Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spider food

The spider's been in his web for at least 3 days, and we noticed a day or so ago that he had moved because his belly was facing us instead of his back.

Today we went to see if he was still there, and not only was he there, but he had caught something. It was pretty neat to see. He left soon after this. The camera kept auto-focusing on the bush behind the spider - gotta figure out how to change that still.

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Last week of swimming

A lot of outdoor pools around here close when school starts. Luckily our neighborhood pool stays open a week or two longer and doesn't close until Labor Day. Which was nice this past week because we had weather into the 90s.

Simi & I went with Taiko one afternoon, and then returned a couple of days later with Taipan, Yuta and a friend.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Presents from Grammy

My mom sent a package with ZOOBMobile and the Puppy Pursuit Game. The pictures speak for themselves - a good time was had by all!!
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Taiko & Superheroes with Upgrades

Taipan asked me to help him find some things he could put on - I think those were almost his exact words. After a short discussion I found out that he was going to be a superhero, and wanted to have 3 things he could put on as costume upgrades. The helmet, cape and flip flops are all upgrades to his original outfit. He also had different weapons, each one acquired after an upgrade. Simi decided to join in the fun too.

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And Taiko was hanging out in the chair taking it all in.
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We had a visitor on our screen door. It's a grasshopper, but looks nothing like the grasshoppers we had in Orlando when I was a kid. Ours were much smaller an green. To me this guy is a huge grasshopper, though a friend of ours didn't think so, but he grew up in Ohio.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010


We noticed a lot of webs on a bush in front of our house one Saturday morning. I had only minutes before been reading about webworms, so I wondered if some of them might be from those. Yuta later saw spiders on them, so not webworms. There were three or four clusters of these, and they look thicker and fluffier in person:

Then I saw this web, which was pretty large, and had a spider in the middle of it waiting to catch something. It was there all day and night and didn't move at all from what we could tell (I'll do an update in a later post on this spider).

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Space Station sighting

A friend of ours posted that her family was going to look for the International Space Station, so we decided to do the same. On the night that we looked for it, it was in the sky for 3-4 mins, and we were able to see it go right over head.

Click here to see NASA's sighting information page.

The space station is the bright white light in the sky. We also got a good view of Venus while we were out - it was very close to the horizon, and also very bright.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010


After two weeks of canceling for various reasons, we finally made it to Amazone. It had been a long while (2 years? 3 years?) since we'd been here. School had already started, so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

Lots of climbing and running, and Taipan & Marcus brought their DS's and did that for a little bit. There's also an arcade, which Simi enjoyed. We're all looking forward to going back again sometime soon.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Snap Circuits

I think I've said it before, but I love Snap Circuits, and Taipan thinks they're pretty cool too.

Taipan now does quite a bit on his own, following the booklet that came with the set. When we were playing with them he said "I want to tell whoever gave these to me 'Thank you so much - I love these'". So I passed that along to my sister.

He's also told us that he wants Snap Circuits Extreme and new "green" kit that they have.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stroller walk

A nice calm walk with the everyone:

Until they start running:

Ack! What you don't see is me running to catch up. Taiko didn't mind, but he's still a little floppy in the stroller, so I didn't like the running.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Party and hanging out

Today we went to a good friend's birthday party. Everyone had fun.
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When we got home, Simi & I played with princesses for a bit. I used old receiving blankets to cut out small blankies for the princesses' sleep-over.
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Cute baby.
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And it's out of focus, but I love this picture of my guys.