Friday, September 26, 2008

Stingrays and Beer

Earlier in the week we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. We had a great time looking at fish and various other underwater creatures. Marlie and I went into the "Lorikeet Forest". The boys were too scared of the birds (don't ask me why) but my girl and I bought some nectar and let the birds land on my arm to drink it. Marlie wanted the birds to land on her arm too, so I handed her the little cup of nectar, which she promptly turned over and poured out onto the ground. So, we moved on...

This is me petting the stingrays. That's my favorite thing to do whenever I go to the Aquarium or Sea World. Not quite as fun as feeding and swimming with them at Stingray City in the Cayman Islands, but it'll do. No one else cared about the stingrays, so Marshall watched the kids play at the nearby playground while I hung out with my arm in the stingray tank for 20 minutes. In that picture, you can see my little purple hair extension I've been wearing. Marlie and Seamus love it. Haven hates it. It's kind of a pain to get the clip in, so I'm actually thinking of DYING MY HAIR PURPLE. Well, just a strip of it. Like one purple highlight. What do you guys think? Should I do it? Say... Tuesday at 2pm?

Ok... here are some more fun pics from our trip.

I hope Marshall wasn't planning on posting these on his blog. Hee hee. Oh well... I beat him to it. It's not like he took the pictures or anything. Well, ok he did take the pictures. But he put a copy of all the pictures on my computer. So I'm posting my favorites.

After the Aquarium, we went across the street to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for lunch.

Here's Marshall's beer. Oh yeah, he's a beer drinker now. When I married him, he didn't drink any alcohol. Well, partly because he wasn't 21 yet. But also because he didn't want to. He didn't even drink carbonated drinks. Now, after 12 years of wedded bliss with yours truly, he now drinks red wine, beer and even Dr. Pepper. I'm such a bad influence. But it's ok, you see. We're Presbyterians. We're allowed to drink. And even dance if we want to. Though Presbyterians aren't really known for their dancing.

And here's Marlie, giving those great big cheeks of hers a big squeeze. It was a fantastic time. Then we came home and crammed in homeschool until dinnertime. Sigh. It was worth it.

** On a completely different note: Marshall is at work this very day, watching a screening of the movie Twilight. Are you jealous? CAUSE I AM. And he swears he's not going to tell me anything about it. That's just not nice at all. I told him I was going to get a babysitter, so I could hang out in the editing room with him and watch it too. But he said something silly like it might affect his career, not to mention all the endless teasing he'd get from co-workers. Hey. Who's more important here? He starts the final mixing on Oct. 6. Once he starts the final mix, he says he might pause the movie on a still of Bella and Edward, and take a picture of himself standing in front of it, just to tease me. If he does, I'll be sure to post it.


  1. NO! Don't dye it. Not that I wouldn't think it was cool- because I totally would- but speaking from experience...
    The color crayon red only stays that color for 2 weeks, then it starts to become orange. And, if it happens to be on the top of your head you have roots to deal with. Also, should you decide to go back to your natural color, even the natural color won't stay in as well where the hair color has been stripped. Depending on how long you like your hair to be, it could take a really long time to grow that patch of hair out.
    I imagine that purple would fade to blue. Stick with the extension, it's less upkeep.
    I did read the rest of the post. It went something like this, "Blah, blah, blah, purple hair extension, blah, blah, blah, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, blah, blah."

  2. Well you could die it and permanently traumatize Haven, But hey, I got over my mom's fire-red-afro! (only after much much therapy!).. I love the pic of Haven and Seamus with the glowing from the tank, Marshall is such a great photographer, even if you take all his credit :). Nice pics!


  3. I love days like that with my boys! Even as teens they don't complain to much when we drag them off to the safari or aquarium! LOL

    This summer I introduced my best friend and her preschoolers to the joys of such things! We all had a blast!

  4. They do sell purple spray so if you take a 1 inch strand and spay it, it will be purple for the day. It washes out But it is fun while it lasts! :) ~ I am a hair stylist as well as an impatient mom to be.

  5. hehe, ok, so the picture with the liquid refreshment and the knowledge that that BIG BEER was consumed after a day spent with wife & kiddos ... in combination with the RUN FORREST RUN sign .... hilarious. ;-)

  6. What a great day!
    I agree with Gina on the purple hair. Not that I think you shouldn't dye it, but be prepared to dye it back to your natural color once it starts to fade. I can tell you from experience, purple does not fade gracefully in hair. You'd also probably need to bleach your hair first, so even after it did fade, you'd have a super blonde streak. Just some things to think about. If you want to, though, go for it!

  7. I say go for the dye. Why not?!

    I laughed out loud about the beer and dancing in regards to Presbyterians. We are baptist turned Presbyterians so I know exactly what you mean. However, with our little Ethiopians in the mix, perhaps the dancing thing will change. Watch out for the first Presbyterian dance team! (Yikes)

  8. You guys are so good at taking your kids to such cool places (museums, zoo's, etc). I think it's great. And your kids are getting so big. Has Haven grown 12 inches in the last year because he seems so tall?

    Purple hair? I'm a big chicken so I could never do it, how does it look with the red? We need to see a picture with the extensions.

  9. Yes the strip of hair would have to be bleached first (a little nervous about that) and then colored purple. But hey, it will grow out eventually if I don't like it, right?

    And it would be located under a shorter layer of hair, so when it starts to grow out, you won't notice the roots.

    It would be easier to have someone weave in a purple extension but I think it would drive me nuts when I try to run my fingers through my hair and I hit the extension.

  10. Thanks for your recent comment. Did you see the one where I Am the Next Stephenie Meyer. Amazing the similarities, huh? I think we really may be long lost twins LOL.

    And... I sooooo love the pics on today's post--the aquarium ones. I love going to Aquariums and we don't have a big, nice one in my corner of the world yet. They are still trying to get funding.

    Happy weekend!

  11. I love the pictures especially of the seal. I say go for it and dye a bit of your hair. If you don't like it, you can always change it.

  12. Awesome pics! What a fun day that must have been. Let me know if you get any scoop about the movie. I don't see how it can be anywhere near as good as the book, but we shall see.

  13. Oh Julie these pictures are just fabulous, really, what a day!

    Ok, my conservative vote on the hair is "NO" but I'm pretty boring and predictable so don't take my advice! I'd just get a purple tatoo! ;) Yeah, a purple snake or bunny or vampire! A purple vampire tattoo.... PERFECT!

  14. YES, on the purple...go for it. I can't wait to see it...just as long as it's a piece, not all of your glorious red hair. That would make me sad.

    Loved the pics of the kids...loved the pics of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

    There's an awful lot of love in here...good thing we are BFFs, or else it might be weird.

    So glad Marshall doesn't have a restraining order against me yet. I'm thisclose to going on stalker overboard.

  15. Purple House---awesome. I have always dreamed of having a purple house.

    Purple Hair---also awesome.

    I just found your blog. We also have an Ethio girl, adopted as an older child.

    Go Purple Hair, Go Purple Hair!

  16. have to throw my vote behind the purple hair streak. You only live once & life needs to be interesting. As a lover of buffy, I just wasn't as drawn in by twilight and I wanted to be. Need to discuss with a fellow fan. Your husband's job really sounds fabulous.

  17. I loved the picture of the kids standing in front of the tank! Your husband has a great eye for pics!

    Hmmm...about the hair..Hee Hee One of my best friends in college used to use koolaid to get some pretty wacky colors!

    Whatever floats your boat!

  18. awesome pics!! I'm jealous. ok, now i REALLY hope my link works for you..:)

  19. Wow, that looks like an awesome day! I'm green with envy over your proximity to such an amazing aquarium! Also green with envy that your hubby takes pictures; I'm the primary photographer (albeit with my wimpy digital point-n-shoot) for my family, unless I beg Hubby and thrust the camera into his hands........

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It's always great to meet another adoptive family! :D Your children are all soooo adorable!


  20. ROCK ON! Just don't do this: