Monday, February 20, 2006

fire and ice

My mom had planned to take the kids out to breakfast as a late Valentine's Day date, but she was game for coming along on our adventure to the New York Botanical Garden, so off we all trotted. NYBG is not too far into the Bronx, so it's an easy ride and oh so worth it. We were there in the dead of winter, so I'm sure we only saw a tiny fraction of what they'd have to offer during warmer weather, but we hustled around the place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and still didn't exhaust the offerings! From the giant kapok tree to the cactus garden to the quintet and circus show to the botanist microscopes (Jesse's absolute favorite station) and George Washington Carver activities, every bit of the NYBG was enticing, exciting, and extremely well cared for. And hey hey hey, there's the Bronx Zoo just down the street. We haven't seen the last of the Bronx.

Kids were listening to their MP3 players during the rides, so they'd pipe up about tidbits from NASA and military history and singing science along the way. Home again, Scott was all atwitter about his day at the International Society of Glass Beadmakers meeting. He always comes home from those gatherings very pumped up because of many positive comments about his lampwork beads and even more so because all the artists there share their techniques. So he was busy at the torch when we got home, trying out a few new things. Jesse made a couple of beads while we talked about the day. Then we got the news that the big old porcelain kitchen sink, from the house where my dad spent his childhood, will be available in 4-6 weeks! Wowza, thanks Uncle Bob!!!

Eeep -- I'm so excited!! Life is good! Posted by Picasa


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