Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This past weekend was a pretty good one for us. Things started out well on Friday. We went went out for dinner with the kids, Chinese, and they behaved reasonably well! We treated them afterwards with some ice cream.

Early on Saturday after some early morning errands we all went to the Sterling Fair. The kids had a great time. Henry was impressed that it was at the airport (a small one). He was very excited about seeing things like a Ferris Wheel and tractors there. We took Henry and Hazel on their first Ferris Wheel ride. Henry thoroughly enjoyed it ... Hazel not so much, she covered her face with dog the whole time. We also went on the carousel and after that Henry went on his first kiddie ride - a ride that had about six old-time cars going in a circle around the center. We were very impressed with Henry's behavior on this ride. He shared the blue car with another boy with no problem. He didn't smile or wave at us at all. Instead he focused on his steering and his attempts to figure out how the thing worked. Before we left Hazel got a small stuffed duck, Henry scored a small tractor and we petted some cute ducklings and rabbits. We were home before noon.

On Sunday we went to church. It was the first day of church school there for the new year. Henry did really well. He went very willingly to the classroom, understood Liam wasn't going to be in his class this year and conversed with the teachers! In the later afternoon I took the kids for a quick, fun trip to Nana and Grandpa's.

Meg e-mailed me some good stories yesterday:

Our children are playing together happily. They are sharing. They are laughing.
I'm hearing such things as:
"Wanna help me get the party favors ready?"
"Just try again, Hazel. Just try again," followed by "I did it, Henry!"
"Can I share that for just a minute? Then I'll give it back?"
"Let's make cookies, Hazel. Want to help?"
They're playing play dough, apparently getting ready for a party.

Going for a walk to DD soon, per Henry's request: "Let's go for a walk to Dunkin' Donuts, so we can get munchkins and you can get your favorite fall coffee."

17 small dollars produced one Canadian dollar.

8,000 half dollars turned up three 90% silver halves (3 x 1964) and twenty-one 40% silver halves (12 x 1967, 5 x 1968D, 4 x 1969).

2,480 quarters yielded nine Canadians, two US nickels, one Bermuda 25¢ and one UK 10 pence.

1,150 dimes had just one silver (1938D). It's a really good one though and a new one for me ... so no complaints!

1,600 nickels rounded up one Buffalo (1930), fourteen Canadians (3 Ni), two US dimes, one Thai 1 Baht, one Bahamas 5¢ and one Jamaica 5¢.

27,400 pennies turned up one Indian Head (1902), one hundred fifty Wheats, one hundred ninety Canadians (one was a King George V, 1920), three UK pennies, two Bahamas 1¢, one Euro 2¢ and sixteen US dimes.

1911, 1916D, 1917, 1919, 1919D, 1929, 1929S, 1934, 1935(2), 1936, 1937, 1939S