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March 30, 2011

Outdoor Time

Things have been busy lately, but we are having fun too. We went to the zoo. Alex had an agenda. He wanted to see the elephants first, then the lion, and then the zebras.


We also went hiking. We have plans to go back this weekend. It is in the mountains so the temperatures as cooler and things are green.


I recently finished Water for Elephants. It was good. I am excited to see the movie in April, but the cast doesn't match the characters I imagined.

Yesterday we went to a local park and attempted to fly a plane (a foam glider). Alex really wanted to slide. The slide trumped the plane.

I am off to work on my to do list. We have a meeting tonight and I would really love to get a few things accomplished.

March 23, 2011

Peter Piper

Gabe had a robotics competition in Phoenix, so Alex and I drove up separately.

Alex had a lot of fun at Sea Life looking at the fish. I think it was a little expensive for what we saw, so we probably won't be going again.


He had a lot of fun watching the robots compete. He also liked playing the games at Peter Piper.

We are almost finished with the Helping Tower. Gabe still has one piece to put in its place. We altered the design slightly.

Alex is napping right now and I would love to read some more of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I have too many things to do...maybe I can work fast.

March 16, 2011


Wow! Where has the month of March gone? Gabe and I finally made it to another performance of the symphony early this month. They give away the flowers used for the decorations and my seat number was drawn. We came home with a huge flower arrangement.

The weather is gorgeous here. We have been doing quite a few outside activities.

Big Horn Sheep

Gabe and Alex enjoying the weather.

Overall things have been busy. I am still running. I am up to a little over 3.5 miles. I should be able to run in the 5-k. I have already registered. So I will be there even if I have to walk the entire thing.

The Little Helper Tower is still a work in progress. I don't think it will be finished until sometime next week though. Gabe has a lot of work commitments coming up soon.

March 2, 2011

Little Helper Tower

We are in the process of making Alex something similar to a Learning Tower.


Hopefully in the next few days these pieces of wood (and some not pictured) will turn into the desired item. It will offer a secure environment for Alex to participate in kitchen activities. Right now he wants to drag a chair around and stand in it. Since we don't allow this, one of us usually ends up holding him so he can see what we are doing.

A Learning Tower will cost you around $200. Our project cost around $40 (wood, stain, polyurethane, screws). I will post pictures of the finished project. Plans for the Little Helper Tower can be found on Ann-White's website. I also have plans to make Alex a picnic table.

In an hour or so I can add some more polyurethane to the wood. I would love to complete this project by the weekend.

March 1, 2011


Things have been super busy. I am just posting a few of the things that we have been up to lately.


Alex loves to ride his bike. We go on walks to check the mail or to the park frequently. If Gabe is going with us then I can run around the park while they play.


We went to an Arabian Horse show. Alex really enjoyed watching the horses.


We had some friends come and visit for a week. They went to a lot of the local sites. We also enjoyed a couple of park days.

We converted Alex's crib into a toddler bed this week. He is doing great sleeping in it.

We also managed to go to a couple of museums, a birthday party, a hockey game, and a few other places.