Thursday, November 26, 2015

gobble gobble!

happy thanksgiving from my little butter-making pilgrim to you!

hope you eat lots of delicious food...slathered with fresh butter.  that hopefully didn't take 45 minutes to make.

peace and love!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

a coupla space cadets

because it wouldn't be us not to be GO GO GO over the weekends, as soon as we got ourselves cleaned up from that 5K it was back in the car for a field trip to the california science center.  we were meeting up with the girls from the bean's math/science class, and although i was exhausted i didn't want her to miss out on the fun.  after all, i could sleep later...right?

i love looking up at this.

and the kids were excited to see each other.  although they're all in our girl scout troop, only the bean had done the sleepover and so they hadn't quite gotten their fill of bonding time.

our instructor had an itinerary all mapped out for our visit.  the first thing on the agenda was an IMAX movie that wasn't scheduled to start for another half hour, so we headed into the museum to do a little exploring first.

the movie was actually really interesting.  it gave us an overview of the space shuttle program over the years and showed what the world is doing to prepare for sending astronauts to mars.  plus, it was in 3D, which is always fun.

when it was over, we headed back into the museum to check out the accompanying "journey into space" exhibit.

inside, there were all sorts of displays and fun activities for kids of all ages.

this was a simulation of the international space station.  the video we watched as we waited to enter warned of possible queasiness or motion sickness, so we were all on our guard.

turns out that it was an optical illusion of sorts - you stood on the platform while the walls around you rotated to simulate the weightless feeling the astronauts live with while at the space station.

the fun continued with a display of the different kinds of freeze-dried foods that the astronauts get to eat while in space.

i liked reading the trivia questions.

space potty!  bathroom humor never gets old.

i mean, i don't understand how you wouldn't smirk at "purpose:  pooping in space."

 photo op!

and a display of peanut butter jars and how they would weigh differently on various planets.

we capped off the field trip with a visit to the space shuttle endeavour.

but first:  more space potty!

this exhibit really only takes a few minutes.  you go in, ooh and aah over the shuttle, and then there's really not much else to do.

i shared this on social media and most people thought it was the bean.  i hadn't realized that i'd dressed myself in what looked like a school uniform.  i blame sleep deprivation.

we barely got out of the parking lot before this happened.

and even after all that...the weekend wasn't over yet!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the family that runs together

so i may have only gotten about four rough tossy-turny hours of sleep on a hard floor surrounded by ten giggly girl scouts, but the bean and i got up for a 5K the next morning.  and not just any 5K - the 5th annual fit4fall 5K, my very first one.  and lucky for us, the start line was just around the corner from where we'd spent the night.

after a quick breakfast lesson by two of our parents, we got ourselves dressed and ready.

right around the time the hub was supposed to meet us to walk over to the start, i got a text:  "oh shit, i just woke up.  leaving now!" oy vey.  we decided to go ahead and head over, since the gun was set to go off in about 15 minutes.  took us all of about 3 to get there.

oh, yeah - getting to do the 3 miles on her scooter was the only way i was able to bribe her into doing this race.  she loves being on that thing, so it wasn't actually that hard to talk her into registering.  

hey, chick-fil-A!  the local franchise is owned by the parents of one of the bean's classmates.  they're always at local events like this.

there was quite a large turnout this time around.  seems like it's getting bigger and bigger every year.

we found some other friends too.  i was surprised not to see way more of the bean's classmates and fellow students.  they're usually out here in droves.

quick pre-race family shot:

bryan came out to greet everyone and let us know that we'd be starting soon.

everyone was ready, even the doggies.

and then we were off!

they switched up the course a little bit, but i know this first stretch well.  it's on a residential street that's on a gradual incline, and the bean wasn't thrilled about the extra effort she had to put in.

she was a trooper though, and just kept going.  mile 1, check:

when we finally turned the corner, i heard her groan as she saw even more uphill ahead of her.  the words "i'll take you for ice cream later" may have left my mouth at this point.

but there were encouraging signs:

and a water stop.

and then right around this point:

the course changed a little bit.  well, a lot.  we finally found ourselves heading downhill at last, and fueled by adrenaline and the promise of some ice cream, she took off and left me behind.

i texted the hub to let him know she'd ditched me, and then i focused on getting myself to the finish.  

i found them both waiting for me, and we perused a couple of the vendor booths as i cooled down and caught my breath.  she got to spin a wheel, but i don't think she won anything.

and although a massage sounded lovely, there's no way i would have subjected anyone to my icky sweatiness.

family 5K, done!

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