Monday, January 14, 2013

Vacation and Rockets

So, I was planning on typing this up last week, but then I got a horrible staff infection in my elbow that prevented me from typing anything at all. But now I am nearly better and ready to do the 2nd update on all the pre Christmas activities. We went for a quick trip to visit Heather's mom and step dad.
  We left after I got off work, and I was hoping that the kids would both fall asleep and we could drive straight through. Hudson, however, did not agree with that plan. To be fair, I wouldn't be happy being strapped down in an uncomfortable car seat, but by nine at night, he would cry and fuss and slowly taper off to nearly quiet, and then I would go over a bridge or a small bump, and he would wake up and start crying all over again. We drove till only 11pm.
  Last time Heather and the kids went out, Sara Beth borrowed Heather or Cindy's camera and snapped a whole mass of pictures. This time, Sara Beth got to open one of her Christmas presents early from Cindy and Dennis: her own camera. I don't have the exact number of pictures that she took, but there were a lot. I know I did lower the picture resolution setting on her camera so that she wouldn't run out of space.
 We had a great time on the trip hanging out with Heather's mom and step dad. We had good food, it was great sitting back and watching Heather's mom and step dad interact with the kids, but would have to say that the highlight of the trip, for me, were the rockets. I had thing on my todo list this trip: go to the Space and Rocket center. And it was a great success. As soon as we got in the door, I find some circuit diagrams to build simple electronic devices like a fan or door bell and hooked Sara Beth into building some with me.
While at lunch, Hudson found his favorite thing of the whole trip: his "Space Spoon". It was just a simple black spoon from the cafeteria, but he loved holding it and chewing onto it. It rarely left his side the rest of the vacation. He would throw a fit if he could see it but couldn't get too it. If he was upset, handing the spoon to him would calm him down.
Here is Hudson driving a rocket ship. He had that huge grin on his face the whole time. He loves anything with a wheel, but a rocket ship with a steering wheel was even better. When it was time to go, he began crying like he had been stabbed and clung onto the wheel with all his strength. It brought back memories of pulling my brother away from a train setup when we were younger.
Sara Beth and I got up and close with one of the moon rocks. I asked her if she thought it looked like the moon was made of cheese. She gave me a weird look and said no.
To finish off the excursion to the Space and Rocket center, I got into a Gemini capsule with Hudson and Sara Beth joined us. It was a tight squeeze for me, but Hudson and Sara Beth appreciated all the buttons and switches being within handy arm reach. Heather was not interested in joining us in the capsule.
The trip was not only about rockets. We also got went out to visit Dennis' brother's animals. We fed sweet potatoes and bread to cows, donkeys, miniature horses, pot bellied pigs, and a dog. The dog ate more bread than the pig. But, too soon, we had to pack all our stuff up and headed back to Texas for Christmas, which I will detail in my next update.

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