Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We Love OMSI

We visited the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry this weekend. Actually, that is not true. We visited the Science Playground area of OMSI this weekend. I keep hearing rumors of an entire museum being attached to the children's area but I have yet to leave this one room. Oh well, maybe someday. This one room does a pretty good job of wearing us out by itself.
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Monday, March 30, 2009

His Wish. My Command.

Meet Salmon Salmon (who is a Beta, not a Salmon).
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In fact when we went to the pet store Soren went right up to the lady and said.

"Excuse me. I'm looking for a, a...Mom, what am I looking for?"

"A Beta," I answered.

"Right, a Beta. I'm looking for a Beta. Not a greedy Salmon."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

For the Love of a Pet

Soren wants a pet. He really, really wants a pet. I suppose I should rejoice that he's stopped asking for a brother. But I guess since there is the possibility that we'd even entertain the pet idea, I find myself thinking about it a lot.

A dog? Not yet. We're gone too much. They're a lot of work (another reason he's not getting a brother.)

Cat? Peter's allergic and we're not just in-the-house pet kind of people

A guinea pig/gerbil/hamster? Cute. Soft. But stinky.

How about a fish? Hm, possibilities...

Hermit crab? Well, maybe...

In the meantime we picked up a bug cage. And within a few hours of having the bug cage here it became the residence of a lovely moth:

Pet Moth

Said moth has been "sleeping" for two days though. So I expect that the pet question is going to come up again very soon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cultural Differences

Soren and I made chicken for dinner the other night. I find it hard to believe but it is the first time he's ever helped prepare a whole bird. And let me tell ya, he was digging it. We rinsed it, patted it dry and then rubbed it in olive oil. He was so thrilled that it was ok for him to poke all over that bird, wiggle the legs, tug on the wings, stick his hand way up inside and feel around.

After awhile he got a quizzical look on his face....

Soren: Mom, where's the head?
Me: There isn't a head. They took it off.
Soren: Who took it off?
Me: They took it off at the store.
Soren: Why?
Me: Because we don't eat the head.
Soren (looking like this all made total sense now): Ah yeah, because we live in America! We don't eat chicken heads in America.

Hm, I guess that is true. But I have no idea how he's come to know that other countries might eat animal parts that we don't usually eat.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Illustrator Danger, Part II

While we were at the mall on Saturday, Soren was riding one of those kids' toys. It was a helicopter that he could make go up and down. On each side there was a small chain that you could hook up, presumably to keep kids from falling out. Soren isn't really a leaper, so I didn't bother to hook it up.

A kindly, older mall walker man walked by and hooked up the safety chain while Soren was riding it. He said some nice things and then was on his way. After he left, Soren looked over at me suspiciously...

"Mom, was that guy an illustrator?"

Monday, March 23, 2009

For Example...

Moments like this pretty much sum up why I like to keep my camera close at hand...
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flowers for Mama

Peter has taught Soren many things. But one of the lessons that really seems to have stuck is that girls like flowers. And that mama, especially, really likes flowers. I swear he doesn't miss an opportunity to run and pick any flower he sees so that he can give it to me.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Those Artist-types Can Be Real Trouble

This morning Soren said what I think is the funniest thing I've ever heard:

"Mom, I do not talk to illustrators."

{Pause. Pause. Think about it for a minute.}

He mentioned it while he was browsing through some of his library books. Apparently they had the stranger-danger talk at school (we've never done it at home) and Soren has interpreted it as needing to watch out for artists.

Strangers, illustrators. I guess they do kind of sound the same.

I can't stop laughing.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Favorite Photo Friday

We blew a lot of bubbles this week. It felt so great to be back outside again after our long winter's hibernation. Soren couldn't stop playing, and I couldn't stop snapping photos of us in *gasp* sunshine!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Little Extra

This is what I found after Soren wheedled himself out of his clothes. He dressed himself this morning. Or I should say he double-dressed himself. Notice that he wore two pairs of underwear.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The King of Rock and Roll

On Sunday, Peter was getting his portable satellite radio player ready to take outside.

Soren: Why are you taking that outside dad?
Peter: Because I love rock and roll. I wouldn't say that I'm the king of rock and roll, but I do like it a lot.
Soren: I'm the king of rock and roll!
Me: Awesome! Actually, I think Elvis is the king of rock and roll. But maybe you could be too.
Soren: Why is Elvis the king of rock and roll?
Me: Well, he liked to sing a lot of rock and roll.
Soren: Well, I like to sing a lot of rock and roll too. I really wish I could be the king of rock and roll. {sigh}
Me: What would you do if you were the king of rock and roll?
Soren: I'd play. All day. I'd play all day.
Me: Well, you already do that. Why do you want to be the king of rock and roll?
Soren: Does the king of rock and roll wear a crown? I'd like to wear a crown.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I Wish I Was You

Soren: Mom, I wish I was you.
Me: You do? Why?
Soren: Then I could look at my eyes.
Me: You could look in a mirror and see your eyes, couldn't you?
Soren: Yeah, but I want to look at them for a very long time.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Swimming With Dolphins

Soren took this photo:
While we were in Honduras, I had the awesome opportunity to swim with dolphins. We've been other places where you could do it, but either didn't have the time or the money. This time we made it a priority to have both! It was really awesome.

The first half hour we lined up and had a trainer introduce us to one of the dolphins. We could pet them, learn about them and see some of the things they could do and get our pictures taken with them.
But the standout experience was the second half of the event - where we actually got to go out and snorkel with them! It was incredible! There were times when I literally had 10 dolphins swirling around me checking me out. They were curious and would brush up against me. The trainer said that we should move around to keep their interest, so I'd dive down and swim around down below. The only frustrating part was running out of air. I'd come back up gasping, catch my breath and head down again.
The whole experience was definitely a highlight of the trip for me.

I Guess This is Why I Bought a Huge Memory Card!

We're home! Our return trip went just fine and we're now back into our normal routine. It feels great actually. We do love being gone, but it always feels great to come home.

But, I have to admit that I'm feeling a bit intimidated: I took 761 photos on this trip. As much as I'd like to update this blog with my favorites, I have to say that every time I've considered diving in so far I've just felt too overwhelmed! I'd like to go back to old posts and add some photos to complete the stories...and then maybe add a few additional posts with stories I hadn't included before. But seriously, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE photos? When am I ever gonna have that much time? :-)
So, I guess I'll just dive in a little at a time. I'll ask for your understanding now if I'm still posting Honduras photos in July. I also think I will go back and add some photos to some of the earlier posts...so if you are interested you might swing back to posts that you had previously read.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Wrecks: Buy One, Get One Free

Ah, yeah, well, we did get that wreck dive yesterday. It was pretty nice actually. A huge ship sitting on a sandy bottom at about 110 feet. Nice.

That second wreck though? Not so much.
It was still fairly rough weather. We could get in and out of the dive boat, and it had calmed considerably but there was still some large swells. Peter and I actually did this dive together while Soren stayed behind with the girls at the dive shop. On our way back from the dive, as we came back by boat via a narrow channel in the reef, our boat hit the reef. The large surf had hidden some of the channel markers. It was a fairly slow motion accident. One minute we were cruising along. The next minute we were just sitting on the reef. No dramatic crash. But then we were stuck and the waves were coming crashing into us. It was dicey for a few minutes as everyone scrambled to grab hold of something and tried to keep all the gear from floating away as the waves started pouring into the boat.
This went on for awhile as they tried to time a run of the engine with an incoming wave. But it soon became clear that we weren't going anywhere. Fortunately, we were in sight of the docks. And we were mostly able to re-locate fins and masks. Most of us swam for shore. Peter, of course, stayed to help free the boat.
Several other boats had come out to help and there was all sort of manly grunting and hemming and hawing going on. Eventually they inflated our BCDs and floated the rest of the gear to shore and then all got off the boat. And then the other boats tried again to tow it. That worked. But unfortunately, as soon as the boat was off the reef it capsized. More manly grunting and groaning, but in spite of all their best efforts they couldn't right the boat again. And today it is still sitting in the bay, about 80% submerged.

No one was hurt. Well, other than the boat. But it sure made for an adverturous day. It is all the talk of this small village today.
This afternoon I'm going snorkeling with dolphins!!! Can't wait. We fly home tomorrow, already.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Perfect Climbing Tree

Soren climbed his very first tree while we were on Roatan...and then he proceeded to climb it again, and again, and again.



Monday, March 02, 2009

Roatan

Well, at last a few minutes for a blog update. It isn't neccessarily that we've been too busy to get online (how busy can you actually be on a laid back Carribean island?) It has just felt like such a long walk from my hammock to the Internet office! But today we're having gale force winds (or something like that, since I don't actually know what gale force wind is) and so our dive boat isn't going out. And that hammock is really swinging, so that rather than risk that I thought a blog update might be a good idea.

We've had such a great time here. So much so that Peter and I have decided that we really need to plan more dive vacations. Hurrah! This means that my obsessive travel planning self can get to work as soon as we get home to figure out where and when the next vacation could be.

It hasn't been all fun and laughs though. Peter was done in by some bad schnitzel in the jungle and was down pretty hard for a day and a half when we first arrived. I was affected to a much lesser extent (being not a very big schitzel fan.) Peter was pretty much holed up in a corner of the ferry for our trip over to Roatan. Soren and I were having a grand ol' time...well, until Soren started puking from the high swells. Poor kid had never puked before and was pretty shocked that his body could do such a thing to him. But what broke my heart the most was that after the puking stopped, he apologized to me for making such a mess! Poor thing. But post-puke he was his normal happy self, just a happy shirtless self.

We're staying in a small ocean-front cabin. It has a big hammock right on the front porch. Soren has become quite the hammock connisseur and spends as much time as possible swinging in it. We need to take care when we lay in in now though since I'm pretty sure that there are quite a few spots encrusted with smeared peanut butter!

Peter and I have been taking turns diving. One of us will stay with Soren while the other goes out on a fabulous boat dive. The diving has been really terrific. Lots of beautiful coral, spectacular fish, and interesting critters. The level of diving is generally pretty high, and so we've been able to do some fairly long dives. I was hoping to do a wreck dive tomorrow, but the winds are expected to last a few days, and so that may need to change. We'll see.

On Roatan they speak mostly English. Soren has definitely noticed and even commented about it. He really does seem to understand the whole concept about how people speak different languages now and that is pretty interesting to watch.
Hm, not sure what else to say. Our days are full and fun, but not neccessarily a lot to talk about. We play at the pool, at the beach, walk in the jungle, dive, eat great tropical fruits, and sleep soundly while listening to the crashing waves. It is a great complement to our more active itinerary earlier. We're having a great time.