Monday, March 31, 2014

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium


I took the kids to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium on Wednesday.  This week is the grand opening.  It's crazy!  The aquarium was built in my hometown of Draper.  What used to be a little, farming community has grown exponentially!  The aquarium sits on a patch of land that I remember as a wide expanse of weeds.  Close by was a dilipadated barn that was on the verge of collapse for several years.

I saw on the news that the Living Planet Aquarium is the ninth largest aquarium in the country.  Double nuts considering Utah is a completely landlocked state.


We went on a rainy, cold day.  Perfect for this sort of activity.  The crowds were enormous.  Some people waited in the rain to get inside the doors.


After standing in line for several minutes, I discovered that because we bought an annual membership, we were able to bypass the line to the membership desk.


A yearly membership is the way to do it, especially with the higher prices of the new aquarium.  Adult prices are $15.00.  The membership is $150.00.  That includes the entire family!  I know our membership will pay for itself!


Half the tanks are without animals.  I understand if you go now, you get to come back one more time for free.


The shark tunnel was very relaxing.  I could sit in there all day!


That creature lying on the sand is a nurse shark; at least that is what Suze told me.  I trust her!  She knows more than most adults about marine animal life.


The aquarium is so spacious!  Once you get inside, the crowds dissipate.  Notice baby girl's reflection in the glass?



Suze was disappointed that there were no dolphins!




We watched The Great White Shark, a 4-D movie experience.  We felt mist on our faces and something swirled around our feet a few times.



Choo kept her hands pressed against the glass, trying to get a close look at the penguins.



All three kids brought their IPods so they could record and photograph their favorites.



So many photo ops inside, I couldn't resist.



Can't wait to go back with daddy!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I "Mustache" You A Question!


I "Mustache" you a question!  Aren't these two of the most beautiful girls you have ever seen?

Sometimes they drive me beserk!
Sometimes they are the biggest stinkers ever!

But I would not trade them for anything because:
They are my everything!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

LaLaLoopsy Party


My baby girl's current toy fascination is LaLaLoopsy.  She was thrilled with the prospect of having a LaLaLoopsy themed party.


I did my best with limited talent and creativity.  It is no secret that I prefer off site parties. I happily pay the extra money so I don't have to plan anything on my own.





It was a two hour birthday party.  I planned twenty minutes for each activity.  I was far too lenient on my time.  The girls are still small enough that after ten minutes on one game or activity, they were ready to move on to the next adventure.



I found these adorable wood letters.  Each girl received the first letter in her name.  I bought cute buttons from Hobby Lobby. 


The project was for the girls to glue an assortment of buttons on to their letters.  The ideas was for them to completely cover the letters with cute buttons and decorations.


It didn't really work out that way.  They lasted five minutes.  I started gluing buttons on some of the letters to help cover the wood.  I still think it is a very cute project for OLDER girls.


We pinned the owl pet onto the LaLaLoopsy poster.

 


The girls threw spools of thread into a tin bucket.

 


Baby girl's preference was pizza, rather than cupcakes or cake.  


The girls thought it was fun to have red licorice as straws for their drinks.


The biggest party hit was the LaLaLoopsy purse pinata.



Eric attacked the pinata with a vengeance.


Suze was allowed to use full force to knock the pinata down after all the guests had their turns.



EXPLOSION!


Each girl was able to fill her bag with plenty of candy, trinkets and dead grass.  There was a lot of dead grass!


Baby girl has many good friends!  They brought fun, thoughtful gifts!


I did buy miniature cupcakes.  What is a birthday without cake of some sort?  We sang Happy Birthday.



She is the sweetest girl ever, except when she is a pill...then she is a pill.


I Love YOU So Much!!!!