Monday, June 26, 2017

In Transit

Buffalo airport

Field Museum dino at O'Hare
 We survived the 24+ hours of travel!  United is worse than Emirates in just about every respect (except the important one that it allowed us to avoid flying through the Middle East at a time of some uncertainty).  (We were originally scheduled to fly Qatar, but when the opportunity came up to change, I jumped at it to avoid the uncertainty of transiting through Doha at a time when other countries are closing their airspace to Qatar.)  The seats are less spacious, the entertainment system is smaller (and in fact didn't actually work for the first 15 minutes or so of the flight), the food is less generous and less delicious, and there were no amenities (eyeshade for sleeping, entertainment books for the kids).  But, they got us here safely, so we can't complain too much. :)

The boys were excellent travelers.  They were telling one of the flight attendants how they wanted to go back to Indonesia, and how maybe one day we would go to New Zealand -- such world travelers at a young age! :)
Matthew really liked this O'Hare tunnel

Hong Kong

Hong Kong airport

Teacups at Hong Kong airport

The approach to Hong Kong airport is over the water -- ships in the background

Beautiful Changi airport!

End of Second

Friday was the last day of second grade!  (And yes, Matthew's getting big!)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Field Day

 Last Friday was Field Day -- fun for all!  Matthew's class was the champion of the Tug for Fun, and they had a big cheering section, too. :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Flag and Tooth Day

 The second-graders had a Flag Day picnic last week, and so they got a little more use out of the flag shirts they made last year. :)  And James's tooth, which had been wiggly for ages, finally came out!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

 Happy Father's Day!  Mike got nice Father's Day books from the  boys before he had to head off to work. :)  Hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day!

And Happy Birthday to Aunt Nora, Uncle Isaac, and Aunt Erin!  (The boys made cards for you, but we did not get them in the mail on time -- sorry about that!)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lemonade Stand

 Matthew was SO excited about doing a lemonade stand with his friend Chase.  Alyssa helped him make signs earlier in the week, and fortunately, they had beautiful weather on Saturday and did a good business!  The other neighborhood friends also joined in, and James was there for a while after his soccer game.  Fun!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

City Hall

The boys had a field trip to City Hall last week, and Mike and I got to go along as chaperones. (Most of the other parents did, too!) We took a bus down to UB's South Campus, and then rode the subway downtown. It was a gorgeous day for an outing!

Matthew had learned from his previous field trip experience, when he was hungry at Kelkenberg Farms -- he ate an enormous breakfast. :)  James, meanwhile, passed up an opportunity to have a snack before they left, and was starving by the time he got back to school!

We had never been to City Hall before -- it's a really neat Art Deco building, and they have a cool observation area on the top floor.  (Mike and Matthew got to go to the outside observation deck; James's class ran out of time for that. We also had an adventure when the alarms went off when we were taking the elevator down to leave. Half the class hadn't gotten on the elevator, and had to walk down 13 stories!  I don't think we ever learned why the alarm went off; no firemen or police showed up.)

It was a fun trip!  We even got to go in the mayor's office, though the mayor wasn't there at the time. Matthew and his class got Buffalo pins as a souvenir.

Squinting into the sun

I have never seen a group of people so excited about Millard Fillmore.

Mayor's office

The Peace Bridge

Art version of the Peace Bridge