Friday, June 27, 2008

Adventures in Public Transportation

In an effort to save money and the earth we've been trying not to use the car as much. This means a lot more walking. But I've also worked up the nerve to try the public transportation system. Turns out, the light-rail is very easy to use (as long as you are going somewhere that the train goes), cheap (the kids ride free), and tons of fun for a couple of kids who love trains. There is a stop about a mile from our house, which is very convenient. We've taken the train a couple of times to the Children's Museum and once to the farmers' market. The only casualty so far has been a bag of peaches that Zachary jumped off his seat onto while riding home from the market.

Here are some pictures:

Waiting for the train. (Yes, Morgan has an "I Love Hooters" sticker. Zach wouldn't wear his.)

On board.

Taking the big train to San Francisco.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Flying Monkeys

If you ask Morgan what she did last Friday, she will tell you that she "played a drum and made the monkeys spin around". And she would be telling the truth! We went to see the exhibit Homouroboros which is part of the digital arts festival that was going on downtown.

Its kind of hard to explain, but it is a huge metal "tree" with monkey-like figures hanging from the "branches". All around the base of the tree are drums. Each one makes a different sound and when you start playing a rhythm on the drums the monkeys start spinning around. Once they get going, you can look through strobe-light goggles and it looks like a single monkey swinging through trees.

The kids thought it was so cool! They spent well over an hour playing the drums and watching the monkeys.

Here are some pictures and a video.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Book Review: Eat Healthy, Feel Great

Morgan's been a pretty good eater lately, but like many 4 year olds, she preferred junk to health food. Well, I read this book to Morgan last week and now she is the family nutrition police.

The book puts food in three categories: Green-light foods help you grow and GO so you can eat as much of them as you like. Yellow light foods will make you SLOW DOWN if you eat to much. And red-light foods do not help you feel good so you should STOP eating them.

After I read Morgan the book she ate all her pasta and chicken for dinner and then had three helpings of salad! And then she went around and sweet-talked all 4 adults at the table into giving her the broccoli out of their salads! When she was out with Daddy for some weekend fun, she wouldn't let him take her to McDonalds, Burger King, Carl's Jr., etc. She finally agreed to a turkey sandwich , but apparently spent the whole meal scolding Jon for drinking a coke.

She won't eat anything anymore without knowing what light it is.

I know that Morgan won't maintain her hard-line nutritional stance forever, but I love how this book helped her to think about food in ways other than just what tastes good. She's also been interested in how the body works, the senses, and the digestive, circulatory and immune systems so this nutrition book is a great compliment to those sorts of books!

Its also a plus that the little girl in the book looks very much like Mo!