There was some kind of lunar eclipse on Wednesday last week, so I thought it might be nice to get up early and have breakfast with my folks, where they have a backyard with enough of a view that we could watch it. Unfortunately, the clouds didn’t quite cooperate, but we did get a glimpse of the nearly-eclipsed moon before it disappeared behind an overcast sky. We brought the kids along as well, and my parents shared some pastries with us before we left.


Then on Friday night, we took the kids to the Children’s Museum for their Candyland Night. The “Candyland” theme didn’t stretch much farther than an inflated rainbow archway with a tattered colored path along the floor, but there were lots of other things that kept the kids busy. Hannah went “sledding” in the winter wonderland exhibit, and the kids both took trips on the carousel and train. Mostly, it was nice to let the kids get out and run around as winter made things a bit too cold for the great outdoors.

Vivian had a baby shower to attend on Saturday, so I took the kids down to the Kroc Center to get them worn out in the afternoon before putting them down with some Super Mario Bros 3.


Then on Sunday, we had some potluck with our friends at Twin Valley Church before spending the afternoon preparing for the Super Bowl. Vivian made an assortment of tasty wings and nachos, and Jack and Donna came over with guacamole, clam dip, empañadas, and some tiny mini pizzas. I got both of the kids to make their predictions for the Super Bowl again this year, and the both picked the Eagles. For those of you keeping score at home, that makes Hannah four-for-four in her Super Bowl picks. She and Aaron both seemed enthusiastic about the game, though the snacks probably helped. Hannah also brought out a variety of toys, including her bizarre balloon doll and Zoey cats dressed in their “jammies.”

We’ve got another cold week of snow and slippery roads in the forecast for this week. Hopefully we’ll make it until spring.

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