Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I had the great pleasure of being a chaperon on Gemma's field trip to the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. The museum is housed in one of the old grain mills along the Mississippi River and chronicles the history of milling and the rise of Minneapolis. The museum is really well done and turns a dry subject most know little about into something interesting. It combines local history along with some pretty cool technology from the past. I think people of all ages would find it a worthwhile trip with or without kids.
Despite Kim saying I look like I have been drinking in this picture, I assure you I was only blinking. Besides, you should only be looking at my beautiful little girl anyway. Gemma and I shared a seat on the bus and this self-portrait came out pretty good if I do say so myself.
Gemma and her classmates were given the rules of the museum and the schedule of the days events by a staff person. My little ham was not paying attention, but that is what the chaperon is for, right.
The two girls on Gemma's left are her "really close friends" Serena and Cassandra. They decided to adopt me as their father for the day and I decided to play along. I gave them the pet names of Serenita and Cassita to go along with Gemmita.
The museum uses a scavenger hunt to keep the kids moving around the museum and has plenty of hands on interactive activities for the kids (and adults if they had let me).
In the activity below, the kids were working on a model of Saint Anthony Falls, the site of the grain, lumber and textile mills that Minneapolis grew from. See even I learned something. They had to create a dam system to make the turbines spin, thus generating power for the mills. Water = Power is the sign over this activity room.
I hope you have enjoyed this first installment of my musings. I'll probably keep writing even if you don't, but my goal is to inform and entertain. Tune in next week after Gemma, Spencer and I go to our first Minnesota Wild hockey game with our good friend Chris.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Usually David takes Gemma and Spencer to Sunday school at 9am and then Gianna and I meet up with them for mass at 10am, but I was able to get the four of us ready and out of the house by 8:45 all by myself!
We didn't stay for church - I don't think Gianna would have made it!
We were home shortly after 10am, so I put the little one down for a nap. She slept for 2 1/2 hours!!! I was able to do dishes, laundry, clean, help the kids with homework...it was great. After her nap we headed over to Nona and Grandpa's house for Sunday dinner. After a yummy dinner of homemade pasta and visiting with family for a couple of hours, we headed home.
The kids were in bed by 8pm and I was ironing shirts by 8:15 (wow, how fun!). David was home shortly after 9pm. I'm thankful it was only a two-day trip; since Gianna's arrival he hasn't had any long trips. He had been able to break up his required 2 -weeks into shorter trips. However, I don't think we'll be so lucky this year!
Life is now back to "normal".
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Gianna woke up at the ungodly hour of 5am. I was able to put her back to sleep - in bed with me. Officially, she and I started our day at 6:30 - which is still earlier than I like, but it's her normal waking time. David and I have been very spoiled with children who like to sleep late, however that changed when Gianna arrived. Out of the three kids, she is our rooster.
By 9am everyone had eaten breakfast so I decided it was time to hit the shower. Gianna played in her crib (which is in our room) while the radio was on. (That's my way for her to know it's play time - lights on, radio loud)...so imagine my suprise when I came out of the shower and saw her sound asleep! I quietly dressed and left the room. She slept for an hour!!!
I decided to try to put her down for her normal nap time at 12:30/1pm....guess what....she is asleep!
Gemma and Spencer are watching a movie in the play room, so I think I'm going to take advantage and lay on the couch for a little while!!!
Only 28 more hours until David comes home! Yeah!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
It makes me a little sad to see her growing so quickly - it seems like just yesterday Hoa gave us the highchair! (It was actually back in April though - she was almost 7 months old!)
Another change for Gianna is graduating from the highchair to a booster chair! She loves sitting at the table with us - and just loves sitting in her chair by herself. I took these photos after Gianna walked to her chair and "yelled" for me until I put her in it!
Friday, January 2, 2009
We had another Christmas celebration with Chris (Gianna's godfather) and his parents later that afternoon. Again, the children were spoiled with more fun toys and they each received a homemade scarf and mittens from Mrs. K. We also had some yummy cupcakes - and we were given the extras to take home!!!
For New Year's Eve, we had dinner with my mom, David's parents and Chris and his parents. We went to The Olive Garden and the had a very nice dinner. We had wanted to eat at 5:30 - before the rush, however it seems that we weren't the only people with that idea! We weren't seated until after 6pm! The kids were great. It wasn't until Gianna started rubbing her eyes that we realized it was 8:30!! Once we got home and put the kids to bed, David and I watched a movie. Needless to say, I was asleep within 15 minutes of the movie.
On a separate note....we had a great 2008. Our kids are healthy and the rest of our families and our friends are doing well. We hope and pray for more wonderful blessings in 2009!