We tried going to the Union Pacific museum as a Birthday activity, but it was closed! That's okay, because the Council Bluffs City Hall across the street was open, and it is like an Art Deco museum.
A friendly employee pointed us to a plaque hidden away in a dark corridor showing the building was a WPA project from 1939.
Danny has discovered the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, as boys his age do. As a result, he asked for a Birthday cake based on Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, '72.
You ask, I bake. Sigh, I almost miss Nixon.
Still not as strange as last year's Mr. Creosote cake-but close. I'm sure I'll be sad when he no longer wants a novelty cake. I have to bake them myself-could you imagine asking a bakery to do a "shit hammer?!"
We're taking Danny on a birding holiday out west in the Spring as a combination Birthday/Christmas present, but I still thought he should have a little something to open besides bird guide books. This remote controlled car was ten bucks at Walgreen's and he loves it. If you're in the US and need an inexpensive, last minute gift, it might be what you're looking for.
Per your requests, here's a quick first look at the boots (sorry for the crappy photos)
They're lace-up rather than button, and the tops are soft and flexible. The heels are worn through to the nails, but that does give an interesting look into how they were constructed. A similar pair at 1860-1960 date to around 1900. I need to unlace them and have a better look at the interior, but so far I'm pleased with my purchase-I just wonder how they ended up at our thrift store?
Yeah, they're too big, but hey, Star Wars Leggings! I had someone shout, "Look at her cool pants" when I was waiting to pay for some items. Everyone had to turn around and look. Good thing I'm not shy! I really wish they would stay up, but I'm afraid it is not to be. I have a habit of buying most things too big.
You've seen all my Mexican tourist items, so today I'm featuring something from our other neighbo(u)r, Canada. I think it is a bowing bag, but it is a purse now.
Happy Birthday kid, I'm glad I get to be your mama.