Sunday, August 03, 2014

July with Friends

July came and went. We hosted a couple play dates at home and met up with various friends at the parks.

Sheldon showing his Hot Wheels to a new neighborhood kitty friend. She looks to be a torbie cat just like me!
Alex and Sheldon at a CV park. They played at a watering structure and Sheldon spent the next 5 days sick with fever. No more water parks.


Jasmine and Sheldon in the backyard.
Chloe and Sheldon at a SF Presidio park.

Sheldon and Sarah and friends at the SF Presidio park.

Sheldon at Edward's 6th birthday party. Sheldon needs a haircut.

New Water Conservation Law

There is a new law to punish water wasters in California. If you get caught wasting water, you can get fined up to $500! We've been pretty careful about not wasting water. For example, Li's been told by Cecil to cut back on her showering time. They both reuse water by saving water that's leftover from washing fruits and veggies and then watering plants with it. Li only fills my water bowl to half the normal amount while Cecil waits until the water bowl is nearly empty before filling the bowl. I guess any effort is good effort.
 

They water near dusk so that water doesn't evaporate.

They water closer to the plants so that less water is wasted into the rocks and pine bark. That tree looks dead anyway so not sure why they are bothering with that one.

Projects Around the House

July was a peaceful month around the house. It was especially peaceful for 4 nights when Cecil went out of town for work and Sheldon was sent to grandma's so Li, Bronte and I could get some beauty rest. During this time, Li made some more of the noise reducer things to seal the gap under the door and she read two Harry Potter books.

Cecil took Sheldon's door thingy so Li made a camouflage one for Sheldon.
 
Li made this blue and gray floral one for her room and she now sleeps like a baby.

Sheldon likes to build these unstable primitive looking pillow caves and strangely, I like to be in them!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sheldon's Alaska Experience - Part 2 of 2

Since Sheldon is only 4 and won't remember any of this trip, his folks didn't want to spend any money on him to take side trips out of Fairbanks (example, Denali Park, Artic Circle). Instead, he got to stay local and be local.
 
Sheldon's trip began on BART. Ever seen a person bring his own seat on the train?
 
Due to 23 hours of daylight, Sheldon quickly learned to cover his eyes to sleep.
 
There really is a city called NORTH POLE and there really is a Santa there ready for photographs! I love his yawn!

Sheldon, cousins and friends arrived 30 mins too late for a tour of the Large Animal (Bison) Research Center.They played on the old rusted tractor instead.
A behind the scenes tour of the Sport Fish Hatchery. A hatchery is where fish is raised.The Alaska government is so wealthy, it grows fish to stock the rivers and lakes for sport fishing!
 
Train ride at the Pioneer's Park. They were the only customers on the train on this rainy day.
Sheldon watching a plane land in water from a river boat cruise. The average age of patron was 70.


 
Li broke her custom of not buying souvenirs (except for Christmas ornaments) while traveling. She couldn't resist this locally-made, native lady pillow. The cashier actually loved it so much herself, she asked to take a photo of the pillow. Then Uncle Andy offered to pay Li 50% above the sticker price for the pillow. Sorry, not for sale.

Canoeing at Chena Lakes.
While Li and Cecil took a side trip, Sheldon camped for 2 nights
with his cousins in a big tent, in Aunt Heidi's playroom.
Sheldon & Co. tried their luck at panning for gold. Panning means put the
rocks inside the pan and shake the pan for a long time.
Sheldon holding what he thought was a gold nugget in his chubby hand. It was not.
 
If you zoom in closely, you'll see about 7 specs of real gold. It's worth about $9 dollars.

Sheldon's Alaska Experience - Part 1 of 2

I am not sure what Alaska means but if I had to guess, it means "big" in some language. Sheldon and folks spent 10 days in Fairbanks, Alaska where they encountered many big items.  PS. Alaska is 2.5 times the size of Texas.

See the super sized ant next to the Hot Wheels?

Pretty large geese!

Grandpa Fitz's 10 acre big back yard!

Li's gigantic homemade cake by Aunt Bronwyn's sister!

Dandelion on Steroids.
Several big skulls (whale?) just hanging out in the lot at the U. of Alaska.