Saturday, 27 July 2013

Eden Loves Babies

Yesterday Eden and Z were watching Wild Kratts.  The episode was about termites and they showed one big termite, kind of bloated with huge pinchers on its head, surrounded by a bunch of little, larva-like termites.  Eden's response to these little monsters?  "Look at the mama!  And the babies!  Ahhhhh!"

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Fun at the Hotel!

There's a nice big hotel just over the state border in Iowa that we like to visit for mini family vacations.  We thought it would be fun to have one of these coincide with Z's birthday, so off we went for a one-night stay -- and this time I remembered to bring the camera!

The elevator is a thrill every single time!  Especially when you're riding it to get to the pool!

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The hotel has an indoor pool, a beautiful outdoor pool and a ginormous hot tub, all of which are mostly empty most of the time, which is fine by us!  These pictures are from our evening swim, so they're all in the inside pool.



Eden figured out how water wings worked and loved being able to float by herself.

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We all slept late thanks to the sun-blocking curtains.



The breakfast buffet is a great treat for everyone (although Eden does look like she's about hurl in this picture) . . .


. . . but Z was very sleepy this particular morning.  The night before he first convinced me to watch the show "Chopped" and then convinced me to let him watch it with me . . . until midnight!  But we were having so much fun!  Z had lots of interesting comments and predictions, and everyone knows I can't resist a good conversation!  So I didn't.  This was the result the next morning.





The floor was inlaid with tiles of a different color forming a big circle.  Eden loved running around the edges of the circle, which immediately reminded me of Z doing the same thing at the Omaha zoo at almost exactly the same age.


He looks a little different now.

Holding hands while going out to the parking lot:


And there's nothing like a hotel hallway for a good sprint.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Six Years Old!!

July 15 was Z's 6th birthday.  Oh my!  We had a great day.  He went to a local vacation Bible school in the morning and had a great time, and then we celebrated at home.  We told Z he could either have a small family birthday party and a party with some friends, or just a big family party.  He chose the big family party, which I have to admit, I was pretty happy about.

He wanted ribs for lunch, so we ordered out from Famous Dave's.  Then began the present opening, the cake eating, and the pinata busting.  What a happy day celebrating such a happy event!

The birthday boy!

Eden and Henry enjoying lunch.

Z got a Star Wars cereal bowl from Amah.


Eden getting sunscreen.  She has obviously partaken of the cake already!

Eden and Mama.

Eden with one of the birthday punching balloons.


Henry helping Z with his new bike.  It turned out to be too big, and not accommodating to training wheels, so we're saving it for later and bought him a smaller one on Craigslist.  I overheard him showing both bikes to Eden, saying, "This one is for right now, for learning to ride a bike.  This one is for later, when I'm bigger, like in college."

Z's Red Power Ranger cake.  It included an action figure, which has already been removed.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Strike a Pose!

I didn't orchestrate this picture at all.  I told Eden to stand in front of the couch so I could take her picture.  The rest was up to her.


Sunday, 14 July 2013

From the Past

Z's 6th birthday is tomorrow!  I was feeling nostalgic and looking through old blog posts and came across this video, from September, 2008.  Z was about 14 months old.


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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Fun with Nature

Z found this leaf.  Eden and I liked it.