Private Ryan leaves in less than 280 hours, so we have been trying hard lately to make the best of the time we have left before he is gone. Besides, it's Spring Break for us and the best way to keep our kids on good behavior is to run them ragged ... and we've been trying.
Mostly, the kids are fine, but we've certainly run ourselves ragged, and here are some of the things we've seen along the way ...
Sunsphere, and it was high enough to be creepy. It's beautiful, and in theory going up there would be awesome. In some ways it was. I got a whole new look at my city, and since I am pretty well in love with this place, that was cool. We have a decent skyline depending on where you look, and most days, looking down from the sphere would be really lovely. Unfortunately, we went when they were cleaning out the pond and the trees have only begun to bloom. I will be sure to go back later in the spring for a better look, and a prettier memory. Once the pond is clean and full of children who shouldn't be in there and the dogwoods and other flowering trees have begun to really bloom, it will truly be a sight to see. I'd love to get up there at the end of the day and see the sunset! In the meantime, I'm glad I finally made it up there, since I've been wanting to go for a while now. It's so high though! I kept feeling like the ball was going to roll off it's pedestal and we'd plummet to the ground, screaming like some horror movie. And that doesn't even mention the rickety elevator that takes you up! When you watch someone get in, you can see the elevator car dip a little under the weight. And then when you get in and feel it? It's scary, you wait for the elevator to finally decide that it's had enough. Having that feeling isn't so bad when you're still on the ground level ... but when you're almost to the top? That elevator is taking you about 280 feet above the ground, and the drop would be ... frightening ... Thankfully it didn't happen and we moved on. This photo was taken maybe an hour after we'd been in the ball and made it out alive. If you look in the bottom right corner, there's Teenybop, teeny and boppy as always. She stood still here just long enough to get the photo, then was ready to move on.
But it was a good Tuesday, even if it did take me this long to blog it.