Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Dynamite Party!

2014-11-15 at 10-29-35Back in November we hosted a Napoleon Dynamite/Nerdy Thirty party for our friend Reena! The crazy, funny thing about all of this is that Carlos and Reena met each other online, for those of you who have seen the movie, Kip and LaFawnduh's relationship is quite similar.
2014-11-15 at 10-27-39Napoleon Dynamite quotes could be found all over our house.
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2014-11-15 at 10-27-57Of course the party wouldn't be complete without Tots and milk, right?
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 Reena requested Tres Leches cupcakes for her birthday! They were pretty tasty.
2014-11-15 at 10-29-23If you've seen Napoleon Dynamite then you know that the party would not be complete without a piñata!
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Reena actually crafted it herself using cereal boxes. Isn't it awesome?
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 It's a good thing we started with the little kids because once the big kids got a hold of the piñata madness broke out. Chapstick and erasers started flying everywhere!
2014-11-15 at 10-29-09There were a few gentle older children too, but not too many.
2014-11-15 at 10-29-42We only gave Reena a few candles to blow out because we weren't sure if she could blow 30 candles out in one breath.
2014-11-15 at 10-27-50My thrifty husband found his costume just minutes before the party. He makes quite the Napoleon doesn't he?
2014-11-15 at 10-29-59We set up a photo booth similar to the one in the movie and everyone had a chance to mess around in from of the camera.
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We had the movie on in the background during the party. Napoleon's dance routine is something else! We spent a little time trying to duplicate his moves, but I don't think anyone came close.

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Happy birthday, Reena!! We had so much fun celebrating with you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bow Down to Washington

IMG_0492My Lutheran Stud and I both attended school at the University of Washington. Go Huskies! Having the Colorado Buffaloes join the Pac-10, or rather Pac-12 now, has been fun! It means that we can now see our school play when they come to town. To make visiting CU Boulder even better is having a friend who is the campus pastor at the University Lutheran Chapel right across from the stadium. That's premium parking right there. ;)
IMG_0502We made it to the stadium with plenty of time to spare, so we hung out and caught a little pre-game warm-ups.
_MG_8517.jpgThe music was blaring and the players were dancing!
_MG_8533.jpgCoach Peterson was out tossing the ball around too. He's the new guy this year. We'll see how or if he can transform this team of ours.
_MG_8560.jpgThe Buffaloes' mascot, Ralphie, is always present at the games and makes his rounds before the game and before the second half. It takes 5 people to man the reins. I wouldn't mess with that buffalo.
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Go Huskies! _MG_8566.jpgIt was a slow start for our Dawgs. I mean so slow that the Buffs were starting to get a little comfortable.
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_MG_8580.jpgran down the field, and before we knew it
_MG_8582.jpgthey scored!
_MG_8585.jpgThen they needed a little breather from all the scoring to catch up. For the record, those guys are huge. They're much bigger up close and personal. Sitting in the stands you don't realize it.
_MG_8590.jpgThe second half was still a little sloppy, but we pulled off the win and that's all that matters, right?
_MG_8592.jpgThere was an amazing turn out from Husky fans. I think, at times, they were louder than the home town crowd. Now, that was awesome!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Museum of Nature and Science

IMG_5013.jpgThe Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to have a membership when you have a large family. They welcome all of the children living in your home, and that includes foster children. When you have a membership it's great because you don't  feel like you have to see everything that  the museum has to offer because you can visit other exhibits at a later time.
IMG_5014.jpgWe met up with friends at the museum and while we were waiting we explored the space exhibit. We don't usually spend much time here because the children usually like going to the same places over and over. On this particular day we explored what life was life was like on different planets and saw a mock space walk area.
IMG_5017.jpgThe Discovery Zone opened in the spring and our children love this place. They can pretend to dig up dinosaur bones which is pretty much like playing in the sand.
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This thing here was a team effort to move the balls down the obstacle.IMG_5039.jpg
IMG_5022.jpgThere was even  water station where you could build dams and control where the water went.
IMG_5040.jpgThe children were all soaking wet after a lovely time in this area.
IMG_5042.jpgWe also spend quite a lot of time in the Discovery Health exhibit. The children love tracking their progress with the little cards they are given. Elizabeth is measuring body temperature here.
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There's even an area  to measure your height and arm span. IMG_5059.jpgThe girls were sitting so still to get a heart rate measure while the computer discussed what a heart rate is all about.
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Making a skeleton move, and rock climbing were great fun and exercise all in one.
IMG_5067.jpgChecking out how your pupil changes in different light was also on the agenda, but we had a hard time figuring out how to use this machine.
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There was even a game you could play to see how relaxing your mind can move a ball.
IMG_5088.jpgOh! We saw some animals too! These walruses were huge.
IMG_5089.jpgThe museum is a great place to visit during the colder months. It will keep your children occupied for hours.