We took a quick trip. to Mt. Vernon today to see the camel and all of the Christmas activities and decorations. It was a chilly day - but at least it wasn't raining!! We had a great time being outside and having some pre-Christmas fun! The camel was super cute and we got to see a presentation about spices and chocolate. Pretty cool!! We took a house tour and it was great - I hadn't had a tour in a while and all of the restoration is looking awesome.
As usual, the trees were fantastic. They were beautiful and all were decorated differently. We got a family membership from my parents for Christmas so we will have a lot of fun trips in our future!
Aidan could not stand the thought of keeping the cast on through Thanksgiving if he didn't have to and I had to work on Sunday so he and I stayed in Virginia a couple of extra days. Brendan, Emmy, Aoife and Declan drove up to MA on Sunday morning and then Aidan and I flew up on Tuesday morning after he got his cast off on Monday. He feels so much better but it's amazing how the joint gets so stiff after just three weeks of immobilization!
Today I went with Aoife's class as a chaperone on their field trip to Jamestown. It's a JES tradition that the 4th graders get to go on this really fun day-long field trip. Usually the weather is great (and it was when I went with Emmy's class) but today it SNOWED in the morning. Arlington did not delay school - which was good for us but bad for anyone trying to get to school. It snowed about an hour of the bus trip and then we broke into the rain which was much better to drive in! We spent the day in the rain and cold at Jamestown but we still had a lot of fun and learned lots! I hope that we can get back down there in the summer - it really is a fun place to visit!!
It was a crazy weekend and I ended up taking Emmy up to her tournament in MD and Aoife went to her games with a friend on her team while Brendan did some coaches' training and the boys hung out with my parents. It was a great day for lacrosse and Emmy's team looked good - especially after having missed some practices and games because of the rain!
Aidan got the permanent cast on today. It's fiberglass and really really hard and a bit lighter than his first cast. Thankfully he will only have to have it on for two weeks!! So fantastic because it is such a pain - especially since he can't bend his elbow or his wrist at all!!
Aidan's first broken bone today. He broke his elbow in the last football game of the season and was such a trooper. It hurt so much an he was so good about it. The hospital was fantastic and really took such good care of him and got us out of there as soon as they could with a temporary cast. We have to go to the pediatrician tomorrow to get the Ortho referral to get a real cast after the swelling goes down a bit. Hoping that this is the last cast he ever has to have!
Today was the last game of the season for Aidan's freshman football team. He got to start at quarterback and also played at outside linebacker. He had his best game of the season up until right before the end of the first half when his elbow got crushed between two helmets and he ended up with a broken elbow. He was super tough and stood on the sideline for the second half and even took the bus back to the school. I picked him up and we went directly to the hospital where they xrayed him and put his arm in a temporary cast. Definitely not the way we thought or hoped that the season would end.
We had a gerat Halloween. The weather was absolutely perfect and even though it was in the middle of the week, the kids had a great time tick-or-treating. This year we had an astronaut, a narwhal and Thing 1 - Aidan declined to dress up. Finley and Emmy went trick-or-treating together this year- they are getting so old!