Saturday, May 18, 2019

Zeke's Field Trip!

A short while after I took the kids to the Pacific Science Center Zeke came home with a field trip permission slip. His grade was going to the PSC specifically to see the planetarium since they were learning about that stuff at school. They were also asking for chaperones so of course I signed up!  


Waiting on the bus! Unlike when I drove to the PSC the bus did not use the tunnel it stayed on I-5. :( 



Heading in! 



We had a some time to explore before it would be our turn in the planetarium so we went and looked at the dinosaur section. We then explored the planet area outside the planetarium. 




Since we still had more time we went to see the butterflies. It was nice to get to spend more time in that area since we had to rush when we were there a few weeks before. 





I was really surprised by how freaked out some of the kids were with the butterflies. They didn't even like them flying around. 





There were so many beautiful colors and thankfully I didn't see any dead ones this time! 

We sat down for a little bit and had a snack and then it was time for us to head over and get in line for the show. 



My group of kids. 

We had to come up with a name because there were so many other kids around and it got tiring to say every persons name. So we called ourselves the Astro group! 



All seated and ready for the planetarium show. The show was fun and it was led by the same guy that did the Combustion show we saw, but it was so uncomfortable. The seating is this big circle couch that goes all the way around the room and the backs are leaned back to you can easily see the "sky", but for me it was really hurting my neck by the time we were finished. I was certainly okay that it was over. 

After the show we went downstairs and ate lunch in this area by the IMAX movie theater. There was a bunch of cool stuff down there that I'd never seen before. 

After lunch we came back upstairs and visited the area with the drive thru where the kids and I had so much fun! 


Towards the end of our time we wanted some fresh air so we headed outside to let the kids play with the water toys. We also visited the Grossolgy bathrooms and the kids thought those were so funny! 

All the kids that were in my group did great. I did have an extra helper since one of the kids has some special needs so his Para was with him. It was great to have another adult to talk to and help me keep track of 6 kids. :) 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Easter 2019

On Easter morning we went to the early service. After church we left for Michael's brother Steve's house. He was having Meat Fest at his house and we wanted to attended. At first when we said yes to going we didn't realize it was Easter. Michael doesn't get to see his brothers very often and since Steve made the effort to plan and invite us we really wanted to show up. I didn't end up taking one picture when we were there. The kids had a great time playing with their cousin James and the food and company were really nice as well. 

We also made a commitment to being at my parents house so we only stayed at Steve's house for about 3 hours. We ended up getting stuck in traffic so we were a little later getting to my parents than I wanted to be, but what can you do! 



Addison and Anna were so excited to see Ella they were waiting out in the driveway for us to pull up. This is the only picture I got with any of the kids in their cute clothes. By the time I got inside the boys had already taken off their ties and I didn't want to deal with it since I just wanted to visit with everyone. 




After a wonderful dinner the kids played great together the adults talked and talked. After a while we figured we should probably hide the eggs. 




Christina and I are the ones that hide the eggs. Each egg has a number on it and the numbers go in birth order by age. So all the number 1's belong to Owen, number 2 to Jack, number 3 to Caleb and so on and so forth!




Since the kids are getting older it's nice that we've had to find harder areas to hide the eggs. 



Each kids had either 7 or 8 eggs...I can't remember, but they had the same amount. 



If they found someone else number there weren't supposed to help that kid find it, but if we didn't notice they were struggling we'd give hints. 





I love that it takes longer because of the number system....it always seems like egg hunts are over too fast!



Most of the eggs had candy in them!




But each of the kids got one egg that had a one dollar bill in it. 




Rolling in the dough! 




After the hunt we brought out their Easter Baskets. Ga-Ga filled them with more candy and then she made a bow out of a 5 dollar bill and twisty tied it to the top of the handle. It was pretty clever! 




Spoiled for sure!!! 

Next year Ga-Ga & Pa will be on vacation during Easter so I think we are going to have the festivities at our house! I don't think I'll be making bows out of 5 dollar bills though! :) 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Riverview Egg Hunt 2019

This years Easter Egg Hunt was on Saturday, April 20th. We slept in and were so tired we thought about going to the 1pm hunt instead of the 10am, but then we just decided to get in gear and go for it. I'm so glad we did because the 10am hunt wasn't nearly as crazy as the 1pm hunt. 



Waiting in the auditorium for the action to begin! 



We are all dorks! 



When we walked into the auditorium at church we noticed a few huge changes with the stage. First off it got painted black. 



Second, we now have 2 huge screens on either side and third...there is this fun area in the middle that can be used to display different things depending on what the sermon is on. I love it!!!! 

There were also a couple changes this year in regards to how the Egg Hunt itself was ran. In the past they have given everyone a raffle ticket and called around 10 numbers for each hunt. This takes up a lot of time and usually all the kids are getting antsy about going and hunting eggs. This time they only drew 3 names. Another way kids got prizes were by getting eggs that had a prize coupon in them. This was amazing for a couple reason...it made the kids want to open their eggs at church to see if they got a ticket and then they were more likely to recycle their eggs so we can use them next year. Win-win all around! 



The lower fields are separated into 3 fields. Preschool - Kindergarten & 1st - 2nd & 3rd. I had Zeke join Ella in the 2nd & 3rd grade field so they could be together and I didn't have to pay attention to two fields. Plus the K & 1st grade field had a lot of kids. 



Like I said the 10am hunt was not as crazy so the kids got a lot of eggs! 



They just kept gathering more and more! 



By the time the younger kids hunt started the older kids hunt on the upper field was already finished. Michael was taking a video of the lower field. 



She filled her bag!!! 



Zeke kept going for a little bit! 



This time they closed off the auditorium so instead of hanging out in there we just sat in the Foyer and dumped out all the eggs. 




These kids did not lack candy that's for sure! 




The boys are always so sweet and they share their chocolate candy with Ella. 




Only Jack and Ella wanted a pictures with the 2 bunnies! 




Zeke and Owen both found a prize coupon in one of their eggs. Owen ended up giving his bunny to his friend Karah later that week. 





Owen and Ella both wanted to get their face painted. They got in just before they stopped accepting more kids. 

After this we all went home and then I turned right back around and came back to volunteer for the 1pm hunt. I manned the cotton candy table and then helped piece back together the eggs so we can put them into storage for next years hunt! It's a lot of work, but there were a lot of people that stayed so that always makes it more fun! Michael always makes fun of me because he says my idea of fun and his idea of fun are completely different! :)