Monday, December 10, 2012

After Thanksgiving!

We had a lot of fun after Thanksgiving too! Mama Kay and Papa stayed at a hotel close to our house and generously took each child for a night during their stay. The children really enjoyed their special sleepover with their grandparents and we got to spend extra time with 2 out of 3 each night! Abbey up early one morning eating an apple at their hotel...they may have not quite realized how early the kids get up when they offered to take them overnight!
On Saturday they took all the kids to their hotel to play in the pool.  Then they took them out to lunch and an afternoon treat of ice cream!  Meanwhile, Paul and I went on an 8 mile run together (which we never get to do), went out to lunch and watched some football.  It was a very relaxing day!  Thank you Mama Kay and Papa!
On Sunday we set to decorate the house for Christmas.  This is always fun and always a lot of work, so we really appreciated all the help from Mama Kay and Papa!  Ben decorating the tree...
Thanks for your help Mama Kay!
Then it was time to put the angel on top of the tree...each child had a turn to try to put it on top!

Looks like we needed Daddy to do it!
We had such a great Thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for.  Most of all, we are thankful for our family, both near and far.  Mama Kay and Papa, thank you for spending the holiday with us - we had such a fun time with you and were so glad you came. 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Museum of Science and Industry

The day after Thanksgiving we loaded into the car to go downtown to our favorite museum! Everyone comfy back there?

The museum was all decorated for Christmas, so we couldn't resist the opportunity to take a picture of the kids in front of the beautiful tree!

They had Christmas trees from around the world.  Mama Kay showed Abbey one of the trees.

Look at these clowns we found!

Even more crazy clowns!

Then we waited for the imax movie about place racing.  I never knew that existed and it sounds incredibly dangerous.

The seats were comfy, the theater was can guess what happened next.  That's right, several people in our group fell asleep for a nice little afternoon nap!

That worked out well as it gave everyone a little boost of energy.  So we headed over to the submarine tour, which was really cool.  We have never been inside the sub before, but the tour was very well done...I highly recommend it.

Then they had a sub that the kids got to balance and drive down into the water.  They really enjoyed that!

And the subs had very small sleeping bunks, but plenty big enough for these two!

Papa would have had trouble sleeping in one though!

Then it was a quick trip to the members lounge for some coffee and hot chocolate (and a cute photo opp of Juju in front of the tree).

Another great trip to the museum!
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I know that Thanksgiving was a while ago now, but it's never too late to update the blog...right? We were so happy to have Mama Kay and Papa come up to visit us for Thanksgiving this year.  They arrived on Wednesday afternoon and we went to Make A Messterpiece for the afternoon.  Mama Kay and Abbey playing with the pumpkin play dough...

Juliette liked that station a lot too.

Abbey was making some pumpkin pies! 

Meanwhile, Ben was working on his own messterpiece!

On Thanksgiving day the weather was beautiful!  So we rode bikes and went to the park for a while.  Abbey really enjoyed riding her bike as it has been a while since we have done that!

Ben was happy to show off his biking skills as well.

While we were outside playing, look what was inside cooking!!!

Our beautiful table!  Check out those napkin ring holders the kids made last year.  Mama Kay commented that she liked them and Abbey reminded her that she had seen them before!

Abbey is ready to eat!  Too bad she only ate a roll!

Ha, our failed attempt at a family picture by the feast!

While we were digesting the dinner (and making room for pie), Mama Kay taught the kids how to play marbles.

It was a great day!
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