Saturday, April 24, 2010

Snow Play!

I uploaded 5 very short new videos from our snow play day today at Yuba Gap Sno Park in CA.

All in all the twins had a blast. They did not want to leave. We spent about 3 hours in the 55 degree sunshine on top of a snowy mountain. It was a gorgeous day to play in the snow. I had a really hard time keeping up with the kids so I mostly stood and watched. I stayed at the top of the hill and helped them get onto their sleds a lot.

Of course at 5,800 feet I needed my oxygen tank. Boy was the air thin up there! At one point Paul and the twins climbed even higher to the fresh soft snow to build a snowman. It took me about 20 minutes to get to the same spot that took them about two. I had to stop and try and catch my breath about 10 different times. Paul finally pulled me up the rest of the way. The powder was so fresh at the top we sank nearly up to our thighs walking through it.

We ended our day with a trip to a furniture store. How's that for a weird combo? We sat on about 50 different couches. I think we may have found a winner. Details to come...

PS It's not the $3,000 red leather masterpiece Tom is begging for.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Picnic Day 2010

Saturday was the UC Davis annual Picnic Day. If you're not familiar with this event, you should be. We go every year!

The weather was perfect and the food was delish! Tom and Abby really had a blast this year. Despite saying they were not going to watch the parade at all, they sat through the whole 45 minute parade and ate all the candy that was thrown at them. I think that's enough bribery to watch again next year.

After lunch we left the twins with Grandma for a couple hours and they made all sorts of art projects. During that time, Paul and I, being the bus nerds that we are, made the extra long hike to the pad to check out the busses. Surprisingly quite a bit has changed in the last 11 years since our graduation.

The most exciting part of the pad was.... get this... driving the new Alexander Dennis. What IS that you say? Why, it's this delicious looking 40' long 14' tall piece of machinery:

All you busnerds are jealous now. The most surprising part of this adventure is the fact that I don't have a class B license nor have I ever had one. I only got to drive it in circles on the pad. They didn't let me drive it in the parade as show above.

I was nervous of course:

Totally afraid I was going to plow into another bus or building. AD, as I like to call him, came away without a scratch on him and I earned my wheels for the day.

For more fantastic photos from our day on Saturday click here.

Friday, April 02, 2010