Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
My favorite may have been the liquid nitrogen. Talk about mad science!
Finally he got to spray a fire extinguisher. I told him I was jealous because I've never done it. His response: "It was fun!!" We were so proud of our little actor. He did what they asked him to do over and over again. Although towards the end he started saying, "I don't think this is a good idea." He was calm and very matter-of-fact about his tasks, which makes it just so funny. As soon as I can figure it out I'll put the video on here. Every time I try to do it the computer shuts down.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Sometimes the females got stuck in the leaves and the males couldn't lift them; so someone would carefully move the leaves and twigs out of the way to free her. We were all rooting for them. It's a good thing the butterflies aren't shy.
We forgot our binoculars in the car, but they had these handy telescopes for us to use.
We were there from 3-4 p.m, and they were just starting to make their way to the trees to bed down for the night. Every once in a while they would all decide to leave their tree and swarm around over our heads. What a sight!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
My kids don't like the snow until they are about 3 years old. Levi hated the cold, and he let us all know it. Too bad we couldn't leave him home.
Dave took him sledding a few times. He liked it okay the first couple of times, but then they got a little snowy. He didn't like it after that. As you can see, Dallin was in heaven. The faster, the snowier, the better.
That snow looks clean enought to eat, right?
We especially love the big sledding hill right behind the hotel.
The next day we woke up to a very sunny, clear, COLD morning. They all enjoyed a second breakfast of icicles.
We left bright and early to drive up the mountain to China Peak, formerly known as Sierra Summit. It's where we went skiing last year. We watched the temperature drop lower and lower the closer we got. It was freezing cold there!! Spencer said it got even colder going up the ski lift. In fact he said it's the coldest he's ever been in his whole life. That's probably true. Luckily it warmed up a little after a couple of hours, and there was a nice warm lodge for us non-skiers.
Isn't this beautiful? I took this picture between the parking lot and the ski resort.
If you plan a trip there, you can get a discount at the Costco in Fresno: $80 for $100 worth of gift certificates. So for our whole family (minus me and Levi) to ski/snowboard and rent equipment on a holiday, we spent $240 instead of $300. That's a pretty good deal. However it was VERY crowded. Note to self - go skiing the week before Christmas next time.
Tyler improved a ton this time. In fact Dave took him up to the very top of the mountain twice. It was his first time to go on the big ski lift, since he just stayed on the bunny slope with Dallin last year. The three of them (Dave, Spencer and Tyler) always stuck together on the way down, with Dave yelling for one to stop when the other fell and had to get their skis/snowboard back on. At one point they were on a blue, so Dave put Tyler between his legs. They even went over a jump, which Tyler LOVED. I'm so impressed that my kids can do these things that I can't. I hate to go fast, and although I've only skied twice, I really didn't like it. Dave loves, loves, loves it, so I'm so glad he has his boys to go with him. It makes me happy to see them have so much fun.
Dallin was a little more cautious with his skiing this year. He forgot how to slow down and plowed into the line of people waiting to go up the bunny slope. Twice. He mostly hung out with me and Brennan after that.
This was Brennan's first time to ski, and we put him in lessons. He LOVED it, which was a relief because half the kids in his class were crying and complaining. But Brennan just smiled big the whole time. I know, he doesn't really need a helmet, since he never actually went down anything you could call steep. But he just got this helmet for Christmas, and he was excited to wear it. I was also grateful Brennan was happy because I was preoccupied holding Levi all day. He was cranky and tired and took a lot of attention. My arms were so sore that night!
This was just such a happy trip. Except for Levi, there was no crying or sadness or complaining about the cold. They all just had a blast.
Good-bye, snow! We'll see you again next year.
To anyone who says that DVD players in cars take away from good old-fashioned family car trips of games and singing (several people have told me that), I'd like to see you spend 3 hours in the car with Levi. The twerp never sleeps in the car, no matter how tired he is - he just screams and screams. And that little screen above his car seat gave us a few minutes of quiet. On the way home we stopped at a Mexican buffet in Fresno that my parents recommended, and it was a huge hit. Happy new year!