June 6th – U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama

There is a funny story here.  As we were traveling, every time we would approach a huge industrial site or power plant, from far away our kids would say “what is that daddy?” We told them (joking of course), that it was a space ship.  They would say, “Really! Wooooowwwww!”  As we got closer we would clear up the “misunderstanding” and explain what it was.  As we were driving through Alabama, our kids saw the peak of the rocket ship and asked “what is that daddy?”  This time it really was a “space ship”! The US Space and Rocket Center is the official home of “Space Camp”.  We had a fun and educational time as we got to explore the museum and the interactive children’s area.  There were even some rides outside that took you from 0 to I don’t know how fast in just a few seconds!  It was very, very hot so we stayed in the air conditioned buildings most of the day.  At the visitor’s center, we checked out a backpack that the kids got to carry around with them all day.  Inside the backpack it had experiments the kid’s could do and an easy to follow guidebook just for kids that got them to look for answers to questions. We did not have time to stay as long as we wanted, but the few hours we were there, were a lot of fun!  If you want an educational experience for your kids, be sure to put this one on the map of places to visit. 

Check out the official site here: Space Camp

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

Japheth rock climbing at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

Even daddy decided to join the rock climbing fun!

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

U.S. Space & Rocket Center,Huntsville, Alabama

May 31th, Playing football at a rest area somewhere in Texas

Rest Area, Texas

Rest area in Texas where we stopped to play catch with our kids.  Japheth is getting good at throwing the football!

Rest Area, Texas

Welcome to Texas!  We did NOT stop at this park.  Well, we stopped, told the kids we were going to get out and play… just until we saw the signs posted everywhere that said “Watch Out for Snakes”!  Reverse culture shock.  We had just crossed the border from Mexico and into the states and our kids really wanted to get out and play…. they settled for a snake free rest stop instead!

Rest Area, Texas

Rest Area, Texas

Rest Area, Texas

Rest Area, Texas

4th of July in San Marcos, California

This was our kids FIRST real 4th of July.  Living in Mexico, we always have a 4th of July get together where we invite other Americans or close friends to our house for an American style barbecue.  Our kids had a vague concept of the 4th of July but I think they get what Patriotism is about now!  We went to a local park and saw probably the best fireworks display I have ever seen.  It was incredible!  The kids enjoyed a day of just hanging out at the park with mom, dad, grandpa and grandma.  One of the highlights was that we were sitting next to a Mexican family that was grilling some carnes asadas… we made friends with them and they offered some of their delicious tacos, home made salsa, home made beans and rice, and of course some chiles to us!

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

San Marcos, California

Grandma reading to kids!