Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Week 2

In attempt to get ahead of what seems to be an endless round of celebrations starting in October and carrying on through Father's Day (really - I'm exhausted by then!), the kids and I spent some time making heart shaped crayons to give to their classmates for Valentines Day. It turned out to be a rather time consuming project, what with waiting for each batch to melt then cool again but the kids enjoyed it. Tyler liked putting the colors in the tray, while Kaitlyn seemed to prefer chopping up the old crayons into little pieces. (My guess is because it made her feel very big to be allowed to use the steak knife to do so)
It was a long weekend due to Martin Luther King Day. It also happened to be the weekend of my friend Audrey's birthday and since her husband is out of town she and her kids came for a visit and we made the most of our extra time off.

The kids have been doing really well with trying new foods and had each earned a fun activity. So Saturday morning we took them bowling, which is always a lot of fun. They are both getting good enough to bowl on their own and give us (or at least me - Sam bowls once a week) a little competition too. Audrey and the kids arrived in the afternoon and as soon as everyone was settled Sam was good enough to watch all the kids (except the baby - we figured we would get more time out and about if she was with us) while Audrey and I went out to dinner and did a little shopping. It was really great.
On Sunday we split our time between photos sessions of Lillian for her first birthday and crafting while the kids played. Photos have to work on baby time if you want to be truly happy with the results, so it kind of stretched out into most of the day as we worked on getting things set up then catching her in a good mood or creating one. We left the cake smash session until after her naptime and I have to say, it was a blast. Everyone gathered in the sun room to watch and she provided us with a good 15 minutes of entertainment.
Monday was our day to take the kids to the Children's Museum. Too bad we hadn't known about the MLK march in the area and ended up getting frustrated by traffic and unable to find parking. We ended up parking in a empty lot a few blocks away and having a picnic lunch in the back of the Yukon. By the time we were finished we were able to find closer parking and went on to enjoy the afternoon at the museum - even if it was more crowded than we would have liked.

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