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We had so much fun this weekend that I thought I'd share (pics will come as soon as I find the camera).
We left Friday for a LONG drive to Northern Cali. The purpose of the trip was for a histio conference so i could learn more about Joey's disease but we decided to make it fun and educational for the kids as well. David has been learning about habitats so we planned our trip around that. We left home and our first major stop was the mountains, Frazier Park. This is an area I grew up in. The big kids found pine cones and we had lots of fun looking at those and figuring out how the seeds came out and where the sap came from. They have never seen a real pinecone (that hasn't been cleaned and scented for sale) so this was great. We saw lots of animals along the way as well and David was amazed at how BLUE one of the birds we saw was.
From there we headed down the mountains to the coast and hit the beach. The kids had a blast building sandcastles, runing in and out of the water, and finding seashells. We even found a living sanddollar and after looking at it for a moment and talking about how it was alive and comapring it to a empty one we sent it back out to sea. David carried it out a little ways with his shovel and sand and put it nicely in the water. I was very proud of the care he took to be SO gentle. Joey even liked the ocean water.
Afterthe beach we headed up to Palo Alto where we were staying. It had taken 14 hours to get there. We made other stops on the way but they were just resting stops, nothing else.
On Saturday we took the kids to the Jr Museum and Zoo. David got a lesson in bats mating since we happened to walk into the bat house when the bats were mating. Melanie says "bats HUG mommy!". We visited each animal and talked about its habitat. David's favorite animal was the bats but he says he loves all of the animals (and I am sure he does) and melanie loved the Bobcats (mommy, big kitty MAD). Joey was fascinated with the Peacock.
Then came the museum part. It is an interactive hands on museum of sorts. The kids got to learn about hydropower, solar power, and all sorts of other forms of power. Joey was more interested in the cave in the center and would crawl in and out and play with the balls that were there.
Then I had the histio conference so the kids and my mom stuck around the hospital and visited the trains and had fun with that then went outside and talked about the plants there and then went for quiet rest back at the hotel cause they were cranky. When they joined me again it was time for dinner and we had dinner then watched a slide show about the Hike For A Cure that is in Yosemite this year. David is so excited that if we go he will be allowed to go up on the cables with me. he says "mommy thats beautiful there". Its the half dome of Yosemite.
On the way back we passed through the desert and the mountains, amking sure to make some stops to look at plants in each area. And of course a long stop in Frazier park at the local park to play and see where I grew up.
I got tons of pics of the kids having fun and visiting all these new places away from the city. Once I find my camera (its in one of the bags we took) I will post them.