Tuesday, December 8, 2009


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.


Aubrey said...

Dude, like there were totally 5 adults there! And we still, because of the house making pary, need to try to plan a play date day.

Enjoy the snow day!

Alyssa said...

Yeah, I didn't count you ;) but maybe I should have :). I think we're much in need of a play date!

Alyssa said...

Yeah, I didn't count you ;) but maybe I should have :). I think we're much in need of a play date!

Kami said...

What a wonderfully fun day! Looks like a lot of fun chaos, which, in my opinion, is the very best kind! :)

Buck said...

I worked in the Psych lab in college and ran a baby study for my thesis. My subjects were 17-18 months old. It was so fun and parents LOVED bringing their kids in, though we didn't give out gift cards at the end! I did end up with some babysitting jobs out of the deal though! I'm totally going to bring Bud in for studies. :)

Eric said...

Since when did our handsome young man, become a darling little girl? Furry hooded coat, longer hair, pants tucked into... UGGS?!?! And on the U of M campus. Do you really want our son to develop a complex?

Future Craigslist Posting:

Do you want your son to be made fun of by other kids?
Are you looking forward to extened conversations with your spouse and child on the issue of gender identity?
Then we have the perfect item for you:
Little Boys(?) Uggs For Sale, VERY CHEAP - infact, Dad is willing to pay you to take them away from our house.

Jolene said...

How fun! What area does your dad work in?