Things have been busy with holiday goings ons here. Saturday was particularly stacked with busy and fun things. Lissa had a birthday party to attend. KC and Rob and I went to our city's holiday stroll. They also sealed a new time capsule before the event and we watched this as well. And, in a 5 seconds of fame moment, the local paper interviewed me for my thoughts.
The holiday strolls is so much fun. It was unusually warm and pleasant this year and we meandered around. We noshed on the loads of free food that is available,oogled crafts, made some gifts at a local bead shop and chatted and hung out with friends. About 20 to four I had to leave Rob and KC and walk back home so I could pick up the car and drive over to get Lissa at the party. When I left, KC filled out a raffle ticket for a new bike. . . and when I came home I found out he was the lucky winner. He gets his bike tomorrow and he is one happy little dude!
Later than night I had a holiday dinner party to go to at a coworkers house. It was a lot of fun. Great food, laughter and general festiveness. I was not out late and home in time to see the littles before they went off to bed.
Today we had church and after service there was a surprise birthday party for a wonderful fellow. A good friend, Bart was also Rob's mentor in coming of age. I know Rob would have wanted to be there but he did not get home from work till 2:00 a.m. and was just rousing when I left for church at 9. We stayed for a bit to wish Bart happy greetings and then came home.
Kirsty had made a beautiful evergreen swag for the front porch of our home and woven lights into it as well. I got busy in the holiday department as well. I made these really cute gifts for the kids dance teachers. The school is doing their recital based on Frozen this year. I turned tiny ballet slippers into Elsa and Anna holiday ornaments. I got the slippers at the consignment store and the rest of the decorating stuff was mostly from the dollar store, so it was inexpensive and a lot of fun to make.
After that, I made the cemetary boxes for my grandparents grave and for my mother in laws and brought those down. I always feel better getting those on. Why I need to visually mark that someone cares about those who are buried there makes no sense, but I do.
Tonight was the first night of Hannukah and as usual, my kids played the dreidel game. We are not Jewish but our religion does honor Jewish roots. And my kids have always loved dreidel nights. I was the fly in the ointment as I would not stop watching the Patriots game to join in as I usually do. I have promised that I will play on Tuesday night though in retrospect I would have had a lot more fun with the dreidel than I did watching my team lose!