Saturday, January 26, 2008

Settling In

We have spent the last few weeks establishing a new post-L'viv routine. Erik has set up his attic office space, spending full days working on his book manuscript away from most distractions. Emerging for lunch or fresh tea, Erik has many opportunities to see Lea and Carter during the day as well. Exploration of potential pre-schools and attending science, dance, and gymnastics classes and library story time fill out Lea and Carter's daily schedule.

We have family time during evenings and weekends. On Saturday, we decided to re-visit a hands-on museum in the Kansas City area that we discovered last year. Carter enjoyed it even more this time as the displays are a bit more friendly to the nearly 3 and up (and a bit more challenging for those 2 and under). We visited the planets, saw underwater scenes made from Legos, learned about health and hospitals, pretended to go grocery shopping, and explored some physics with the help of ramps and golf balls. The image on the left shows Carter fighting with the high-powered air system to insert pom-pons into tubes. He particularly enjoyed changing the air flow, much to the chagrin of other kids who found their scarves and pom-pons stranded in suddenly pressure-less areas of the pretzel-shaped tube wall. He also enjoyed the Lego submarine (on the right) complete with a toilet, microwave oven, coffepot, fridge, and hamburger made entirely of Legos. After a couple hours of fun, we returned home. Below you can see Carter practicing his driving - thankfully that is over a decade away!

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