Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Now I know Why I had Kids

Field Trips!

In the last month I have been on more field trips than I can remember. First the Tiger Scouts went to KPCC, a local independent radio station that I happen to listen to. I was very excited to see the initial presentation of how recording devices have changed over the last 200 years. The presenter even had an old-fashioned tube recorder, not sure of the official name of it. Then he showed the children a record and the kids thought it was a giant CD. We got to tour all the studios and the kids even had a chance to speak into the microphone while the guide played with special effects to make the kids sound like chipmunks.

Next was a trip to Descanso Gardens. I don't think I have been there since I was a child. It was a field trip with Lainy Ann's 3rd grade class and the teacher has expressed concern in me bringing along Eleanor in a stroller. Well, she was right to be concerned. Our docent was a spry old lady who kept us on our toes. I was running along the paths and going up and down hills and stairs carved into hillside, just bouncing Eleanor along the whole time. The next day I was so incredibly sore. But I learned a ton about our native foliage and the natural uses for is like sunscreen and soap.

JPL was by far my favorite trip. I am a huge space-nut. I was thrilled to death to visit the Kennedy Space Center and see a shuttle launch last year and I still follow all space related news. I don't know how I have never been to JPL considering it is just down the street. After the stroller incident from the previous field trip I carried Eleanor around in the Ergo. We spent 3 hours looking at the mini-museum, mission control where the engineers talk to the space craft like Voyager I and II. We even had a chance to see the newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, which will be launching later this year. We walked along the catwalks and looked into the clean room to see the men working on the rover. But the best part of the whole trip is when I found out that JPL has family tours. I already have a tour scheduled for this summer so the rest of the family can benefit from a tour.

Over spring break we took the big kids to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. What a fun trip! I truly felt like we were in a castle as we toured a single estate that was larger than our little town. I would love to visit the Biltmore Estates again and go on an extended tour of the servants quarters.

We have tons of adventures planned for this summer too; horseback riding, Adventure Park and a series of museums and farms. I'm not sure who is more excited; me or the kids.

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