Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer is HERE!

Even though there are 8 more days left in our school year, I am declaring it to be summertime!
Here are Ian and Justin demonstrating their slip-n-slide skills. Ian was afraid to use the slip-n-slide the first day we had it, but the next day he caught on real fast and wouldn't stop...until it was time to eat. Justin is showing the proper technique of putting your arms out in front of you while sliding down , he just can't seem to lower himself to the ground, must be all that antigravity in joe's back yard.
We are planning many dangerous and exciting adventures this summer. We are going to go up north to sally's house and allow the boys to wreak havoc in her world for a day. We will go camping, neptune have mercy on our souls. And we will go to colorado for the all boy and one girl insanity convention. 'Twill be good times had by all.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another day full of useless knowledge

Yesterday, we decided to head over to the water resource center since they were having a wildlife expo, and it was free, who can argue with that price?!

We got to see a real owl up close, and I have to admit, it was a little freaky. It just stood there...menacingly. And it's head rotated like on the exorcist. creepy.

The kids had fun exploring the building and finding out how wetlands work and all that hippy northwest stuff. We were just glad that the place had a.c !

The wildlife expo happened right before we left, and it was a major hit.

The reptile guy had an African gaboon viper
A western diamondback rattlesnake

Cobras, black mambas, lizards, Asian chameleons, an alligator, and one huge python that had to be 15 feet long!

Unfortunately, I didn't think this day would be exciting, so the pictures I have are from the Internet because I was a dumass and didn't bring my camera.

I learned many things from the herpetologist. First of all, there's no way that you could not hear a rattlesnake! Those things are super loud when they shake their rattles! Secondly, the best place to get bit by a snake is in your butt. Third, the African gaboon viper is the only snake in the world that soaks water up through it's scales, it has the longest fangs of any snake, it can go for a year without eating, it can strike at 90 miles an hour, and it can kill a man in less than 15 minutes. Fourthly, I learned that a room full of kids and spitting venomous snakes don't mix very well. There was more than one child screaming in terror that had to be removed. The best was when the snake guy almost got bit twice by the rattlesnake, and once by the cobra. I almost peed my pants. Ian thought it was great. He pet the black mamba, and the python, and the alligator.

Justin thought the snakes were evil. He's truly my son.