Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring has sprung and gone

So in this marvelous world of the "mid-west" I find myself frequently scratching my head and looking outside with a mixed look of wonder and incredulation. As one who grew up in the West, (Northwest to be specific) I am accustomed to varying weather. However there is a bit of consistency to it. But HERE in the "mid-west" there is no consistency, no patterns and just plain weirdness! For example: This past week we have had 3 days of 70 deg weather followed by snow and hail. There was even a small tornado last week just to spice things up! In the course of the last month we have had Hail,  Snow, Sleet, Sun, Rain and the poor thermometer outside gave up the ghost from sheer exhaustion! I am in a state of discontent.
  I finally saw some vestiges of spring last week. A scattering of miniature daffodils and a few blossoms on bushes. Monday there were 7 Magnolias bravely touting their colors. I was excited for the promised spring was at last upon us, wooing us from our winter dens, BUT it was a LIE! I tell you! A LIE! For today outside my frosted window lies an inch of snow with more falling. What did I do to deserve this? I know it is the last days and all, but come on! I want a week of sunshine. Is that too much to ask? Seven days? OK, OK six? Including the weekend? Pretty please with sugar on top? No? Humph. Fine then. I'll be hibernating till next spring. See you then!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Want to Fly Like an Eagle

From 2011-03-05 Joseph's eagle
 Joseph earned his Eagle scout award and we were able to go support him when he received his award. We drove up on Thursday night and stayed with Mom and Dad. On Friday we went to the Science City. When we got there the line was amazingly long so we decided to go to the train exhibit first and let the lines die down. The trains are amazing! There was so much to see. Little details everywhere. I loved the drive-in and the T-Rex with safety goggles on. After we had seen all the trains, we went back and the line was still long, but we were able to get in. It was field trip day. Several schools had come to play too. 
 Besides being a bit crowded, it was a blast. There were so many neat things to do and see. Lizzy wanted to go down the slide, but once we got up there she changed her mind. Since there was a train of kids waiting for their turn, I grabbed Lizzy and down we went! Almost. We got stuck half way down and had to scoot out. That was graceful. Heh heh, not!  I really liked the mystery mansion. lots of fun optical illusions. It was a fun trip.
 Later that evening we went to the church and helped set up for the reception. Dad had blown up a ton of balloons and we put them on sticks in jars on the tables. The ceremony started a bit late, but there was a great turn out and it was really enjoyable. Joseph did wonderful! The cake had the notorious blue frosting of death! It got on everything and everyone and stained pretty throughly. But everyone enjoyed themselves. I am so glad that we got to go. It was a nice visit.

Now What?

School is over! Yay, we even had some sunshine so I put the sprinkler on and let the kids play. Little did I know how disastrous this would ...