Saturday, September 22, 2012

Union Pacific Railway Act

So probably the least exciting post title, but today I took the boys to the Union Station for an event celebrating the 150 years since the signing of the Railway Act. For the event the station had a miniature train to ride, a steam engine and museum car to walk through.
The boys were most excited about riding the miniature train.

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Still not willing to look at the camera.

We rode the train right when we arrived and again when on the way out so we had a chance to sit in both passenger cars.

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Inside the station a model train was set up and the boys were in heaven.

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They would look from one side then ask to move to another, and another, and another. We did at least a dozen laps around the set up. I was able to drag them away from the table to see a little more of the Station.

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I remember playing with this train when I was a kid. As it was only a single train and a button to fight over we moved back to the train table pretty quickly.
The boys did wonderful the whole time we were there. I was nervous to take them by myself especially since the Harvest Moon Celebration was going on today and I knew it could be very crowded and lately the boys have not been great at listening or staying with me. They were fine and held hands with me or each other the entire time with almost no complaint. This gives me hope for Disneyland. On the way out we stopped in front of the engine in an attempt to get a group shot, this was the best I got.

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They had their train whistles, train shaped pencil toppers and it was 2 pm with no nap so little chance of getting a good shot. I have to say I love this new trio of shirts, the boys were super excited to wear the ’hero shirts’.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Featured blogger

So I’m way behind on blogging, mainly because I’ve been sick. What started as a cold, turned into a sinus infection that slowly turned into pneumonia. I’m halfway through another round of antibiotics and finally seem to be recovering. Needless to say not a lot of photos have been taken with my camera and Cody has been busy getting his photography business website going and finishing the last of his portfolio shoots.
Today though I was the featured blogger on Multiples & More website. Kind of exciting, but makes me feel bad I haven’t posted anything in over a week. Now that I can breath again maybe I won’t be going to bed at 9 anymore and actually start keeping up.

One fun photo from the weekend, we went up to the U of U for some really pre-game hangout time with our friends.

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Parker, Andrew, Nicholas

The boys had reached the if they point that if they would nap for us it was time, Cody handed them his phone and I couldn’t resist getting a quick camera phone picture of them showing their team spirit. We were their from around 11:30 to 2 ish, the game didn’t start until 8:30 pm. They won though!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Camping weekend

Over the weekend we finally spent a weekend camping. We had really hoped to do a lot more camping over the summer, but due to the changes with my work schedule and just general being busy we didn’t make it until last Friday. Cody was able to take the day off and we headed to Smith and Morehouse by noon.
It’s been roughly a year since our last camping trip and it was slightly less stressful this time around. The boys while still wanting to run around like crazy understood that they needed to stay near us, out of the water and after a few time outs give the fire ring plenty of space.
We found a beautiful campsite lots of trees, the river running roughly 15 feet behind the tent and a bunch of small trails the boys could wander without being out of sight. I didn’t take any pictures of the site just tried to get pictures of the boys and Cody. I didn’t even pick up the camera on the night we arrived. Cody set up the tent and we took a few walks around the campground sticking to the paved trails until dinner time.
The boys seemed to forget how to walk over the weekend, the number of times they tripped over their own feet on level ground was amazing. At first we thought it was just that they were wearing their crocs instead of their sneakers, but after hearing them begging for food every two hours we had to assume they are growing again and are adjusting to it. We had an easy dinner of hot dogs (hot dog sandwiches as the boys call it) and I made some tinfoil veggies for Cody and I after the boys were asleep.
It was a pretty chilly night, getting down into the 40s and we were so grateful to have the tent heater. We also found out that our air mattress had a slow leak. It was find and comfortable enough for the first 3 hours before it became uncomfortable. Still hard to beat falling asleep with the sound of running water next to the tent.
The boys woke us up, singing to themselves and talking about camping at 7:30 which is sleeping in for them. We got dressed handed out bagels and went for a short hike to the start of the trailhead to Island Lake, the full hike is 12 miles and we made it maybe 1/4 of a mile up the trail before heading back. It was still nearly a mile back to the campsite and the boys were cranky. We got back to the camp for another round of food. Including introducing them to their first fluffernutter sandwiches. They were fans. This was all by 10:30 am.
Given their overwhelming crankiness and needing to drive out far enough to get cell service we loaded the boys up to visit the reservoir for some rock throwing. They fell asleep on the drive (thank goodness) so we extended the drive to give them a good half hour of sleep before some quality time throwing rocks.

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  Andrew shouting for me to hurry up, so much for trying to just take pictures.

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A lot of rocks were thrown and the boys had a blast doing so. They continue to refuse to look at the camera for the most part the entire time. We spent a good hour trying to keep them from soaking their shoes and pants before heading back to the campsite to wait for our brother-in-law and kids to join us.
They arrived and did some exploring around the campsite, set up their tent and we headed back to the reservoir for more rock throwing and some fishing. The boys were completely entranced with the idea of fishing, they have toy magnetic fishing poles but they’ve never really seen a real fishing rod. It was just short of hero worship watching their uncle.

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We watched more fishing, the boys were really excited about it.

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We threw more rocks (so much fun) I have a ton of pictures of the backs of heads and from the side. Then it was back to the campsite for dinner and a little time around the fire before the kids needed to get to bed.
I put the camera down for the rest of the night, but I know Cody took some shots. The 4 three year olds got settled in for the night while the guys went on a big foot hunt.  After the kids went to bed, we stayed up for a few hours to burn most of our remaining firewood.
Sunday was another early morning, we were packed and out of the campground by 10 am. The boys again had bagels for breakfast, looking super happy about it.

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Lucky for me their cousin was able to get them laughing.

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Still trying not to look at me, but at least they were smiling. We are planning on camping again next weekend, but closer to home. By then we’ll have our air mattress fixed and maybe I’ll be less stressed about the boys and relax a bit.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The new gym

We switched gyms in the last week. We loved The Little Gym, but we have a gym about 5 minutes from our house (instead of 30) and it’s a fair amount less expensive. Today was just our second day, but the boys seem to be really enjoying it. There were some trade offs in switching mainly in equipment types, but the boys haven’t complained. The new gym has trampolines.
I’m not a big fan of trampolines and I still get a little nervous every time the boys climb on one. The teachers (usually 2 or 3 for the 6 kids) are great at making sure only one child is on the trampoline at a time.
I didn’t take a camera with me last week, but had one today. I’m going to need a different lens to get shots when they are at the very back and make some adjustments for the low light. I deleted a lot of motion blurred photos.

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They also love the foam pit.

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I’m still color coding for at least a couple weeks, they put name tags on everyone so I think after another week I can just dress them normally. At one point Andrew had snuck back into the foam pit and the teacher called after him, but called him Nicholas. Andrew looked at her, shrugged, then continued on with what he was doing.
After a full day of playschool then an hour of gymnastics it was definitely time for a bath with extra bubbles.

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