Nov 22, 2014

Gust Blogger: Getting Ready for Christmas by Elder Dog Walker

It's been a while ever since I've got to tell you a little more about the mission. I just wanted to point out that it's been almost a whole year since I served the mission. I have a feeling that this mission is going by too fast. That's why I decided that I want to extend the mission until the end of the school year for these students.It'll be the first time for me that I'm trying to get ready for the holidays that are coming. I planned a goal for myself that would help me accomplish it. I started putting lights up for Christmas already. I thought I could finish the entire display before Thanksgiving, because Thanksgiving is on a very short time for this year. I'm hoping by the time I finish, I won't have to worry about putting the rest of it up for the rest of December. I'm still working on it, but I still need to find some time to finish before it's too late.

Nov 21, 2014

Making Pies

OK, I admit it.

The idea of making pies with a big group of 8 through 11-year-old girls terrified me a little! But I shouldn't have worried. These girls are awesome. Some of the older ones are just so helpful and kind to the younger girls in the group, and working together, we managed to make all 12 girls one of these cute little pumpkin pies.

They were a bit disappointed when I told them they would have to leave them with me and I would bring them around in about half an hour when they had cooled a bit. I didn't want anyone getting burned on the ride home.

I had a little taste of Scout's and they did a terrific job! It was a nice bite of next week's festivities. Are y'all excited to eat turkey?! (Teach would be so proud...)

Nov 20, 2014

Football Banquet and Footies

Are you starting to see a theme?

Life is definitely hectic around here! I do like the craziness, but sometimes it wears on me, especially when my Sweetie is out of town on business. Not that I don't feel safe or anything, there are still tons of us here and nobody in their right mind would want to run into the Dog Walker in a dark alley...

And I can't really say I'm lonely, can I?

It's more like I can't just call and he would be here in 20 minutes if I really needed him, you know? Like tonight when I wanted a shopping buddy or earlier when I needed help moving the volleyball ladder from one church to another. There was just an emptiness for a second with a moment of realization and then I found someone else to help me. Sport and I did a great job setting up the gym for the tournament tomorrow night. We drove straight to the church after his football banquet and moved chairs and got things ready.

I don't mind hosting the volleyball tournaments, especially when I get to play some of the games, but it's always a juggling act to make sure the kids are where they need to be so I can concentrate on the games. I think I told you yesterday that I'll be making pies with my Activity Days girls and I don't expect to have more than half an hour from pie baking to hosting, so I wanted to prepare as much as possible beforehand.

The only way I can manage to pull things together is to try to stay one step ahead of the game. Teach and I went shopping tonight after 10:00. We ran to Kohl's before my 30% off coupon expired and I picked up shoes and socks for the wedding, some things for Christmas, and a new pair of gym shoes for Sport. (He pointed out the hole in his this morning.)

Then we ran to WalMart to get the shortening I forgot at the store earlier and we managed to choose candy canes for the garland and Teach bought herself this cute and ridiculous pair of pajamas. She laughed when I asked her to pose, but she is a good sport.

Laughter makes the whole thing much easier.
And a chocolate donut...

Now if I could just find those missing pie tins.

Nov 19, 2014

Crazy Busy Days

My brain is kind of mush tonight. I'm not really sure why other than it seems to be stuffed full of way too much crap.Did you ever read the Harry Potter series? Remember when Dumbledore pulls thoughts and memories from his brain and put them somewhere else? I think that thing is called a pensieve, but I'm sure Teach will straighten me out if I'm wrong. Anyway, I need one of those. Then maybe I wouldn't forget things.

Although the way my brain works, I'd likely still be as jumbled as ever.

I went to Tupperware training tonight. I won the turkey dinner for having the most sales in a 2-week period in our group. The kids thought it was pretty cool. Baby Doll and I also spent a good part of the afternoon shopping for Thanksgiving and trying to get a jump on things. It doesn't look like turkeys are going to get especially cheap this year although we did stock up on butter and whipped cream. This is definitely the best time of year to buy those things!

I've got my Activity Girls coming over on Thursday to make mini pumpkin pies. I don't really love cooking, so I'm not sure why I keep centering my meetings around that sort of thing. I won't even have Princess to help me because she has a Cupcake Club meeting.

Prima Donna and Curly have a couple of days off from the play and then performances start up again on Friday. Curly for sure can use a break. It was after 10:30 when he got in last night and he fell asleep on the couch immediately, still in his stage makeup. When he got up this morning I sent him back to bed for a couple of hours. It won't hurt him to miss a little bit of 1st grade and he was so tired. When he got up I had him shower and put on clean clothes so he no longer looked like a "lost boy" and I dropped him off at school about 10:30. The office staff was totally fine with it. He just really needed a break.

I talked briefly with Drama Queen today. Her musical starts on Thursday and she is working hard to make it successful. They are doing High School Musical and the kids are so excited to see it on Monday! I'll let you know how it goes.

I'd better head off to bed now. Tomorrow is another crazy, busy day.

And I'm NOT Dumbledore.

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