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A fun Thanksgiving week with Grandma and Grandpa

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod flew to DC from South Dakota to hang out with us for the week.

That Sunday we took them to brunch at Murphy’s in Old Town Alexandria. Going out for brunch is a fun tradition when we have visitors—hint, hint, hint.

That Monday and Tuesday, Grandma and Grandpa took Noah to the bus stop in the morning. Here’s a selfie of Grandpa and Noah waiting for the bus.

They also hung out with Noah after school while Ryan and I finished working. They played Uno (so many games of Uno!), played school, read books, built with Legos, watched movies, played trains, and more. They were busy!

Yeah, Noah always loves having his grandparents to himself while we’re at work. And as an extra special treat, on Tuesday Grandma and Grandpa had lunch at Noah’s school—very cool!

Then Tuesday night we took Grandma and Grandpa to one of our favorite pizza restaurants in Old Town. It was so good!

That Wednesday Ryan joined the fun too, and they all went to the Aviation Museum in College Park, MD. Noah loves this museum, and so he was really excited to take Grandma and Grandpa there.

One of Noah’s favorite exhibits there is a hands-on demonstration of what it takes to fly a human-powered quadrotor helicopter. The helicopter simulated here is called Gamera and was designed by engineering students at the University of Maryland. Pedal faster, Grandpa!

When they got home, they continued with the science theme and assembled a mini rocket using baking soda, vinegar, and a plastic tube for launching. Then they kept going with the baking soda and vinegar mix and made volcanoes too. It was messy but lots of fun.

And the family fun didn’t end there, because the next day was Thanksgiving. We had an amazing feast: ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, rolls, and apple pie. We were stuffed!

And that night, Grandma and Grandpa helped us decorate our Christmas tree.

On Friday we made soda volcanoes with 2-liter bottles of Coke and Mentos. Ryan found a fun gadget that narrows the bottle opening and allows the Mentos to be dropped into the bottle quickly—and thus makes an awesome soda volcano.

Check out this short video of our experiment. Noah was worried that he would end up wearing the soda. Ha. As a reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

We had a very fun Thanksgiving week with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod. Thanks for visiting! We’ll see you again soon!

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