Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

We had the pleasure of spending Thanksgiving with our dear friends Sherry, Larry and their four daughters along with Mary and her daughter. And we were this close to traveling out-of-state! Sherry and Larry live just inside the Michigan-Ohio state line. Great food plus wonderful friends equaled a super holiday!

The "big kids''" table shared with little kid Katy:

The little kids' table:

From left to right: Ivy, Elizabeth, Elena, Carlos, Mya, Katy and Maylin. Who's having the most fun? The girls having the attention of a boy or the boy being surrounded by all these beauties?!

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Treehouse

C. and E. had the day off from school, so we met some friends at The Treehouse - an indoor climbing space in Chelsea. The kids enjoy all the running and climbing and usually tire themselves out - and end up snoozing the 30 minute ride home. Today, a local author read her book and brought along the story's hero.

Yummy! The mac n' cheese here is delicious!

Meeting the author:

Merriweather Matthew Mouse and friends:

Time out from playing a game of catch with MMM:

Sunday, November 16, 2008

First Snowfall of the Season

came today and the kids couldn't wait to get out there. They missed seeing snow last year, so this was a special treat. We tried to convince them that there will be plenty more coming soon. Ahh... to be a kid again and to actually like snow!

Yesterday, November 15, we went to Jackson's Michigan Theatre to see "The Encounters at the End of the World - a documentary about the scientists in Antartica. Fascinating and the kids were in awe at the scenery. The Michigan is one of those majestic theatres from the 1920s that's currently under restoration. 1.5 million dollars has already been put into it and there is a lot more work to be done. But the grand lobby and the work that is done is simply beautiful. One can just imagine the crowds from the Thirties and Forties enjoying "the picture show" on the big screen.

A Saturday with Friends

On November 8, C. and E. met their friends at the Kids N Stuff Museum in Albion for some fun. Here are some highlights:

They had a blast with countless costume changes.

GuateTOTS no GuateKIDS!! E. and C. with Yensi (just turned 6) and Nicolas (almost 7).

The little drummer boy!

The girls enjoying one of the quieter activities.

The water table is always a hit. That's Nicolas' brother Alex in the foreground.

"Trick or Treat!"

These little magicians had a wonderful, warm early evening for collecting a big ol' bagful of candy.