Saturday, August 30, 2008

Travel Museum

After a fun filled Primary Olympics activity this morning we headed to Griffith park for a little Train Time. As always we are train fans. I keep wondering if he will ever out grow this fascination with trains but I am more than happy to reinforce it as long as it lasts.

I wanted a picture of Shaun on the outside of the train. I was standing there waiting for him to come out and suddenly he is climbing down from the top of the train and onto the front. Luckily, I trust him to not fall and hurt himself.

This is the side plate that he walked along in order to get to the front of the train. He climbed out the front window to get up there.



This is the small train that we got to ride on.

I just love this train for the colors, no black and boring here.

There were some random spare wheels just left at the end of the tracks so of course Shaun had to climb on them.

Once we finished here we went for a drive around the park. We saw an awesome playground and then a sign that said train rides and pony rides. We kept driving and found them. Shaun didn't get to ride on the pony because they closed too early but we went on another train ride which was much more exciting. It went over bridges and through a forest. They had statues of forest animals scattered throughout and Snow white and the dwarves as well.
All in all a fun afternoon and we will definitely have to do it again.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fierce, Deadly, Wild animals hopping loose

I was stepping up the stairs on my way into the Temple when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a cute little bunny out of no where. He was just sitting there enjoying some carefully cultivated Temple landscape. The area around the Temple is not developed so there are often "visitors" who actually used to call this hill home until the Temple was built. I have seen several of these different neighbors-rabbits, lizards, snakes, and mice. Who knew you could do some good work for ancestors AND have a wild animal tour?
This is maybe the other bunny's "eternal companion"? or not.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Final gymnastics class

This is Shaun's last class for this term. He gets to stand on the riser and gets to make his stand for his applause. Girls are supposed to hold their arms up and point their hands upward but boys are supposed to hold their arms out with palms open or fists closed. This is his end of routine pose.He has worked on many new things in this class. He has practiced summersaults on the beam, back hip circles on the bars, and learns the vault for the first time. We got to watch the mens gymnastics at the Olympics and Shaun and David were blown away at what those men can do. Quite an inspiration!
Pull up on that bridge!
Practicing tuck jumps on the vault.
Shaun is not the shortest but he has shorter legs so he usually needs the spring board closer to the vault than the other kids in his age group.

Goofy Children

These kids never cease to amaze me how crazy they can be. It shows that it doesn't matter how far away from each other they live they all come from insane genes.There was some fabric left over from a blanket Erin made for Madzie. Nothing says tough guy like a powder blue Rambo headband.
Ok, so maybe nothing says tough girl like a powder blue headband, an eaves dropping toy and one pajama leg pushed up. Oh, and don't forget the scowl.
How to leave your mark at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
1. Press face firmly against glass.
2. Press face harder against glass and make sure to firmly squish nose.
3. Drag pressed and squished face back and forth across the door.
4. Now drag yourself down to get the full on effect and make sure to cover each square inch.
Love, you grandma. Have fun cleaning up once I'm gone.

Park day with cousins

Erna and her girls came to visit. We headed to the park for a morning of fun! The moms in our ward get together on Tues. mornings for an hour at the park. It lets the kids work out their energy and moms get to socialize at an adult level. The boys were bored because they come to this park a lot and so there's nothing new but the little kids and the girls who haven't been here a million times thought it was great.
Erin, Sheila, Rylie, and Kenzie's curls (yes, she now has hair!!!)
Madzie on the swing.
Madzie on the swing again.
Kenzie opened her day presents from Aunt Timarie, Uncle Mark, Kal, and Tri.
More presents.
"Thank you"
The boys found the perfect climbing tree.

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