Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The House on the Rock

We went to Wisconsin to this House on the ROck. It was pretty cool walking through this crazy house. This guy literally built his house on a rock. When you walk through it, there are rock walls, and floors, stairs, the whole works. Check out this site if you want to see more about it. www.thehouseontherock.com

Alex Jordan, Jr. wanted to teach Frank Lloyd Wright a thing or two about architecture. The lesson started years ago.

Jordan's dad, a budding architect, had been dismissed at Wright's Taliesin home, near Spring Green, with the declaration, "I wouldn't hire you to design a cheese crate or a chicken coop." Soon after, the senior Jordan chose a pinnacle rock south of Taliesin to build a parody of Wright's fancy-pants architecture, a strange "Japanese house." The ceilings were dangerously low (padded now to accommodate tourists) and the structure seemed to cling precariously to the odd contours of the rock.

Above are some of the rooms in the house on the rock. I really liked the book case and it had some really old books on it. The third picture that looks like a long hallway is the infinity room. At the top of my blog you can see a picture of a part of the building sticking way out. As you get to the end of the room it starts to bounce a little bit. It made me a little sick. It also has a hole with a window in the floor so you can see all the way down to the ground.

We ended up getting a hotel with a cool submarine in the pool. The submarine had slides and fun things for us to play on. Alex liked the big pool best. He is our little fish. Once he warms up to the water he doesnt want any help. He swam back and forth across the pool 3 times before we took back to the room to go to bed. Then Erik got up and took him swimming again in the morning. I was tired from putting kids to bed all night. Alex didnt go to bed until after midnight (I blame it on the unfamiliar place) Then at about 1 a.m. the fire alarm went off. So then I had to get Alex back to bed and then I had to feed kayla and get her to bed. She woke up again at 4 and didnt want to go back to sleep. I was soooooo tired. Usually Alex goes to bed at 8 and sleeps through the night. 2 of them played a toll on me. I was tired the rest of the day.

We stopped at a play ground on the way back from the house on the rock.

THere was a pile of ice by the water so Alex and I threw it into the Mississippi River. He had a ball throwing the ice. . .he thought it was the coolest thing ever.

We had to stop and take a break for Kayla. It was good timing because she needed to be changed and fed right by an ice cream and pizza parlor. We didnt come prepared for her. We didnt have a stroller or a snuggli. Next time I will definetly pack the snuggli to carry her.

This was a shot of Erik and I at the house on the rock. (If some of you are not aready thinking it, I did sing "the wise man built his house upon a rock" on the way there. Erik didnt know the song so I was singing a solo.) Well the trip was short but it was a long drive to be in the car. We took Grandma Audrey and Grandpa Larrie with us. We all had a pretty good time but agreed that next time we drive 5 hours with kids we need to spend more than a day or leave the kids home. To much car time for the little people.

Our Family!



At the end of the day Alex and I played chase while waiting to go.


Tj said...

I can't even remember the last time I saw ice that didn't come out of my fridge... That looks like fun. BTW are your parents on a mission?

Brian and Courtni said...

The "wise man built..." came into my head the second that I read the title of your entry! :-) How cool to go somewhere like that -- I love finding random, fun things to go see.

And I totally hear you about the night thing...when one kid wakes you up, you are tired, but when two do, you are exhausted!

samantha.love said...

Your are like super mom to me! I cant imagine having to do a trip with all these little people in my life! Its good that Alex is great with water..My nephew is 8 and cannot stand the water so he probably wont learn to swim unless its forced. Thank you for the compliments about my ring and Elsies room!! We were so happy we got deals too! Especially now that we bought a ring!!

Liz said...

HAAA!! SOOOOO Funny. Looks like you guys had a blast. Please tell me it wasn't Alex that pulled the fire alarm...(I wouldn't put it past Matthew!) Everyone looks so good! Yay Kristina!

PS...yer tagged...see my blog. hee, hee, hee...

The Neads said...

that looks like alot of fun I can't wait till we start vacationing more. To more things like that. Virginia took it all out of us though. What a fun thing to do. IT made me jelous... vacations are the best time to hang with the family I think...