Monday, March 30, 2015

March Mystery Mondays

Week 1: New playground at Decoursey Park
Week 2: Seattle Children's Museum
Week 3: Triangle Park in Milton - teeter-totters and a merry-go-round!
Week 4: Riding Tacoma Link LightRail to Tully's for hot chocolate
Week 5: Lunch at Hangar Inn, overlooking Pierce County Airport

This new spider web at the playground was very enticing.  Unfortunately, Levi was a bit too timid to go very far, and poor Micah's legs were just too short for him to reach the middle section.
 Hey!  Good job, Levi!  You made it!
 Wait.  What?!?  Micah, how did you get up there?!?

This is the outdoor/hiking/mountain climbing/camping section of the Seattle Children's Museum.

Classic Gorham boys: Micah wants to be the driver, and Levi wants someone else to transport him.
 Lunch al fresco by the Seattle Center fountain.

 A couple of old-school toys at this playground!

It was rainy and rather cold for our ride on the Link.
Our first time taking the umbrellas out and about.  They were super cute but actually ridiculous.  The boys could hardly see anything, and I couldn't hold their hands (in downtown Tacoma!) because they had to hold the umbrellas.  Plus we took up most of the sidewalk and walked very slowly.  I felt bad for the other pedestrians!
Waiting for our return ride.  We also enjoyed the elevator ride in the parking garage.  It was a glass elevator, and we could see all of downtown as we rode up to the top floor.

A beautiful day for lunch at Thun Field.  Lovely view of Mt. Rainier.
We saw about a dozen small planes taking off or landing.  It was interesting watching the pilots refuel their planes.
 The yellow and white plane was taxiing right in front of us.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

February Mystery Mondays

Week 1: Odyssey 1 (indoor play gym)
Week 2: Wiggle Works (play gym for 48 inches or shorter)
Week 3: I can't remember!
Week 4: Zoo

Ball pit at Odessey 1

Kind of like a bouncy house, but not quite so bouncy.


A moment of reflection.  It was brief.  The rest of the time he was running and jumping and squealing.  People told me they loved the sound of his laugh.  I was just glad I could tell where he was when he was laughing.  He's a quick little monkey!
A slow speed merry-go-round at Wiggle Works

The boys' favorite spot in Wiggle Works was the balloon room.  Fans kept the balloons constantly whirling around.

Another slow-speed turning/climbing thing

SOMEDAY I will convince at least one of my sons to ride on one of the HORSES on the Zoo's carousel!
This bench is fine, but it sure doesn't go up and down!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Levi's fourth birthday party

Levi wanted another Thomas party!  And when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he said, "orange."  Did that mean orange flavor or orange color?  "Orange color!"  But Thomas is blue and red.  How do I make an orange Thomas cake?  Well, I settled for painting Thomas on a white cloud (a cloud is part of his logo) on a cake that is painted like an orange sunset.  (Lately Levi had been talking about "beautiful sunsets.")  It wasn't the most perfect cake, but it turned out better than I thought it would.  Oh, and the inside was chocolate cake with orange creamsicle frosting.  Yum!

 We decorated the table with train tracks and trains.  Most of the guests played with the toys as least a little.

 At a loss for really clever games, we decided to have a balloon drop.  Ethan, Garret, Levi, and Micah actually really enjoyed both dropping them from above and having the balloons come down on them.

Sorry I couldn't figure out how to rotate this picture.

 Levi didn't need any prompting to blow out the candles at the conclusion of the Happy Birthday Song.  He was very pleased with himself.
 Happy birthday to our big boy!!!