Tuesday, November 18, 2008
At one point, Quinn came to us and told us he had to pee. Instead of dragging him back to the hotel, we told him to just go out and pee in the ocean. We remind him that he should go in far enough that the water would wash his pee away. So off he trots towards the water, and back to our books we turn. In a few moments, Roy says "Hey Jen, check out Quinn". He had walked just to the edge of the water, ankle deep, and dropped his pants. There he stood, using the Atlantic ocean as his personal urinal, and me without a camera.
Funny, at this time we thought the orbiter (that would be the cool thing the astronauts fly in) was on the other side of the fuel tank you can see in the back of this picture. We kept trying to walk as far as we could to get a glimpse on the other side. I started to get worried that we wouldn't see the orbiter. Because after all, that is the cool part, as far as the kids are concerned.
Once we finally saw the whole shuttle, we realized that the orbiter was just covered up by all that "stuff" in front of it. I think they were loading up the bay with a toilet for the space center. If you recall pictures of the orbiter, the bay doors open up on the top. This is where they store all the cool stuff they are taking with them. This structure rotates outward, away from the orbiter when it is time to launch.
Here's the excited family, ready for some launch at the NASA cafeteria. I'm sure the NASA employees hate these tour days before the launch. We really messed up their cafeteria time.
There was a mock-up of the shuttle that the kids could see. Here they are in front of the air-lock chamber they use to get to the bay area. The kids thought it was cool that you could see the toilet they keep on the shuttle. We had a nice discussion about how that works.
Here is Simon, my freckled cutie-patutie, with a model of space suit.
This is outside the IMAX theater. Roy was trying to get him to stand like the astronaut in the picture but camera-woman Mom had no idea. I was just snapping photos of that cutie.
Here's Quinn drawing his astronaut.
While I was in checking on the kids, Roy got to witness the full moon rise up right next to the launch pad. He said it was amazing. We all agree that this would be an incredible picture if it wasn't so blurry.
Monday, November 17, 2008
November 11: Left Columbus on a very successful trip. The kids did great going through security, great on the planes (after Liam realized that traveling means a lot of waiting), and great on the trip to Cape Canaveral. Quinn was so adorable dragging that little Diego backpack around the airports. He didn't want to ride in the stroller because than he couldn't roll the darn backpack around.
Quinn had been wearing this Lightning MacQueen shirt for 3 straight days. He promised I could wash it after this day. Liam, looking grumpy from all the sitting, waiting, sitting some more, waiting some more, OOH, there's a cloud, sit some more, eat some peanuts, sit some more.
Simon catching a little rest on the tray table.
November 12: We hit the beach! The kids loved it. It was their first time to see the ocean and the beach. It is probably a good thing that this wasn't even a really nice beach (lots of kelp, no umbrellas or cute Cabana boys with drinks containing umbrellas.) Their standards will not be too high the next time they get to see one.
I must say that we made some great sand castles with our limited equipment. We started with just putty knives and then discovered some very cool molds. Simon really got the hang of things.