Over President's Weekend, we headed to Tucson to visit my folks. We purposefully planned it to coincide with the same weekend as the annual Gem & Mineral Show. Cameron has been dying to go to ever since I gave him a "rock" for Valentine's Day a few years ago.
The "rock" is actually an amethyst geode smoothed out on one side, so it actually looks like the Death Star from Star Wars. One of my better Valentine's Gifts to Cameron, if I do say so myself.
|The Amethyst "Death Star", a blue geode from another trip and a meteorite from this trip|
We got to attend the show together, sans kids, so we did get to celebrate Valentine's Day together and get a little date in - we even made it to our favorite sushi restaurant there, RA. And this time, Cameron got not only another rock, but metal and a meteorite. The rock is actually a part of the metal, as native copper is formed around it.
There was a ton more we saw that we would have loved to bring home, but we set ourselves a budget and kept to it (ok, I think we went $10 over it). We figure this won't be our last visit to the show, but we definitely will have a larger budget next time, and drive - I don't think we would be able to come home by plane with some of the things we were eyeing just because of the weight involved! Not to mention, going through security at the airport Sunday night made for an interesting conversation.
This trip also was Sydney's first time on a plane. London flew for the first time when she was 2 months old - hard to believe Sydney was 15 months old before hers. We also reminded ourselves why we held off on plane rides at this age. They sure don't like to hold still. We were flying in the evening both ways, so the girls traveled in their PJs and got many compliments on how comfy they looked. On the way there, we were on the same flight as the University of Pacific's Baseball team and we actually ended up being surrounded by them on the flight. Sydney enjoyed this immensely, waving and blowing kisses to several of the players. I was dying laughing, Cameron was freaking out - he thinks she's too young to be interested in boys.
London was wonderful on both flights. She was pretty calm and relaxed throughout both flights and a very good listener for us which allowed us to focus on Sydney's needs. Not exactly great timing for her two ear infections but the antibiotics luckily had already taken effect.
The girls were, of course, thrilled to see Grandma and Grandpa. While we were at the Gem show, they got to go to the park and golf course. My dad even bought London her own putter, though now there is a debate on whether she is a left or right handed golfer. Time will tell.
During our downtime at the house, London had fun helping Grandma cook and wash dishes. Here she is making cornbread for our chili dinner night.
The second day we were there, we headed to the Tuscon Children's Museum, which was having a special event, and offered free admission. We made it just in time to check out the last of the Zoo's presentation out front. And we were ready to head inside once those 10 minutes were over. It was 90 degrees, and we aren't used to that temperature yet. It was beautiful out though.
|London walked right to the front for a seat during the Zoo presentation|
The Tuscon Children's Museum was fantastic and definitely somewhere we will go again, though on a non-free admission day - man was it packed. London and Sydney both enjoyed the freedom to roam and touch everything.
They even had a special, soft room for those 4 & Under. We all agreed it would have been better to make the age range 2 & under - London was bored in there, but with my parents along, they followed London around while Cameron and I sat and watched Sydney run all over the place. It was similar to the equipment she plays on at daycare, but more of it. We discovered she likes to sit in holes or foam circles!
The last morning we were there, we headed back to the park. It was another warm day and the girls turned pink in the cheeks rather quickly. Even with water, we didn't last long. But the girls sure did look cute in their hats from Grandpa.