't get to see much throwing because there weren't many customers buying anything. The guy in the foreground is throwing a crab to the guy in the middle here.
They sell a little of everything at the market, but the best deal looked to be the fresh flowers, and they were everywhere!!! This bunch was only $15!! Aren't they purty?
Friday, November 18, 2011
They had no intention of cooperating with her plan!!
Ellea even got in on the action. Don't you love Nicole's technique. It's more hunchback of Notre Dame than goose-like! Luckily none of the geese were rabid or aggressive! They just calmly kept two steps ahead of her.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
There were parrots and cocatiels and parakeets. The parakeets were the most eager to eat our seeds.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Morgan was determined to get a picture with the snake. Some big variety. I can't recall what it was called. A boa constrictor perhaps. You can barely see it behind the glass, but he's there!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I wish I could remember what kind of monkey-creature this is. He was sitting there looking at another lady when we walked up. Ellea sat down when she that lady left and he just stared at her. One of his eyes was cloudy. He must have a cataract. I love this picture (by John Drake--thanks!). You can hardly see the glass separating them.
Morgan took a turn sitting by the monkey, too.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I spent most of the day coveting after John's beautiful Canon camera. I have a similarly beautiful Canon camera. But mine uses this prehistoric material called film. My parents got me that great camera when I graduated from high school. I will someday take the plunge and buy a newer, high-fangled digital version. Until then, I'm stuck with my point and shoot! John was gracious enough to send us home with a CD loaded with all his best zoo shots including the above family photo.
So, this is the closest I hope to ever get to one!!