A Weekend Away

Last Thursday, we traveled to Kentucky to see my Dad and Sally.  The drive was absolutely gorgeous. We stopped in Asheville, NC, to visit one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants, The Laughing Seed.  It was a long haul getting to Kentucky, but it was worth it.

Dad and Sally greeted us with open arms and homemade vegan spaghetti as we arrived.  Their Kentucky home is breathtaking, warm and inviting.  They had great plans for us for the weekend.   We were to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday to visit a science museum.  We would visit some restaurants and head back home.  Saturday we were to see How To Train Your Dragon in 3D.

We had a great time while successfully doing all that was planned and even more.  Nashville was hopping that spring day.  The museum was awesome.  If you are ever in Nashville and need a place to hang out with your kids, the museum is called Adventure Science Center.  We spent hours and hours there.  We helped close the place down and then went to Nashville’s own Mellow Mushroom.

Saturday didn’t leave us disappointed.  The highlight was going to see the movie with Dad and Sally.  How To Train Your Dragon is such a fabulous movie. We had not seen a 3D movie before in the theatre. This movie may go down as one of my all time favorites.  Of course, the context of when we saw it made the film especially delightful.  

We journeyed back home Sunday. We were so thankful to have had the chance to spend time with Dad and Sally. We were also really thankful to spill out of our van Sunday night and enter our own home.

Scott popped the lens out of the 3D glasses for Brady.  He likes wearing them.  🙂

Destination ImagiNation

Ever since September of 2009, Julian has been meeting with the kids above every week.  They have been involved with a program called Destination ImagiNation.  Here is a description from the official Destination ImagiNation website:
Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, we reach 100,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation, our core program, is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills – they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

Julian’s team was composed of five other kids that are also homeschooled within Durham or Chapel Hill.

We traveled to Elizabeth City, North Carolina for our team to present their challenges at this eastern NC tournament.  We stayed in a hotel Friday night.  This was a Morrison first, our family of six had not stayed in a hotel together before.  You’ll get a kick out of this . . . there were only two beds in our room.  🙂  Are you giggling yet?  Yes, there were three in each bed.  Talk about family bonding.  We enjoyed dinner out with the team and all the families that came to support them.  We also were able to enjoy a little pool time Friday evening.  The kids all loved that.  It was a really sweet experience for our families.

Saturday was full of performances.  There were several teams from NC represented.  Our kids had to perform a skit that they had prepared themselves and perform an instant challenge.  It was neat to experience the whole getting nervous for your kid thing.  Julian had never really performed anything in front of an audience.  The whole team of kids were totally fine with their nerves.  The parents on the other hand were quite nervous.  Our team from Durham/Chapel Hill did such an amazing job.  We were all so proud.  Julian’s DI team came in first place within their specific division!  Isn’t that awesome?  Here are a few pictures from our weekend.

This was dress rehearsal night.  To the right is our friend, Kim.  She and Tonya led our group this entire school year.

Here’s Julian on dress rehearsal night in his alien costume.

Julian, Madelyn, Brayden and Kalen just before heading to the hotel pool.

For the skit, Julian had his hair sprayed green.  Alien’s hair should be green, right?

Needless to say, we were quite tired on our ride home.  Here is Brady passed out on his teddy bear, Scrubby.

Food, Inc.

Scott and I watched this documentary, Food, Inc., last night. This informative piece is worthy of viewing. Don’t curl up with it while attempting to eat or be romantic. Just watch it sometime. I highly recommend this film.
If you have already viewed this, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Animal Faces

Paint Savvy is responsible for the adorable art on our kids faces below.  It is a company that was offering face painting to promote the Animal Protection Society of Durham.  We went to our local library on Saturday for their annual Friends of the Library Book Sale and the APS had a table with information, photos and such on it.  Our family was totally into reading all about the animals that were featured on a board there that day.  I don’t know about the boys, but Madelyn and I left with a sincere yearning for a dog or cat that day.

We had a fun family Saturday and Sunday.  You can’t beat this sunshine and warmth.  I love spring!

Kalen the tiger

Brayden the cheetah

Julian with snake

Madelyn with butterfly

Look Who’s Turning Six

Kalen Alexander Morrison was born to us six years ago today.

He adds so much life to our family.

His bright eyes are full of adventure and love.

He can be so silly and yet so caring.

He is an amazing brother and friend.

He is a son unlike any other.

Kalen brings each of us joy daily.

We celebrate him today!