Friday, July 31, 2009
Villas Zoo in Madison. The kids and I had been, but we got to have some fun with Dad this time. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and the got to see: a grizzly bear swimming in its pond, chimpanzees, lions (both male and female), a tiger going for a swim, rhinos, tapirs, a giraffe and camels plus others. Another day was spent
playing in the backyard. Brian set up the sprinkler and the kids had a good time running around through it. It was a little weird seeing the sprinkler on in our yard, as it was the first time the yard has been watered this year. It is not really something done around here. Weird, I know, but when in Rome... Brian and Angela spent an evening making Connor a truck out of a cardboard box. Connor really enjoyed getting into it and getting pushed around. Angela really enjoyed making a project with Dad. Another day, Angela was outside doing some work with Brian when they found a toad in the yard. She thought this was pretty darn neat! This last picture is Connor playing around with Dad's swimming goggles. To put it in a fun perspective this is a picture of Angela at about the same age doing the same thing.
was a lot of oohs and aahs over the tractors and how big they were. Then we made it to the rides. Originally we were going to skip these, but they just looked like too much fun. Connor got to ride a roller coaster. I had to have Brian take the pictures, because I was tearing up that my baby was on a ride all by himself. I am blaming this on hormones. He then rode on a truck ride that went round and round. We had to pay for him to go a second time because he wouldn't get off. Angela got to enjoy
herself on some twisty apples, bumper cars and the swings. She said the apples were pretty boring. She had some trouble getting the hang of the bumper cars and of course she started to get it right about time the ride was over. But the swings, she said these, "Were totally awesome Mom!" It turned out to be a fun day at the fair.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here are some fun pictures of them painting and of their finished work.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Next we went to the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory. It is a robotic, space, science place. There were a lot of things to see and touch. Most of them would have been great learning tools, but the kids were not interested in learning, then just wanted to touch and play. Go Figure! This building must have been built in the 70's, it really looked it, but it was a great place to play and have fun.
After that we enjoyed the Tommy Bartlett Show. It is a ski, sky and stage show. There were people doing all kinds of tricks on their water skis, ski shoes, wakeboards, bare feet, and their boats. It was amazing to see the skiers jump and flip in the air. I really enjoyed the pyramid they made that was three levels high. There were also other performers that did stage shows. There was a family that walked on two huge spinning wheels that got up to 65' in the air. There was a goofy juggler. But the most unique and enjoyable was Dave the Horn Guy (http://www.davethehornguy.com/). This man worn a pair of orange coveralls with bike horns stuck all over it. Each horn was designed and tuned to play a single note of the scale. Thus buy bending limbs to honk the horn he was able to play music. It was very ingenious. We rounded off our evening with a yummy pizza dinner. Next time we head to the Dells might just have to be for the water parks.
Angela clowning around at the pool. Far right side, third lane from bottom.
Second lane from top, middle of picture. Happy after swimming!
She also had a home meet this past Wednesday. She swam the same three events. This time she had a little harder time of focusing on what she was there for. She wanted to play and not swim. This could be due to the fact that she had not been to practice and may not have been geared up for swimming. But she still did good: 25 free (placed 14 out of 14), 25 back (11 of 14) and was part of the 100 free relay (1 of 3) We will get back into the swing of things and be ready for her next meet in just over a week.