unfortunately this year not all the Shannons could be in Grand Forks at the same time. This is the first year since I joined the family that this has happened and it was a big bummer. The kids were the ones who were most disappointed because it meant not spending time chasing their cousins.
We did still manage to have a lot of fun. Michael especially had a blast. Michael would coerce anyone who would look into his big green eyes to play a round of Munchkin with him. Uncle Steve and Uncle Jon spent most of their break battling monsters of all levels with Michael.
Elise spent most of her time shadowing Grandma Shannon.
Every once in a while she would give Grandma a break and play in Patrick’s imaginary world.
Patrick really did spend most of his time like this, sitting on the floor playing blocks. He floated from the board gamers to Grandma and Elise, but really I think he enjoyed a break from all the Christmas chaos and just had some serious chill time.
It was a really relaxing and nice way to round out the Christmas break.
For Michael’s birthday lunch we had pizza at Rhombus Guys. If you are ever in Grand Forks and want pizza, go there. So, so good.
And as a bonus you get a free s’mores pizza on your birthday. After we were done eating, and while we were waiting for the free s’mores pizza to bake, we checked out the park that is positioned behind Rhombus Guys and a few other down town buildings. It was the neatest little inner city park I have seen. The sculptures were a hit with kids and adults alike.
The kids dubbed this one the giant robot hand and Tim made up a fun story about how there was a giant robot buried underneath Grand Forks.
The other really beautiful large sculpture was of 4 trees connecting in a canopy. I would venture to guess many senior portraits, wedding photos and prom pics are taken under this arch.
Patrick was a little too interested with the graffiti. To say that makes me nervous is an understatement. I don’t know if it is graffiti or if it is commissioned art but trying to explain the difference between commissioned art and graffiti to kid is not easy. I am sure all he heard was “PAINT THE WALLS!”
Maybe Grandma Shannon picked up on his scheming on how to get paint and which wall he would paint because when he walked by her, she scooped him up in her lap pretty quick!
My favorite were the fish. There was a sign that I didn’t get a photo of that said, can you count the fish, or something like that. The kids ran around counting fish and talking about their favorites.
I am very much inspired by these fish and I am hoping I can figure out a fun summer project where each kid paints a fish for me. I would love to hang a few in our house.
For a girl who doesn’t like fish, I was really taken with these.
more photos here.
Happy Birthday Grandma Shannon
We miss you and love you very much!
Michael Donovan & Patrick JamesÃ‚Â
Last week the doctors office called and changed my induction date from October 12th to October 9th.
Tim took some vacation days last week and we headed to the cabin for a few days of R&R before the baby comes. We finished out our mini vacation in Grand Forks. We watched Beth do her thing at a UND Sioux Football game and spent some time with the Shannons. Our weekend ended on a bit of a sour note with the worst brunch ever.
Tim and I were excited to get both of Michael and Baby #2’s Grandparents (and of course Auntie Beth and Great Grandma Moo) together for a quick lunch before heading home. The quick lunch didn’t happen. We spent an hour and a half at the Village Inn waiting for breakfast. I could go on about how bad it was and the the long wait but the best way to sum it up is, we will not be eating there again.
Anyhoo… Baby is coming. Soon. I much more important things to do than to be writing posts. My list is growing longer by the day, it seems like every time we cross one thing off two more things are added. Baby’s aren’t they great 😉