Sunday, January 29, 2012

We Just Keep Rolling Along

Hallie and the kids started the week by getting out of the house and heading with Sara over to the Eastland Mall’s playscape.

Later, we celebrated our 13th anniversary with the kids at Landon’s gymnastics class. This was not a romantic activity at all, but Hallie did get some beautiful flowers and a fun tablet, and there is still some time before Valentine’s Day, right?

These kids of ours are a crack-up. Eliza has discovered the bathroom and every little thing in it. Every time we forget to close the door, she reminds us.

Landon discovered the wax lips we bought at the Woodward Avenue Candy Shop:
He wears them well, it would appear.
Apparently we’re way too much in parent mode of late. Anyway, here’s something cute we hear on the Kids Place Live radio station as we drive the kiddos around town:

The Mom Song

. . . and here’s the Dad version.

Mike had a particularly busy work week. He has started a new project that had him traveling this week down nearly to Toledo and up past Pontiac. In addition, he was involved with his division’s interviews for a potential new faculty member. All this traveling has meant that Hallie has had to fend for herself more at home. It’s a lot easier to double team or play one-on-one than have to resort to a zone defense, especially with our active little ones. Mike was able to take Landon with him to work for part of the day on Wednesday, and he passed the boy back to Hallie at the Somerset Collection. Mike even got a LEGO set out of the deal (late anniversary gift??):

Fortunately, on Thursday night, Hallie did get to put Mike in charge and have a girls’ night out with Sara (late anniversary gift??). After the kids went to bed, Mike set to work on the LEGO street scene.

On Friday the kids and Hallie had a play date at Janel’s with other kids from the branch while Mike worked on campus. Hallie has found some new ways to keep Landon’s active mind and body stimulated, and she heard about using a box filled with rice or beans or sand. Landon really seems to enjoy digging through the rice box, drawing his letters, and making believe that it’s raining or that he’s doing construction projects.

Bright and early on Saturday, Landon and Mike helped a group of church members to tidy up our meetinghouse. As our friend Derek noted (quoting John Heywood), “Many hands make light work.” True that. After cleaning, we hammered together a wooden build-a-saurus at Lowe’s before joining Hallie and Eliza at the kids’ new music class at the MSU Extension Center in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood. Mike does not know where Hallie finds all these fun things for the kids to do, but these rolling stones gather no moss thanks to her efforts.

It snowed today. That’s it. And Bryan got baptized. Congratulations, Bryan!

Cutie pie dressed in her Sunday best

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