Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

Dinosaur Bone
Our school district gives the entire week of Thanksgiving off because they have report card conferences instead so we had the week off mostly (I had to work Monday).  While I am not ready to discuss report cards, I can say we had a really busy week.  We hit the Kohl's Children's Museum, The Field Museum, Ringling Bros Circus, IKEA, Woodfield Mall and the Jelly Belly Factory.  We also had 16 people total at our house for Thanksgiving and spent Sunday getting our Christmas decorations up.  Whew!  They have two weeks off at Christmas so I don't know how we will top last week.  Gretchen wants to go to the Art Institute again so we may make a trip after New Year's.  I personally like to see the Christmas trees at MSI but we went the last two years so I could wait a year.  However, they are doing a Dr. Seuss exhibit so there is something to see!  Gretchen has been asking me if we can make a gift for Santa.   When I ask her what he needs or what we should give him but she does not know......  She knows she wants three things for Christmas though and that we should at the very least give Santa one thing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Gretchen opted to go as the bride of Frankenstein this year (the boys went as Matt Forte).  She wore my Frankenstein wig (it fit her head mostly).  A friend from work lent us a wedding dress.  Gretchen was quite pleased with her look.  If you know me at all, you know I'm not a fan of hootchie mama costumes so I too was quite pleased with the costume.  May I be so fortunate every year!

That's her pumpkin next to her.  Steve painstakingly helped her carve it herself!