I'm just so thrilled for the opportunity this is giving all of the kids to continue to work on making their dreams come true. I'm especially excited because of how much Bud loves to build the game. It makes him sparkle with excitement. It's so great to see.
Edith finally decided to officially become a reader! She has been mostly-a-reader for a long time, so I knew it was coming. I love hearing her read to me in her little voice.
I never imagined that I'd purchase a black turtleneck for anyone in my family unless I was being held at gunpoint, but when Bud said he wanted to portray Steve Jobs for his 5th grade wax museum I was eager to do it! What a great idea, Bud! I love all of facts and quotes he came up with through his research. So cool.
My sister came into town just before Thanksgiving and brought Josef along. It was so great to see them. We enlisted them to test Crayons Go Berserk when they were over for dinner, and I just had to snap a photo of Bud's face as he watched them play. He loved watching them try to make it through all the levels he has built. So cute.
Thanksgiving was nice and quiet with just our little not-so-little family this year. So relaxing. I really love being together.
The food was super delish (if I do say so myself). Just looking at the picture makes me super hungry. I can't say I'm bummed to have it again in a few weeks.
It's funny how people either love this house and think its retro-ness is totally cool, or they tell me that I must be sad that it's a rental and I can't do anything to it (usually those who love new-build houses) and then act awkward after I tell them how much I love it. I mean, if it were a run down 70s home it would be gross, but LOOK at it. It's pristine, well-built, and awesome. The only thing I wish I could do was paint the front door to better show off the wreath I made.
I think I'll ask the owner if I can paint it in the Spring. Edith totally cracks me up. She was looking at some Christmas decorations given to us by a sweet, elderly neighbor and said, "The moose is wearing a Santa hat, the polar bear is wearing an elf hat, and the snowman is wearing a human hat." I will never be able to call a top hat anything else from now on.
I played the boys in a cutthroat game of Scrabble. It was pretty intense, as you can see.
With the house feeling so cozy, comfort food seemed to be in order. Pot pie fit the bill perfectly, plus it was a great (and tasty!) way to use up the last of the leftover chicken from Thanksgiving.
I drew my sister, Martha's, name for Christmas this year. I decided to go the homemade route and made her some ornaments like the ones I made last year. I made 5 in various colors, but I really love this new, really cool yarn I found. I think it's looks great, don't you?
Edith read me her word flashcards as I made the ornaments (multi-tasking, don't you know). After Edith finished reading me the flashcards a few times, she tried to convince me that they would be great for us to use to play a game of "War." After I expressed my skepticism, she began to attempt the hard sell:
E-- "It's really not that hard. If 'elf' goes against 'gate', the 'elf' wins because it can just walk through the 'gate.' Then if 'dog' goes against 'cold,' of course 'cold' wins. But if 'elf' goes against 'dog' it's a tie. Got me so far?"
Me (befuddled)-- "Uhhh..."
Merit then proceeds to assign either strength or number values to all of the flash cards, making sure that I'm following along as she goes.
E-- "So that's how it works. Do you understand?"
(Even Edith knows when it's hopeless.)
E-- "You're right, maybe it is too hard for you. Especially since I change the rules every day. I'll just go play with Muffin."
After she played for a while with Muffin (her stuffed dog), I heard her say, "Muffin, you're going to lose."
I love how she even admits to me that she changes the rules every day (more like mid-game, poor Muffin). She's hilarious.
That night, Rophone and I were able to take my mom and go watch Pen perform in her dance concert. Since it's her senior year, she had the chance to choreograph and perform a solo in addition to dancing with the company. It was so great to watch.
That Saturday, Rophone got up early to run Pen to the big city to take the SAT and then we went to the big annual Christmas party put on by his dad's side of the family. It's always so great to see everyone.
Big started up with a new basketball season. We're excited this year because he's on a team with a bunch of friends in a new, more competitive league. It should be great for him to be able to stick with his friends and such a great coach. He's going to play city ball, too, but that doesn't start for a few months.
We gave Edith an old phone to use to take photos every so often. She asked me if she could take some the other morning when I was trying to get some work done, so I told her she could. She came back up to me, so sad, because her phone was only at 1% charge. Still needing to get my work done, I decided to let her use my phone. One of my best decisions ever! Seriously, this girl really cracks me up.
She's really fun to snuggle with, too.
I went with Rophone to the post office the other day, and saw THE BEST thing on the car in front of us as we were exiting the parking lot.
I don't know if the owner noticed it said "Oddles" instead of "Oodles" but decided to put it on anyway because they shelled out so much dough and couldn't afford to have it remade (plus, the puppies are sooooo adorable), or if they had no clue it was wrong. Either way, it made my day. My week, really. I can't believe how blessed I am to see something like that in real life! Ha!