Monday, July 15, 2019

Museum Of Flight!

I knew that I wanted the first official day of summer vacation to be really low key, but I also wanted to jump at the chance to go somewhere before all the other schools got out for summer. So that first Friday of summer break we headed out to the Museum of Flight. Our passes that we bought for the Aviation Museum in McMinnville Oregon were good for the Museum of Flight as well. 

The kids were surprisingly excited about going which made our day even better! 

When we got there they had this awesome set up that was all about the moon. There was this special viewing area that had the lunar module in it, but it would have cost $10 per person so we passed on that. At the time I didn't realize that July 20th is exactly 50 years since we first landed on the moon. Since then I've read a book all about Neil Armstrong and I just find the whole thing fascinating! 

Each of the kids got a chance to sit in a fighter plane. 

I love how Ella's body language shows that she is so not into this!!! :) 

Jack, Owen, Zeke and I all participated in this VR where we got to actually get in one of the command modules that went to the moon. One word....SMALL!!!! 

I was looking at the brochure they give out and it had a section that talked about this fun homeschool area. I thought it would be worth checking out. Zeke learned about how airplanes have to balance the weight with passengers and luggage. He had to use these different sized metal washers to balance the plane out. 

Owen and Jack both when through a preflight checklist to see if this plane was safe to fly. It was not!!! 

Other activities included playing a super old flight game, tracing constellations & sorting rocks by type. They even had a 3D printer! The lady was trying to get it to print something so we could see it, but it was giving her grief. She told us to check back later, but when we did she was on break. 

Sitting in an old airplane that smelled musty! 


Silly astronauts!!! 

We played in the kid area for a bit. It had a mission control area where you could talk back and forth with the command module. 

After that we went to the tower so we could watch some planes land and then we headed outside to eat lunch. 

After lunch we decided to go over the skybridge to check out the big airplanes! 

The boys are racing! This is before I saw the no running sign! 

I had been over to see all these planes years ago, but a lot has changed!! There is a whole building with a space shuttle inside! Also the planes outside have a nice cover now so you don't get soaked when it's raining! 

Air Force One that Lyndon Johnson rode on. 

A 747!!! I was so excited!!! I've never been in one before. Owen was so happy that one of my dreams was coming true. Sadly they didn't let us go upstairs! 

They had this fun Alaska Airlines area for the kids to pretend. 

Driving the fuel to the plane! 

Oh no...the pilots asleep on the job!!! 

I'm pretty sure the fuel guys don't actually ride on the trucks like this! 

Pilot & Co-Pilot! 

That is definitely NOT safe!! :) :) 

Checking in! 

Going through security....look at that line! :) 

Ella would make a great Alaska Airline employee! 

Once we were finished looking at the planes the kids were ready to leave. I was hoping they would be!!! I told them the nice thing about having passes means we can come back anytime until the end of August. I'm pretty sure we'll go back one more time and check out the WWI and WWII exhibits! 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Last Day Of School 2019!

After our camping trip it was actually really nice that the kids still had to go to school for 3 days. It gave me time without having the kids home where I could get all the laundry done and put everything back in the trailer. 

Last day of school holding a picture of his first day of school. 

This guy is headed to 6th grade!!! 

Zeke has definitely gotten bigger this year! 

He's on his way to 2nd grade!!! 

My sweet Ella that loves school so much she really doesn't like the last day of school at all!!! 

She's moving up to the bigger side of the school as a 3rd grader!!! 

That coat is the same, but his glasses are missing. We still don't know where they are! He seems to be doing fine without them though! 

7th grade here he comes!!!

I love these cuties so much!!! 

Not sure why Ella's trying to pull her hair out...maybe it's because she has 3 brothers!!! 

A bunch of zombies! 

Cute buddies!!! 

When Ms. Castle came out I could tell she'd been crying. She said that they all had. This was her first class so I know that it has to be emotional saying goodbye. She was the best teacher and Ella will always love her! 

Ms. Richardson told me that her and her kids were crying too! She was a great teacher for Zeke!!! 

Ella getting pictures with her girl friends...Helena, Riley and Lily! 

I picked up Ella and Zeke by the main door, but told the older boys I would meet them at the parent circle. 

On our way there we saw Ms. Davidson and had to get a picture with our favorite teacher at Woodmont!!! 

Ella just had to have a picture with this lady that I don't even know her name. I'm guessing she is one of Ella's Helpers. 

Once all the buses are loaded up they all honk their horns over and over and the teachers stand outside to wave goodbye. It's my favorite part of the last day of school! 

Picking up these cute boys from the parent circle! 

Our first stop after leaving school was Dairy Queen to get's our tradition. Normally Daddy goes with us, but since Michael used so many vacation days for us to go to Maui he decided to not take a half day off. So...we brought lunch to him. The funny thing was we ran into 3 of Michael employees at Dairy Queen that were getting food and taking it back to the shop! 

Grubbin' on some DQ!!! 

The lunchroom isn't huge so Owen and Zeke shared a chair and so did Ella and I. 

My sweet man! 

After lunch I didn't want to head home because the kids had their dentist appointment not very far from Michael's work. So instead we drove to a park to play for a bit! 

This is Mattison's Park...I used to bring the kids here a lot when we were going to MOPS, but we haven't been in a while. The kids loved it!! 

The monkey bars were definitely a hit! 

The kids were able to play for about 20 minutes and then we had to go. They did great at their dentist appointments and the best thing was only one cavity and it's on a baby tooth that's already loose!!!