Fontanelle Forest. We purchased a membership so that this little sprout can participate in their Mudpies program, which they make available Monday through Thursday year-round. She feels positively ecstatic anytime she has the chance to wear a backpack.
Of course, she occasionally wears out mid-trail. Nice place to rest, though.
Lauritzen Gardens. Third grade took a field trip there, so we met up with the wild ones at our favorite Big Boy train.
After the school group had gone home, Papa K met us at the gardens for a peaceful tram ride.
The Chrysanthemum display was beautiful...
Both indoors and out.
Annika liked the elephants.
As for me, I found this carniverous pitcher plant to be particularly intriguing.
Hummel Nature Center: One Saturday afternoon, we headed over to Hummel Nature Center for their Harvest Festival: a hay rack ride, fall crafts, and apples roasted over the campfire. Our favorite part, though, was the hike marked by corny jokes: what do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi! At the end of our hike, we even found some cool places to play frisbee golf. You can bet that we'll be back!
Shopping. Meanwhile, Talia and Eli headed to Target to go shopping with some birthday/Mileage Club prize money. Pretty amazing loot!
The super-sad thing is that Annika took a scissor and cut some of the hair from Talia's doll. :( She also cut her own hair.
Fortunately she's still got plenty left. Even so, I'm not quite sure what to do with this naughty monkey.
The Zoo. The best solution I've been able to come up with for the Annie-Problem is to get out of the house as often as possible. Here we are checking out the giraffes in their new enclosure. The zoo is currently undergoing some major renovations, but I think the addition is going to be pretty spectacular.
Central High. One advantage of having NomiAnn work at Central High is that we get invited to all sorts of cool events, such as this pancake breakfast hosted by the theater department. Have you ever seen such a nifty pancake machine?
I must tell you, we were all extremely impressed by the pancake man.
The big kids also got to do a fascinating backstage tour highlighting an upcoming production. The IB student who built this chair happened to be guiding our tour, so our munchkins got to hop right on.
There's no business like snow business!
Isaac's Birthday. Meanwhile, Jason took Annika to a birthday party for this little one year-old tike.
A couple weeks earlier, I'd designed this contraption to keep this busy guy from climbing the stairs while I babysat.
Here he is with his parents Isaiah (a Creighton law student) and Jana, along with big brother McKay.
Annika found the perfect place for all her loot.
Eva Hale prefers two cups.
What a fun party! I especially love the photo banner.
The Joslyn. Moving right along, we went to a Saturday KickstArt at the Joslyn where Eli transformed into a dinosaur as a storyteller enacted "Time Flies."
Annika preferred playing in the fountain.
West Papio Trail. Lest our life seem too nauseatingly perfect by this point (trust me, it's not), misfortune can strike while doing something as seemingly innocuous as going for a Sunday afternoon walk. About a month ago, Eli got hit by a bike along the West Papio Trail. A small photo will suffice to capture this sad memory--we're just so grateful it wasn't worse.
APMA. Fortunately, the sun rises bringing hope for each new day. This next series of photos was taken from the rooftop at Jason's work.
Vala's. Time for another field trip! This time we accompanied Eli and the kindergartners to Vala's pumpkin patch. Too busy playing to take many photos, but rumor has it some kindergartners stowed away with these pirates.
Never one for subtlety, Annika preferred to become the figurehead.
King Science Competition at the Zoo. Last but not least, I accompanied Crestridge's 4th and 5th grade teams to a science competition at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Our fifth grade team took first place. Way to go guys! Here's Brooklyn with her friends Fede, Jaden, and Isaac.
As fun as the competition was, it was even more fun to learn about the zoo program at King Science and Technology Magnet. They have 8th graders who spend half of their "B" days at the zoo, taking awesome classes like zoology and zoological architecture. This picture was taken right outside one of their classrooms in the aquarium. Wish I could go to zoo school!
Another photo of the fifth grade team.
And a whole bunch of Crestridge gorillas.
Great job, everyone! And now, onto November.