Tuesday, May 1, 2018

One Last Adventure

We spent the last day of vacation at a Children's Museum in Salt Lake City. It was a pretty wonderful place, but we were starting to wither by that point and we were getting ready to return home. We did really enjoy building lego derby cars and racing them down the track.


The next day, Friday, we headed for the airport nice and early. We arrived perfectly on time only to discover our flight out of SLC was delayed. Alaska Airlines re-booked us on another flight on Delta. Unfortunately, we landed in Seattle just as our connecting flight departed. We were booked onto another flight set to depart NINE hours later. Let me tell you, 9 hours in an airport with three small children is not as much fun as it sounds. We rode the Seattle tram for an hour - round and round we went. We finally disembarked when people started to give us strange looks. My word of advice: always make sure you have adequately long layovers when flying with your family. It's one thing to rebook one person, it's quite another to rebook 5 people!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Watch the birdie

Surprisingly, our favorite destination in Utah was Tracy Aviary. It was put together so well. The kids were hugely entertained by the peacock that was roaming free about the park. We tracked it around the paths for quite a bit before checking out other bird exhibits. We were fortunate to make it in time for the daily bird show. The staff at the Aviary showcased several birds including an owl, several birds of paradise, the road runner (the closest living relative of the T-Rex), and even a vulture. It was a pretty awesome day. If you happen to be in Salt Lake City, it's a must see!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

George Eccles Dinosaur Park

On Monday, we took a little trip to the George Eccles Dinosaur Park. This place was amazing. The park has life-sized dinosaur statues scattered among the park. It has a wonderful set of trails with dinosaurs popping out all over the place. It was pretty amazing to see these guys in "real life" - how huge they would have been. The kids were pretty amazed with the whole place and I have to say it was pretty awesome. It makes me happy we do not live at the same time as the dinosaurs!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Non-dinosaur adventures

Knowing that not everyone is as dino-obsessed as Oscar is, Mike and I tried to incorporate some other non-dinosaur adventures into the trip. One adventure was to the Cathedral of the Madeleine. We attended mass there on Sunday and were amused to learn that the presider for that Sunday would be a visiting Archbishop whose name was Oscar. The church was beautiful and we enjoyed playing a religious themed game of "I Spy" - I spy Mary washing Jesus' feet with her hair.

Later that day, we went to a massive new Aquarium with my brother and some of his family. It was an amazing place with 5 "regions" to visit. We were able to pet a few stingrays, walk through an aquarium tunnel as the fish, turtles, and sharks swam around us, we explored the tropical rainforest which included a rope bridge and giant frogs. We watched the penguins dive, swim, and eat a fishy snack. After a couple of hours on our feet, we headed for the imax theatre and watched a few films in 3-D. It was a pretty amazing day.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Utah: Here we come!

At the start of this year, I happened to see an ad for an airfare sale from Anchorage to Salt Lake City. I went to Alaska Airlines and was amazed to find tickets from Anchorage to Salt Lake for less than $400. As it has been 8 years since I last visited by brother, I thought it would be a great spring break. As I looked into the various activities in SLC, I was surprised and excited to discover that Utah is a dinosaur-lover's heaven on earth! So after checking with Mike and my brother, we booked the tickets. And thus ensued a daily count down to dino-time.

At long last, the end of April arrived and we packed up and flew out. We arrived in Utah late Friday and made our way to the house we rented. Saturday morning, we met up with my brother and his family and headed towards Thanksgiving Point to check out their massive petting zoo and museum of ancient life. Oscar was beside himself with excitement as we entered the museum and saw every dinosaur skeleton you could imagine. It was the start of a pretty amazing dino-adventure.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Natural Rockstar

There are times when you hear a young voice that is so talented, so beautiful, you know that the child is destined to be a musical genius. That is what Mike and I encountered one night as we were driving home from the beach with the kids. It started out innocently with Mike singing, "If you want to talk to tomatoes. If you love celery, boy have we got a show for you!" Then, just as he starts to sing "Veggie Tales, Veggie tales," Simon joins in singing Veggie Tales in a hard-core, guttural-screaming voice that would make ACDC proud. It was awe-inspiring and mind-blowing all at once. This kid is something special! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Breakup this year was not as bad as it has been in past snowier years, but we were all eager for the snow and ice to melt and to get on with Spring. In the evenings, we would head outside and tromp around the yard and woods stomping on the last piles of snow in an effort to break them up and get them to melt faster. 

One night, the birds were singing as we walked and the kids joined together in an impromptu chick-a-dee song and dance. The singing and dancing was of superior quality and we had several encore performances.