Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Break- Santa Barbara Zoo

We LOVE the SB Zoo. So many times, during our marriage, (before and after kids) we have made lots of special memories in Santa Barbara. We almost got married there. We have gone to that zoo with all of my kids, no matter what age, and they love it. This is the 2nd time Jonah has been there. The 1st time, however, he was only weeks old. This was the 1st time he went when he "knew what was going on." He gets so excited over animals and creatures so we knew he would have fun. He loved every animal he saw...even the rattle snake (which creeped me out a lot). There is something unsettling about seeing your baby try to grab a rattle snake with a big smile on his face. Anyway, we bought a family pass for the year and I hope we get to spend many more days up there, as a family, this year. It was a very good day!

The pier--another place we love!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Break Field Trip-The Science Center

So, our homeschool co-op group has slowed down quite a bit this year. I ad a new baby and Stefanie was on bedrest for the 1st semester. Then, she had her baby 2nd semester and the kids started attending 2 days of classes, rather than 1. All of that to say....meeting every Friday was a bit too much this year. (How did I manage to do it last year-pregnant for the whole school year and working for 2 schools?-so crazy). Anyway, we started out with the intention of meeting every other Friday and this semester, it has become about once a month. We love the book we are allows for almost no prep-work. We look forward to it so much! Weeks are just so full and we would have no days to homeschool if we did it every week! The 1st year of co-op, we took like 4-5 field trips. The kids remember those most. This year, we just took our 1st (and maybe last) one. It makes me sad because the kids love them so much! Anyway...we studied the human body this year. The CA Science Center has some really cool stuff in this regard, so that is where we went. We chose to go during our spring break from classes, rather than cram it into a week with 2 days of classes. It was lots of fun. I really hope we will plan more next year! :)

Funny how our group continues to "grow" yet no one new has joined! :)

Even cute Jonah got to participate and daddy came this time, which was a treat! :)

There was this cool "ecosystem" exhibit. It bag with a "film" and our group pretty much took up the whole room!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth!!!!

We had such a great day! All 5 kids and I went to Disneyland with my parents. It has been a while since we have been because we didn't get Disney passes last year. This was Jonah's 1st time to Disneyland and he had such a fun day. I was worried about him getting frustrated about not being able to crawl. I was also worried he would be crazy without being able to take a normal nap. Well, he didn't sleep much, but he did so well. He stayed busy all day with all that their was to look at. He would jumps up and down and make funny noises every time a character would walk by. It was so nice to spend the day with my parents. The kids had a blast watching Jonah experience Disneyland for the 1st time. They all wanted to be the ones to sit by hi on rides! Can't wait to go again!

Jonah-waiting with grandma while the kids went on Tower of Terror!

Jonah's 1st ride ever!!!! Monsters Inc. at CA Adventure

1st time meeting a character....he LOVED him!!!!

Big Brother holding Jonah in line for the Pooh ride!

Baby FINALLY got a much-needed nap!