Monday, June 18, 2012

Papa Came to California

 On June 1st, my dad flew into Long Beach to stay with us for 10 days.  He was originally supposed to come before I delivered, but I delivered 2 weeks early, so he got to spend all 10 days with us and the kids.  We loved having him here!  We wanted to have some fun while he was here since part of the time he was here was Ryan's break from school. 

 We decided to drive into LA and go see the La Brea Tar Pits.  It was really cool to see.  If you don't know what the tar pits are, they are these tar pits where animals would go to thinking they were water.  When they stepped in them, they would get stuck.  They would start to send out distress calls which would in turn bring predators over.  The predators would try to attack whatever was stuck in the tar and they themselves would end up stuck.  So far they have been finding about 8 predators to 1 victim.  They keep finding mastadons and wolves and saber tooth cats. 
 Here you can see the grids they go by as they document where they are finding bones.  It's crazy to see just how many fossils they have found so far!

 This is our family, minus Elliot, holding the short-nosed bear's hand.  He was one ugly bear. 

 And here's a random pic of Elliot just for fun.  He has actually grown a lot since this was taken two weeks ago.  At this point he weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces (less than birth weight).  Today I took him to the doctor and he was 8 pounds 2 ounces.  He has got quite the appetite! 
We absolutely loved having Papa here.  It was very sad to see him go home.  We're glad he came to stay with us and help out with the kids while we figured out how to deal with life with two kids.  He also made us a ton of delicious food.  Thanks for coming to California, Papa!

1 comment:

Jacob, Amber, and Baby Kyla said...

What a cute little guy! I was thinking today that i needed to bug you about posting pictures! There better be more where that came from! The tar pits look really fun! You will have to let us know if that was worth it.