Saturday, October 27, 2012

Settling In

Holy crap, I am SO behind.
It doesn't help that we picked up another camera, either.
Do you know how much anxiety there is about downloading pictures form FOUR different cameras?!
Probably far more than there should be.
One day Brooklyn decided she wanted to experiment with piping frosting.
We baked our cake and went and got our supplies.
We made the frosting (with coconut oil--it was SO good!!), then whipped up each of the 4 flavors she picked out.
There was:
White chocolate raspberry
Mint chocolate
Black cherry
Bubble gum

 Sam popped into the photo for moral support.

Voila!  It was gone in a day or two, of course.

We moved here just in time to celebrate Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta!
It is a week-long celebration that includes everything from morning balloon launches (we were able to see a few from our house throughout the week), evening launches, glows (where the balloons are on the ground but they light them up in the dark, etc.  Oh, and there are 1000 balloons here!
What's so awesome about the glow is that you can walk amidst the balloons.
We decided to go to the Special Shapes Glow (click on link to see some of the awesome special shapes balloons!).

Waiting for Corinne at the Park n' Ride.

We got to ride on a bus!!...the novelty wore off in approximately 5 minutes.
It was a 30 minute ride there.  And back home again.

Brook and Corinne ready to be there.

Unfortunately, this is as much "glow" as we got that night.  The weather this week wasn't very good at all, so they cancelled the glow.  There were some neat fireworks though.
They do offer you tickets for another day if the balloons get cancelled, but none of us were to keen to go back out again this year.
Maybe we can give it another go next year.

We went to a chemistry experiments presentation at the children's museum (need to get photos of Brook volunteering as an assistant off of the cell phone...).  Knowing Brooklyn, I figured she'd be interested.  Right-O.
One of the favorite experiments involved testing pH with cabbage water.
So we picked up a cabbage and made our own indicator.
It's lasted us through 3 rounds of Brooklyn experiments!
Here's the Before anything was added (except the lemon juice, to make sure it worked):

And the After.
She then took them all and mixed them together.  Very interesting.
There was definitely more acid then base as the acids clotted the milk, which looked pretty neat.

 Our membership at Lawrence Hall of Science has more than paid for itself--it gets us into both the children's museum and Museum of Natural History (which are right next door to each other) for free.
This is Alberta the life-size Albertosaurus.

Russ giggled about this shot for quite some time.

First thing--a show in the Planetarium (during which at least 2 people fell asleep and were snoring...).
The kids and I liked it though!

Apparently Sam and I thought the T-Rex was funny.

Russ and Brook took off in one direction and Sam and I in the other.
Little did we realize the size of this place!  It is huge!!
After about an hour of wandering around (during which Russ got this neat photo), Sam and I were done and set out to find the other two.

Found him!  :)

Last weekend, Russ was craving some adventure (whereas the kids and I were not), so he set out to the Coronado State Monument to check out some old ruins.

Back home, the kids and I were getting crafty.

In more ways than one.  :)

I was trying to get a photo with his eyes open, little stinker.

Ta-da!!  That's my creeper!  He's worn this shirt every day for the past week, except for when it's in the wash.  Even then he refuses to put any other shirt on.
He has now requested an Enderman shirt.  Hmmm.

Corinne spent a week in New Orleans and sent us some awesome masks.  Russ tried to take a picture of Brook wearing one, but she ran away.
So he put one on and ran the other way.  Lo and behold, a game was born.
Here's one photo he got.

We went and checked out the Botanical Gardens last weekend.  They had some Hairy, Creepy, Scary thing going on where they had a bunch of crazy bugs and naked mole rats and baby alligators.
It was right up our alley.
After we got done petting tarantula legs, we found this awesome Alice in Wonderland place.
There was a castle, huge mushrooms, a cheshire cat, big bugs, tunnels...

A giant pumpkin to walk through.

A giant garden.

Giant eggs to play in (where Sam fell down into one and got a black eye).

An awesome metal slide through a log.

Gorgeous fall colors!!

A maze.

A pond.
(Yes, that is my child fishing money out of the penny pond.
Yes, he threw it back in.)

And a dragon.

Phew!  Made a dent in our photos--need to get the other half of our devices back so I can download this past week from them!  Russ went hiking this morning to the TWA crash site with some friends and he has 2 of the cameras.


  1. My gosh the kids are getting big! Glad to see you guys are enjoying the new location. Love you guys!

  2. This is Aunt Donna. Had to post anonymously as I don't have accounts at any of those places! Sorry!

    Looks like you're having a great time! Brooke looks about the same as when we say you in April, but I hardly recognize Sam! He's not a little kid anymore! Have fun being where it's warm all winter!