Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Discovery Center

Vacation always means one thing for sure...
play date with the Gunstreams!
Yesterday we met Erin, Amy, and Carter for
a morning of fun at 
The Discovery Center!

They have a huge park area full of fun things for the kids!
Best part...the park area is FREE!!!
Checking out the worm farm...
no luck with finding any worms...
or maybe that was good luck. ;)

There was a large cement pipe...
that rolled!

Teepees to play in...

Dinosaur pictures to be taken...

and even part of a space "shuttle" to play in.
Not exactly sure what kind of space travel vehicle it was...
but Amy and Landry didn't care. :)

To infinity and beyond!

This little one had tons of fun, too!

They had slides just her size...
and of course she loved them!

After we had explored the park...
it was time to go in the museum...
watch out for sharks!

First stop...
an old computer!

Who doesn't want  play a
life size version of operation?

Next up...
time to grind some acorns,
like the Native Americans.

There was a HUGE xylophone to play with...

and even a small one, just Lexie's size.
Of course, she tried to eat it. :(

In the back part of the museum
they have all kinds of animals:
chinchillas, turtles, newts, snakes,
guinea pigs, fish, and all kinds of lizards.
Outside they have tortoises, ducks, rabbits, and doves.

Lexie was SOOOO excited about the ducks!


Before we left...
the kids tried to travel in space...

it didn't work... :)

so Carter decided to make a jump for it!

Fun with magnets

It was a fun morning exploring a hidden gem!

I always laugh thinking about how our vacation dates
have changed over the years.
We used to get together for lunch and coffee, 
chatting away,
no worries.

Now our vacation dates are spent making sure
we haven't lost a child, no one falls in the pond, 
gets pricked by cactus, crushed my a rolling cement pipe,
eats dirt, rocks, or anything else that isn't meant to be eaten,
attacks a duck, climbs in the tortoise enclosure, 
or lets the rabbit out.

Exhausting? Yes.
Would I trade it for the world? Nope.
Well...maybe. ;)

Here is a link to The Discovery Center's website for more info:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Snow Much Fun!

On Sunday we decided to pack up the truck
and head up to the snow!
We went to our favorite place to play in the snow,
Kings Canyon National Park.
Here is why we love it so much... one around!
Sure there were other people in the area...
but it isn't super crowded, the hills are just
the right size for sledding, and there is lots of snow.
We especially love the Columbine Picnic Area
near General Grant Grove.

We got the munchkins all bundled up
and ready for some fun!

Time for some sledding fun...
this guy was a little timid in the beginning.

Shocking. I know. :)
He was convinced the sled was going to be
"too fast!"

So...we did what all great parents do...
showed him that even his little sister wasn't afraid. :)

In true fashion...she had no reaction. :)

Of course she tried to eat the snow...

and she decided it was pretty yummy.

Landry finally decided that sledding looked like fun!

Here he is in action!

While we watched Landry sled...
we attempted a selfie...
with a baby...
not an easy task. :)

Landry soon had his own "style"
of sledding...feet in the air! :)

Here is a link where you can see his sledding in action.
Don't ask me why I can't add the video like the other two?

I attempted to video Lexie and I
sledding hopes of getting
her reaction...but she was preoccupied
trying to get the camera.

A trip to the snow isn't complete without a snowman!

Landry was SOOOOOO excited...
he made sure we didn't leave 
the house without a carrot.

Lexie on the hand...
not such a fan of snowmen. :)

Love this boy to pieces!!!!

Our snow babies!

The last item on Landry's
"Snow Bucket List"
was making a snow angel.

Another great family fun day!
We sure hope there is lots of snow this
year so that we can make more trips. :)