Saturday morning I got up at 5 am because I had my black belt pre-test at 7 am. While I had gotten a waiver for the run, I still needed to be there on time to cheer on my teammates and of course I eventually had to do the material. When all was said and done, I passed, with the only recommendation from my sensei being that I work on my self-confidence. You can see a few photos here.
After the test was over I hurried home to have breakfast and shower because we were hosting Gracie and Jacob this weekend while my sister had a kid-free girls trip. They were so excited to come over that Gracie called the house almost the minute we walked in to find out how much longer!
We were trying to figure out what we could do with them as we didn't just want to park them in front of the TV for the weekend. Of course there are always lots of things to do but finding things that don't break the bank is another story. I looked in the entertainment guide and discovered that the museum literally a mile from my house has free first Saturdays and they had an exhibit about dinosaurs along with an arts and crafts time. Score! Once we got there we found out that the museum is always free to residents of my city. It's probably terrible to admit this but I've never been to this museum before. After going, I will definitely go back soon!
The Dinotopia exhibit was a series of paintings of dinosaurs and there was a scavenger hunt for the kids to look closely at the paintings to find items. Gracie really enjoyed that! Once we were finished with that exhibit we looked through the rest of the museum before going to the arts & crafts area. We were delighted to find an exhibit about our local area's involvement in the War of 1812 as well as a giant doll-house. It was a very fun 3 hours! (Click on the photos to make them bigger.)
November 5: I am grateful that I get to be an Aunt. There is something so satisfying about having children in your life who think you're the best and open your eyes to see things that have been there all along.