Wednesday, August 13

Life and Birthdays

Things have been slowing heating up in the bus lately, but luckily once it hit it's boiling point, we've been able to cool down and get things back to comfortable. While I hate things going bad, it does usually result in things getting better...and for that, I'm grateful.


Last week our little vegetarian turned nine, and also completed a whole year without eating meat. He has no plans to ever eat meat again, and he's finally begun liking beans. I know they're not the only source of protein, but I know it's a good one, and one that we have often and just makes me feel more secure that he's getting enough "good" stuff. Which is crazy really, because he eats more greens than anyone else in the house, and he's the only kid of ours that doesn't look like a toothpick. I'm a mom...I get to worry. It says so some where.

My mom always sends a box of presents for the birthday kid, and small things for the other kids, so we rarely (if ever) give presents ourselves...we like to take them to do something fun with the family, so on his birthday we told him we'd do whatever he wanted on Sunday, Dad's day off. Last year he got his ears pierced and this year he says, "Get a tattoo!" We're liberal...but not THAT liberal.

I throw out: White water rafting on the Colorado River? Tubing on a tame portion of river? Train ride through the Rockies? All of those being my first choice, but no, he wants to go Bananas!
Bananas Funpark
Bananas Funpark, that is.

At first I decided against taking my camera because I wanted to be free, but last minute I grabbed my old (smaller, with video) camera, and as usual, was glad I did. First thing we did was the bumper boats, and second thing we did was get SOAKED!
Soaked Jake
These were not the old bumper boats from my day, these had squirt guns on them and if there was an adult in a boat, every single kid attacked said adult.
Bananas Funpark
Luckily it was hot out, so we dried in about three minutes.
Other than the bumper boats and arcades, there wasn't much else for us parents to do, though. Well, besides the mini golf, but that wasn't happening in ninety four degree weather. We had a great time watching the boys on the go karts, Jewel on the inflatable playground, winning mucho tickets in the arcade, killing each other at lazer tag, and relying on the bumper guards in mini bowling. The highlight for all the kids though, was the lazer maze.
Jewel in the Lazer maze
The picture doesn't do it justice, but it was hundreds of colored lights that they had to maneuver by rolling, crawling, jumping, contorting...all without hitting the lazers. Jewel's the white dot trying to duck under one. She only hit one lazer, and I think had the best time. That's my girl.

Afterwards we checked out the new ice arena, and learned they're having their grand opening this Friday, which will have all types of activities going on, including free skating. You know where we'll be Friday. :)

We topped off the day with blizzards from DQ.
The very next morning Jewel's asking to go Bananas again. I'm half way there.


Madeline said...

Lazer maze! How very cool.

Jody said...

Happy birthday to your little vegetarian!!!

I agee with Madeline...the lazer maze looks so fun!

Anonymous said...

LOL...what a great post. Cheers to the vegetarian!! My two oldest girls are myself are the ones in our family(although I will eat meat once in a while if I know where it's from). And going Bananas sure looks and sounds like a blast! Mentally...I've joined you already!

califmom said...

Aw, come on mom, no tattoo? That's just not fair. ;-)

Anyway, I love reading about your family's travels and travails so much that I've given you an award...just swing by my blog when you have a sec to pick it up. You can then pass the love along to your favorite blogs/bloggers.

Happy travels!

Snavleys said...

Greens have more protein, pound for pound, than meat! I don't know if that helps or not:) Hey, you might want to check out my Veggie Blog at I've been posting some recipes over there that the whole family enjoys. I know my kids are used to eating "weird" things so not sure if they will go over with your family or not but I've tested them on some VERY picky, meat-loving teens that hang out here and they all scarf these things down.

Stacie said...

Hey Vicki,

About Cafemom, go to the bottom of your profile page, click "contact us" and you'll see "delete your acccount" or something to that effect, written in blue under a open box where you can type a message. Click on it and it will take you there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,

I was just wondering, What does 'FuhKaui' stand for?
And is there really no alarm clocks because I'd sleep all day!


Vicki said...

Melissa, Say "Where the FuhKaui?" with a jersey accent. Get it yet? :)

As far as alarm clocks...besides Joey waking up to his internal alarm clock for work, the kids and I wake up once the sun has heated up the bus and we feel like we're in a sauna.

Melissa said...

Ahhhh. I had a friend check you out (cause I think you all are way cool and I now want to live on a bus and home school and ...... well, I'd like to live on a bus anyway) and I asked her what she thought it meant - she thought you all were from Hawaii and it was part of your last name!! like 'where the fuh KAUI family' Leave it to us east coast girls. Way over my head. I was like " Ohhhh, gosh that was alot easier than I was makin' it." ;)

Jody said...

Miss Vicki, would you like for me to try and fix your template so nothing overlaps etc? I THINK I can, but not 100% sure.

Heather's Moving Castle said...

No alarms here either. Yes, it is for real. Who are these people Vicki? I am so glad you may have freed a few enslaved folks.

And by the way, where the fuhkaur ya? I bet you hit the road again. LOL.


Peg said...

Blog, Woman!

Madeline said...

Yes! Where the fuhkai ya? I have nominated you for an award. Is that enough impetus to get back here? Should I find more?

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