Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mobius Fun in March

Now that we have a year long membership to the Mobius Childen's Museum here in Spokane, we have been going quite frequently.  It is especially nice to go there on rainy days or days where we just need something different.  The kids always enjoy going to play there and many times will meet some new friends or will discover some new way to play there.  As always, I get some cute pictures of them as well!

Caleb having fun fishing.
Daniel was playing at the water table and I caught this funny moment of him with some goggles on.  I can tell he is in his element when we go here as he just has so much fun exploring all the various stations.
Daniel's funny face!
Josiah found a buddy on this trip, or should I say that the buddy found him.  This little girl was playing with Josiah and he was doing his usual running from one place to another completely oblivious that this little girl was expectantly looking at him to play with her wherever they went.  I noticed her hesitancy and got Josiah to introduce himself to her and her to him and then they were buddies ever since that moment.  She was a sweet little girl and they had lots of fun playing together I think. 
Josiah playing with a new friend, Hailey.

Naomi had a blast there as always too and here she is in the store with her chef's apron on apparently preparing to sample the food!  She loves to stick her little tongue out when she is happy!

Naomi the chef!
Caleb loves to be noticed when he is doing something fun and here is his winning smile!  These bikes have videos in front to simulate as if they are riding on the street.  
Caleb riding the bike.
Daniel is looking through the microscope to look at little samples of various things here.  He comes back to do this activity quite frequently as he roams the museum I have found. 
Daniel the scientist.
Josiah never fails to set up a campsite somewhere in the museum and today he did not disappoint!  Can you tell that he likes to camp?  It is a good thing 'cause he will be doing a lot of camping with Daddy in the coming years I predict!

Josiah making a campsite.

This picture of Naomi with her hands in her pockets was just too cute to not include.  She just recently discovered she has pockets and can put her hands (or other little things as well) in them.  Overall on this Mobius trip, the kids had a lot of fun and of course I had to peal them away from the fun at the end, but I remind them that we will come back soon...and we do!
Naomi with her hands in her pockets.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Awana Grand Prix

This was the first year that Josiah participated in an Awana Grand Prix because our previous Awana group did not do this as a yearly event.  Consequently, we were completely in the dark as to how to proceed and not having any real tools to speak of at home, we decided to keeep the design very simple.  A man in our church who does a lot of woodwork accepted my request for help and he is the one who cut and sanded the initial design with his tools.  Josiah helped to sand it further at home with some sandpaper and then I helped him paint it and put on the wheels.  We also added some quarters to the bottom of it for weight, hence the cars name, "Lightning McQuarter."  
Josiah's car dubbed "Lightning McQuarter."
Then when we arrived, we discovered that despite the 4 quarters glued to the bottom, it still did not weigh enough and needed some more weight.  They had glue, weights, and a drill there to help people out to get it to weigh as much as it could (and not over), so Daddy set to work to glue on some weights.  The twins were very interested in this as you can see!
Daddy working to add weight to the car.

I didn't include a long shot of the track, but it went quite a ways down and here was the starting point and you can see Josiah's car second in from the front.  His car was not the fastest, but it was not the slowest either.  Some cars didn't even cross the finish line!  They had awards for best design and also for the fastest and sadly, Josiah's car didn't win either of those type of awards.
Lightning McQuarter getting ready to race!

We had a lot of time to kill before the races as we came early to weigh the car and make sure it was up to par and so Daddy had fun playing with the kiddos beforehand.  They were running over to him in the chair giving him "running fives" and sitting in his lap often and lots of hugs and kisses were given. 
Daniel having fun with Daddy!

Miss Naomi would not be outdone with Daddy fun either and claimed her spot on Daddy's lap many a time also!
Naomi waving at Mommy.

Caleb is our cuddlebug and of course he didn't like to relinquish his spot with Daddy either, but would get up occasionally to dance or give "running fives" to Daddy. 
Caleb & Daddy cuddling.

Josiah was busy trying to avoid getting his picture taken, but he was foiled again by Mommy!  Mommy is a sneaky stealth photographer and will get him everytime!
Josiah trying to run away from the camera.

As per usual, a picture with all four kiddos isn't easy to get, but this is a close as it comes folks!
Mommy with her kiddos.

Josiah was very disappointed that he didn't get a trophy and all the way home he cried and was feeling sorry for himself.  I felt like a horrible mother for not going all "overachiever" on this like I wanted to originally, but David informed me that it was a good lesson for him and that it would be fine.  Josiah dubbed the day though his "worst day ever" and so that was hard.  We are hoping that Grandpa Carpenter can help him with next year's car design as we found out that Josiah's cousin, Anna Grace took first at her Awana Grand Prix.  As predicted though, as the days passed, Josiah forgot about his defeat and all was right with the world again. 
Josiah showing his participation ribbon.

Thursday, March 01, 2012


Josiah tested for his blue belt today and passed! He is holding his broken board, but apparently he is holding it together to "trick" Mommy into thinking he didn't pass. It took him 3 times to break the board, but he did it! He was the only green belt going for a blue belt and so had to do his Poomsee by himself. After he completed it, Master Justin said, "And THAT is why I call this boy, Jo-Sizzle!!" Josiah and I talked about making sure that he did an exceptional job, so that Master Justin would say just that, so he was very proud. When Josiah doesn't do his best, Master Justin calls him Jo-Ice Cube. It is pretty funny! Here is a link to Josiah doing part of his Sa Bun Chuck (phonetic spelling) and reciting the 3 ancient kingdoms of Korea.

Here Josiah is showing his wart (which is almost ready to fall off now after he had it frozen a few weeks ago at the doctor) to his friend Reed and Cole. I just love this picture of the three of them. Reed and Cole were testing for their orange belts and passed also, so it was a great day for the three of them! Josiah will be awarded his new belt on Saturday, March 10th and then will be working toward his high blue belt in his upcoming classes. We are very proud of our Jo-Sizzle!