Heather's last day of school was Thursday, so I decided to take Friday off from work so we could go on an adventure for my birthday, which sounded much more fun than work.
We went up to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek. They have a wild animal hospital and outreach program and provide homes for animals that can't be released back into the wild due to injury. They have a roadrunner with bad eyesight, a peregrine falcon that can't fly, and a barn owl with a bum wing (as well as many other critters, particularly raptors). It's a bit of an island-of-the-misfit-toys kind of place.
Unfortunately, after getting the camera all prepped and ready, I left it on the couch, so the only pictures we have are phone pictures, which aren't nearly as nice.
Despite lack of quality pictures, the trip was great. The birds were really cool to see so up close. We watched a flight demonstration by the barn owl (with the bum wing). We had lunch in the park. We'll have to go back again sometime.
Due to the timing of the trip and a very late lunch (and Heather and Corinne were exhausted from the excitement) we postponed birthday dinner until the next day. So we went home and got some quick food into the girls and had cake and opened presents. It was a good day.
Corinne turned 2 yesterday. The night before, she decided sleep was for the weak and stayed up 4 hours past her bedtime. She was happy as could be, but she needed to be asleep. The consequences were felt the next day.
Also, being St. Patrick's Day, Heather had special activities at school and was totally worn out by the time she got home. (She did not manage to catch any leprechauns either at home or at school.)
Corinne doesn't seem to have a favorite food other than grabbers, so we tried Chick-fil-A for dinner. She wasn't interested in any of the food. She did have fun wandering around the restaurant though.
So then it was home for presents and cake. She very much enjoyed opening presents.
(FYI: If you know kids that like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, seasons 1-3 are only $12 each on Amazon; which is not only reasonable, but a good price, especially for a kids' show where the norm seems to be to gouge.)
But things went downhill when we started singing Happy Birthday.
And Heather was saddened by the whole thing too:
Corinne's been sick on and off since Christmas. This week she got her third ear-infection diagnosis in that time frame. Hopefully her future birthdays are a little healthier and more enjoyable.
This was Heather's first year celebrating a birthday around a school schedule. So when I got home from work we opened presents.
(We finally got around to using the cookie cutters to make Christmas sugar cookies.)
The USB microscope camera is a hit. Fabrics are pretty interesting to look at. I found some kind of animal bone in the parking lot at work that we still need to look at which should be interesting.
I put together another treasure hunt this year (Heather was very vocal about hoping there would be one). It wasn't up to the same level of quality as last year's, however, due to the lack of time between returning from our trip and her Birthday. I'll have to try to make up for it next year.
The treasure hunt led her to the garage where she found a shiny blue bike! (After months of lamenting that she didn't have a pedal bike. And she's outgrown her balance bike.)
We did presents first so she would have some time to ride her new bike before it got dark (and apparently this is the only picture we have of her on the bike that day....).
Having been gone for a month she was quite out of practice balancing. We still need to find some time to get outside so she can practice, but it's actually been cold (by Livermore standards, highs in the 50s) and/or raining quite a bit lately.
After riding around for a bit, we went to dinner and then came home for cake.
Corinne turned 1 on Thursday. She's almost walking (she'll try to take a step and then go into a controlled descent). She's making some sounds, but not saying anything identifiable in any reproducible manner. But she seems to have a sense of rhythm, so she has that going for her. Regardless, she's still adorable.
Jess wasn't feeling well so I took Thursday off to stay home and help her get some rest. Corinne opened presents after Heather got home from preschool and before she had to leave for gymnastics.
After gymnastics it was out to dinner at Cravings (pasta/pizza/calzones) and then back home for cake. A white cake, colored blue, with chocolate ganache filling and vanilla frosting.
Corinne was pretty excited, but didn't like the frosting on her fingers. I don't think she ate more than a few crumbs. The rest of us are enjoying it though.