Tuesday’s Tube

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I decided to not post my YouTube round up last week due to the struggles the Nation was having last Tuesday and are still having, but things like 15 million dollars being raised for ALS research and the many incredible humanitarian blog posts I’ve been reading which are working to shed light on racial injustice and human rights has given me hope.

I write about some serious and personal things on my site at times, but I also feel there is value in frosting. There is value in a good laugh and there is value in finding happiness once more even when the world is telling you all may be lost.

So here is Tuesday’s Tube. My frosting for the week.

My friend Michelle has her own reality series about her family’s move to Chattanooga.

Then my friend Lizzie sent me an ice bucket challenge…

It was cold and Ella almost pulled my top off.

Anna Mayer is a filmmaker I have admired for a while now. You should subscribe to her channel.

Please link me up with some of your favorites from this week! You can share them here in the comments or on my Facebook Page.

The Exploratorium Is Rad

exploratorium san francisco

Steve got off his motorcycle after working Sunday morning and helped me load up the kids so we could drive down to the Exploratorium. This is why one jean leg is tucked into his boot. He has three girls, three jobs and drives a motorcycle so he can get away with being a little disheveled in my book.

We had never been to the new Exploratorium. Steve had gone all the time when he was a boy to the old location by the Palace of Fine Arts, but recently they relocated the science museum down on the Embarcadero.

Simply stated, it is the coolest science museum I have ever been to. We loved it. We ended up buying a family membership.

If you are visiting San Francisco with kids, or live here and haven’t been yet, you need to plan a trip. It really is quite extraordinary.

My pictures don’t do it justice and my camera was misbehaving, but I can tell you this, the girls were not bored for even one second. Everything is hands on. Every exhibit is interesting and teaches valuable sound science, art or humanity exploration. It is very aptly named.

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

There have been certain science lessons I learned at an early age that have stuck with me to form a solid foundation for the rest of my life. I think taking my girls to the Exploratorium will be an opportunity for them to get some of those lessons too.

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

Steve remarked that many of the exhibits were the same from when he was a child.

exploratorium san francisco

Phoebe loved this floating ball and we played here for quite some time.

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium san francisco

While Chloe and Ella were making stop-motion animation videos, Phoebe and I were here for a good half hour putting marbles down the pegboards.

exploratorium san francisco

exploratorium

This was about the effect color can have on your senses.

exploratorium san francisco

Heading back to the car after a great day.

Have you been to the Exploratorium? Are you a member? How do you like it?

Here is a link to the Exploratorium website if you are interested.

 

Chloe Turns Ten

Chloe turned 10 on Friday.

She wanted a small gathering of family and friends. I kept trying to plan a bigger party and she would say, “I just want to do something fun with a few of my friends and have a sleepover.”

So we took everyone bowling and had a family dinner with ice cream sundaes for dessert.

Here are a few pictures from our day.

10, 7 and 2

10, 7 and 2

Steve and I sit and talk about how different these girls are from each other and their unique qualities. We feel really lucky. The people we get to have in our lives make us rich.

chloe birthday

chloe birthday

chloe birthday

chloe birthday

There is something so ritualistic about bowling shoes.

chloe birthday

san francisco bowling

presidio bowl

presidio bowl

presidio bowl

Phoebe bowled a spare.

chloe ten

chloe ten

chloe ten

chloe ten

chloe ten

Happy Birthday Chloe!

ps. Here is the post from last year.