On Wednesday before Christmas, we went to one of my brother's homes for our annual Laakso gathering. We bring piles of dollar gifts and roll doubles for a chance to open or steal. We ended up switching to two people rolling one die at a time with the goal of getting a two to open a gift, just to make the game go a little faster.
This is about as amped up as a Laakso party gets.
On Christmas Eve - I already posted. Greg took the kids to The Henry Ford, and I wrapped gifts.
On Christmas morning - Allan was disgusted with the little boys - finally waking them up around 7:30.
The boys were excited about their bow and arrows. I'd say that this isn't a scene you'll see much in Michigan on Christmas day - a kid outside in boxer shorts.....but then again, that's Mark. The cold doesn't get to him much.
A few single player brain games under our tree. I've always enjoyed logic problems. This one is Cool Circuits. The cards give you the starting and ending piece, and then you have to lay the other pieces down correctly to complete the circuit and light up the board.
Mark also got a union suit from grandma. He stayed home with me in the morning while the rest of the family [minus grandma who went to my brother's] went to morning service. He wore that until he had to get ready for evening church. He declares it the most comfortable thing ever.
He practiced his new bow and arrow for at least six hours on Christmas day, with Brian not too far behind. They only lost one arrow between them.
A good example of why I prefer candid photos. We had ham and cheesy potatoes for dinner.
Another single player brain game - Gravity Maze. I'm really enjoying this one. It's definitely a challenge. The ten year old got pretty impatient by card/challenge ten.
As for the rest of the week - yesterday I brought the boys to the library for an hour long chemistry thing. Brian was fired up to bump into some classmates, and both the boys had fun with the fake snow they brought home.
We also bumped into the other elementary robotics team from our town and enjoyed their demonstration of their robot. We exchanged contact information and look forward to getting our teams together next fall for a challenge or two. I've committed to coaching again. I like it.
I just picked Wendy up from another sleepover.
Now we're headed to the gym.
Meanwhile - I've been busy peeling wallpaper and my mom is still here. As I was peeling wallpaper, she said - from her chair - 'you have a lot of energy for an old lady'
She's leaving Friday.