Saturday, October 30, 2010

Granddad Days

This September had been a big month for having fun with the grandparents. I've written before how my father-in-law is the pastor of the church we attend. One huge treat for the kids is taking lunch to him at his office. We hadn't done this in a few months, so we picked up some burgers and fries on a Thurday afternoon and invaded his space. It usually is literally invading as the kids love to explore all his desk drawers, bookshelves and draw all over the dry-erase board.

Of course, they also love to check out the many souvineers he had from his travels, mainly to India. He has these wooden animal figures that have smaller animals inside them. But the biggest hit for Jared is always the dagger set from Pakistan.

Grandad had an awesome idea to make paper airplanes to fly in the gym, so helped the kids fold them before heading downstairs.

After flying the airplanes for a while (we found they will go varying distances depending on how they're folded), we opend the closet and played for the next hour with the hockey sticks, balls and scooters.

That weeked, my mother-in-law went on a woman's retreat to Wisconsin, so we invited Grandad to go with us on a bike ride. We rode through our favorite woods, but this time we went further than we had evern gone before. It has been so much fun riding as a family for the first time this year. Steve and I were commenting just a few days ago how we wished we had had more bike rides this summer. I still can't go by myself with the kids because Jared rides so fast and gets out of sight so quickly while I need to stay behind with Alexa who likes to take her time. At four years old, he isn't that great about stopping before he gets to a busy street.

We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit in the back yard when we came home. I'm so thankful for our fire pit. It gives you a little feel for camping, and yet you have your own private bathroom just a few feet away. Now that's my kind of camping!

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