Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Well I tried to grow wheat grass this year

But someone snatched it from the counter when I wasn't paying attention.


God made dirt and dirt don't hurt? That's what the playground kids used to say if your candy dropped and you still wanted it enough to eat it anyway.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mesa I.D.E.A. Museum

Arizona Museum for Youth, the one from here, had a rebranding and has some fun new exhibits, most of which are not photographed because two kids means fewer pictures.

I bought a groupon for 4 so our friend Ella played hooky from kindergarten came with her mom. M enjoyed free rein in the infant area. I thought my busy man would explore the whole space, but he was content to sit an workout the various discovery tubes in a 1 foot radius around him.


I liked the puppet show the girls gave us.




I always admire exhibits that engage infants to adults and all the ages in between. This one definitely did.


J showed off some impressive tower building skills.


They had a super cool black lit camping room, complete with tents, a fishing hole, and magnetic fishing rods.


Unfortunately most of the pictures looked something like this.

I call this abstract work Toddler in Motion.


J loved the mural of "La La Luna!" She never passes an opportunity to point out Luna when she sees it.


They had about a dozen different little craft projects to do. Ella is modeling her astronaut helmet.



They had all kinds of fun dress ups with a prop video camera to "make" a movie.


There was a TV on the wall showing them on their alien world.


It's a fun museum and just the right size. We will probably take advantage of their airconditioning and go again this summer.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Desert Botanical Gardens

The Desert Botanical Gardens had a new Chihuly exhibit and Madre Dos invited us along to see them.



They also had their butterfly experience open which was very exciting for one curly-haired girl.



I thought this guy was pretty cool, but I think he's technically a moth.


This butterfly is my favorite though.


J's favorite part of the whole day was probably this ground squirrel's performance. He was as interested in M's gold fish as M.


Grandma's extra hat was a little too big.



M rather enjoyed his ride, and a little sunshade peek-a-boo.




Of course, we never pass up a chance to play in a water feature, especially such a beautiful one like this.


Thanks Madre Dos for taking us!










Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alaina

Meet a new Maidename!



 She is simply lovely and I'm sad she is in Tucson so we can't love on her more. Her other auntie, Lil' Sis was in town from New Jersey and we were able to snap some pictures.




M was feeling a little jealous so I didn't get a chance to pose with my new niece. Look at that look of congenial distrust.






Monday, April 14, 2014

Blueberry Beard

Thankfully a few drops of hydrogen peroxide have saved his shirts from the same fate as his chin.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Sleeping on the Couch

It's not a traditional pose, but it's how I found her


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Side Effect of the Flu

Tissue boxes were at more accessible heights 


"Did you need one? Here you go!"


 

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