About a week before the grants were due, Deonne suggested I take an afternoon off. I needed that. So we packed up the kids and headed to EdVenture - the local childrens museum where the Columbia chapter of the American Institute of Architects was conducting their gingerbread building contest.
Curious James asked the architects a gazillion questions. Most happily obliged. Some didn't know how to handle a four year old who has a follow on question for every answer he received.
It was fun to see him trying to figure out what the architects were building - and why.
Anna zeroed in on her favorite one - and refused to budge - wanting to watch the finishing touches on the structure go into place.
Jack just wanted to eat the 'nem-and-nems' - and had his feelings hurt that he couldn't help himself to the bowls of candy - asking 'why no snack daddy?'
After that we headed to the Riverwalk on the West Columbia side of the river.
It was a lovely late afternoon.
And gave me a chance to play around with the settings on my camera in natural light...
...that I clearly didn't have right.
But it was a nice afternoon - good to get out of my office - to stretch my legs, breathe fresh air, and see my children for more than a few fleeting moments.