Novel (not the book). That's how I would describe today. We had 2 totally new, unique experiences. With the monotony of many of our days, this change of scenery and activity was really fun!
The day started off with a trip to the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota Campus. The study was to see if children learn new words better during pretend play. Emmett really enjoyed following directions, being asked questions and performing certain tasks. Eisley enjoyed chewing on crayons. The children were given stickers in exchange for their participation. I was given the option of a t-shirt or a Target gift card. I almost asked, "Has anyone ever chosen the t-shirt?"
Since the Child Development building is right next to my dad's office we had to make a stop to see Grandpa! Emmett asked, "Grandpa, did you build this building?" I'm getting such a kick out of the things that enter this little guy's brain and then come out of his mouth.
After our university visit we headed to a Gingerbread house making party. 11 kids and 5 adults, handmade gingerbread houses, loads of frosting, strands of licorice, peach rings, marshmallows, chocolate chips, roaring dinosaurs, shooting airplanes, picture perfect aprons, safety goggles, lots of laughter and a few tears. It was a wonderful night.