I hope this isn’t too fragmented.
On October 31, our church had a Harvest Festival. Jeremy had offered to help, but he had some unexpected work come up and had to stay late at the office. Around 2:00 pm, the kids and I went to Walmart and raided the 25 cent cart of all the parts of costumes that had been seperated from the rest of the outfit. I got 3 hats, a cape, 2 sets of wings, a skirt, and a little Bo Peep dress for Noelle. I also got some supplies to sew stuff together if needed. The kids enjoyed putting them together to make costumes for themselves. Amie was a fairy, James was “The Little Old Man” (a fictional character from stories that Jeremy tells), Christine was a cowgirl, AnnaBeth wore all black with a gold skirt and hat on, and Noelle was Little Bo Peep. The kids and I showed up at the church at 3:30 pm to help set up. We did some cooking and set up games and the kids tested them. We didn’t leave until 8:00 pm. The Festival was from 5 – 7 and then the older two had Praise Dance Practice afterwards while I helped clean up. The kids had a lot of fun.
Jeremy’s birthday was on the 14th. It was a quiet day. He’s not much into having a lot made of his birthday. He’d rather it pass without anything except maybe a few cards and some extra kisses from me. We went out to eat the day afterward (payday, had to wait.)
Why, oh why is my mind going blank?
I took the two little girls to Family Christian Bookstore to see “A WowieBOZowie Christmas” and both ended up winning something. Noelle won a Boz CD and AnnaBeth won the DVD of the movie. It was my first time seeing a Boz movie. I heard from another mother that most of them are like having a Christian Barney, though a bit easier on the eyes. After listening to Noelle’s CD, I believe it. The songs have the same kind of sound to them and are about things like colors, shapes, and brushing your teeth. The Christmas DVD was good though, so I don’t mind having it around.
One Saturday, I promised Christine that I’d do something special with her. We went and saw the movie, “The Gameplan”. It was a great movie. We both enjoyed it a lot. We also went to Target to get a few things that we needed.
On another day, we traveled up to the Bolingbroke Ikea store because we’d seen a sale for bunkbeds there. It was the first time we’d been to that store and we were blown away. We found all kinds of things there. It was sinful. LOL I want, want, want. The prices are decent and if we do okay, we can buy some things from there one at a time. James found a loft bed he wants, so when Noelle is out of the toddler bed and into a twin size, we’re probably going to try and get it for him. He also wants a desk from there, so he can do his schoolwork in the privacy of his room. We’re thinking on that since he seems to go quicker with his math when he’s left alone. It was a lot of fun, plus they had “passports” for the kids to get stamped at four certain places in the store and after checking out, they got free ice cream (or a cinnamon roll in James’ case). We got the bunkbeds, a new small cooking pot (my old cheap one had gotten rusty, so we’d thrown it out), hot pads, and a stool for Noelle to get to the potty or sink. I was so excited at this find that I told a friend of mine and she came up to visit this last Monday and we headed over there. I got a few more kitchen items that I needed and enjoyed showing her some of the things we are hoping to buy when we can.
Now for today!! It was “The Great Baking Day”! Each of the kids picked out some kid of sweet thing they wanted to make and we headed out to the grocery store for supplies in the morning. We came home, ate lunch, and started baking (or non-baking considering some of the sweeties we made.) James made 4 pumpkin pies (2 to take with us down to Jeremy’s parents’ house tomorrow.) Amie made a no bake chocolate cheesecake mousse pie. Christine made chocolate chip cookies (actually, she just took the dough out of a container and put them on cookie sheets. I didn’t feel like I had the time to get the dough made in addition to everything else today.) AnnaBeth used a simple recipe to make chocolate peanut butter fudge and Noelle helped spoon out no bake cookies. I guess only James and Christine actually baked. I also baked some frozen pizzas for dinner. Maybe I should change the name of what I call this day. I have another one coming up just before Christmas. The great thing was that everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed getting messy and licking fingers. I have dishpan hands from having to wash dishes over and over that had to be used for multiple recipes, but I had so much fun. I always enjoy doing this and that is why I readily agree to bring the desserts.
There you all have it. The last three weeks summed up as quickly as possible.