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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Road Less Traveled


The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


I can't express how many times it feels like James and I are roaming down that less traveled road. I can't help but wonder what Frost meant when he said, "and that has made all the difference..." A good difference? A bad difference? A complete in-difference? I have always loved this poem, it is by far one of my favorites.

I snapped this picture in the woods across the street from the house where my parents lived in Germany. There were lots of little meandering, hiking trails throughout the Black Forest and I saw these two paths diverging and it made me think of this poem.

Hmmm...Maybe it will make you have deep thoughts and a pensive mood for the rest of the day? And if not, I hope you at least enjoy the picture and the poem... As for me, it always takes me back to the time in my childhood where I thought maybe magical fairies and unicorns still existed... and if I looked hard enough, or if I were quiet enough, I just might see one.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Waffles


James actually makes the best waffles. Really, it's true. We got an awesome waffle iron for a shower gift when we got married and we use it several times a month. I'm squeamish around hot things (I know right?!) so I have never learned how to make waffles. But, it looks like Kayley was interested in learning so she got to pull up a chair and help daddy! (No, she was NOT close to the hot waffle iron!)

He let her crack the eggs even...although Kayley had a little trouble separating the yolk from the white. Hahaha. The Waffles turned out great and Kayley was really impressed with herself that she "made the waffles and Daddy helped a little."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another Graduation Photo!


Thanks to the professional photographer who snapped the photos at James' graduation from residency. I really wanted to get some pictures, but when they hire a professional you just end up with pics of the back of the photographers head. =) Anyway, just thought the family at least would like to see a photo of James receiving his diploma and a group photo of his classmates.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Heard Museum

Today we took advantage of a new program that the public library system is offering called "Culture Passes." You pick them up at the library and they allow you to visit a certain cultural place for free. I was lucky enough that I snagged one for the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. It is a Native American History Museum. It was really neat.

Here is Kayley looking at this HUGE display of Katsina dolls (not to be confused with Kachina dolls).
Honestly, the website played it up as a good place to visit with the whole family, but I'm going to give an honest review of this museum and tell you that it was NOT. There was a few things for Kayley to do, but for the most part, James and I should've gotten a babysitter and made a date out of it.


There were quite few interactive exhibits, but the countertops were all WAY too high. If they were intended for children, they were intended for very tall children. Like 12+.
In Kayley's excitement to see try to see an exhibit she fell out of her stroller and was wailing in the exhibit hall. I know, you are wondering how a child can actually fall out of a stroller aren't you? Well...let's just say Kayley can figure it out. Oh, and she is fine by the way. Not even a bump just an annoyed (loud) toddler.
They had these awesome puzzles everywhere that she couldn't reach. Oh, and it was SO hot in there that I was sweaty by the time we were ready to leave this gallery. I was getting pretty annoyed because my kid fell out her stroller, in a 90 degree gallery, that was supposedly "interactive for kids" with countertops that she couldn't even reach....
Oh, and they had these great stations where you could make a project to take home. We tried to make some kind of basket thing and between the 3 of us, nobody could figure out the directions on how to make it. We ended up throwing it away in frustration. Half the other things to make were empty like nobody had replenished them since yesterday. We got there as the museum opened so they should've had plenty for us to play with.
We also got frustrated trying to figure out how to read the gallery map. We couldn't find an elevator mainly because we couldn't figure out where we were! And there were no docents wandering around to help us out? I guess everybody that worked there just hung around the front desk?
One thing they did have that was pretty cool was a bell choir. We never figured out what school they were from, but they were great.
They asked for audience participation, so Kayley and I volunteered to help with the rain stick.
It was pretty cool. It was a train song and the bell choir performed to the rain.
Kayley got tired of the rainstick halfway through the performance though and ditched me up there...the video is at the bottom.
This interactive gallery was empty of kids and people. There is probably supposed to be lots of cool stuff to do in here but there were no docents and the project tables were all empty so we could only do 2 of the 6 projects in here...
I don't know what this is. An iceburg I think.


Kayley checking out the Katsina dolls.


The bell choir.
They were really good. I thought it seemed odd that a bell choir was performing during he summer...I thought they were a Christmas thing, but they were awesome.
Those girls were wearing long black velvet gowns...they had to be so hot!


The rainstick and the bell choir. I can't believe Kayley ditched me up there...You can see her tell me, "I'm done with this now..." and I tell her "Ok you can go stand by Daddy". So she ran off and left me there... She actually came back and finished the song with me a few seconds later...I guess it looked like I was having a lot of fun with that rainstick...which I totally wasn't. =)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus

Last night we had the opportunity to go the the Ringling Bro's and Barnum & Baily Circus downtown at the U.S. Airways Center! It was our first time going to the Circus with Kayley and I hadn't been to the Circus since I was in elementary school.
We went early for the 1 hour "pre-show" so Kayley could meet a few of the performers from the show. I thought she might be scared of the clown...we've actually never seen one I don't think. But she just looked at him and then turned to the camera and said "cheeeeeeeese."
We got to try on some fashionable clown costumes!
This is Mr. Gravity, the main character in the show.
A clown balancing a spinning plate on his forehead.
A lovely acrobat.
On our way up to the nosebleed section to find our seats.
Kayley and Daddy.
Our seats...could we seriously be any further away?
It was really high up. Kayley was tired. I thought I was being so clever by pushing her nap back an hour so she could stay up later and not be as tired...but it did NOT work. =( She woke up tired and whiny from her nap and was really pooped (and a little cranky) the whole evening.

The souveniers were too expensive to buy. I felt so bad but those crazy glowing spinner things were 20 bucks! Seriously ! A box of popcorn was 7 bucks, a big drink 6 bucks and cotton candy was 12 BUCKS! I saw a little girl sitting behind us who had a regular, normal little glow stick that some clever parent brought from home...I was moaning over the fact that I didn't come up with something that creative. And Kayley said, "I want one of those!" Ohhhh, those sell 2 for two dollars at walmart...I dont' know why I didn't think of it?? (forehead slap).
The seats were awesome stadium style seating so we could see pretty well. The downside was such that they were so narrow that Kayley kicked the guy in front of us in the back of the head. Oops...He's ok though. No concussion or anything.
Kayley actually watched a lot more of the acrobatics that I thought she would. She really liked this one where they guys were swinging on these giant swings and jumping and flipping. Whew! At one point she yelled, "Looook Mommy! He didn't Miss!"
The tigers were incredible. Thank goodness we were so high up. If a tiger escaped and started eating people we would be able to view the carnage from above and snap some pictures. The tigers would be full before ever getting all the way up to us. Hey, work with me here, I'm trying to put a positive spin on our not-so-great seats. =)
Kayley got really excited over the elephants. She wanted to know where the monkey were?

At the end of the show...Kayley was so tired...that she looked like this.
Mommy was actually pretty exhausted too. When Kayley is happy and awake she will gladly sit in her own seat or sit with Daddy. But, Kayley is 100% Mommy's Girl and when she is tired, sad, cranky, and overwhelmed she wants Mommy and only Mommy. Which is fine. Except she wanted to be carried. Well...and she really needed to be carried. The press of people was pretty overwhelming. It was terribly crowded with lots of big people who wanted to trample my little one. It made me pretty nervous.
Anyway, I ended up carrying her nearly the whole night...and boy her little 27 pounds gets REALLY heavy after a while. Needless to say my arms felt like they were going to fall off by the time we got to the car.
I do have to admit I kind of like having a Mommy's Girl and it is a small price to pay. The return on investment is my baby's love and I LOVE it.
You should see my biceps this morning. They are huge. =)
Hey, we got these free souvenier noses...what do you think? We look pretty cute don't we?
On the way home! We LOVE the Circus!!

A circus video.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hat Day...

So, today was "Hat Day" at Preschool. So Kayley picked this old, beat up, dollar-store, cowgirl hat to wear...and I honestly just thought it was too cute. I also just finished reading this great book on how to take pictures of your child. Basically I learned, "Get close...and then get closer." Seemed like weird advice, but I tried it...and here is what we got from today's little "photo shoot." They actually turned out pretty good I think!











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