Monday, July 21, 2008

Exploratorium, 2008

It has become somewhat of a tradition for Grandpa to take us to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. We have so much fun there.

Giant magnets!

Head in a globe!

Human kaleidoscope!My favorite, watching water freeze through polarized lenses!
It's so pretty! You have to see it in person.

Here's a video, you can see it freezing!! It really gets going toward the end...

See how watching water turn to ice, is actually not as boring as watching paint dry, since you can see it happening!

Miles loves the Golden Gate Bridge, and took this photo while driving across it...

Mini Golf

First of all, if my mother ever challenges you to a game of mini-golf, do Not take a bet. We went up to Scandia in Rohnert Park, and she was on Fire!! She scored a 39, and the rest of us all scored in the 50s!! Check out that form!!
The rest of the team:

It was fun, nonetheless.Then the kids did the bumper boats:
And got wet...
Then we wanted to do the mini race cars, and for a variety of reasons, I had to drive both the kids around, it was pretty fun!
On the way home, mom told us that Shield Guy, a neighborhood legend, had died. We were worried that they might be trying to sell the house, and might dismantle the Shield, so Miles took a photo, since it has been there 30+ years, we will be sad to see it go..

How could they dream of improving on this landscaping that has stood the test of time, and never required watering or caught on fire?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Goin' to California

Despite the kitty's best efforts to sabotage, we were able to pack suitcases, and leave for California. We did not take Gloria with us:

We drove to Newport Oregon, and stayed with Karl and Alison, who we have not seen in FIVE YEARS. (too long) Their boys were staying at their granparent's house, so we got to hang out with the highly adorable Aria!
She's three, very talkative, very cute, and showed us her Princess Shoes, first thing!

We went to the Newport Aquarium, which is really nice.
Karl and Aria:

We went out to lunch, and Karl and Nick went golfing. We stayed home and played with Aria and Ginger:
The next day we hit the road, and toodled down the Oregon Coast. Which I love. It has managed to stay somewhat schlocky, yet avoid a total McDonald's, Pottery Barn and WalMart takeover. A different kind of shlock, if you will. Myrtlewood craft seems to be a dying art there, though, very few showrooms left....Here are some sights:

This sweet bike:
This exceptionally good looking family:

A guy with a weird bike:

AND the drive-thru tree!!! It was too smokey to hang out in the redwood like we had planned, so we just jammed to Novato. Nick got pulled over for speeding in a little town called Willets, where noneotherthan Seabisquit is buried! He sweet talked his way out of it, though, whew!

Another Catch up:

Here's what has happened since Miles graduated:

We went to a Mariner Game:
They lost, of course.

We went to the Horse Races for Father's Day:

The horses are so pretty, and fast. We did not win or lose, we broke even. We should have listened to the children, they were better at picking the winners!

I had a birthday, we went to the beach for a picnic:

It was a really pretty sunset, and the kids had a great time:

Walter retired and had a party:

I met Christian Siriano!!!
That's right!!!!! With Kristina and Gary!!! That was an epic-ly fun night!
We went to visit Tommy at his gorgeous Vashon home.
It was a beautiful day, and John made us the most delicious quesadillas EVER. Here is the recipe, you should really make it. YUM!

And we had a 4th of July BBQ!