Sunday, April 24, 2016

Washington DC!!

Oh my goodness, we had such a great trip!  Travel went well, the weather was beautiful, we saw so many neat things, we visited with some awesome extended family (my mom's youngest sister and her family)...lots of good times.  Here's the breakdown, with pictures!

Monday: Flying all day.  Not super exciting, but we were excited that the kids did so well.

Tuesday: White House (just the outside), Smithsonian American History and Natural History Museums, National Archives.  Highlights: THE Star Spangled Banner (the ACTUAL flag), collection of the First Lady's dresses, gems and minerals collections, real dinosaur bones, seeing the real Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
At the White House gates
Wednesday: Walking around the Capital Mall and seeing all the monuments, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  Highlights: Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, Seeing all the veterans at the WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Memorials, Wright Flyer (the ACTUAL plane), letting our feet rest to watch the planetarium show, dinner with Zac's cousin Jacob
Washington Monument


Lincoln Memorial.  They were amazed at how big it was
On the side of the Lincoln Memorial.  Can you see us peeking around the columns?
One of the many waterfalls at the FDR Memorial

Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial from across the tidal basin
Resting our feet on the metro bus on the way to the Air and Space Museum
Wright Flyer!
Thursday: Mount Vernon with Super Judi (my Aunt).  Highlights: being in George Washington's house!, hanging out with Super Judi, learning a ton about Washington at the museum on the grounds, burgers on the deck made by Uncle Todd
Heading in to Mount Vernon.  Kyla and Super Judi were BFF's!
Wandering around Mount Vernon, a working farm.  It was so beautiful!
George Washington's house in the background!
Friday: Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (again).  Highlights: cool spy stuff, seeing portraits of every president, finding Stanley!! (first autonomous car built by some of our friends), jumping on the pogo stick and trampoline with cousin Anna, wine by the fire with Super Judi.
We found Stanley!
Saturday: Flying all day.  Again, the kids were great.
The pilot let the kids sit in his seat!
Thanks Auntie Judi, Uncle Todd, William and Anna for sharing your house, food, and cars with us.  Best hosts ever!  We are already talking about what to go see when we come back.  :)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend Adventures: Jr. FLL Expo and A Wet Hike!

We had a fun, hot weekend!  Summer has arrived to the bay area with some wonderful weather.  The kids did a great job presenting with the rest of their Jr. FLL team at the bay area expo on Saturday morning.  The theme this year was "Waste Wise" and the kids had to pick a piece of trash, research it, then model it in some way with Legos - including moving parts using simple machines.  The piece of trash our team picked was a mattress and their model was an automated mattress recycling facility.  Here's a video of the model in action:
They did a great job answering questions with the reviewers.  Way to go Recycle Builders!
the team with their presentation board and model

On Sunday after church we went on a special hike with the Saltarelli's, it was Maddy's 10th birthday!  We had a TON of fun at Portola Redwoods hiking to tiptoe falls and playing in the creek.  It was a hot day so the water felt great, but super cold.
the path to the waterfall was in a stream!
made it to the waterfall
The girls.  Maddy turned 10 and Kyla lost her tooth on the trail!
frolicking in the water
They got a little wet!
Last week Keanan and Kyla did their annual testing.  To celebrate being done, on Thursday we went to the San Francisco Zoo with our neighbor Nathan who was on spring break.  The weather was perfect and we saw all the animals.



the baby giraffe was only 6 days old!

This week we are in Washington DC for a giant field trip!  Lots of pictures to come.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Break in Washington!

We had a great week visiting with family and friends in Washington.  It went by so fast!

The kids and I flew in on Monday morning and then drove to my parents river house in Hoquaim.  All the Lathrop cousins were there waiting for us!  They all had a blast and played hard.
Lathrop Cousins!
At the river with Grandma and Grandpa
On Tuesday I took Kate out for her birthday lunch!  She cracks me up.

On Wednesday we left the river and drove to Ann and Brian's house in Graham.  On Thursday the kids and I spent the afternoon at the Ireland's house in Yelm visiting with them and the Hobb's.  It was a gorgeous day and the kids were outside the whole time.  I fail at picture taking and forgot to get all the kiddo's.
View of Mount Rainier from the Ireland's deck.  I miss my mountain!

We had dinner Thursday night at Jess and Casey's house in Yelm.  It was fun to play with Zane and Grandpa drove up from Mossyrock too!  Again, fail on the picture taking!

On Friday I took Lucy out for some birthday shopping and lunch!  We had a great time, but again, no picture - grrr!  On Friday afternoon the kids and I drove back to the airport and arrived back home just in time for bed.  This last weekend was spent hanging out with Zac, we missed him!

It's testing week for us, with a possible zoo trip thrown in.  Both kids are excited to take the CAT (California Achievement Test)!  Next weekend is the Lego Expo (hopefully), some 4-H meetings, and a trip to Washington DC!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Weekend Adventures: Last day of School, Jeeping, and the Science Fair!

We had a fun/busy weekend!  It started with the last day of first grade for Kyla and second grade for Keanan on Friday!!  They have worked SO hard this last school year and we have all learned a TON about US History.  The will start the next grade at the end of April, after our trip to Washington DC!
Keanan with the names of Jesus that we studied and his Adventures in US History binder, complete with info on all 50 states!
Kyla with her Bible reader and Bible notebook.  She read through the entire Bible in her reader and summarized each story with a sentence and picture in her notebook.
To celebrate the year we spent the afternoon riding roller coasters and eating ice cream at Great America!
First time at Great America this year!

After Kyla's ballet rehearsal on Saturday we jumped in the Jeep and headed to Hollister Hills to do some wheeling!  So fun!!

Sunday was spent at church, then lunch with friends to celebrate a baptism, then to the annual BACH (Bay Area Christian Homeschoolers) Science Fair!  Kyla's science fair project was on making "Rainbow Sugar" (and evaporation experiment) and Keanan's was on owl pellets and what owls eat.  They both did a great job!


The Science Fair kids with certificates and ribbons!
This week the kids and I are visiting family and friends in Washington state!  Many pictures to come!