Monday, November 16, 2015

MAC LEGO Exhibit and Chinese Food

On Saturday, we visited the MAC LEGO exhibit.  It wasn't quite as neat as I imagined, but admission included other exhibits plus the historic Campbell house.  They had a fun little store, too.  I wish we could have spent a bit more time there, but Kylen's knee was bothering him.

7-foot-tall rose

8-foot-tall hummingbird.  Height must include the base, eh?  :)

They had several posters on the wall.  Art appreciation helped us recognize them.  Know who this is?

I think I know why the bike is way up high.  Too tempting!

They have a contest, and this is one of the entries.  Visitors can vote for their favorite.  This was mine.

The lily pads are made of LEGOs!  They're huge!

They had an interesting exhibit with artifacts from the American West.

A ballistic missile launch control console!  Kylen said it reminds him of the original Star Trek show.

A feminist's political button bag.  Interesting.  One button says peace, while the missile launcher is in the background.

A case of artificial eyes, typical of medical supplies sold by pharmacies in 1900.  Next to it is a prosthetic leg and hand.

Next, we strolled over to the Campbell House.  Kylen said it inspired him to write a novel from the period.  It gave meaning to the word "rambling."  Around every corner was another room, hall, or set of stairs.  I didn't get to read all the information available, but I did see a picture of an ornate chair the family owned that doubled as a music box!  When someone sat down, it played "Here Comes the Bride."


Kylen kept wearing his museum pass on his chin, and it was giving Greg fits.

We opted to have an early dinner, which turned out to be an excellent idea.  Our favorite Asian restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but packed by the time we left.  We had a hard time reaching the door through all the people standing around waiting to be seated.


This was Kylen's fortune!!!  Lol!!  At first I thought it would have been better if Greg or I had gotten it, but then I realized that wouldn't be good either!

Bye, P. F. Chang's!  Until next time!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

October Update

Is it really November already???  The last two months have flown by.  I've been completely immersed in school-related activities, especially my art appreciation class.  I like to know a subject inside and out before attempting to teach it, and it's been a true blessing expanding my knowledge in an area that has been such an important part of my life.  I've loved art since I can remember, and yet I was completely ignorant of basics like famous artists, art styles, and the elements of art.  It's been eye-opening!

Kylen's schedule is heavier than I anticipated.  I really was hoping for a lighter year, and it IS lighter in some respects, but he is still struggling to get everything done.  Monday was our last day of co-op.  It will be nice to have Mondays back for a couple months, and I am hoping Kylen can use that day to catch up.  He's not horribly behind - 2 hours in one subject, 4 in another, etc. but I don't want to wait until summer!

Kylen passed his driving test on the 17th!!  He can't get his license until he turns 16 in January, but we are thrilled he has the tests out of the way.  He missed 12 points, although 6 were from something the driving instructor warned him about, and Greg didn't take it seriously!

I'm currently working on catching up after a busy couple of months.  School will continue in earnest through November, although I'm hoping for an easier schedule in December.  Two things that have made my life easier this year: I'm not doing all the pictures for our co-op's yearbook, and I'm not planning the Christmas party.  A student volunteered to take a bunch of the pictures, and a member offered to take on the Christmas party.  I also was able to hand off preparing the family bins to another board member.  Plus, a different board member told me she will be ready to take over the newsletter in the summer, which was my last big job.  The strong urging I've felt to get rid of my extra co-op duties is fast coming to fruition, and I'm excited to see what new things God has in store for me.  Until then, I'll enjoy the break and focus on my art class!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

We had a different kind of Halloween this year!  Instead of dressing up and answering the door to trick-or-treaters, we enjoyed a fun family evening playing a game, watching a show, and eating crock pot spaghetti.  I've been wanting to try making crock pot spaghetti forever, and I decided Halloween was the day!  It turned out really good!!  A highlight of our evening was when my brother's and sister's families stopped by for a few hours so we could see the kids in their costumes.  And my sister-in-law brought the most amazing cupcakes.  :)

Look at the bow on top!!!

My brother-in-law was running on low sleep.

My sister-in-law's beautiful cupcakes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

An Evening with Friends

We spent a lovely evening with good friends recently.  They served one of the tastiest desserts I've had in awhile and introduced us to a fun new game.  Greg and I weren't much good at it, but Kylen almost won!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An Afternoon with Cousins!

We were blessed to spend an afternoon with several of my cousins and uncle's family.  We met for a meal at Mod Pizza and hung out at my uncle's house.  I had a great time!

Kylen's taller!

This place is actually pretty good!  It's like Subway, only for pizza.  Great lemonade and milkshakes with mix-ins.

We all signed the sticker.

My uncle's stress reliever is making cookies.  Sweet, right??!

I am told this is something grandma used to do.  I miss her.

This beautiful girl is going to be part of the family soon!

My Arizona cousin and his family.

My aunt, her son, and a cousin from Cali!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Chinese Lantern Festival

We went to the Chinese Lantern Festival on Friday evening.  It runs for five consecutive weeks, and this was the second week.  The light displays are beautiful!  Everything is outside, but we were blessed to have a warm evening.  In fact, we didn't need coats.  We were there 2 1/2 hours, from 7 until 9:30 p.m.  I recommend purchasing tickets ahead and going to will call.  The ticket line was HUGE.

The bright colors, especially the reds and greens, reminded me of Christmas.  I told Greg I want a bunch for our yard in December.  ;)  Not happening.  They probably cost a fortune, and where would we store them the rest of the year??

There were two one hour shows, one at 7 and one at 9.  We went to the first show, but I wish we'd waited until the second.  Ours was very crowded, and we ended up standing far off to the side.  (The second show had fewer people.)  There aren't many benches, so come early or be prepared to sit on the ground!

We had dinner at 8.  The meal is themed around a different region each week.  This week was inspired by the Shandong Region.  It included sea cucumber soup with a pork meatball and noodles, fried rice; fried sweet and sour carp with sweet potato, onion, and corn hash; and chopped apples with toffee crumble.  It was our first time to eat sea cucumber.  Greg wasn't brave enough, but Kylen and I were!  It was OK, but mine was crunchy inside?  Hmmmm . . . We also ordered two kinds of hot tea.

After dinner, we took a leisurely stroll around the rest of the loop.  :)

Can you see Greg's profile below?  I was trying to get him and Kylen both, but Kylen was being impatient.  I wish I had been more insistent.  It would have been even neater with both of them.

We'd like to go again next year.  :)  Of course, I had to count this as part of school: art appreciation, but it would also be great for social studies or geography.