Saturday, November 6, 2010

Miami, Baby!!

Rob asked the family today if we wanted to go up to Miami University where he went to school. We all agreed to go and were so glad we did! First thing we did was eat at Skippers Pub. Rob used to work there in college and the manager still remembered him by name. They have the yummiest honey mustard I've ever tasted!! Everyone was filled to the brim with delicious food so we decided to go to the University Bookstore and buy sweatshirts since it was sooo cold outside. Taesun fell in love with the hat too!!
 We stopped by the Goggin Ice Arena where the Miami Redhawks Ice Hockey team plays. They had open skating and since none of my kids had ever been, we decided to go. Taesun was super scared when he got his shoes on. He was backing away from Rob and was honestly terrified. The girls were excited. I decided that I would go with the kids since it would be better for me to get hurt than for Rob to get hurt. (He is the major breadwinner, ya know?!) I was also petrified since I hadn't been on the ice in over 20 years! I did great and so did the kids. Once Tae saw that we could hold on to the walls, he was excited to get out there and try it. He did really well as long as he was holding onto the walls! Jenna ended up doing awesome and going out into the middle of the rink! She loved it! Addison was doing well, but had a couple BIG falls and was quite sore in the end. The thing I love about Addison is that when something doesn't come easy to her, she tries and tries again until she gets it!!
 Here is Taesun's "Iron Man" face. He does it all the time. No really- ALL THE TIME! We were glad to get it on camera so we can show him these pics when he grows up!!
 With all the beautiful scenery nearby, we got some great shots of the kids. Here is one of my favorites!!
 We actually got to see the collegiate ice skating teams perform. They look great here, but in person...not so great. Pretty boring actually. Rob and I coaxed the kids to leave in the middle of the performance. They complied!!
 We kept asking Addison if she wanted to go to Miami University when she grows up and she definitely does! We thought this picture looked like she was all grown up and ready for college. Sloooowww Dooowwnn, Addi!! We're not quite ready for this yet!
 If you can see what I'm holding in my hand, it is quite possibly the largest leaf I've ever seen! Jenna found it and we wanted to document it. It was literally twice the size of Jenna's head. Insane!!!
 Since we were still there at dinnertime, Rob asked if we wanted to eat at the dining hall he used to eat at in school. We all thought it would be a fun experience. It was!! The kids got a kick out of the chocolate milk machine with endless chocolate milk to drink. We topped the meal off with ice cream!! What a great end to a terrific Saturday as a family!
Great idea to go to Miami University today, Rob!! We really want to go back soon. We love you!!

Happy Halloween!

This year for Halloween, the kids had a storybook character parade. Jenna went as Fancy Nancy and Addison went as a 'mom' from the book that she and two of her friends, Sarah and Amanda wrote last year in class. They looked super cute and thoroughly enjoyed their day!!
 We bought vampire teeth for Tae and Jenna to wear around the house. In this picture, Jenna's hair was up in curlers for the night. Since Rob took the kids out to dinner we put the scarf around her head. Sometimes the kids really do love each other!!
 On Halloween morning, the kids woke up early and made Rob and I breakfast in bed. They used candy they collected from the night before at the Trunk or Treat at our church to decorate the plate. The cute little guy in the middle is an Ego waffle with apple pieces cut up to look like a face. In the bowl are the remainding apple pieces to munch on. The peace sign and other decorations on here are made from play-dough. I just love how creative the kids are!!
 For our church's annual "Trunk or Treat," we allowed our kids to bring some friends from school. Jenna decided to invite Midori and Minami, (her Japanese friends from school). Minami's brother, Keito wanted to come too.
 Addison invited three friends. Elizabeth, Amanda, and Sarah came. They were so cute. Everyone had a super-fun time!!
Also- the kids ended up getting grounded from Trick or Treat this year. They went to the church activity the night before, so they didn't really care all too much. Hopefully they will realize that going Trick-or-Treating is a privilege and NOT something they are entitled to. Next year will definitely be better!! (We still had fun though..)