Monday, February 9, 2009

Michael's Birthday Celebration and the Circus

Michael's birthday was February 3rd so we celebrated with a little family evening after work that evening. The kids each handmade a card for their daddy and presented their masterpieces one by one.

We had a few presents for him to open and I made a special dinner - Pioneer Woman's pan-fried ribeye steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. It's good stuff and a great recipe if it is a bit too cold to light up the grill outside.

I have given him a choice of cake and ice cream. So I made a German chocolate cake and served it with chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream. This was obviously not a Weight Watchers meal! But special occasions call for occasional splurges.

This weekend we took the kids to the Royal Hanneford Circus in town. I brought the camera but between the food, three kids, and balancing everything on stadium benches, it was too much to take pictures. I grabbed a couple of photos of the kids in the stands.

We ate our share of food that fell into the same food group as Michael's birthday dinner...fat food. The kids enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy and French fries. They got a kick out of the elephants, the monkeys and the dogs all doing an array of tricks.

Emma got scared each time they turned the lights down low to set up in between acts and would start panicking saying,"Are we going home now? I want to go home!"

Now if you asked her if she enjoyed the circus she would tell you what a great time she had. It was the first thing she said to her preschool director today as she was getting out of the car! She wasn't crazy about the clowns either but then...can't really blame her for that. Clowns are scary!

I'm not really sure what was going on with Avery in this moment. She tends to ham up for every photo moment so I think this was her version of an exaggerated smile!

After the circus we grabbed lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. Avery spent most of her time visiting with the workers and they enjoyed picking her up and talking to her. They even gave her free candy on the way out.

We can't go anywhere nowadays without attracting a crowd thanks to Avery. On her way out of any restaurant she feels the need to walk around from table to table saying a personal "goodbye" to everyone.

She used to be so shy - it was the part of the reason I was so adamant about enrolling her in preschool! No more a wallflower - she is the center of everyone's attention - whether you like it or not.

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