Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Crazy Dan Zane's Hair



When Archer wakes up from his nap he is almost always sweating profusely. Probably due to the fact that he insists we cover him with his fleece "Robot Blankie." I often comment on how crazy his hair looks and one day he said "I have crazy hair like Dan Zanes." Dan Zanes is his favorite singer and we have seen him on the Disney Channel. Anyway, Archer coined the expression "Crazy Dan Zane's Hair" and as you can see from the photo Chad took today, there are some similarities between the two. Side note- for some reason Archer put his finger in his ear for all of the photos Chad took.

Chad Hearts Maggie

I was getting ready to go run some errands when I came across this.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Disneyland...A Week Later




We went to Disneyland again with Amy and the kids. Another beautiful day and the kids were good. We got a front of the line pass (thanks Tyler), rode Small World, met Chip, and played in Toon Town. As we were walking we noticed Archer and Tyler holding hands and it was really sweet.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Disneyland

Allison and I took the kids to Disneyland and I must confess that although it can be fun, I sometimes look upon Disneyland with a slight sense of dread. A trip there has the potential of being, well, a torture. I can't believe how much fun we had today. There was a thick marine layer that didn't burn off until about 2 PM so the weather was very mild. There weren't a lot of people there and we were able to walk onto the rides with little or no wait. May is the time of year to go. We have already planned to cram a few more trips in before the heat and the crowds come with the summer months. Here are some pictures from today.


Small World




The boys in jail.






Jack's current favorite pose.




Poutey faced Della.



Archer pestering the girls inside the pumpkin.



Ornamental Pagoda at the Liurong Temple in Guangzhou, China

During my last visit to China, I had a free day to wander around the city of Guangzhou. Percy, my Chinese friend, and I thought it'd be interesting to visit the Ornamental Pagoda at Liurong Temple in Guangzhou. Admission to the temple was about $.75. I was surprised to find out, that visitors were allowed to climb the pagoda for an additional $1.25. Of course, I jumped at the chance and climbed up. It was very interesting. At every floor, there were actually two floors. It's kind of hard to explain and I found this explanation online that can explain it better then I could:

"The octagonal, nine-storey, wood and brick pagoda is fifty-seven meters high, making it a fairly high one among ancient pagodas in south China. There is a hidden storey for each of the storeys above the first one, making the pagoda a structure of seventeen storeys. There are staircases for climbing up and down. The steeple is made of copper and iron. The copper mainstay, carved with a thousand images of Buddha, was cast in 1358 and bears nine tiers of discs. The steeple, including the bead on its top and the iron chains running from the top to other storeys of the pagoda, weighs five thousand kilogrammes."


Every storey is a little bit shorter then the last so by the time I reached the top, I was hunched over climbing the stairs. At the top, I was really surprised at how unbelieveably unsafe it was. Outside of the building, the floor was probably only 2.5' wide and leaned away from the building (probably to keep the rain flowing off the building). The only thing keeping me from falling off the top was this rickidy old wooden railing that was probably over 100 years old. A strong wind could have blown it off.

I was a little nervous being at the top, but for the most part I was O.K. The thought that this building (or the main structure of this building anyway) was built in 537 A.D. was both a comfort and a concern. Percy however, was a different story. When we reached the top, he took one look down and froze. I felt terrible for him. He sat down hugging the building saying that he didn't want to move. After some coaxing, I finally got him up and mobile enough to head back down. I sent him down with my camera so that he could get a picture of me at the top.


I also thought all the buildings looked nasty from the top. But one should remember this
is China, a communist country. Most buildings are bland and uniformed. Nothing flashy or too unique.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Archer Potpourri In Various Stages Of (un)Dress


Picnic in the backyard.


Playing Nintendo Wii in his underwear.


Bobble head Cameron sent from Tawain to commemorate Archer's sucess in potty training.

Della Trying To Roll Over



Archer's Preschool Open House



Archer is standing in front of the picture he drew of what he wants to be when he grows up- his dad.




Walk Now



We were able to participate in Walk Now For Autism in Pasadena and it was really an amazing experience. There were so many people there-all who had been touched by Autism in some way. I have to say it was more of a celebration than anything else and we were so glad that we were able to go.