The grocery store was out of fresh cut basil in packages but they did have little basil plants, so I decided to get one. After all, they weren't much more expensive and I'd heard that herbs were easy to grow and impossible to kill.
Elapsed time: 3 days. It's like I'm a wizard or something.
Like we do every Christmastime, I took the four older kids to go see The Nutcracker. I wish it had been later in the season but Thanksgiving weekend was our only choice for the ballet company we wanted to see.
And let me tell you that explaining to a preschooler when the mouse king dies that yes, he really dies in the story but no, the story is not really happening and yes, there is a person in that mouse costume but no, the person doesn't actually die in real life is harder than it sounds.
Just to wrap up a magical evening, we had a motion sickness situation in the backseat on the way home from The Nutcracker.
It happened only 7 minutes from home (7 very long, very smelly minutes) so we just kept driving. Partly because it was freezing outside and I'd rather ask Phillip to clean it up than do it myself.
As I watched this happen I was reminded of several occasions listening to him loudly retching in the next room as he changed the diapers of our first few children.
All I can say is that the man has a sensitive stomach and he really, really loves our kids.
My daughter's home preschool co-op was at our house on Monday, and since the lesson of the day was on the letter i, we all made ice cream.
(No pictures because 5 preschoolers jumping around with gallon Ziploc bags full of ice dripping water everywhere is kind of a Code Red situation that commanded all of my attention.)
"Do you want some?" I asked my 2-year-old as I dished out the finished ice cream.
"No," he said. "Want an avocado."
So we all sat around the table, us with heaping bowls of ice cream and him with a spoon and half of an avocado.
This wasn't very surprising because he doesn't care for sweets and never has. Over Thanksgiving weekend we made 4 pies, and he consumed a total of 0 bites. I'm fairly convinced that an alien race planted him in our family to observe Earth life.
In exciting blog news, the Unremarkable Files Facebook page hit 2k likes! I was hoping to break 2,000 by Christmas so thanks to everyone who helped me get there early.
That's 2,000 people I'm apparently making feel better with posts like this:
When I told Phillip 2,000 people had liked the page he said, "Wow! And just think, for all those fans there are probably 2,000 more people who know you and don't like you!"
I think he was trying to express admiration for how famous I'm getting. I think.
I've had my new phone for a while now, but I just noticed something about it this week. The GPS is so congratulatory when I arrive at my destination!
|You made it! Stellar work, you go-getter, you.|
If possible, I would also like it to celebrate when I mop the floor and/or remember to put the laundry in the dryer. I'll be in touch with the Samsung people about this.
Lastly, congratulations to Crystal and Melinda for winning last week's Advent giveaway!
Every day of December they'll be reading new a Bible verse with discussion points about Christ and coloring a pretty ornament for the tree.
If you missed or didn't win the giveaway, you can also buy the Names of Christ Advent Devotional through my affiliate link by clicking here:
Yes, I know it's already the 2nd but is there really anybody who does every day of an Advent devotional without missing a day or two or ten? Or is that just us?
Anyway, you could be a glass half-full person and think of ordering now as being super ahead of the game for next year.