Bounce Town

Kyle getting stuck to the wall of velcro

Kyle getting stuck to the wall of velcro

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Well, that's one way to get down a slide...

Well, that's one way to get down a slide...

NO FEAR.

NO FEAR.

This device shot air out of the cones, and the balls hover in the air above the cones. Pretty neat.

This device shot air out of the cones, and the balls hover in the air above the cones. Pretty neat.

Also fun to shot the air stream in your face

Also fun to shot the air stream in your face

Not really meant to be a crawl-through, but... oh well.

Not really meant to be a crawl-through, but... oh well.

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Time for a snack!

Time for a snack!

mmmmmm.... giant chocolate chip cookie

mmmmmm.... giant chocolate chip cookie

Caught in the act!

I knew there was a good reason to give Kyle a camera. Recently I went into our bedroom and found the antenna from my X10 receiver broken off and lying on the floor. It was a real mystery how it happened until I looked at the photos on Kyle’s camera.

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These photos clearly show a young blond male breaking off, then apparently trying to eat, the antenna. Investigations are underway, and with this photographic evidence we’re almost certain to bring the culprit to justice.

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First day of Kindergarten!

Today was Kyle’s first day of Kindergarten. It was a short day, giving the kids a chance to get used to their new school while the teachers and staff gave a presentation to the parents. In the presentation they described the teaching program and tried to reassure the parents that their kids would be just fine (I got the impression they were more worried about the parents then they were about the kids).

While we listened to the presentation, Kyle went with the other kids to see his new classroom and meet his teacher. When we went back to meet him, the kids were all sitting around listening to one of the teachers read a book. We prepared all of Kyle’s supplies, talked to some of the parents and teachers, then headed out for a celebratory lunch.

The big kindergartener outside his new school

The big kindergartener outside his new school

Lining up in the hall with his new classmates

Lining up in the hall with his new classmates

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We dropped Ian off at the local day care for the morning. We had never left him at a day care before, but when we stepped into the room he immediately ran over and started playing with this truck, and we knew he would be just fine. While he was there he ate a huge amount of food, played with his new friends, and when we arrived back to pick him up, he was fast asleep on his cot.

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Tomorrow (Friday) is Kyle’s first full day of Kindergarten. He is in the regular Kindergarten class with the other kids in the morning, then goes off to the diagnostic class for the afternoon. It’s hard to believe he’s already five years old.

Taking the long way

On the way back home from Springfield, we had beautiful weather and a little extra time, so we decided to take the scenic route. We drove along old route 66 for part of the way, went through towns with names like “Farmer City” and “Cornland” and stayed off the interstate the whole way. It took longer to get home, but it was well worth the extra time.

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At one point, Katra started joking about the old horror movie “Children of the Corn”. Then, literally 2 minutes later, we drove past this sign:

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Wind turbines south of Dwight, IL on Rte. 47

Wind turbines south of Dwight, IL on Rte. 47

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A disassembled wind turbine waiting to be installed. It's hard to see, but that is a very long flatbed trailer it is sitting on.

A disassembled wind turbine waiting to be installed. It's hard to see, but that is a very long flatbed trailer it is sitting on.

2009 State Fair

This weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to the Illinois State Fair. It’s amazing what they’re dipping in batter and frying these days.

On the way there we saw this incredible rainbow. It was several times as wide as your typical rainbow, but didn’t form a full arc.

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In the dairy barn we learned two things:

(1) someone has enough time and extra butter on their hands to create a full size 3D sculpture of a young Lincoln with a cow

(2) It is impossible to get Ian and Kyle looking through the face holes at the same time:

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Next, being summer, it was time for a little road construction work:

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In the evening we took the boys on some amusement park rides.

The kiddie roller coaster, always a big hit

The kiddie roller coaster, always a big hit

Ian couldn't wait to drive the cars. Naturally he picked the purple and blue beach buggy that looked like some kind of Scooby Doo nightmare

Ian couldn't wait to drive the cars. Naturally he picked the purple and blue beach buggy that looked like some kind of Scooby Doo nightmare

The boys and I went on the tilt-a-whirl

The boys and I went on the tilt-a-whirl

Katra took Ian on the merry-go-round

Katra took Ian on the merry-go-round

Kyle and I went on the big ferris wheel

Kyle and I went on the big ferris wheel

The highlight of the evening for both boys was the bungee jump. The whole time Kyle and I were in the ferris wheel we were looking down over the bungee jump, and he kept asking to go on it, so we decided to give it a try. They had two versions of this: a full size version for older kids and adults and a small version for young kids. Each one had four separate platforms, so both boys were able to ride at the same time.

First they were strapped in to the harness:

Ian started jumping as soon as we put him up on the cushion. The poor guy could barely get him strapped in.

Ian started jumping as soon as we put him up on the cushion. The poor guy could barely get him strapped in.

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The people running the ride were very friendly and helpful. They only took the boys as high as they wanted to go (which, after a couple of jumps, was as high as they could go) and even asked us before gently taking Kyle through a flip.

Both Kyle and Ian loved the ride immediately. Ian was laughing and waving as he was flying through the air, to the point where  a small crowd gathered around to watch. Kyle was a little more reserved, but it was clear as soon as he got off that he had loved it.

I can fly!

I can fly!

wheeeeeeeee!!!!!

wheeeeeeeee!!!!!

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After the bungee jump, we all went on the giant slide. Katra took Kyle down and I took Ian.