okay - here it is. My birthday - the long version. We spent the afternoon at The Henry Ford. (And we renewed our membership - so you'll be seeing more pictures throughout the next year)
First off - I really miss the fact that the Village hasn't opened during the days in December during this year and last. They are still open for Holiday Nights, but not during the day - totally due to the economy. (and Holiday Nights cost above the membership, and with two adults and four kids - in this economy, we can't afford that) It was the one time that *I* insisted we head down to Dearborn. I loved walking the Village in December, and we often went on the weekend of my birthday.
Come on economy, pick back up. My tradition is sad.
But the museum is fun. Santa is there and they have this lovely train set up each Christmas that's all sorts of white and Christmasy and lit up and it's gorgeous and I couldn't wait to show the boys. (seen in this post)
But it wasn't there this year. I asked. Apparently the mice got it while it was in storage.
We also didn't see Santa. We planned to - but the line was an hour and a half long. He's coming to Mark's school next week - we'll see him then.
We did, however, enjoy listening to this guy reading The Polar Express on one of the trains. Mark was all sorts of Whoa!!
From left to right - Allan brought clothes to change into after church, but forgot a change of shoes - so he's got pretty spiffy shoes on for the casual duds he's wearing. He was also approached by someone who saw his unicycle shirt and invited him to come and check out the Redford Township Unicycle Club when they start meeting again in January. I thought maybe they had disbanded because they never answered the email I sent them back in May - but this lady assured me that they are most definitely up and running and would love to have Allan come out and see what they are about. Neato.
Wendy also forgot shoes to change into and had such a bad blister by the end of our few hours that I had to go bandaid hunting for her.
Greg brought pants that aren't supposed to be seen out of his garage. Even Uncle George commented on them.
Brian brought shoes to change into but chose to keep his church clothes on.
Mark keeps it simple like his mother.
The mother tends to lag behind the gang. By choice. We just wore the same thing all day long from top to bottom.
They had a sweet Wizard of Oz exhibit that was fun for the adults and the kids - lots to see and do in that room. Even fun for those who have never seen the Wizard of Oz. *grin*
And they had one of these things too that the boys were able to climb into. I thought it was new, but the boys say they've been in it before. My husband sometimes took the kids down to the museum when I wasn't able to. The beauty of the membership.
After the museum we came back home and appreciated and enjoyed the soup I had put going in the crockpot in the morning.
Then there was singing and birthday ice cream after my delicious two hour nap.
It was a good day.
As for today?
A mailbox chock full of goodies - thank you!
A trip to the barber shop for Markie
A drop off of a special order golf ball to the Heart of Michigan shop in town
Stood in line at the post office to mail three other orders. The line was long but moved very quickly.
And tonight Brian is going on a fire station tour - and I think I'll stay home and finish writing Christmas cards.
It's a good day.