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Friday, February 25, 2011

Science Center

We went with some friends to the Science Center today. We had never been so we were pretty excited to go! And going with friends makes it so much more fun! There was a really fun kids zone that had lots of interactive things, but it was really crowded. There were several school groups there so it was a little difficult to keep track of kids. But we're glad we went.


There was a "Germ Kitchen" that was really kinda gross but cool at the same time! It told about germs in trash cans, dish towels, sponges, ovens, the counters, and the sink. There were fingerprints all over the place and pretend food smudges. The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.



In Memory

My one and only uncle,(by blood anyway)Edward Damrell passed away today. My mom's only brother, my grandma's only son. He collapsed and lost consciousness Sunday and never woke up. I'm grateful for the time we spent with him at my cousin, his daughter, Chelle's house in July.




I'm so grateful for the knowledge of eternal families and know that he is having a wonderful reunion with his son and father.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fancy Nancy

The library had a "Fancy Nancy Party" yesterday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fancy Nancy, it is a cute set of books for little girls. The little girl is named Nancy, and she likes to dress up fancy and say fancy words. Charlotte loves the series and I knew she would LOVE the party. We had to sign up for the party and I was a little late signing up due to being in Vegas. We were originally on the waiting list, but got a call Friday afternoon that some spots opened up. So we were pretty excited!

We had some girls from a ballet school show us some moves...is that proper for a ballerina??




First, they danced for us and then the little girls could join in. Not my girls though. Brooke is generally shy and I don't think Charlotte was feeling great.

They got to have some yummy snacks and some lemonade.

Ms. Shannon read some Fancy Nancy books. We love Ms. Shannon. She is awesome and always putting on great parties/storytimes for the kids. I want her job when I grow up...


They also got to do some crafts...a tiara and a flower picture frame. The craft is always their favorite part of any library activity.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Madame Tussauds

I have always wanted to go to Madame Tussauds. We couldn't both agree on a show to see, so instead of spending money on something we weren't going to like, we went to Madame Tussauds instead. It was pretty cool, but at the same time a little strange. Sometimes it was hard to tell from across the room if it was a statue or a real person. They were pretty believable!!

Some of our favorites:






















Ok so that was a lot of pics. I guess I couldn't narrow them down. :-)

Vegas!

Nathan was attending a conference in Vegas and I went with him to have a nice, relaxing time. (Remember Florida last year?) Unfortunately, relaxing it was not. I did not realize how loooooong the strip was. We stayed on one end of the strip at the Hilton. It was more of a business like atmosphere with no smoking and no casino, which was fine since we don't gamble or smoke. All the other hotels/attractions we wanted to see was on the other end: The Bellagio, the Venetian, Caesar's Palace, etc. The first night we got there, we were meeting some friends for dinner who were in town for business too. We knew where they were staying and hadn't heard back from them about where they wanted to eat, so we just started walking in their direction.(And by this time it was about 10 p.m. our time) We ended up walking about two miles to eat in the Venetian. And since it was night, I wanted to look nice so I wore some cute sandals with a heel. That was a bad idea. I think we ended up getting on the monorail on the way back to the hotel. But you still had to walk a ways to get to the station that ran BEHIND all the hotels.

I didn't get much smarter the next day. I wore the same sandals just a few blocks away to the Conference Center that Nathan was getting an award for a project he completed with his classmates from school in Michigan. It was a business casual event and I hadn't planned on going, but found out that morning he DID want me to go. All I had were jeans, capris, and a skirt. I really didn't want to wear the skirt so he suggested the capris and the sandals. On the way there, I ended up tripping and falling down on the sidewalk, and according to Nathan, I wasn't even chewing gum or talking on my cell phone. I did something to the top of my foot, and had a hard time walking the rest of the day. But after the conference, we walked around the strip for a little bit, but I had only changed into flip flops. We met some of Nathan's former classmates and professors for dinner, which turned into a 4 HOUR DINNER. We had a good time talking and laughing, but by the end of the night my foot was throbbing (the one I had hurt earlier in the day). It was only a few blocks back to our hotel but I made Nathan get a cab. Thank goodness there was one right outside the hotel we were at that took right to our hotel doors. I iced my foot that night and it felt a lot better in the morning.

The next day, I wasn't planning on going with him to the Conference, so I stayed back at the hotel. This was probably the most relaxing day. I decided I REALLY needed a pedicure and thank goodness they had one in the hotel. It was not cheap though but they gave me the royal treatment. My feet felt a whole lot better when they were done. After that, I went back to my room and had lunch and read a little of my book club book (The Book Thief). When Nathan got back around 2, he took a little nap and off we went to see more of the sights. This time I was smart and wore tennis shoes :-).
Some of our favorite sights: The fountains at the Bellagio-AMAZING and probably our favorite! We saw it two different times and it was different both times.

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The main reason to go to Vegas. Two of his classmates that worked on the project.









This was our dessert one night...a strawberry tree with white and regular chocolate fondue. I didn't feel guilty about it since I had walked about 10 miles in two days. :-)

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