Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
We went to see the new Tentacles exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Antique octopus art.
A coconut octopus, seeking protection in a jar.
Nautiluses. Nautili? I never really thought about how they move or that they move at all.
There were a couple of giant Pacific octopuses, and we joked that they took shifts. One would be suckered up against the window, resting. The other gave us a great show, swimming and waving his tentacles.
Cuddle-fish! SwingDaddy says they are cuttlefish, but I insist that cuddle-fish is much cuter.
I was well behaved and didn't bring anything home from the gift store.
We stopped to see the Jellies exhibit as well.
The play area featured sea-life costumes.
And plush moray eels. When the kids tug on the "eels," they pull out to show how long they get.
Boys in shells.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I haven't been at the taekwondo studio that much in the last year, since it's quite close to SwingDaddy's office and he'll pick them up after work. He's had a bike race on Wednesday nights recently, so I've been going to get the boys and seeing them in action. Serious dudes.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
We visited the Kon-Tiki museum, home to Thor Heyerdahl's exploits.
Using traditional ship building techniques, Heyerdahl and his team sailed vast distances of ocean to prove that pre-historic peoples could cross the Pacific without benefit of modern technology.
The sailors caught fish to eat and grew tan in the hot sun, surviving some crazy experiences.
Right next door was the Fram museum. The building is tall and pointy because
The entire ship is inside, with the masts just clearing the ceiling.
The Fram is legendary for its polar expeditions and was designed with a specially shaped, thick hull, so that it could be frozen into the ice during the winter and not crack.
Here's the special retracting propeller and rudder so that it would be protected when the ice closed in.
There were some playful exhibits as well.
The boys are trying out a sled dog harness to see how much they can pull.
Sled dogs work hard!
We saw these statues from a distance and couldn't tell what expedition they represented. After a moment's thought, we figured it must be Fram, since they were dressed for warmth.
We headed back to our hotel for a rest, and just as we arrived, the palace guard marched by. Apparently they do an elaborate changing of the guard a few times per week, and we happened to catch it.
Buster chose a few more fuzzy souvenirs. Here are Freddy and Teddy, his polar bear slippers. Q-ster chose a four-color pen and some playing cards featuring photos of notable Norwegian locations.
We made an afternoon visit to Vigeland Park. The scale of the park is surprising - it's huge.
The art is a little weird.
Ok, pretty weird. But the space was lovely.
And we wrapped the day with more ice cream.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
We started off the day with a tour of the Royal Palace, which is open to the public for a few weeks each summer when the royal family is on holiday. No photos are allowed, so we just admired quietly. It would be fun to dance in the grand ballroom.
We spent the afternoon with friends at Oscarsborg, an island fortress which has the distinction of sinking a German heavy cruiser in 1940, delaying the Nazi invasion just long enough for the king and parliament to escape.
King Harald's name is inscribed in the stone.
As we walked further, the boys were excited to see bigger cannons.
And then even larger ones!
It seemed a little on-the-nose American to pose with big guns, but here we are anyway.
We had dinner (outside!) and of course, the outing had to end with ice cream.