Baby has arrived! Emily Marie Long. 7 lbs., 6 oz., 20.5 inches long. Born at 3:49 pm on Jan 21.
Everything went pretty much as it should.
The week after Christmas was filled with lot of fun stuff (and lots of grandparent time). We went to Science City at Union Station in Kansas City (and brought baby Collins).
Caroline in the space shuttle landing simulator. Needs practice,
Taking a picture by the giant moving bug statute.
We of course made it to Cheesecake Factory.
And Jen and the kids went to lunch with my sister, Megan, while I was working.
Took everyone bowling. Only one smashed finger.
I think the shadow under the ball may indicate a need for some better bowling technique.
Also made cardboard houses.
We eventually got back on a place to head home. Again, a direct flight with ipads and headphones for everyone made things relatively easy. Henry kept putting his feet on the seat in front of him–getting dirty looks in return. But really, what is a Catholic priest gonna say to a 5 year old on an airplane?
We did make it back. School. Work. Lessons. Riding in a car with only one DVD screen (the rental car had two!). Tough lives for little kids.
Our kids were pretty pumped for Christmas morning. Caroline is old enough now to sort of get what’s going on–although I’m not sure she go tthe anticipation on Christmas Eve she definitely understood the pile of presents. Humorously, Caroline was the biggest fan of the light up swords out of all the kids. Also a big fan of scissors.
This is Caroline mid-morning after waking up too early.
After lunch we went out to my parents’ house for more presents!
This is Henry mining for his gems (polished rocks hidden in a big chunk of dirt).
Also the kinetic sand was a big hit with the kids.
We went out to my parents’ house for my mom’s birthday on Dec 23rd. The kids helped light the candles; no major injuries.
Caroline was pretty happy to play with my sister’s daughter (Eli, ~9 months younger than Caroline).
My dad helped them cut puzzle out of thin plywood on the little bandsaw in the basement. They made a lot of puzzles.
Caroline really loved this flying dinosaur thing (kind of like a helicopter on a tether). She walked it (flew it?) around the house like a pet until the battery died.
We made my parents pose with the Construx creation my dad and Henry built.
On Christmas eve we did a very rough approximation of the nativity. Little Becca appointer herself director and assigned everyone parts days in advance.
While in Kansas, Becca (Jen’s sister) and Carl did the baby blessing for their daughter (Collins). Carl’s family drove up from Oklahoma.
We also made gingerbread houses. Caroline is old enough now that she has lots of ideas about how things should be on her house–I didn’t get much input, other than making sure it all stayed standing up. Everyone ate a lot of the candy while the houses were being constructed and then they slowly looted the candy off of the houses during the next week.
The weather was unseasonably warm, so we actually spent some time outside. Caroline laid claim to Henry’s old motorcycle; he wasn’t that happy about it, even though he’s waaay to big for it now.
Becca’s art was obviously influenced by the fairy princess visit.
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