The Kidspace Children’s Museum

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.  What!  Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ever since discovering that the Kidspace Children’s Museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of each month, I knew that we would take that opportunity at some point! Who can pass up FREE these days right?! So this month was our first time, and definitely not the last! Although the free night is only a four-hour chunk of time, it gives enough opportunity to decide if it’s worth a full day trip coming again. It was really a fun experience for all three of them! The museum has various exploring areas encouraging lots of learning which was great!

They loved the art area….

There was the giant water-color station…

Lots of little crafts going on here…

The little artist

We love to paint!!

Then it was a mosaic craft..

Great for little creative minds 🙂

The museum had all these crazy crawling/climbing spaces that even the adults could try. This one below was very cool but about half way up with Grant I was getting dizzy… Literally when you are up that narrow of a space and looking up or down is the same view it kind of freaks you out! It seemed like it never ended so we turned around!

A never-ending crawl space..

More climbing!!

Seriously there was so much to do! Like this fossil discovery area…

My little digger.

And this silly bug kitchen where the kids can play and pretend to serve the bugs meals. There were exhibits in the kitchen showing what bugs might lurk in our kitchens if we don’t keep them clean…GROSS!!

May we take your orders?!

Bug Appétit

At one point Grant ran out of the kitchen so fast yelling, “A BALL, A BALL!!!”  and this is what he had spotted…

The golf Gods have spoken to him

It was pretty cute that he saw it so randomly at the time…and if it isn’t obvious, he is obsessed with anything sports related like big-bro.

There were some very cool exhibits all around and an entire room dedicated to learning the ends and outs of science related things… life cycles, rocks and minerals, bones, shells and water life, magnetic fields… so, so much we could definitely spend an entire day there! I think the summer time will be great because there is also a huge outdoor water play area and a new addition of fun activities that is opening up soon. The day we went was raining but the kids still wanted to mess around near the water of course!

Singing in the rain

Oh yeah and the museum has a calender of events that you can plan for. The evening we came on was a cultural dance night. That was a fun show and interesting to learn about a different style of dance…

Story tellers..

So that was our experience at the Kidspace Museum and they can’t wait to go back! We love this kind of fun learning!

Till next time!

In honor of a fallen soldier and fellow classmate <3

A true hero ❤

I couldn’t let today go by without paying my respects to a fellow high school classmate who was laid to rest this morning after giving the ultimate sacrifice of his life for our country. Sgt. Carlo Eugenio, assigned to the 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, Van Nuys, Cal., was the first California National Guardsman killed while serving in Afghanistan. He was one of 17 fatalities of which only 4 were Americans (if I read the correct reports) while his convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber, in Kabul.

While reading the reports on such a tragedy, yet a reality we hear about too often, his death is not just a number to add to the list of fallen soldiers. He was a life…he was a brother….he was a son….he was an uncle….he was a friend….to me, a fellow high school classmate. Although we were not the closest of friends, we had many mutual friends and a class together here and there. The occasional “hello” while passing in the hallways, I recall his bright smile well.

Seeing his most recent photo out there brought to life the reality that this was a man we should all be grateful to have had any experience in knowing. Many of us who had the privilege of going to school with him, could not have had the foresight to realize the sacrifice he would go on to make for us, while we knew him back then. As the world beckoned all of our graduating class of 2000, had any of us any inclination of the honor he would serve us? It is a question I ponder as I solemnly reflect on this young life that is no longer, and the painful yet proud emotion that his family must be experiencing now. I find it hard not to get enveloped into questioning the bigger picture of what we are here on this earth to do, as something like this inevitably hits me hard regardless of how well I knew him. The fact is he was a true hero. He served his country, and he had to have been so brave. When he set out on that fateful day on October 29th, he may not have questioned if it would be his last, but there is no doubt that he was honorable in doing what he needed to do regardless of the risk it took.

As I came upon a lull earlier today, that I sometimes do amidst the endless amount of things I find myself needing to get done, I reminded myself that there are things bigger than me and my mundane self rants. Besides the fact there is a war going on, that I will admit I forget about in my day-to-day life, there are real men and women out there risking their lives each and everyday for us. I will not get into my opinions about any of the politics of what is going on… not my style…but I will say I feel so grateful to the soldiers who do put their lives on the line for us. The bottom line is most of  us would not trade where we are at in our comfy lives today to go be in the shoes of a soldier out there in combat. It is just a fact. I shouldn’t speak for all, but honestly if we would, then we would be there now. That is why I need to lay my greatest  gratitude, respect and regards down for Carlo and all the other fallen soldiers who have gone as well, because they truly are deserving of it. It takes something else to be out there doing what they do, something I will probably never truly understand. A bravery, a courage, a sacrifice that not many will ever know. I was honored to have known him in my youth, and forever owe him thanks for the tremendous service he gave us.

❤ May you rest in peace Carlo, and may the memory of your life and sacrifice never be forgotten ❤

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela