“Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, dear Daddy … Happy Birthday to you!” Today was Mike’s birthday and we started out our second daycation by singing to him over homemade caramel rolls with a candle in them. We were all pigging out by 8:30 a.m. and Kadi couldn’t understand why we couldn’t have called it “brunch” and kicked it off a little later.

Yesterday, Ben had the genius idea that he wanted to “make” Mike a birthday present and Caleb would be his assistant. He came up with the entire idea himself, found the necessary resources, and only required a little tool help from me. He worked for over an hour and we were all thrilled with the results. I was positive he’d give Mike the gift the moment Mike walked in the door from work yesterday, but, by-golly … that boy can keep a secret! He somehow managed to cram the gift into his bedroom closet and brought it down right after we ate breakfast this morning.  Check it out!

 Mike was thrilled with his new scarecrow and Ben was beside himself with pride. Unfortunately, it rained a good share of the day, so we have opted to let XO5 (Ben named him) stand guard in the kitchen until we can get into Daddy’s garden.

We hung out at home in our jammies all morning, ate a late lunch and put our heads together to come up with a fun plan for our afternoon. We are going to let you guess what we did …


 Look at the picture on the right …  Were we … 

A) Undercover agents   

B) Rochester Moles

C) Movie goers

D) All of the above 


If you guessed D, you were right! At the moment the picture was taken, we were undercover agents, looking for our next big adventure. However, before that we played Rochester Mole.  I am going to let my co-blogger tell you more from his perspective. Here’s Ben (age 8) …

So, the first point is, all you have to do is go under one of the Mayo buildings into the subway / tunnel system and try to get lost. But, if anyone at your house works at Mayo, you have to ask them to zip their lips and not tell you where you are. We had to tell Daddy that cuz he wanted to keep showing us things. Then we went in one tunnel and kind of got lost. Here is our picture. (Right)

Caleb and I had maps, but we didn’t know how to read them. We found a cool water fountain and we saw the Wurglers. Then we found our way out and we were by the Mayo brothers’ statue. We took our picture by them.

  Dad said we might go to my old Dr. Ruth (speech) to just have a chat, but then we didn’t have the time. Then we went to see “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” It was 3D and we got cool glasses. It was a super awesome. It was so scary, Caleb even went on Mom’s lap. I wasn’t scared even a little bit. Mom jumped a couple of times though. The coolest part was when they jumped off a cliff and the had to fall and fall and fall … and then they stopped falling. That’s all I can say. I can’t say any more.