Thursday, February 21, 2013

Field Trippin'

Yesterday I got to go on a field trip with my Bug. We were going to go to Salt Lake to the Capitol Building and then to the Clark Planetarium.  Which meant a 2 hour bus ride with 60+ fifth graders. But, it meant I got to spend some time with my cute Bug, so I sacrificed. (It actually wasn't too bad!)

We were supposed to be at the school at 8:00, an hour early. We were an hour and a half early, since Lyra was so excited! Then somehow the bus driver missed the memo that we were leaving early and didn't get there until 20 minutes to 9. So, we stood out on the curb and froze for a few minutes! We were just getting ready to go inside and wait when the bus showed up!

Since neither Lyra or I are very big morning people, we snuggled in the seat and watched Netflix on my phone on the way down. One perk of taking your mom on field trips is that she smuggles treats in her bag. We did take the time to snap a picture for a memento!

 First off, we went to the Capitol to sit in on a Legislative session.  I had never been to the Capitol before and wish we could have spent more time. It was beautiful. We snapped a few pictures as we were walking/running to the Legislative session viewing area, which happened to be on the very tip top floor .

These murals were amazing!

This is the State Seal.

After we spent about 15 minutes listening to the Legislature, we headed off to the Planetarium.  We  ran in and got to watch two different movies (in 3D, hence the silly glasses!) We saw Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea which was a fun little stop motion film about how the continents split apart, Pangaea, dinosaurs, and all that great stuff. Then we saw Hubble 3D which was full of pictures from the Hubble telescope. We got to see different galaxies and it was very interesting. It was also pretty fun to watch all the kids try and "catch" the stars as we zoomed through space!

I got to be "in charge" of these two cute Bug and her friend Marquesas.
And this is a very dark picture of my Bug and me.

After the Planetarium, we got back on the bus and headed back to the Capitol building for lunch. After we ate, Jack Draxler, who is the Representative for Cache County, talked to us. He told us how the legislative process works, and about a bill he was working on (HB 108, if you are interested). It was interesting to hear about a bill that directly affects where we live. The kids got to ask him questions (and they had some really good ones!), and he spent about a half an hour talking with them. We visited the gift shop, got a treat, and then headed back out to the bus to go home. Lyra was even more worn out on the way home, and had a nap! It was a whirlwind trip, we were back home by the time school was out at 3:20! In the end, I think we were on the bus longer than we were off, but it was a fun trip nonetheless!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love Day

Ever year, the elementary school has a "Valentine Tea" on Valentines Day. The kids wear their "best dress" and get paired up boy/girl. They  get to have a little treat while practicing their best manners. The boy hold the doors open, pull out chairs, and serve treats to the girls. Then they play a fun manners game.  I remember doing this when I was in elementary school! Here are my girlies all ready for their fancy day! (and this is quickly turning into "The Blog of Lyra and Pyper". I promise I love the other two also, they just leave for school so dang early!)

Happy Love Day!