Looks like this was the month that my parents came for a visit. We went to the Volo Bog State Natural Area, which is the only remaining open water quaking bog in Illinois. Don't know what a bog is? I didn't either. Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia.
After we hiked through the bog, we took James on about a 3 mile hike. I'm pretty sure we told James he had to look out for bears, which explains this:
Honey spent a lot of time with her favorite grandkids (ha!), including a sick day at home with Claire while I went to work and a 45 minute painting session (5 minutes of painting and 40 minutes of cleaning up). Honey did a much better job of capturing their week here with a wonderful book that the kids received at Christmas. The details of what we did every day aren't so important at this time, just having the opportunity for my kids to spend time with their grandparents is what really matters.