Saturday, January 30, 2016

After a week of snow

You may have heard that last week the DC area got the biggest dump of snow in one go in about 78 years. Or was it 125 years? I don't know, it was a LOT.  About 27 inches in H'ville. And YES. I KNOW. We could have handled this better, according to Minnesota and lots of other places that deal with snow on a regular basis.

But let me say that we have a highly dense population (lots of cars park on the street), sidewalks, little snow infrastructure. I think we did OK. We just don't have the plows or the place to put the snow. When there is only 3 feet between the street and the sidewalk (TOPS. Many places it is zero feet) and there are cars parked on the streets everywhere (because that is where you park!) we did OK. Yes, I would have liked the kids to have gotten back to school on Wednesday. But, really, we did ok. My office was closed through Tuesday, open Wednesday, back to a delayed opening on Thursday, because I guess the early commute on Wednesday was a bear. Normal on Friday. And kids back in school ... please god ... Monday.

So, that all aside, we had different kids over on different days when I telecommuted, and other parents went to work. One of the days S9 and Q9 made cupcakes with the goal of donating them to the children's hospital. I told the I was NOT driving to the children's hospital to donate them, but S9's mom could if she wanted to. She declined. I'm guessing there was no parking, anyway, just piles of snow. So I suggested the fire department, the police department, and DPW.

We hit all those places. Most of the firefighters were out, but the guy who answered the door said thank you, accepted the cupcakes and come back later so you can look at the firetrucks if you want (sweet!), the police station was busy, but they accepted the treats. But in the end, we were too late in the day, and DPW was closed. Oh well, you guys who have been working the hardest missed out on some lovely cupcakes. Next time.

2016-01-29 16.13.12

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Day trip to Massachusetts

This was a quickie trip. Very quickie. I think Q and I were at K and T's house for under 48 hours. We got there around lunchtime Saturday, and left after breakfast on Monday to take T to work.

So, I asked both girls if they wanted to go with me to see K, T, and J10. Q9 said yes, and that was that. C11 said, no, then changed to yes, then switched back to no. Then when she heard we'd be watching a football game while there ... she realized she'd made the right decision.

So. Q9 and I drove up Saturday morning. It was cold, but no traffic. We got there, they had lunch -- including a roasted chicken! which C11 has identified as my favorite food -- for us. Then we went bowling.

This was Q9's first time Candlepin bowling. We all were pretty bad! But fun fun fun!

2016-01-16 14.18.00

And later we watched the Patriots beat some other team. Not sure who they were now, I've forgotten, but they had white pants on which we all agreed was a fashion faux pas for the team.

Sunday we decided to go to the Connecticut Science Museum. This was a GREAT museum. But don't go see the 3-D robots movie. It was ... dull enough to allow me to have a 20 minute nap.

But lots of it was great. We did THIS stuff:

Use air to move a beach ball into a basket
2016-01-17 11.03.05

Hit a dummy's head with a mallet (the dummy was wearing those helmets that J10 and Q9 are wearing!). This is J10's favorite thing at the museum.
2016-01-17 11.30.10 (1)

Moved objects with our mind (my favorite thing!)
2016-01-17 11.40.33 (1)

Went in a hurricane tunnel. The wind went up to 80 MPH:
2016-01-17 13.20.06

Played in rubber pellets. Q9 even stuck her head in. Pellets stuck in her hair. Ew.
2016-01-17 14.57.12

And ate frozen yogurt:
2016-01-17 13.11.51

All good.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More X-mas in Williamsburg

So, besides going on waterslides and in lazy rivers and on crazy surfing adventures at Great Wolf Lodge, we went to Williamsburg to visit, eat, and go on a ghost tour. Some pictures:

Christmas Eve at Trellis. The food was great, and everybody was happy:

2015-12-24 16.43.57


2015-12-24 16.44.19

During the Ghost Tour. Um, getting more tired and less happy but managing:

2015-12-24 19.23.30

Checking out what would happen if we made it all the way on Santa's naughty list:

2015-12-24 20.01.58

2015-12-24 20.02.03

C11 and the full moon in Williamburg on Christmas Eve

2015-12-24 20.02.46

We were kind of dressed down, but Christmas brunch in Williamsburg. Delicious!!!! We met some nice people next to us who took our photo. This was the best one. She warned us she cut C46's head off a few time ... she really did.


One last photo, even though it is at Great Wolf Lodge. C11 was trying her hardest to be cranky at breakfast, but you can see a little smile in there as she gets a giant hug from her wonderful dad.

2015-12-24 08.41.13

Sunday, December 27, 2015

X-Mas at Great Wolf Lodge

I'm kind of behind in posting this. But we had a great time at Great Wolf Lodge and Williamsburg, VA for Christmas 2015. We asked C11 & Q9 if they'd prefer presents or a trip. They both chose a trip! Yay! We made memories.

It was super warm when we went, very un-Christmassy. See rainy arrival picture:

2015-12-23 13.15.13

So, for those of you who do not yet know, or have no reason to know, and never will find yourself in the situation of knowing, Great Wolf Lodge is basically an indoor water park.

This is the first view you get of it, from the lobby:


Then you have to RUSH to your room as QUICK as possible to get your bathing suit ON so you can go IN!

2015-12-24 13.12.58 2015-12-24 12.05.57

Here are a couple of action videos. I LOVED the thing C11 did. I couldn't get the kids to go with me enough times, and I kind of felt like a parental dork trying to hard to do that. But I managed to do it on my knees and surf for a while. No tricks and flips (the 12-17 year old boys were best at that), and I was flung off the board once and shot back up to the top in a jumbled mess and a misplaced bathing suit, which was hysterical. Wish somebody had gotten that on video!!!! Q9 didn't like this ride, but C11 did well here!

2015-12-24 12.05.04

The blue waterslide was a good one. My favorite was going down with somebody else on a double, it made it go faster.


And me on a slide board. I only did the slide boards once. Not real fast.

2015-12-24 12.51.22

And the girls loved the wavepool (we'd body surf ... I still have a scab on my knee from scraping the cement bottom of the wave pool!)  and the giant dump bucket. I resisted this for a while, but it was hard to ignore. It would fill up every 5 minutes and at about 4 minutes a bell would start ringing ... Dong! ... Dong! ... Dong! and kids and adults alike would flock to that area just under the bucket. And the bucket would dump a huge amount of water on you.


We were at the waterpark a LOT. C11 was done after two visits, but Q9 wanted to go all the time, for hours at a time. We got there the afternoon of the 23rd, and went in. In on the 24th. In on the 25th after Williamsburg. Q9 told me on the 25th she wanted to spend from 3pm to 9pm in the waterpark. We did not quite, but from about 2:45 to 8:30. Close enough for me. And the next, and our last day, she wanted to spend 4 hours (from 9am to 1pm) in the water. Unfortunately, she had gotten chaffed the day before with so much swimming, and the rub of her suit was too much for her after an hour. BUT, we were the FIRST on the tornado waterslide, AND spent a lot of time in the lazy river.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Santa Run 2015

This JUST happened minutes ago! Santa on the fire truck visiting the Hyattsvillagers .... I saw this for the first time 15 years ago after we moved into our house. I LOVE it.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gingerbreading 2015

This year we made: Abby Road, A fox, a house, Gingerhenge, and a cup & saucer.

I think Foxy was my favorite:
2015-12-06 09.06.45 2015-12-06 11.10.16

Abby Road won the "most frosting" award.

2015-12-06 09.06.52 2015-12-06 11.12.26

Gingerhenge had lots of potential, and ended up FULL of random candy.

2015-12-05 16.28.50 2015-12-06 09.43.45

Q9 wanted a cup and dish of cookies, and I love the way it turned out.

2015-12-06 09.06.38 2015-12-06 11.11.39

And my house:
2015-12-06 12.18.49

I'm already looking forward to next year ....

Monday, November 30, 2015