Despite an onslaught of nasty kid germs, we managed to get out and about for a few hours both afternoons this weekend.
One of the conundrums we face here is that some of the really cool sites that the grown-up Huffmans would like to see don't exactly appeal to the little Huffmans. On Saturday, we found a happy medium at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, where the kids could climb and play on ancient ruins outside, tiring their hyper butts out enough to give us about 5 minutes of quiet while we explored the inside of the cathedral. Of course Marley fell on her face on the marble floor and bruised her chin, which happened immediately after a friendly older English mum had said, "She's fine, mum" when I told Marley in my best whisper-of-rage voice that she needed to "stop.running.in.the.cathedral."
Random aside. . .these little pot pies that they sell at the outdoor market in Bury look yummy enough to make a gluten-free vegan consider falling off the wagon!
On Sunday, we finally got out the door at around 2:30pm, just in time for the clouds to come out. We checked out a local nature reserve, Lackford Lakes, where the kids
scared away all of the protected birds and water fowl, thereby pissing off the kooky bird watchers and photographers enjoyed a walk around the series of small lakes.
Both boys had end-of-season basketball parties over the past week. Keller had a good season--scoring lots of baskets on the days he was "on" and entertaining himself by practicing elaborate figure skating maneuvers on the court when he was having a more "off" game. Casey was a bit timid this season, and actually only took one shot all season. . .at his last game. . .and he scored! Looking at their basketball pictures, the Huffman height advantage is pretty obvious. Just gotta work on their skills and they will dominate next year.
That's all for now. Marley and I took a sick day today, which involved a trip to the doctor for her, and a lot of me listening to her give running narratives of her life while I tried to relax and read.
We are getting pretty excited about a few upcoming trips--France and Switzerland for spring break in April, and Gran Canaria for a week (most likely over Thanksgiving). I'm also planning a girls' weekend away with some friends from work, which will be way cool, especially because we can consider a variety of countries all a reasonable drive or cheap flight away!