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Dec 12, 2017

Painting Reindeer

We had so much fun tonight for FHE! The only thing missing was my sweetie. He got stuck at work on a problem and didn't come in until we were nearly finished with our project, which is sad, because it was his project in the first place. Wait, let me back up.

About 20 years ago, we got really into painting ceramics. There was this little shop called Macs that had so many choices for super cheap prices, so we stocked them up, thinking we would get to them. This past week or so, Bossy came over and we got talking about them so I passed a bunch of them on to her and then we pulled down the reindeer.

My sweetie had found this super cute deer and painted the first one. It turned out so well, that we had to keep going back to the store until we bought all they had (which happened to be 7, the wrong number, I know) and a little sleigh to go with them.

Then one day 13-year-old Bossy painted one of the deer, but it was the wrong color and my sweetie was pretty annoyed so we put them back up on the top shelf and there they sat until last week when Bossy pulled them down. My sweetie had long since gotten over controlling this particular project, so we painted them tonight. His job was to paint the sleigh, but I guess it will have to wait for another day...or possibly 20 more years....

So cute and so different!

Dec 11, 2017

Three Wise Men Sought Him

I'm feeling a bit melancholy this evening, maybe even a little bit weepy. Perhaps that menopause monster is finally hitting me. Or maybe I'm just tired. That's probably it. I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am to finally have my sweetie home from his business trip.

My family does a little devotional every night with our scripture study. We sing and then read a story from the Christmas book Bossy's family gave us last year. Scout reads the word of the day from a different Christmas book and Grandpa shares his daily scripture. Then Dog Walker tells us about the new Light the World challenge for tomorrow. I love that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to help us remember to love and take care of each other.

When Teach was on her mission, the church came out with a music video that I absolutely love. Please take a minute and watch this one. I want to be the kind of parent who teaches her children to be like this family. The love radiates from them in every scene. I know, they are just actors, but what they portray is attainable. I know it is. The world can be a good and happy place full of peace and acceptance if we try to live like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dec 10, 2017

Random Activities

This week was full of a bunch of things I forgot to tell you about, so please forgive my randomness while I share some of them with you.

On Monday night we went to the Avalon Care Center and put on a little Christmas program. I sang my first solo in quite some time. It was an acapella version of Away in a Manger. Baby Doll and Curly dressed as Mary and Joseph and carried a doll wrapped in a blanket. It was very sweet and I forgot to take pictures... maybe because I was too busy singing...

On Tuesday, Prima Donna and I went to the FM 100.3 concert at the South Towne Mall where our friends and neighbors, the James Family, were performing. They did a fantastic job and it was so much fun to watch!

On Wednesday, Scout and Curly had their band concert. Both of them play the clarinet and are in the advanced band. It was short and sweet which was nice since Scout, Crafty, and Sport had a Sub-for-Santa activity in the evening.

I already told you about Thursday and Friday. And after 3 basketball games, tonight was our Ward Party. We baked 20 lbs of potatoes and supplied a treat, but we were all able to enjoy a nice dinner, program, and visit from Santa Claus. Twizlet was a little less timid this time. It helped that I put her on Baby Doll's lap.

After the party I headed out to Walmart for some stuff. I had just started filling my cart when I got a call from the paramedics telling me that Prima Donna was ok, but she had totaled her car and could I please pick her up. We followed that up with a trip to the emergency room. X-rays of her shoulder were good, so her pains are just muscles; not fun, but we are grateful that we pray every day for safety. This could have been so much worse.

Dec 9, 2017

Christmas Performance 2017

I love watching my kids dance! There were a few things missing this year... my sweetie, who is on a business trip, Bossy's family, The Beast's family, and Scout. Oh, Scout was there, but she wasn't on stage dancing for me like she has ever since she turned 3.

Nine years is a long time to do anything and I'll bet she can't possibly remember life before she used to dance. Honestly, I barely remember life without dance. Every single one of my children has been a dancer at one point or another. Now it is time for Crafty, Curly, and Baby Doll to shine.

So proud of them! All three did amazing jobs. I'll just leave you with some pics so you can see for yourself.

Baby Doll is 2nd from the left in this cute jazz number.

Pretty obvious which one is Curly!

Baby Doll right in the middle.

Wait, that guy on the left doesn't look like Baby Doll...

Crafty is right in the middle.

Crafty - 2nd from the left


Curly and all of his cute girlfriends


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