Cobin is 6!

Last saturday Cobin turned 6 years old.  We started the day by going to the children's museum.

 I put alot of work into this cake, partly because I wanted to practice my fondant skills but mostly because I dreamed up this cake a while ago and I had to do it.  It was a major success and tasted pretty good too!  There was kind of a Mario Brothers theme, I had the boys wear their shirts and Cobin got a mario galaxy wii game.  We don't have a photo of it, but before we had presents and cake, we went out to eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory by Cobin's request.  It was yummy!
View from the front

View from the back



Last week we spent in Canada.  Daddy had been there before, but it was a first for me and the boys.  He called me up a few days before and asked if I was interested in going with him on a business trip.  If we could all go, he'd sign up for it.  So we kinda got a free vacation, he even got money to eat out, which we used for the whole family by bringing a cooler and groceries.  The room we were going to get was basically an apartment, one bedroom, pull out couch in the living room with a tv and dvd player, kitchen, complete with dishes, microwave, full fridge and a dishwasher.  It was so nice, and the housekeeping came to vacuum-so I didn't have to!   When we were checking in, the lady at the counter upgraded us to a two bedroom I guess just because she saw we had 3 kids.  Needless to say my first impression of Canada might be slightly biased because of that hotel.  ( :  

Here's the master bedroom
Daddy reading Chronicles of Narnia to the boys before bedtime

I was really worried Micah wouldn't sleep well there but I practiced before we left having him sleep in the pack and play and he did amazing.  I feel more trips in our near future!  We had to see the aquarium and of course my battery died.  But I did get a few snapshots:
Micah in front of the beluga whale, without the flash.  The beluga is swimming upside down, he or she always seemed to be smiling and just lazing through the pool.

Micah with the beluga surfacing in the back

Playing kissyface with the 9 month old porpoise Jack.
He was so social, and never tired of all the people playing with him, but the older porpoises did.

Jack had to take a break for air, but the boys waited because he'd come back.

And he did.  We spent a while in this spot. ( :


Maritime Festival

Recently James had to work over the weekend, and I was kinda bummed.  He told me I should come down to the pier with the kids to see some of the stuff.  I'm glad we did, here's some of what happened at the Maritime Festival:

Wide view of tugboat racing

Helicopter during tugboat racing
Fire station boat(not sure what to call it) showing off it's abilities.  Check out Mt Ranier in the background!  So beautiful, and I didn't realize I was getting a pic of that too.
Miniature remote controlled boats
A gigantic walking clam

Boat making for kids
Indoor activities

I didn't get any pictures of the bouncy houses there, or the talking robot boat Coastie.  Coastie was about 3 feet tall, 3 wide, and five long.  Coastie moved, blinked and talked.  Coastie actually responded back, because...shh....there were two people several feet behind her- one with a remote control, and one with headphones.  The kids were so focused on Coastie they never even saw the people behind her, and kept up a long conversation with her...it was so funny!  The real reason we went was to the festival was to see Daddy's boat race.  He and his team had from the morning till the race at 4 pm, on a budget of $100, to build a boat and race it agains others' creations.  
About to put the boat in the water-going to see if she floats!

Here he is lining up for the race, the other boats were about to get in.
Here's James's boat, he's the one with a cap on
The boat his group made was super steady and heavy, this boat nearly sank when it bumped into it!

This boat did sink, but not because it hit anyone, just because of it's construction.
Some of the boats finishing the race.

They had to got down and around that buoy and return to win.  There were too many to race all at the same time, so some had to race a few times to secure placement.  Out of about 9 boats, James's group came in 3rd!  Not too bad for the first time!  We'll be back next year.  ( :