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The last few pictures from our Denver trip.  On our last day, Mr. BAW's cousin took us to see some real dinosaur tracks!  Who would've known that there were real live dinosaurs in Denver!?  They did a real good job of recreating those ancient giants roaming the land.  The kids got to ride on one for kicks.  Thanks to our cousin, We had a wonderful time in Denver and we'll definitely be back for another visit...maybe in the winter time so Mr. BAW can go skiing. :-)

Doesn't this picture look like Ahgoo is riding on a real dinosaur?


Imaging this being real!  Sans the fence, this is probably what it was like when the dinosaurs roamed the land  in Denver!


Here's a view with the freeway behind the dinosaurs.


The real dinosaur prints, colored for ease of viewing.
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Posted July 28, 2015


Part deux of our Denver trip.  On our second day, we went to Colorado Springs and ventured into the Cave of the Winds and The Garden of the Gods.  Both places were gorgeous and offered unique experiences.  The caves were a nice break from the heat of the day.  Inside the caves it was a cool 60 degrees.  Having never experienced caves, I thought this was a nice introduction.  It wasn't huge but it had all the characteristics of a cave experience.  Buzz even learned the distinction between stalactite and stalagmite.  The Garden of the Gods was beautiful.  The only recommendation is to avoid going on the weekends.  We went on a Friday and it got pretty crowded and parking was difficult.  Also there are not a lot of shade along the paths so bring sun screen and hats.   
 
A few residual pictures from Boulder.  This is Pearl Street, a popular shopping street.


We spent way too much time in this store on Pearl Street!  It was an incredible toy store.


The kids' first cave experience, they both had a nice time.


Ahgoo was such a trooper, she hiked most of the cave tour and even climbed tons of stairs.  She got tired towards the end.

Stalactites!

Buzz and Aunt Christina.


Garden of the Gods.

The rock formations were slices.

The Camel Kiss.

Rock climbing.

More slices of rocks.

Profile of a face?

More giant dandelions.
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Posted July 18, 2015


Over the Fourth of July weekend, we took a quick but full trip to Denver to visit Mr. BAW's cousin who moved there two years ago.  The trip was only three days, but we managed to see everything on my list!  We spent one day in Boulder, one day in Colorado Springs, and half a day in the Denver area.  We had wonderful weather, it was warm and I was able to pack super light for the kids.  Thanks to the hospitality of our cousin, she gratiously drove us everywhere and put us up in her lovely home.  She even picked up and returned two carseats we rented in Denver.  

That's something we learned on this trip, renting carseats was awesome.  We initially were thinking about flying with two carseats but the logistics of getting them from the car to the airport with luggage and the kids were just too daunting.  But the whole rental process was great.  The carseats were $7 per day per carseat.  In addition, you can have them deliver the carseats to an address or you can choose to pick them up yourself.  You can also rent just about any baby product you can imagine including cribs, pack n plays, toys, high chairs, etc!  Apparently most cities have these rental services.  

We also had a very smooth flight both ways.  It's incredible how much easier flying with the kids are these days now that Ahgoo is potty trained.  It's also much easier now that the kids can be entertained with a movie.  But actually Ahgoo wanted to sleep during both flights...bliss.  Enjoy our pictures from Denver and Boulder.  I'll share the second part of the trip in another post.
 
Fashion Truck!  I can't believe this hasn't caught on in LA yet.


A cute little coffee/wine bookstore in Denver.  They had a give a book/take a book window box.


The store table was made out of stacked books.


High on my must-see list was The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

The entire teahouse was built by hand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and gifted to the city of Boulder.

There was beautiful carvings everywhere inside the teahouse.


The beautiful ceiling.

We met up with a friend of Mr. BAW's from business school and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the teahouse.

The Univerity of Colorado.

The kids loved these giant dandelions at Chautauqua Park .  They literally blew out every single dandelion in a one square mile area.

Beautiful Chautauqua Park.

We has a lovely and relaxing stroll at Chautauqua Park.  But there were many serious hikers there as well.
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Posted July 17, 2015



 

Just for kicks, I took an online personality test.  Unfortunately, I am ENTJ, part of only 2% of the population.  This means that I am out numbered at home.  Although no one else in my family has taken the test, I'm pretty sure that none of my kids nor Mr. BAW is an ENTJ.  This may explain a whole lot of what's been going on in our household.  Lately, Ahgoo has kicked into high gear for temper tantrums.  She wakes up cranky, comes home from school cranky, and has just been a terror.  But she's still been great at school all day long.  Buzz has been feeling left out so he decides to throw in a few tantrums of his own.  In addition, Mr. BAW has been dealing with a few house issues lately and have been grumpy on occasions.  So I'm definitely swimming in a huge pot of emotional soup.  For an ENTJ, I'm simply out of my element.  I can not relate to all the emotions everyone is going through.  I am still sticking to my hypothesis that we must go throught some kind of hormonal change at the toddler stage similar to those experienced by teenagers.  There is tremendous growth at the toddler stage as well, I can't imagine that hormones don't play a big role.  But I have not been able to find any medical data online to support this hypothesis.  Althought as I read the ENTJ characteristics more carefully, Ahgoo seems to exhibit a few traits...she's focused and determined, her teachers describe her as a natural leader, she's very decisive, and she prefers to solve her own problems most of the time.  So maybe her emotional fits are more due to her age and not her personality.  Maybe she's just like me!  Well, only time will tell.  For now, I guess I just have to hope that this emotional storm blows through quickly and brace myself for the teenage years...gulp.
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Posted July 9, 2015


June was a pretty crazy month.  We had so many firsts happening for us.  It started with Buzz learning how to ride his bike!!  It took a little convincing him that he can do it.  Then after the mental hurdle, he picked it up in just two lessons.  He first rode all by himself when we took him to UCSB, one of the most bike-friendly campuses around.  Then he rode comfortably at his future high school, around the school gym.  Then, on June 18, Buzz had his very first graduation ever!  He graduated from pre-school and the school put on a lovely graduation ceremony that is worthy of a high school production!  The kids perfomed four songs and a play, The Three Little Pigs.  Buzz played the starring role of the big bad wolf.  I regretfully did not bring any tissues to the graduation, a mistake I will never make again.  I hung up his very first diploma on our wall at home, along with all of our diplomas.  Then there was Father's Day.  Both Buzz and Ahgoo performed songs at school for all the fathers.  We're especially proud of Ahgoo, she sang two songs, one of them was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", and was the only one in her class to actually sing!  The month ended with Ahgoo going to her very first swim class.  In between all of that we attended a friend's son's high school graduation party at the Western Museum of Flight and a fancy birthday party at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Sometimes I'm torn between living life and documenting life.  If I spend too much time worrying about getting a picture I miss being in the moment with my family.  But if I don't take any pictures, I tend to regret it a day later because I'll worry that I won't remember the moment.  I'm still learning how to balance the two.  I think for the most part, I'm taking pictures less often in our daily lives.  During more significant events, such as birthday parties or trips, I'm being more selective with the pictures I take.  We'll see how my live-document balance goes. :-)  I'm also still working on figuring out work-life balance...
 
Ahgoo's answer to why she loves her daddy.


Mr. BAW volunteered to read a story to Ahgoo's class.


Mr. BAW opening gifts the kids made for him at school.


Having fun at the Museum of Flight.

The pilots.

The satellite display at the Flight Museum.


The captains.

I discovered Buzz's drawing on the morning of his graduation.  I'll be proud of him no matter what he chooses to be.  But I must admit that seeing this made my heart soar!

My little scholar.  I hope that his educational journey will be long and fullfilling.

Buzz's latest drawing.  It is Optimus Prime (from the Transformers) and Batman catching robbers (at the bottom) holding bags of money (even with his mouth.  There is also a spaceship flying against the starts.  His drawings are more and more elaborate and getting very creative.

Ahgoo patiently waiting for her swim assessment.  She looks so grown up in this picture, it makes me tear up!  Daddy is giving her some last minute encouragement.  I love these two!

I'm learning from Ahgoo to slow down and smell the flowers more often...instead of taking pictures of the flowers!
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Posted July 1, 2015











































































































































































































































































































































































































































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