Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wow, where did the week go

Ok, so I'm going to do ONE blog for three days this week!

Day 15 - Visit a Senior in Assisted Living
We adopted Eileen Johnson from the assisted living facility across from our house. She's in the Reminiscence wing which is saved for individuals with memory issues. We found Eileen to have a great memory. She was very nice and shared a lot of information with us. She was born in 1921 and has 4 children and at least 8 grandchildren. She's only had one visitor since moving into the facility and really enjoyed visiting with us. Russ asked her about her family's history, the depression, and World War II.

I was asking her where she was born and lived her life etc. I was shocked to find out that she was born in HOLTON, KS (my hometown). Now that's a small world! She lived in Holton until she was 3 or 4 and then her father died and they moved. Her maiden name was Flynn.

We gave her some hard candy in a candy dish and she told us it would last her a day. She shared it with the boys and they didn't seem to bother her at all - even when we followed her back to her room and they climbed up on her bed. We didn't get many pictures but we did have a really good time and she said she'd love it if we could come back and visit.

Day 16 - Watch Christmas movie
(guest authored by dad)

After dinner we did the calendar and were going to make snowmen snacks and watch Charlie Brown Christmas. Snowmen snacks went downhill rapidly as Ryan only wanted to eat the marshmallows. Reid did put together a marshmallow snowman but the toothpicks we used to hold the pieces together had dad worried about leaving pieces in the marshmallows. We popped popcorn and set up some pillows to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas but Reid had trouble sharing the popcorn with anyone named Ryan so he got sent to the other room to contemplate his place in society. Ryan busied himself with arranging and rearranging and re-rearranging and re-re-rearranging....the pillows, blankets and popcorn bowl. When Reid returned from exile he was agreeably more social and willing to share and was enganged in watching the TV show. Forty minutes into the hour long show Jake came home and any semblence of order collapsed as Reid played his DS and wanted Jake to watch. Ryan joined them as we were out of popcorn. Dad picked up all that had been gotten out and put the boys in bed upon the conclusion of the show.

Day 17 - Make Christmas cards for our daycare provider, bus driver, and teachers

I went to Wal-Mart and got a "kit" of foam things that worked perfectly for Reid to be able to make cards to go with the gift cards for his teachers and bus drivers. He had a lot of fun doing them. Ryan wasn't really into the foam kit so he had another kit that came in the mail from Grandma Cella and he worked on that one pretty well.

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