Monday, December 11, 2017

Tree Picking

 We went down the road to Spoth's last night to pick out our Christmas tree.  Matthew fell in love with a tall skinny one -- it just barely fits under the ceiling!  Mike got the lights on while Matthew and I baked cookies, and little Elsa adapted right away to her favorite seat being moved. :)

Art in the Cold

 Yesterday we went to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for the first time.  They were having an "Art of the Senses" exhibit, which included pieces that you could touch, hear, smell, and even taste (that last one was Matthew's favorite, of course -- it included a bowl of jelly beans.)  The mirror room was a lot of fun, and the merry-go-round of apocalyptic horrors was also memorable. :)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Back to the Ninja

 We signed James up for a ninja competition months ago, and even though we haven't been to ninjas this fall (due to schedules and illness and so on), he was still excited to go last weekend. 

Unlike previous competitions that were mostly kids from Hybrid Fitness, this one was a National Ninja League qualifier, and there were teams of kids from a gym in Rochester and one in Michigan. (It's turning into a real sport!)

Despite his lack of practice, James had a great run.  Unfortunately, he didn't quite complete the rock wall -- he landed partially on the mat instead of on the landing pad -- so he wasn't one of the top finishers. However, based on his speed and skill level, I think he was still one of the better kids and most likely would have placed if he hadn't had that error.  That's okay, though, he still had a great time, and it was fun to see the ninja folks again!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Garden Lights

 On Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, we went to the Louis Ginter gardens light show.  It was amazing!  The weather was even nice -- chilly but not too cold.