Thanks go to my sister in law who gave us a few oysters. It was my first time to actually open the shells. Once I did a couple, it got easier but the knife took a beating!
Our twirly girl and her little non-stop sister loved their time with Grandpa and Grandma. We were so thankful for their visit. One afternoon, the weather turned warm and beautiful which led everyone outdoors. Twirly girl spun on her sidewalk chalk hopscotch, and non-stop girl whirled her head around at every bird that flew by.
Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa, we enjoyed an evening out sans kids for a change. It was a belated anniversary dinner. It’s quite different to dine without constantly monitoring children and being interrupted. Oddly enough (or maybe not so odd), we spent the majority of the time talking about them and missed them.
Grandpa and Grandma flew into town last week. The girls were anticipating their arrival for days. We scoped out the new Bass Pro store that opened in our town last week. It turned out that EVERYone decided to do the same thing. Parking overflowed into the neighboring businesses, and even across the street into the other strip mall. Anyway, the store held many interesting sights, sounds and animals to keep the girls (and men) occupied. The girls liked climbing onto the boat and driving it. Koma found the big fish in the large aquarium to be slightly intimidating. The gas grills, on the other hand? Perfect play area with knobs at perfect height to be turned, etc. The wooden call boxes were the biggest hit for the girls.
We actually enjoyed our snow days when we are camped in the house. I have to admit though, that after the first couple activities, I was racking my brain to figure out with what next to occupy the kids. One activity we experimented was figuring out whether a cup of water with or without salt would freeze faster. Unni found this activity exciting enough to want to check the cups every hour or so. She learned that salt did lower the freezing temperature of water.