London, Museum of Flight, and Shrimp and Grits

Last Sunday we had dinner at the Shribers. They have four boys who are about the same age as our kids, so the kids played and the adults actually got to have some semblance of a conversation. It was fun to get to know them better.

On Monday Christopher woke up with a sore throat. I made chicken soup with rice for dinner and we went to bed early, because Tuesday he left for London. By a small miracle he was upgraded to business class and actually had a bed on the nine hour flight from MSP to LHR, so by the time he arrived he was in much better shape.

While he was gone the kids and I did our usual. Ben had preschool Tuesday and Thursday. Gavin had Scouts on Tuesday. He had a baseball game on Wednesday but it was 50 degrees and rainy. He did not want to go, and I didn’t make him. Megan and Gavin were a huge help with the bedtime routine, and the little guys were in bed by seven every night. Logan sleeps like a champ, usually a good 13 hours. Ben still has issues. When I lock him in his room he usually starts yelling around 6:30 a.m. If his door is unlocked I usually wake up at 3 a.m. with his little body burrowing into my back. Thankfully, Ben usually still naps. I’ve tried cutting out the naps and/or keeping him up later to see if he’ll sleep in, and it doesn’t work. In his case, the more sleep he gets, the better he sleeps.

There was no school on Friday, and I thought we might go somewhere but it was a rough night for Ben. He was up before 6, and by noon both little boys were begging for naps. Thankfully the sun was shining and there were lots of kids playing outside. Megan is also turning into a little socialite. With her bike range extended to nearby neighborhoods and an email account, she has been making lots of plans with friends. She rode over to Alice’s house in the afternoon, stayed for dinner (I had made stir-fry, but Alice is actually Chinese so I’m sure whatever they had was more authentic), then invited Alice and Christina to our neighbor’s Friday night garage movie.

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Christopher got home Friday evening just in time to put Ben to bed and fall immediately to sleep. Gavin and I were watching Granite Flats and eating coconut ice cream. Saturday we slept late– Gavin was entertaining Ben and Logan slept until nine! Christopher made pancakes and then we headed to the Museum of Flight for the annual Cascade Warbirds Fly-In, where we were able to see a variety of restored vintage military aircraft, some as old as WWII. Ben was especially excited when the pilots let him sit in the plane! Logan was less than thrilled to be in the stroller.

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We also went inside the museum (reciprocal memberships rock). It was my first time in the museum, and we were there over and hour, but with the little boys in tow we only saw a small wing of it, mainly the kids’ area with lots of levers to pull and buttons to push. Megan and Gavin did a hot-air balloon craft. We’ll have to go back soon to see more of the museum, and without the little guys sometime so we can actually read all the information about the planes, rockets, and aerospace history.

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As soon as we got home and fed everyone sandwiches, it was nap time. When Logan woke up I took him and Megan to Costco. We barely squeezed in before close (6 p.m.) and managed to fill our cart with the necessities. Armed with a rotisserie chicken (I never go to Costco without buying a chicken), Christopher smashed some potatoes and I roasted some broccoli and that was dinner. We enjoyed an after-dinner family trampoline jump (more like wrestle) before bed.

Today, after church and naps, I made shrimp and grits for dinner. Usually I don’t cook on Sunday, and I’ve never made shrimp and grits, but yum. Christopher said it was my “best dish in recent memory, make that distant memory.” Thanks Bobby Flay. That should answer the question, “How’s that diet going?” I start the week so well. Smoothies and brown rice salads (which are delicious, by the way) and lentils and lots of green stuff. By the weekend I’m eating pancakes and bacon and shrimp and grits. So weak.

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