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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Portraits

With fall upon us and the school year starting, it was time to take the boys' official school year pictures.  I contimplated taking them to Penney's and having them take a standard head shot, but was convinced to give it a try.  I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!  
We traveled around to three different state parks along Natomas, giving different areas and light.  We went out a bit earlier than was ideal for lighting, but made it work.  
Here's some of the better shots.  

Then there was a some "cheese" to wade through...

Then some shots as we were in between and exploring a bit....

We started out at Negro Bar, then went to Willow Creek, and ended at Nimbus Dam.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Crocker Art Museum

Every 2nd Tuesday, the Crocker has homeschooling days.  They usually have a theme, sometimes more elaborate than others, but usually an inexpensive way to go to the museum.  Today they had a simple, walk around and talk to the docents sheet; a good intro for our first trip there.  
One of the sculptures in front of the entrance
 They thought these pencil sketches of super heroes were cool.
 This metal work was really neat, as you walked by, it had 3D qualities in the way it was polished.
 Learning a bit about the Crocker family
 The mansion is a beautiful piece of art in itself

Serious discussion, I'm sure...
 Ty like the iron work in the fence.
 Knit bombing, it's own art form
 Beautiful yard around the building.

Tyler had a good time, talking about the art and asking questions.  
Cody wished we had left about 10 minutes after we arrived.  

We'll have to space them out, but we'll have to try making it to another event.

Tyler's BMX Party

For a few months, I've seen an ad in the Folsom activity guide for their BMX and Skate Park.  Finally, Tyler and I went and checked it out one afternoon and decided it would make for a cool birthday party.  He was excited to have his friends along to ride and play. 
The 1st hour was for just our party, making it so the little ones had free reign of the dirt bike track without worrying about the big guys.  

 There was a lot of this....

 Ty switched his gear and headed over to the skate park for a bit.

 Tyler and Tyler, reunited!
 Oh yeah, we got this....

 Root Beer Float Cupcakes: go here

Thanks to everyone that came out, Ty had a great time!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sacramento Zoo....

The weather cooled down this weekend, making a perfect time to go to the zoo!  
It's been a while since we've been, so even though we see a lot of the same animals, it's always a good time.  We were all very happy to shepnd the day with Grandma and Grandpa as well!
 Tyler loves these donations bins.
 We took our zoo key along to hear about the different animals.

 Seriously Mom, stop with the pictures.....