Saturday, October 31, 2015

Little pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

Every year, we love to go to Stocker Farms
for their Family Adventure Farm & Corn Maze.
(See, for instance, here & here.)

Here is our video diary of the harvest-themed fun:

Friday, October 30, 2015

How to help kids carve a pumpkin (safely)

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Over the years of helping our little pumpkins enjoy pumpkin-patch excitement, Sam has come up with a few tricks (treats?) for involving little kids in carving a jack o'lantern without losing any fingers in the process.

You could go with just drawn-on pumpkins if you want to make the easiest choice, but if you want to wield a knife and really cut that pumpkin up, here are our best ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary folk.

You can see the tips in action in our video, and I'll also describe below:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friendly skies at the Museum of Flight

We were a little goofy at the Museum of Flight.



We were there — wait for it —
with a library pass.
Love those suckas!



We definitely hammed it up
as we dreamed of a car plane,
boarded Air Force One, and
blasted off to space.

Plus learned a bit of physics on the side!

See video evidence below:



Maaaaverick!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Great Wolf Lodge or Ok Raccoon Hotel?

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Have you been to Great Wolf Lodge,
the indoor water park-slash-hotel?



We went for the first time this fall
with a homeschooling group
(fabulously discounted!),
and it was a ton o' watery fun,
even for our three non-swimmers.

Here's a splish-splashy video:



I think we had a great (wolfy) time,
but Mikko,
in the spirit of total honesty,
said the place should be named
Ok Raccoon Hotel.
He said they decorated more with raccoons than wolves,
that "lodge" was inaccurate,
and that "great" was perhaps overstating it.

(Did I mention this post isn't sponsored?
Clearly it is not.)



The rest of the family & I think he's just a goof.



Have you been to a Great Wolf Lodge near you,
or do you want to go?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Museum of History & Industry: Much more fun than it sounds

I feel like MOHAI Seattle
has an unfortunate name,
because doesn't it sound like a snoozefest?

But, no!

It's one of our favorite museums,
and we scored a free library pass.

(Yes, we're all about the free library passes nowadays.)

Here's a video of all our experiences:



And here are some of my Instagram snaps
from the day:

Running through the "stream" at #mohai

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Getting comfy and listening to an #lowerelwhaklallamtribe #storyteller video. #mohai

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Snack break at #mohai. #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #10months

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