You know you're a tired old adult when you get excited about a chair.
Over the weekend a friend organized a trip to see a movie at a theater I'd never been to, and I was probably way too excited at seeing the gigantic leather recliners we got to sit in once we got there.
I will definitely be going there again. Even if there's not a movie playing, I'd be willing to pay $12.50 to sit in one of those again for a few hours.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful... for the long weekend that is such a good time to throw away all the crap in your house. Week Two of becoming a minimalist and it went really well.
While Phillip cooked an entire Thanksgiving feast downstairs from scratch, I sequestered myself in the kids' rooms upstairs and spent an entire morning gleefully throwing away broken Transformers, full coloring books, plastic birthday party favors, and Pokemon cards the kids haven't touched in a year.
Every now and then I'd skip downstairs with a trash bag headed to the garbage or Goodwill and tell Phillip, "I'm having such a good time!"
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|This photo might lead you to believe I wasn't in my pajamas until 5 minutes before dinner.|
Dinner was wonderful, we had pumpkin pie for dessert, and the kids finished off the night by playing tag outside in the dark with some glow sticks left over from Halloween. They loved that part so much I think we just might make it a yearly thing.
On the way home from the grocery store:
This was the end of a line of 16 turkeys crossing the road.
I think they did it just to taunt me because I'd literally just gotten back from buying a Thanksgiving turkey.
Had I but known, I could've just gone easy on the brakes and had myself a few free turkeys! They'd have been fresher than the one in the trunk that had probably been sitting frozen in the Jennie-O warehouse since March, too.
I realize this is a little late, but keep in mind for next year, vegetarians:
|Apple, candy corn, raisins, toothpicks, and a ton of marshmallows equals turkey.|
Because tofurkys are weird.
In other food-related news, I'm now putting Crisco on my baby.
I've had other kids with eczema before, but as the weather turned colder a few weeks ago his previously smooth skin exploded into the worst flare-up I've ever seen. We've tried lots of things (up to and including processed vegetable shortening) but so far, he's still red and itchy.
Any suggestions? Slathering him in Crisco seems like it's at least keeping it from getting worse, but it also makes me feel like I'm getting him ready to pop in the oven.
My kids were pretty excited to watch Sound of Music for the first time. In fact, they were getting so excited I was worried it wasn't going to live up to their hype. Trying to tamp down their enthusiasm I said, "Now remember, this is an old movie and-"
"We know, they didn't have action back then," one of the kids finished for me.
Well, sort of.
Other notable moments from our viewing:
- 10-year-old asking, "Why isn't anybody on the bus looking at her? Did people just randomly burst into song a lot more back then?"
- The kids guessing why the Von Trapp family needed a governess: "The guy hates people and the kids are really bad. Well, bad for back then. Now they'd probably seem pretty good."
- When Maria went back to the abbey and asked Revered Mother for advice, which she gave by turning to the window and singing; the kids thought it would be hilarious if on Sunday, we went in to get some spiritual guidance from our bishop and he did the same thing.
Also, when the Von Trapp family finished singing at the concert, my daughter gave them a slow clap.
Looking ahead, December is coming! I hope that in all the busyness of the month we never get too busy to help another person out.
Here's a short video about this year's #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign, and mark your calendar so you can do something (big or small) for someone on December 1st:
You can find a few easy ideas in this free download (created by yours truly for a church activity last week). What are your favorite small and simple ways to help somebody else out?