Tuesday, September 30, 2014
So I also started dance this fall. Ballet classes, to be exact. Except I don't get to wear pink (except on my feet) or pretend to be a butterfly. Since our instructor has taught us a small dance from Swan Lake, she calls us "dying swans" instead! But I love my classes just the same :)
Monday, September 29, 2014
She is excited about PINK!
She is excited about butterflies!
And she is very excited about her dance class where
she gets to wear pink and pretend to be a butterfly.
For some of the time, at least.
Now if only she can learn to wear her skirt around her waist
instead of under her armpits :)
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Following are some pictures of weird, interesting, or beautiful creatures we saw. I was half amazed and half weirded out by most of these :)
I thought octopi were cute. Then I saw this one and now I just think they're creepy. Too bad the picture I took where its head was squished against the glass didn't turn out as it only emphasized my "creepy" designation.
A seahorse-kind of thing
I discovered a new fondness for sting rays. I mean, how cute is this one? :)
The jellyfish were in a strangely lit area so it was hard to get good pictures of them.
Which is your favourite (or most creepy) creature?
PS. So a few of you were wondering why Dave needed a US passport. Dave's mom grew up in The States, and his parents were living there when Dave was born, thus Dave is an American citizen. However, they moved to Canada when Dave was three and he is also a Canadian citizen. For thirty years he has traveled to the US on his Canadian passport with no problems. This is the case for most people we know.
However, when we flew through Los Angeles on our way home from New Zealand, we had an encounter with a border guard who decided to enforce the rules. Technically, if you are a US citizen, even if you hold another citizenship, you need to enter the US on an American passport. Most border guards are not so stringent and will allow American-Canadians (I will speak from the Canadian point of view only), to enter the US on their Canadian passports. So Dave has never had a US passport.
Unfortunately, this encounter was made all the more stressful by the fact that we were extremely jet lagged and stressed out due to our messed up flights. (Cue Natasha having a panic attack at the airport after a very frustrated Dave was escorted into a separate room where I couldn't go with him.) After we had gotten some sleep, Dave decided that he would apply for a US passport to hopefully make future visits to The States a little easier. Since his parents had never received a proper birth certificate for him, nor ever applied for his Social Security Number, we've been dealing with a bureaucratic nightmare for a few months now.
So here is my Public Service Announcement for the year -- get your kids the documentation they need to prove their citizenship now! It's a huge pain in the neck if they're trying to obtain it when they're thirty. Please, save them the hassle :)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It was so great, in fact, that we took almost two hundred pictures so I'm going to share them with you over the next couple of days. Don't worry! I chose my favourites to show you so you won't see more than
I also loved how the designers made the Life Support Systems an integral, colourful part of the visit. There was a whole display teaching kids (and adults!) how the system keeps the animals healthy.
Dave and I quickly agreed that our visit was worth the price of admission, and while we won't be going back every week, we can't wait to go again.
And I'm just thankful none of the glass broke!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Sam basically sat in his seat, riveted to the action on the ice the entire time. Rachel took numerous bathroom breaks and, for the last ten minutes of play, Dave or I did laps with her around the track at the top of the stands.
Go Siskins Go!!!