Last Saturday, we went to Build a Bear! We had accumulated a stash of coupons and gift cards, so we decided to go. We arrived right before the store opened, along with about 15 other kids and their families. Fortunately the kids had enough time looking through the windows to decide quickly what they wanted, and we grabbed our bears and got started.
Elijah chose a bulldog which he named "Lucky Dog" and even recorded his voice to go into it! Kirsa chose an "Elsa Bear", and Ingrid got a brown bear which we named "Lollipop". She is now obsessed with Lollipop and drags it all around the house, which I am thankful for because now her sleeping bear (which she calls "HeyBear") can stay clean in her bed. (They are also pictured here with Little Bunny and Beautiful Bear, which Elijah and Kirsa made last February when Grandpa and Grandma took them to Build a Bear).
In other news, it's apparently "Movember" and all men are reminded to go to their doctor's for their checkups and such. Chris has been growing his facial hair, now shaved down to a mustache, in honor of men's health.
I returned from Texas to discover that Elijah had started a notebook for him and me, which we are to pass back and forth, writing letters to each other. He wrote me a couple (extremely sweet!) letters while I was gone, which I had to photograph and save forever!
The kids have been busy in school too, and coming home with lots of projects. Elijah made this poster after learning about community helpers, which says that he wants to be a "road worker" when he grows up. Kirsa made an "owl baby", and Ingrid made two different turkeys and a leaf painting.
We had lots of snow and very cold weather a week ago, and had to remind the kids how to put on their snow stuff and stay outside for more than seven milliseconds in the cold. The snow is mostly melted as of today, and no more forecasted anytime soon. Now our 9th Anniversary, and Thanksgiving, are coming up next week!