Monday, September 27, 2010

GE Global Research's 110th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday there was a party at GE Global Research celebrating their 110th anniversary. Glen, Lauren and I went (since we're the only three still in NY). It was fun. When we got there they had a bunch of things to do. There were bouncy bounces, jumbo slides, bands, a rock wall, and a Velcro wall. There were cooking demos and all kinds of fair food - pizza, fried dough, popcorn, cotton candy, caramel and candy apples, and ethnic snacks.

There was also and big tents - one had their technology showcase and the other had a history showcase in it.

Lauren and I jumped on the Velcro wall. It isn't as easy as it sounds because the thing you jump on to get some altitude onto the wall is like a big air pillow. So where ever you step it sinks in and it is hard to get a good bounce. But we tried!

When we were done Lauren's hair had gotten stuck in the Velcro suit that she was wearing. She had to crawl off the thing and I had to gently try to pull her hair out of the Velcro. Poor kid!

Then we tried the rock wall.

Glen was the first to try -
he went on the medium difficulty part of the rock wall and got pretty far up it.

Lauren and I went up the easy side of the rock wall. She got up pretty far too.

Here's me at the top of the easy side of the rock wall ringing the bell. I think the guy working at the bottom of the rock wall was surprised that I made it to the top.

There were five different bands that played and then we had a BBQ dinner - hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken with sides. It was yummy. They had apple crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

After dinner we rode our bicycles around the grounds of the center. We went down by the river, and then to the Lodge. We rode up and down some really big hills. We were trying to work off a little bit of the food we'd eaten all afternoon. I'd say we probably worked off at least one slice of pizza. Ha ha!

The night ended with an awesome fireworks display choreographed to music. They were the best fireworks I've seen all summer. We had a great time!

Monday, September 6, 2010

How about THEM apples!

No, this is not some optical distortion from the camera lens, these are actual apples we picked at an orchard near our home today. These are the apples you don't see in stores, but you will see in a pie in our home soon!

Today started with mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom... You know, Labor Day stuff. Then we went to the ward picnic (thank you activities committee!) where we enjoyed good food with good friends. After that we went over to the pitch and putt, which is a local par 3 golf course. We won't mention scores, but we did have a good time. It was the first time in about 10 years that Michelle and I had golfed. The first time ever for Lauren. Here we are on the 5th green.

That's Michelle putting.

Shhhhh!!! Lauren's putting!

After golfing, we went apple picking where we got the aforementioned apples. We picked some Honeycrisp and Cortland apples. The big ones above were Cortlands. The Honeycrisps supposedly had some frost damage, but our mouths couldn't find it. To top off our day we had waffles for dinner.

All in all, a very fun Labor Day!