Monday, September 29, 2014

COSI

While in Columbus we visited COSI (which I visited growing up).

In front of the foucault pendulum (that I remember seeing some 20 years ago).

We watched rat basketball... its exactly what it sounds like :)

 Naomi enjoyed the water area.

 Davey and Naomi exploring parts of the huge preschool area.

The girls steering imaginary horses in their buggy in the Progress area (which they loved).

 Malia working an old camera while Davey gave the news.

 The whole place is just full of cool, hands on things for kids.

 Outside they have a few neat things including a lever that allows you to pick up a car (and picks up small children who hold on - see Davey?!?!)

The other strong memory I have of COSI is this electrostatic generator. Both Malia and Davey were too shy to touch it and have their hair stand up, but they participated in this group shock with Andrew.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Columbus Zoo

We ventured to the Columbus Zoo last week and I was really impressed by it.

 Before entering, the girls ran to say hi to the seagulls in the parking lot.

The zoo has some animals that ours doesn't, like koalas, manatees, and this giant tortoise which were fun to see.

 One orangatang was right up on the glass and the girls enjoyed saying hello.

 They have a dinosaur ride that Malia really wanted to go on. She has been earning and saving some money and decided to spend some of it so that she, Davey and Andrew could ride. She loved the ride and was glad to have spent her money on it!

 They had a giant play place that they girls would have spent hours at if we let them. If you look closely you can see all three girls on the very top level. Malia helped Naomi navigate some of the harder parts and they made it to the top together.

There are statues of animals throughout the zoo and the girls loved them. They wanted to climb and get their picture taken on each one we passed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The playground

While in Ohio, we visited our favorite playground which is really close to my parents house. Once again it proved to be a hit with the kids.

 Malia striking a pose.

Davey getting pushed by my dad (with her tea party hat on!)

Naomi checking out a duck in the pond nearby.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Home Again

We got home today from a week long trip to Ohio. We are all really tired and trying to adjust back to mountain time but it was a good trip. I have lots of pictures to post in the coming days.

For tonight I will just post pictures of our 2 year old traveler. 

 She loves her new suitcase and is determined to roll it through the airport by herself. "Nomi do it."

Cheesy smile complete with squinty eyes in her very own, paid for, seat.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bedtime Staller

Naomi is quickly becoming the queen of stalling at bedtime. She has gotten really good at coming up with things she needs to do before we put her to bed. She will ask for something to eat (which is somewhat legit because she normally does not eat much dinner). She will ask to kiss her sisters. She will ask for milk (even though she doesn't drink milk). She will ask us to blow her nose or for some random toy that needs to be added to her already overcrowded bed.

The other night she was having a snack before bed and was so tired that she could not even sit up.

For some reason Naomi just does not want to go to bed easily these days. It is both trying and entertaining. I am hoping she will outgrow this stage soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Harvest

Last weekend, Andrew, Malia and Davey harvested the apples off our our apple tree.

It was our best year by far. The apples all had been pecked by some animal along the way, but they were perfect for making pie, apple crisp and applesauce this week.

Malia has had a really helpful spirit in the kitchen recently. She wanted to help cut the apples, so Andrew set her up with apple corer/slicer which she used to chop up the apples.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gifts

Last week I had another birthday. I was celebrated in many ways by family and friends.  All thoughtful and great reminders of how blessed I am.

On my actual birthday, one of my children was having a hard day. I was feeling discouraged. I read the following and was very encouraged.

"One of the paradoxes of the Christian life is that God's gifts often require labor on our part. God brought the Israelites to the Promised Land and told them He was going to "give" it to them (Num. 13:2). This sounded great to the Israelites until they realized that, with the gift, came battles against giants and fortified cities!"     Henry and Richard Blackaby from Experiencing God Day by Day

Three of my greatest gifts are Malia, Davey and Naomi. And I spend most of my waking hours working to keep these three gifts fed, clothed, educated, etc. It is a lot of work and each day contains battles against sin, pride, wills, unkindness, not being patient. But the hard work doesn't diminish that they are indeed gifts. The work and fighting the battles is God's way of refining me and drawing me closer to Him; a gift in and of itself.

So I am trying to remember when my children don't obey, when they are unkind to others, or when they make (constant) messes that it is all a gift. Maybe it doesn't give me warm and fuzzy feelings, but it is giving me the chance to be more like my Savior.

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One thing I wanted on my birthday was an updated picture of the three girls together. This is what I got. I am posting all of the series because each one made me smile for a different reason. I hope they make you smile too!