Sunday, November 22, 2009

Issue 78

Happy Birthday to Me

Thanks to everyone that helped make my birthday so special!

Steve took the day off and treated me like a queen. We started the morning off with the breakfast sandwiches Steve bought and then by painting an accent wall in the living room a lovely green. I'm redecorating the front room with a New Zealand theme. (I'll post pictures when I finish.) Then I got to go to lunch with my mom and sister while Steve took the kids birthday shopping. After lunch I got my hair done and met the family for dinner at Bajio. The next night Steve and I went to Market Street for dinner to celebrate some more. I guess you could say my main present was not having to cook!

My favorite part of the whole day was watching Steve (dad) and Janey practice her clogging routine to the tune of Deck the Halls by Donny Osmond while I finished painting. What an awesome dad!

The Gail Center

My sister Bree reminded us of a small local museum, The Gail Center. We decided to try it out for our field trip Friday. It's full of local history and turn of the century artifacts. The kids especially loved the farm house and general store.

It's run by 60 or 70ish year old grandma volunteers, who have lots of history to share. As we were the only patrons there, we got lots of their attention. The museum creators couldn't seem to decide if it was meant to be a children's museum or not. Mixed in all the hands on things are antiques with Do Not Touch signs. Unfortunately, the young ones they especially don't want touching are not old enough to read the signs. What's the point of having a General store with an awesome cash register full of fake money, if you can't touch it? Confusion aside, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.

The next room over held the highlight of the trip, the Gingerbread house display. We got to admire and vote for our favorite. It really got us in the holiday mood. Most of us voted for the clever windmill display.