Friday, August 22, 2014

Genesee Country Village & Museum

While Henry went off camping with a friend, I took Sammy & one of his friends to the Genesee Country Village and Museum. Sammy really digs learning about history, so we've made this trip several times. One of the neat new things this year was that they had the Intrepid, a helium balloon recreating one from the Civil War era, up and running. While we didn't go for a ride, the boys did get a chance to sit in the basket while it was on the ground.

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Sammy also liked that there were stilts and hoops to play with. He didn't get past more than three or so steps on the stilts, but he had fun trying.

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Monday, August 18, 2014


After wandering around the schools all morning, we went to celebrate Henry's birthday more properly, with go-karts and skee-ball and video games. I think he enjoyed himself. :)

Fabulous Prizes

Odyssey Prep

I'm co-chairing the regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament this year. As part of the prep for the event, I've been heading into the schools to take pictures of the spaces under consideration for use. I bring the boys with me, and they've been a big help in helping identify where outlets are. However, when it comes to getting pictures, I often end up with ones like this one as I go around the room:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy birthday, Henry!

We through together a quick birthday party for Henry. We invited kids to come over, but he was waffling as to where we should go up until an hour before the party. The winner? Bowling. We figured that we could stop in the arcade and play a couple games until some lanes freed up. Unfortunately, they had cut down on the number of games available. The boys didn't care. They tried a couple times to win an iPod.

Birthday Party

(We had pictures of the actual bowling as well, but since they were doing the black light bowling, none of them turned out quite right.)

Friday, August 15, 2014


I took the boys to the Penn Dixie site near Hamburg today to look for fossils. This is a trip that I've been meaning to do for some time now & I'm glad we went. It wasn't much to look at -- just large piles of rocks. If you dig through those rocks, though, you'll find many trilobites, ancient coral and clams. Sammy didn't want to leave!

Henry liked having a chance to hit things with the hammer and crowbar.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Honeoye Falls

I'll admit it -- I have a weakness for waterfalls. We decided to find the falls in Honeoye Falls this week. I think they need an ice cream shop near the falls. It's a cute little town. :)

There's also a lower part of the falls with a path to it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another Race Down

Sammy came in first place during his 1-mile race this week. (Again, it was non-competitive, so it was an unofficial result.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

150th Stamp

We've gotten back into letterboxing this summer. Here are the boys with the 150th stamp that we've found over the lifespan of our letterboxing. We went to Webster Park for a series of stamps. Due to the heavy rains this summer, much of the trail was underwater. (It didn't help that there was also a bridge out.) I had to carry Sammy over many of the deep puddles. (Fortunately for me, Henry was wearing waterproof boots.)

Peach Pie

The boys were happy that it was finally peach season so they could make a peach pie.