Brrrrrr...a Sunday afternoon that felt like winter! The grandkids arrived with layers of sweaters and hats and coats and boots and mittens galore, and I marvel that Kristin and Brian are brave enough to venture out at all during the winter months with all of those extra pieces. (As our own four children were born over an almost 21 year stretch, I never had more than two little ones at a time who needed help with their outerwear, so I am impressed.)
We spent the afternoon either hovering near the woodstove, or moving away from it to cool off, or cringing as tiny people walked a bit too close for (our) comfort.
We celebrated Brian's birthday (photos 1 and 3) yesterday...with lots of chocolate! Kristin had made a delicious chocolate buttermilk cake. Kati provided brownies with a secret ingredient (I think she plans to blog about it this week). We had cookies-and-cream ice cream. And Brian brought a ginormous box of Russel Stover chocolates that his grandmother had sent him. (Photo 2: Ben sneaking a peek at that candy!)
(I know...poor us.)
After the party, the children played "jobs." Bekah printed music. Maddie was a pet sitter. Owen had a post office and he and Bekah, Maddie, and Aunt Kati designed oodles of stamps. Gavin was a banker and made money (5). Yes, he made money!
The day ended with another play from the drama team (4). This one is a serial. Other acts to come on future Sunday afternoons.