Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend was a busy one for us.
Saturday: Grandpa & Grandma Andrews came down to help with watching the kiddies and to help put in the wood floor. So while the guys worked, the girls took the kids to the mall to play (it was a rainy morning here). JCPenny's had a sale so Brendan got two more tee shirts (one spider man & one TMNT) and two pairs of shorts. He now has either a spider man, superman or TMNT tee shirt for every day of the week, add in his pirate shirts and the boy is set for the summer (must be a little boy thing). Anyway the guys got the living room and hallway to the dining room done. Bad news is we have to get more wood. I didn't know this but a 2x4 does not measure 2 feet by 4 feet, it is just a little bit shorter, same thing goes with the wood for the floor, so that little bit added up over the space of the floor and add in all the pieces they cut out due to having knots or dark spots. So we need more wood. The floor is on hold and this gives us time to clean up the back yard and work on the wood pile. So between that and Prom & Graduation's in the next week we are super busy. But here is the photo of the living room.

Sunday: Brian was sent home with a vehicle over the weekend to drive to get a sensor to go off so that he could record the data as to why it went off. So we had a car (with free gas!) where to go? Toledo! There is a children's museum there called COSI that I wanted to take the kids to. The adventure begins. We got directions from the Internet and are driving down and just at Toledo there is road construction. We follow the directions and are just about to get on a different highway and notice a sign saying this way to COSI, to late. We continue to follow the directions we are looking for exit 10A, we see exit 11 then exit 9! And of course there is a bridge going over a river between 11 & 9. So we get off on 9 and turn around get back on the highway go back over the bridge and there is exit 10A-only on one side of the highway-Ohio go figure.
So we find the museum and the first parking deck is closed so while we drive around to get to the other deck we are also looking for some place to eat lunch-we can't find anything. We find the other parking deck, park and go to the elevator the sign says that there is some sort of walkway, we get in the elevator and push the only button that doesn't have a number-it goes down. So we ride the elevator on every upper floor looking for a walkway-it turns out the walkway is under ground. Great. So back down. There are stores & signs saying restaurants but it is Sunday and this place looks like a ghost town. We make it to the museum using the under ground walkway still not having found a place to eat, so we go to the hotel next door. They have a restaurant-a hootie-toodie that has brunch on Sundays, two forks at the table, gives us weird looks for having a stroller restaurant. We eat, we leave, we make it back to the museum, the kids are playing, we are checking out all the different exhibits, the museum has a food area with sandwich's & stuff! This should be information that they list on there web site! Oh well. The kids had a blast, I was too busy play with them and didn't take that many photos (only in the small kid play area) but there was a bike that if you were tall enough you got to ride on a high wire over the first floor with weights on the bottom to balance you. Pretty neat. They had a Mind Zone with illusions to see how your mind sees things, a Sports Zone were you got to see how fast you can throw a ball, run, how high you can jump, a Water area & a Kids Zone with a sound room, hospital, tree house, water area, construction area, and baby room. So when we were finally done with the museum we took a different way home to go to Cabela's. (One of Brian's favorite outdoor type store). Then back home. The nice thing about this car that Brian had was it had a flip down DVD player in it so both Brendan & Madelyn watched movies in the car. The only problem was trying to figure out how to get the movie out of the player. (Not as easy as you would think)
Here are the photos:
Brendan in the hootie-toodie restaurantBrendan & Madelyn in the sound room-giving kids sticks is normally not such a good idea but Maddie really liked being able to hit things on the wall & make noise.Maddie at the water table-again not such a good idea, we had to take her away before she tried to crawl onto it!Brian & the kids outside Cabela's.
Monday: Yard work, yard work & more yard work.

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