Saturday, September 16, 2006

What We're Watching at Home

Jenny and I get to watch only about 2-3 grown-up (I was about to say "adult"!) movies a year now. Since we only have one TV in the house, the kids usually watch what ever they want on the Disney Channel or from our growing DVD collection. As the boys get older, they've been watching less of the Elmo/Baby Einstein programming and more feature-length cartoons.

Lately, I have been purchasing about 1 movie a month for the boys to watch. These are two of their recent favorites. Mine, too.

We've had this for only a few days, but its already a Brewster Boys favorite Posted by Picasa

We've been watching Bambi for nearly a month Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What's Happening?

I've been busy at work, and at home. I hope to update the blog shortly. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sacramento Trip Report, State Fair Edition

Once again, we headed up to Sacramento to visit the California State Fair over Labor Day weekend. This time, we added the California State Railroad Museum to our schedule. It wasn't as hot this weekend as it was in August, but we still avoided the heat by staying in the hotel room during the hottest part of the day. We spent two evenings at the Fair, viewing mostly the livestock areas but occasionally going on a ride or arts display.

During our visit, I discovered that the Fair and Railroad Museum have something in common other than being in Sacramento. It turns out that both of them had then-Gov. Ronald Reagan as a patron. In 1968, Reagan opened the fair at its permanent home, the Calfornia Exposition Center. Two years later, he spearheaded the initiative to build the museum on the historic site of Old Sacramento.

Our view of the California State Fair from the monorail Posted by Picasa

Then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan established the Cal Expo Center at Sacramento as the permanent home of the Annual State Fair Posted by Picasa

Once again, the Brewster Boys stopped by the Placer County farm display Posted by Picasa

This food stand sold the infamous deep-fried Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich Posted by Picasa

"Red Dresses", a prize-winning quilt on display at the Arts & Crafts pavillion Posted by Picasa

"Birds of California", another prize-winning quilt Posted by Picasa

Holding their State Fair souvenirs, the Brewster Boys get ready to sleep after the first night at the State Fair Posted by Picasa

Russell also takes a closer look at the award-winning turkey Posted by Picasa

Punky to turkey: "Gobble, gobble" Posted by Picasa

One of the Brewster Brothers' duck friends Posted by Picasa

An award-winning rooster at the Cal State Fair Posted by Picasa

Inside the chick nursery Posted by Picasa

The llamas were a friendly bunch Posted by Picasa

The longhorn cattle were at the Fair that weekend Posted by Picasa

Punky and Russell try out some scooters Posted by Picasa

Russell and Punky check out the whirlpool tub display Posted by Picasa

The opening of the Mane Event, the nightly horse show at the State Fair Posted by Picasa

Sacramento Trip Report, Railroad and Old Town Edition

At the Railroad Museum, we met a remarkable man in his 80s who was an retired employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and had met Reagan along with a group of his railroad colleagues. He was dressed in his conductor's uniform, and his eyes shined brightly when I asked him about his career and meeting with Reagan. Virtually all of the museum guides were retired railroad employees who volunteered their time to show people the railroad cars and answer questions.

I wish I had more time to spend at the museum, but Russell was not in the mood to tour the locomotives and passenger cars so we breezed through most of the displays and headed upstairs to the toy train displays. As it turned out, both Russell and Punky loved the Lionel trains and could have stayed there all day.

Russell admires a miniature steam locomotive at the California State Railroad Museum Posted by Picasa

One of the many engines that once moved along the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks Posted by Picasa

Ronald Reagan's legacy: He funded the California State Railway Museum when he was the Governor Posted by Picasa

Inside the first class dining car Posted by Picasa

Russell attempts to climb into a sleeping car berth at the museum Posted by Picasa

It was Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento...sponsored by Wells Fargo Posted by Picasa

Punky and Russell onboard the horse-drawn carriage in Old Sacramento once again Posted by Picasa

The Wells Fargo stagecoach in Old Sacramento Posted by Picasa