Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Puzzle Day

Monday was a preparation day for the week ahead.
 had great helpers in the kitchen for breakfast.
We actually had great helpers all day long.
In the middle of everything going on, Jacob found a quiet place for a short nap.
Julia accompanied me on an outing.  She was thrilled with a little treat.
I can't say enough great things about Julia.  She's delightful.
We enjoyed a little Daniel Tiger.  Baby Ben found a good place to watch.
So did Jacob and Julia.
I found random people in quiet places all day.
Baby Ben and Julia shared their creativity.
Will did not accompany me on any outings.  However, he ended up with a chocolate orange, which he generously shared.
Once the gatherers got the food for the week, I could chill a little.
I found two helpers for that endeavor.
Papa Ben knows how to have fun, too.
Back at my table, it was like a revolving door.  Kids came and helped.
Puzzles were a mission to be accomplished.
Nathan took this very seriously.
Ok, we weren't very serious all the time.
We enjoyed healthy snacks.
We also had a lot of puzzles.
This might be my new favorite puzzle.
Of course, these are two of my favorite people.
For the record, the unicorn puzzle was quite difficult.  Melanie was determined.
Dinner was fabulous!
After dinner, we returned for Blue Bell, which has returned.
And Frozen, which I've still never actually seen.
Baby Ben was more interested in the frozen stuff in his bowl.
Nathan managed to show interest in both.
I must confess, the week has only begun, but this is exactly how I feel!
I can tell Jeff and Dave feel the same way, too.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Together Again

We had a quiet morning, except for the part where Baby Ben ate a flower.
Lunch was after church.  We had a lesson on etiquette.
The day was too beautiful to spend inside.  A little water made things more exciting.
Luke is always willing to help Ben get wet.
Kate didn't supervise, because she wanted to remain dry.
Rock stew is not dry.
By the way, meet President Markham.  We have a new branch in our stake.  Loads of fun.
Jane stayed inside with Papa Ben, where the dry was.
At some point, most of us made our way to the park.  Baby Ben tried out the scooter.
Luke is a pro.
A visit to a new bridge was essential.
We love bridges, new or old.
Can you tell that Baby Ben is on a scooter?
He tried out all the scooters.  The kids were willing to share and take turns.
This was a lot of fun.
Corinne wasn't with us, but when she sees these pictures, she'll wish she had been
Jeff said it was a perfect evening.
No one disagreed.
And then, it got better!
Cousins came to see us!
Baby Ben was happy to see Sirius again.
Matt drove part of the way, and then fell asleep on the floor before dinner.
I don't even quibble with Ella about this.  Not a bit.
I am looking forward to a wonderful week with Melanie.
And these two are looking forward to a wonderful week together, too.
We took a short break to watch a robotic hand demonstration.
And a longer break for watching pixels.
And just before bedtime, Baby Ben showed Uncle Dave his new fish.