Today I had a funny conversation with Matthew. It went like this:
Matthew: "Mom? Um, when are you going to go to the store and buy me a police man costume?"
Mom: "Uh...why do you need a policeman costume?"
Matthew: "So I can put it on, and take my whistle (he's holding his coaching whistle) and go out on the road and stop the cars."
Mom: "Oh! (First reaction was complete laughter...then fear of the thought of him going out on our busy street.) "Matthew, you know you can NEVER go out on that road, the cars go too fast and you would get hurt."
Matthew: "Well Mom, police guys do it all the time, and all they need is their whistle."
Sunday, July 31, 2011
On our last day of Spring Break Vacation, we traveled down to Ogden and went to the Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it, and so did Andy and I. There were to scale and some life-sized statue replicas of many different kinds of dinosaurs all over the park. Each one had a sign telling you if the statue was to scale, or if it was the true size of the dinosaur, and then would also explain when the dinosaur lived, and where it's fossils are found, what it ate, etc. It was very interesting. We spent several hours here wandering around reading and taking pictures.
At first I don't think Lainey knew what to think about everything. The dinosaurs were so big and looked so foreign to her!
I can't remember the scientific name of this dinosaur, but it was something about "mother." This particular dinosaur would stay near her eggs until they hatched, and watch over them fiercely if needed.
There were also water dinosaurs displayed. This one in the background looked to us like a modern day dolphin. But the science didn't make any sense to me, because dinosaurs were reptiles, and dolphins are mammals. So...if we go with the theory of evolution then the dolphin used to NOT be a mammal? Well, it was a pretty neat statue anyway.
This was a fun little area. There was a small stream coming through, and they had old pans and lots of iron pyrite. So the kids "panned for gold" for a little while. Rachel actually found a stone that is either a small diamond or a small cubic zirconia. It's about a quarter karat-sized and she was SO excited. I felt really bad for whoever lost it from their ring...and who knows how long ago that was. We told her we'd take her in to a jeweler to see if it was worth putting into a setting for her. She was estatic!
Matthew also really liked the fossil dig area. There were different sets of skeletons under the sand, and they had brushes for the kids to use to gently brush away the sand. Matthew uncovered a bunch of bones, as well as a nest of eggs. (All cast stone of course, not real fossils!)
Soon he recruited Taylor to come help him. I love watching my two boys do things together. Taylor is 7 years older than Matthew, but they seem to have a lot of fun together in spite of the age difference.
On the upper level of the museum, they have a room full of glass displays filled with different precious stones. Taylor, Rachel, and I especially enjoyed looking at all of them. They had everything from diamonds, to amethysts, to turquoise, to jade. It was amazing to see all of the different colors and samples. They had some that were set into jewelry and that had been donated over the years to the museum, and they were absolutely beautiful! In this room they also had salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake on display. They were really neat too. Overall, it was a fun and amazing place to take our family! I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area!
After our day at the museum, we spent our last night of vacation in Eden, Utah at the Wolf Creek condominiums (which the kids loved) and then headed home for Nampa the next morning.
I think it was the best Spring Break ever!
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday was a fun day. We went back down to temple square first. Our first stop was the visitor's center and up to the top level so the kids could see the big statue of Jesus Christ. Lainey was in awe of it really...she kept asking me why Jesus was so big.
I'm not sure what Andy was saying right here...but I like how he remembers to use the teaching moments with our children. He's a good daddy.
Here's the gang in front of the temple. Matthew was being so squirmy! I thought for sure he was going to fall off that ledge right into the fountain. I was so surprised when he didn't.
Well, after spending a couple of hours at Temple Square, the kids needed some time to just be kids and play...so we took them to the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, which was just a couple of blocks away. Our awesome Boonshoft Museum pass from Ohio got us in there free of charge. Woo hoo! Love that pass, I'll keep renewing it for as long as I can!
First thing Lainey wanted to do was play with the balls and air tubes. Hard to describe, but there were hundreds of these plastic balls with a whole bunch of different openings. The kids could stick them into the opening, and the vacuum would suck them away and blow them out somewhere else. The kids loved it. Taylor figured out that with one of the airways that blew the balls out, that if you placed a ball directly in the path of flowing air, that when the next ball shot out of the tube, it would bounce the floating ball out of the way and replace it...so there would always be a ball just floating there. Such fun...the older kids figured out the science behind it, and the little ones just saw the magic in it.
Another fun place Brooklynn and I found was the movie and sound effects area. Here she is drawing a storyboard. In this area, they had a little stage with stage lights and dress up clothes, and different backgrounds that the kids could pull on and off the stage to make their own plays. What a fun, creative place! After Brooklynn was done making her storyboard, she and I went into the sound booths and we recorded our own sound effects to a story. You hit record and then used boots, bells, crumpled up paper, hinges, etc. to make appropriate sound effects for different stories. Then you hit play, and you could listen to what you had created. It was pretty fun! We did a pirate story.
On the next level up was more building and science type activities. Here they had an entire TV, news anchor set up where the kids could sit behind the news desk and record themselves giving the evening news. They had teleprompters and everything.
These blocks that Tay is using were so fun to build with.
Here's Tay's huge tower...after this block...it crumbled, and made a spectacular crash.
Outside on the roof, they had some picnic tables...and a helicopter! Matthew thought this was SO awesome....at the beginning. He loved it until the sound effects came on and it started vibrating, then it scared him to death and we couldn't get him to get back into it for a picture. He is so sweet. Lainah however...thought all the noise and vibrating was super fun and enjoyed every minute of it.
This is as close as we could get Matthew to stand to it after the initial shock of hearing it "start up." He was really afraid that if he got into it, it would fly away.
Here's on of Tay's designs. Seeing how much the kids enjoyed this particular activity made me think that we should just bolt up some sheet metal to the side of the garage and then go to home depot and get some plastic plumbing materials...it would keep them entertained for hours!
Brooklynn made friends with a little girl and they spent a lot of time together playing in the pretend store. They were stocking shelves, and using the cash register and making things in the bakery and deli. It was just a super fun and creative place and the kids all enjoyed it. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed it too and by the end of the day...