I hope everyone has had a wonderful week. I’m getting the Wrap-Up posted early today since we’re on break and I don’t anticipate any terribly exciting updates this afternoon, unless grocery shopping gives you a thrill.
Despite being on break, it’s been a pretty packed week. On Monday, we met Brian’s parents for lunch. Afterwards, I took the kids to a local children’s museum while Brian and his dad went to see a movie. I really wanted to spend some time with the kids because Brianna had been with the in-laws for over a week and I felt like I hadn’t spent much time with the two who had been home.
It was a perfect day at the museum. Including us and the employees, there was probably a grand total of less than twenty people there. Two school groups had already come and gone for the day, so the timing was perfect. The temporary exhibit was really cool. It was service project oriented and had different stations for visitors to do things like make a card for armed services personnel, create a place mat to be delivered to senior by Meals on Wheels and make a nesting box for bees to encourage their growth in this area to increase crop pollination. We did all of them!
On Tuesday, we had Josh’s birthday party at a local indoor playground. Unfortunately, we had a bad experience after years of visiting this place and having parties there. They seem to now be more focused on making a profit than on customer service. After them explaining a ridiculous rule, I told them that this would be our last party there.
Okay, now you’re dying to know, right? The short version is that, though Brianna is over the age that is required to pay for admission, they expected us to pay for her if she was going to take the baby of one of the moms into the toddler area for him to play while the mom ate and chatted. Only adults can take babies into the toddler area and, if Brianna went, she’d have to pay to “play.” Insane!
Anyway, other than that, we had a wonderful time. Josh enjoyed seeing his friends, eating cookie cake…and, of course, getting presents. His favorite was probably a pocket knife set that my dad gave him:
That’s the fake smile. I missed the extremely rare real smile. He’s been begging for a knife. I’ve already laid down the Mom Law: the big one in the middle does not come out of the box! Maybe after I see how he does with the smaller two, but not now.
A close second was the Lego set that Brian and I got him. It only took
the birthday boy Dad five hours — yes, you read that right, five hours – to put it together:
Gee, I hope he doesn’t get any more of those any time soon. You know, like maybe…Christmas. (Shhh….)
Wednesday was Josh’s actual birthday. We met some friends for lunch at McDonald’s. Most of the kids played; Brianna carried her bag o’ yarn that’s gone everywhere with her lately:
A friend taught her to knit at music class a few weeks ago and she has apparently contracted some sort of knitting fever. She knits all the time now. I think it’s really cool because I have no idea how to knit. She’s offered to teach me, but, well, you can’t knit and blog at the same time.
Thursday we finally got to spend a full day at home watching the monsoon outside, cleaning house and catching up on laundry. Not exciting stuff, no, but actually kind of nice after being gone most of the day for the first three days of the week.
Today, the most exciting thing on the agenda is grocery shopping.