Monday, February 20, 2012

Aven turns 5!

Our sweet Aven decided to grow up. Five is always a difficult age for me. As far as enjoying a stage, this is one of my favorites. It is also the age that they seem to grow away from me so it is very bittersweet.

She decided that, rather than a party with friends, we would go to Chuck E Cheese and to Build a Bear. This helped us all have a seriously fun day. Drake and Zoa were awesome at Chuck E Cheese giving her all their tickets that they won and extra tokens. They followed her around and helped her have a great time.

She had a blast making a bear at Build a Bear. She was the first of the kids to have this experience, making it necessary for the other kids to make a trip there as well in the following months. She was very excited but also serious about her choices. She came home with this pink bear named Alyssa that wears heels and a sparkly dress. The word to describe this creation, if you know Aven, is PERFECT.

We finished off the day with a Barbie cake. She saw one at the grocery store but it was $50. I was unwilling to pay that so Zoa and I looked up instructions online and made it happen. We are quite amateur but it turned out pretty cute in spite of that fact. Aven was thrilled so it was perfect.

She was also pretty excited about her LeapPad. Now she has her own electronic item to play and doesn't need to constantly ask for ours. Sad that such a thing would be so interesting for such a small one.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Whale of a Stench

In February, we heard on the news that a dead whale had washed up on the beach. Of course we had to go see it! It was extraordinarily stinky. And very large, which we expected. Here are the pics for perspective:

After seeing it, we were curious about how they dispose of such a large carcass. We utilized our smart phone to discover some hilarious tales about dead whale disposal, including a story about blowing one up. This was not the best idea. The pieces were flung across a much larger area than anticipated and landed on roofs of cars, smashing them in, and on buildings, causing damage. Luckily nobody was killed by falling, stinky whale blubber. Usually they are either pulled out to sea and dropped, a prospect that is expensive due to the size of the whale, or hacked into smaller pieces and buried. The second option is how Virginia Beach deals with the problem, though the acquarium did take the head for research. We were very happy to get away from the gag reflex activating smell.