Friday morning we packed up after Adam left for work and headed to the cities for the day. The boys had been wanting to visit the museum again and there was a play group for the Roseville Church of the Cross that I had been invited to so we made a day of it. Play group was a great success and it is hard to say who had a more enjoyable time. Isaac, Stephen, and Jack were delighted upon seeing a large bin of small sized Legos when they went downstairs. They had to share this wonderful treasure for a time, but then most of the other children went outside to play and they had the whole been all to themselves. I didn’t see them again until I called them to get something to eat. Gabriel displayed remarkable bravery in an unfamiliar crowd and explored the house and ventured outside unattended. He did return after a minor slip on the step, but quickly recovered and went on his way. Sebastian also wandered about and was especially pleased when a few people started fixing plates of food. I fixed him his own plate, but I think he mostly grazed off of other people’s. There were cupcakes at the end of lunch which were delicious and for the first time in a public setting Isaac and Stephen could eat them too now that they can tolerate eggs. I enjoyed conversations about home schooling, chore teaching, Minnesota winters, and other various topics. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and we had a terrific time.
Just prior to leaving Stephen ended up with a terrible stomach ache. He really did look miserable and I asked him if we should postpone the museum for another day. You could see the battle of desires in his face. He really wanted to go to the museum. He really felt terrible. He voted for going to the museum and happily by the time we got there he was feeling better. We explored the new rainforest exhibit and then went to their favorite place–the ant section. My little boys are growing up and I allowed them a bit more freedom this time to explore on their own, provided they stay within the area. Jack wanted to see the rat program so he accompanied Gabriel up to that while Isaac and Stephen played at the ant colony and the beaver pond. Jack listened attentively to the presentation and got to pet the rat at the end. Gabriel found a rat puppet that he carried around during the presentation.
We finished up in the section called “My World” which has a bus, grocery, restaurant, post office and other things for role-playing. We haven’t spent a great deal of time in it before and initially there was a great deal of complaining from the older members of the crew. They eventually made the best of it and upon discovering the cash register with play money in the restaurant Jack, Gabriel, and Stephen were quite content. Isaac spent a good deal of time driving the Metro Bus and Sebastian pushed a broom around the restaurant with great delight.
We arrived home shortly after Adam got home from work. If only the house would have cleaned itself while we were all away it would have been a perfect day, but we can’t have everything.