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It’s really interesting to see what traditions different families have around the holidays. Some families put up decorations, make special holiday treats or make hand print turkeys. Refe Tuma and his wife have taken it a step further, they’ve created Dinovember, a month dedicated to convincing their children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figurines come to life. Each morning, for the month of November (Dinovember) the girls will wake and discover what shenanigans their playtime plays got into while they slept. Here are some of the highlights so far:
“Uh-oh,” we heard our girls whisper. “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.”
Why do they do this?
“Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.”
*If you’d like to follow along with Dinovember 2013, join their Facebook page.
When I first got engaged, my friend Stefanie sent me this amazing book called The Offbeat Bride. It was full of all sorts of amusing anecdotes and advice about how to create a unique and wonderful wedding. While it may come naturally to some, I definitely had some trouble deciding how balance traditions and expectations against what Andy and I wanted. Okay, mostly what I wanted, but Andy did provide ideas and input with the areas he cared about. The biggest disagreement we had was over invitations, which sounds silly but I think that invitations set the tone of an event and Andy thinks that my judgment of good design and white space is slightly skewed. With the exception of one person, everyone loved the final product, and even she admitted it was pretty. But I digress.
A few weeks ago Andy stumbled across an article from offbeatbride.com and shared it with me. Dorian & Lynn embraced the geeky awesomeness that is theirs, by saying their vows in front of friends, family and dinosaurs at the LA Natural History Museum. The Jurassic Park meets Night at the Museum style festivities were highlighted with pops of black and lime green to add a quirky twist. The couple even rock color coordinated footwear, the groom in black sneakers with lime green piping and the bride with some sexy black boots with green laces.
While I don’t think we can top having a space bounty hunter, you know the one i’m talking about, guarding our cake, seeing how much fun a slightly offbeat wedding can be, I am rediscovering some of my own wedding enthusiasm. Make sure to check out the original article and photos available here. It will brighten your Friday.
My freshman year of college I took biology for non-biology majors, a class affectionately referred to as “Baby Bio”. The semester was split between four instructors who each offered a short overview of their specialty. First was the genetics, then the oceanography, paleontology, and finally something called “Extremes of human performance”. Most of these subjects made my 8am class seem especially cruel. The one exception to that was Dr. Erickson, the paleontology professor.
While there is no doubt that Dr. Erickson was an engaging and entertaining professor, his subject matter had me sold from day one. Dinosaurs! I mean come on, every kid that has ever walked under one of those giant skeletal structures on a class field trip knows what i’m talking about. Dinosaurs are so unbelievably cool, they’re lager than life, huge mythic creatures that have captivated the imagination of adults and children alike for generations.
These pictures are from the National Showcaves of Wales. We have our own counter part here in Florida in the form of Dinosaur World. It’s right off of I-4, and it was my favorite land mark when I was driving home from college. Something about seeing a giant T-rex and brontosaurus looming on the side of the interstate made even the most tedious traffic patterns a little less horrible.
Images from here.