Thursday, November 30, 2017

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

We spent a day at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis - and I have to say, this is the best children's museum I've ever been to. It's been a few years since we went and I love it every single time. It's 5 stories of awesomeness. I know we could have easily spent more time there if we didn't have to head to lunch!

June LOVED wearing this fancy costume in the section devoted to China. She made sure to get the train just right each time she moved. Check out how serious she is about her posing:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Indianapolis Trip!

We took the whole week for Thanksgiving this year! Michael had to work on Tuesday, so the kids and I went to Indianapolis and he caught up with us later. (The original plan had been to go to Arizona to see my family, but it didn't work out with Dad's health.)

The kids were great for the trip. June and Bennett even lucked into getting to see and sit in the cockpit before we took off! Shout out the awesome, kind pilots at Alaskan Air! They even let June do some "announcements" where they fed her the lines like, "This is your pilot speaking. There are only a few rules - sit down, don't ask for anything, and hold tight - this is my first flight." Ha! She was so thrilled and I'm so glad I got a video of it!

We were so happy to get to Grammy and Papaw Fred's house. They have tons of toys, such a warm and welcoming environment - and they just love playing with the kids. Here's Bennett dancing to Grammy's song on the xylophone...

They also spent some time in the yard, running around, raking leaves to jump in or feeding the birds/squirrels.

We went to a nearby park and played on the playground, and fed a goat that came to the fence.

Got to stop at my favorite, Steak N Shake! Bennett even got my fave - the Chili Mac!


It was so fun when Lauren, Meredith, Saige and Amira showed up. Then Mimi and Tom came, and we were a big laughing, leg- and arm-wrestling bunch!

I'll save the pics and stories of Thanksgiving for another post, so I'll skip to an expedition we took to a cute little town whose name is escaping me. It was all decked out for Christmas, which suited me just fine! 

At the airport on the way back, we bumped into Santa! We were lucky to catch him since he was about to pack up for the day, but we got a couple pictures and the kids were able to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. I have to say, the whole process of getting the Santa picture is something that I dread. The long waits, the crowds, the cost. (We don't even go most years!) So it was really nice to get this visit completed so early in the season with so little effort on our side! :)

It was a great trip! I was so glad to have enough time to really relax, get to see the whole family and really enjoy our time with everyone!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Halloween

This was our first Halloween in Seattle! 

We had a bit of a funny day - the kids' dentist appointments had to be rescheduled and the only date they had available was Halloween, so the kids ended up at the dentist at 2:30 that day! I took Bennett with me to pick up June at school so he got to participate in her little class party that was open to siblings.

Bennett went as Darth Vader, or as he calls it, "Dark Vader."

June went as a Halloween fairy. Kind of a long story. Basically I made myself a Halloween-inspired circle skirt this year and June asked for one too. So I bought her a yard of fabric and whipped up a skirt. Well it ended up being her favorite thing on the planet, she wore it to school as often as I'd let her, and then she decided she wanted to wear it for Halloween too. I kept asking if she was SURE she didn't want a different costume, but she did not. So we got her some wings and a little headband with bats on it and she became a Halloween fairy. Even asked Bennett to trade pumpkin buckets so she'd get the one that matched her.

After the dentist we went to the little business trick-or-treating in the little 'village' of our neighborhood. It's really sweet and quaint - or would feel quaint if it weren't for the thousands upon thousands of people there. We went early and I was so glad we did, because it was fun while we were there but after a little bit I was over the crowds and ready to leave.

All of the businesses along the little main street open their doors and hand out candy to all the kids. Neighboring businesses come out and set up a booth to hand out candy. This is definitely where the kids did the bulk of their trick-or-treating. It was really fun - we saw a ton of the kids' friends, got to visit a lot of spots we frequent, etc.

Then we headed home and had a quiet dinner. Afterward, we went trick-or-treating at a few houses on our street. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in our street! It was really dark and quiet - lots of people had their lights off, and we only saw 3 or 4 other groups of trick-or-treaters out there. I was bummed since we live so close to the school that I thought we'd have tons of kids. But I also hear that most of our neighborhood heads over to this one street that goes all-out with decorations, so maybe that's it. (This is actually EXACTLY the same situation that we had in Sacramento.)

But the kids had a great time, got tons of candy, some of which they were willing to share with Michael and me! :)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Family Day with the Sounders

While Fred and Judy were in town, we all went to the Sounders game! It was Bennett's first game, June's second - and of course Judy and Fred's first one. We also went to the big March to the Match leading up to the game before it started.

The kids did great. I was worried they wouldn't make it through the whole match but they did! (It helped that we had a break to walk around to get snacks.) The Sounders won, which is always a great time, and we just loved the whole feel of the game and the stadium and the crowd.