Otherwise known as the Boxing Day that wasn’t. Here in Minnesota it was life as usual. Well for the rest of the world (even Baba went to work as usual!). WE had a Boxing Day as usual. For the Reinsch-Johnson family that means a day in pj’s playing with our new toys and eating leftovers.
The day was nice enough to boot the kids outside for a bit of course.
Echo gave her all as a fairy flitting here and there.
It was the next day – Friday where we got the perfect snowman making snow. And as a promise had been extracted from me to NOT do schoolwork until after New Years, well this Mommy is cringing at the lack of worksheets and spelling tests… just a little!
Though the kids did make good use of those new toys.
We also got our Christmas care package from Grandma and Grandpa Mike. Definitely full of some fun goodies.
The kids had tons of fun over the weekend with their cousins. There was no Sunday school so they played on uninterrupted.
Going to a movie with Nana and Baba!
We did a little shopping on the Monday and spent some of our Christmas money, replaced a game we had already and generally had a nice family outing.
Then we snuck in ONE learning activity – I had taped a new Wild Kratts. So we watched and did our mini poster.
Then… well we had one day left to the year… which I will talk about in our next entry!!!
It was hard to do it but we managed… for over 2 months we kept quiet about it, planned it stealthily… executed it PERFECTLY… and on the morning of the 13th Ken took the twins to pick up the surprise… they didn’t know what hit them!!! Yup, at the airport they picked up… GRANDMA! She received a 3 day vacation, for her birthday, with 5 of her 6 grandchildren! The excitement continued when she walked in the door as the little 3 still did not know!
Waiting for the surprise
We didn’t have a vehicle big enough to cart us all around so the bulk of the vacation was spent at home doing wonderful together things with Grandma, like playing Legos, watching movies, drawing pictures, telling stories.
And doing hair!
Sorting the Grandma American Change she brought the kids
There were Canadian themed books to check out as well! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Mike!
Echo got a hat she wore for days after!
There was even time for a Grandma only walk to the park!
Though on Saturday Trinity and Emanuel took Grandma and Daddy to the Harley Davidson store closest to pick up choice items for Grandpa Mike (and sneak in some ice cream!). And that night Mommy and Daddy snuck out for a much needed dinner for two!
Calling Grandpa Mike
Sunday MORNING was the first official Sunday School session so Ken took the 4 enrolled and they went solo. Everyone had fun and looked great… except for Zander’s miss buttoned shirt which we will say is a “fashion statement”…
We had fun meals together, checked out the garden… played Lego.
I think it was a good visit! And all managed by staying close to home no less! And don’t forget… more braiding!