Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hello Again

Whew, time to dust the cobwebs off the old blog, here! Life threw me a couple of curve balls in the middle of the month, and I had to spend a lot of time doing things that were not very blogworthy. Trust me, you do not want to know details!

We have managed to squeeze in some fun, though. Last week the children and I visited my parents. We go at least once a summer. This year's visit was similar to last year's, except Henry met a sad demise a few months ago, so no Henry this time.

We did go to the zoo one day. This is the same zoo I went to as a child. It's not very expensive and not very big, which is just the way I like it. Tigers are my son's favorite animal. He was happy to get this close, although the look on the tiger's face had me a little bit worried.

The wallabies were exceptionally cute!





And for the truly exotic animal viewing experience....





The zoo features a zip line and a sky trail. Both of my kids rode the zip line, 4 stories over the zoo. I stood near the starting platform and watched them step off, but they were quickly lost from my sight among the trees, so unfortunately I have no photos. My mom and sister had a good view from below, and cheered as the kids zipped over their heads.
My son and my nephew braved the sky trail, which is a rope navigation system 4 stories above the ground. My jelly legs would never hold me up on something like this!






My daughter didn't feel quite up to the sky trail, but she has been busy developing other talents!!








Saturday, July 11, 2009

Carnival

I took my daughter to the carnival tonight. I didn't really want to go. It's too expensive, the groups of teens can be intimidating, the food is wretched, the rides aren't safe, the carnies are sleazy, the games are rigged, and the prizes are tacky anyway.

But she begged.

And it is summer, after all, when one does things like spend vast amounts of money at carnivals.

She rode the carousel and the bumper cars. I wouldn't let her ride anything that lifts off the ground or holds you upside down. I think about all those bolts being put together and taken apart, and being jostled down the highway, repeatedly, all year long, and it scares me. But the carousel and bumper cars seem pretty safe.Happily, at this carnival, there were lots of games with a guaranteed prize for the kids. She chose a fishing game.



I fully expected that she'd get one chance to snag the fish, and if she missed, that was the end, because that is how these things operated when I was a kid, but the very nice carnie, who seemed not sleazy at all, told me she got as many chances as it took until she snagged one.
And the prize was actually kind of cute!


Now if I could just stop worrying that it is stuffed with razor blades, I'll be a happy mom.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Copy Cat

My son and I shamelessly copied the radish carving idea I saw here. I harvested the last of our radishes a few days ago, and since I am the only one in the house who eats radishes, and since I usually get my fill of radishes pretty quickly, carving them up seemed like a good idea.





Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Celebrating All-American style at my parents' house.

































Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another year older

Today is my birthday, and I'm actually feeling quite young, because everyone seems to think it's my 43rd birthday. My mom thought I was turning 43, my sister thought I was turning 43, even my husband and son thought I was turning 43. But I'm really only 42!! So, yay for me!

Remember when birthdays were so exciting, when it was so great to be the next year older? Not so much anymore. Although, I use this calories-burned calculator, and now, just because I'm one year older, it says I burned almost one whole extra calorie in my workout today!

My children surprised me today, because, unprompted, they both told me happy birthday first thing, and they had gifts and cards for me. My daughter embroidered a beautiful heart for me. The felt is actually a rich purple, but purples always come out blue on my camera. This little heart makes me so happy. Her stitching is getting so nice.

My son made a card, and this was on the back:
He gets his sense of humor from his father. In case you can't read his writing, it says "since you are getting so old, we reserved a spot for you at the nursing home!" Scary thing to think that actually will be his job some day. I won't think about that now.

My daughter made me this itty bitty card. She wrapped it in 5 sheets of paper, put it in a box, put the box in a gift bag, and put the gift bag in a shoe box. She got a huge kick watching me have to unwrap all those layers to get to my teeny card. (I think she's the only one who got my age right today.)
Two friends took me out to lunch, which seemed very celebratory. The restaurant had a birthday special: a free banana-nutella crepe, complete with ice cream and whipped cream, for the birthday person. It was huge, more than enough for 3 people, and oh so delicious.
Just in time for my birthday, my balloon flowers are starting to bloom.









I love these. I first saw balloon flowers at my friend Tina's house, and thought they were the coolest things. Now I have them in my yard, too!