Sunday 12/11/11 cont. Christmas tour and New Years resolutions…

I went to see the Christmas decorations at a local historical house today. It was a nice tour. The house is always decorated so beautifully. About twenty rooms are decorated. Individuals, groups or companies can ask to decorate a room. Each room has a different Christmas theme. One room may have Christmas dresses, the next may have a lot of ornaments.The kitchen may have many old Christmas cook books one year and a lot of Christmas cookies the next year. The kids didn’t want to go with me. They have gone on this Christmas tour many times. Years ago they would go twice, once with their grandma and once with me. After the tour I always want to do more needlepoint. It gives the house such a homey, warm feel.
I need to make some New Years resolutions. I am not sure what to choose. They should either be to start or to stop a habit, or be something that will bring me closer to God.

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Sunday 12/11/11 cont. Christmas cards and haircuts…

I need to finish writing the Christmas cards and send them out today. We have already started getting cards from other people. We are sending out the picture of the kids in front of the tree.
We went out yesterday and got haircuts. William likes his hair really short, but still long enough that he isn’t shaved, or asked if he is in the military. His was so long that it was starting to curl up around his neck. Maggie’s hair is about waist long. She got an inch or two taken off. Beth’s hair is between shoulder length and waist length. She got about an inch taken off. She also got her bangs cut. The style today is that the girls have bangs that hang in their faces. Beth get her bangs cut so that they could be high maintenance…every couple of minutes the bangs fall into her face, and she needs to brush them back. She is really delighted with her high maintenance bangs. I got my hair trimmed.
When the kids got to grade school they were allowed to pick their own hair cut., not their color, just the hair cut. William right away picked a spiky, shaved, cool cut to match the tail that he already had growing. We got gel to hold the spikes up. It didn’t work. The spikes fell. It didn’t matter if we gelled them when the hair was wet or dry, or at night or in the morning. We used a little gel. The next time we used more. We asked people for advice. The spikes wouldn’t stay up. After about two weeks, the shaved parts on the sides grew out and no one could tell that they had been saved. He said that he wanted to go back and get a regular cut. He has had conservative cuts since then. He had his tail until high school. Then he said that it was too much of a bother, so he had it cut off.

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Sunday 12/11/11 cont. decorating the tree..

It is cold now. Some days are 17 deg F. Next week it may be forty deg F. Last year it got cold and stayed cold. I don’t know what the weather will be like this year.
We put up our Christmas tree last weekend. We had fun. We had Christmas music playing and my camera was out so Beth took some pictures. We had the branches for the artificial tree mixed. When we put it up there weren’t enough of the largest ones to go on the bottom row. We left the blank spots in the back of the tree and went onto the next row. Later we found the rest of the bottom rows branches and put them on the tree. We used about five strands of lights. We have one strand of colored bulbs and the rest are white. This year the colored ones are on the tree going around from the bottom to the top. Last year, I think that all of the colorful lights were all in one area, like all in the middle, or all on the bottom two rows. This year it looks more normal.
We have enough ornaments to put three on each branch. There are a lot of stockings that are hung all over the house. We took a picture of the kids in front of the tree. We took a picture of the cat too.

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Thursday 12/22/11 crispy rice treats, rain and shaving…

Maggie and I made crispy rice treats tonight. It is always nice to get to have some time with one child at a time. We put some M & M’s in them and more on top. Christmas M & M’s would have been festive, but I could only find regular ones. We used the non-peanut ones.
It is still rainy here. It should be about 30 degrees for Christmas. It would be nice to have snow, but they say that we won’t get any.
William had said that he would shave once a month, at the end of the month. Christmas is this weekend. I have asked if he wanted to shave for the holiday, he is thinking about it.

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Sunday 12/11/11 Wisdom teeth…

Maggie gets her wisdom teeth out this Friday. She is ready to have them out. Hopefully it will go well and she will heal quickly. They come out at noon but she is going to take the whole day off from school. She can’t have anything to eat or drink for twelve hours before the surgery. The doctor said that she could go to school, but there would be a temptation to get a drink from the drinking fountain, so it was better to stay home, rather than to have to re-schedule the surgery.

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Wednesday 11/20/11 cont. wisdom teeth…

Maggie goes the the Doctor / Dentist tomorrow to have them look at taking out her molars/wisdom teeth. Tomorrow is the first meeting. Hopefully they will come out soon. I hope that they come out without any problems. William’s came out nicely. We don’t know if Beth will need hers out, they don’t hurt her.
Maggies teeth have been hurting. First we talked to the regular dentist about them hurting. He referred us to a dentist that takes the teeth out. It took a month to get into see him. Every week Maggis says” I can feel them growing today.”
William just finished this quarter/semester at college.

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Wednesday 11/20/11 cont. Christmas shopping and church…

The morning after Thanksgiving we did a lot of our Christmas shopping. I had asked the kids a few weeks ahead to start thinking about what stores they would like to go to. They said the mall and the book store. We got to the mall at around 6:30 am. It was busy but not packed. The kids each knew how much money they had to spend. I will go and get them a surprise gift later.
I am not sure what we are going to do about church on Christmas. Since the kids are older, they don’t have a Christmas program to be in. Also, this is a new church for us I am not sure if they have a Christmas program. William and I were going to the new church last Christmas, but we were also going to the previous church too. So we went to the previous churches service too.

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Wednesday 11/20/11 Beth’s birthday, Thanksgiving…

We had Beth’s birthday after the birthday date. She couldn’t decide what she wanted for a present or even what store to look in. We tried to wait for her to decide, but we couldn’t wait too long because we wanted to have her birthday before Thanksgiving. Beth likes cake and ice cream. We didn’t measure the cat again.
Thanksgiving was fun. The day before we cleaned the house. One person vacuumed, one cleaned the bathrooms, one swept and mopped the floors and one did clean-up of all of the little things that needed to be put away. Two years ago on thanksgiving, when grandma and my brother came over,the whole meal was done and on the table. We all sat down and ate. It seemed wrong not to have any time together getting the meal to the table. Last year we didn’t have anything done. The night before Thanksgiving we were still setting up the new chicken coop. When they arrived we had to finish up everything. Not good either. This year was better. I planned for the mashed potatoes and the deviled eggs to still need to be done after they arrived. We also had to put all of the other dishes onto serving plates and bake the biscuits. There was a lot for us to do, but it was fun. The kids took turns using the blender on the mashed potatoes, and we spent a lot of time saying to people “did you put a dish-up spoon in that?”

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Friday 10/27/11 William’s birthday…

We celebrated William’s birthday yesterday. We had pie and ice cream. Trying to put twenty-two candles in a pie isn’t easy. The candles are close together, but not close enough that if we light one, they all catch the flame. We measured William on the measuring stick. He is 6’2″. He hasn’t grown in a few years. We also measured our cat. I think that the kids were holding him differently from when we measured him at Beth’s birthday…we measure his back, not the top of his head…his back must have been arched higher because he has grown two inches since Beth’s birthday. Maggie says that if the cat keeps growing she is going to put a saddle on him.

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Sunday 10/16/11 A new home for the chickens…

We found a new home for the chickens. William and I took the chickens to their new home today. We couldn’t fit all four of us and the chickens into the car. We loaded the chickens into a cardboard box, with a garbage bag under it to protect the seat, and a towel on top to keep it dark. They didn’t fuss too much on the car ride. The new place is more in the country and has a larger area for them to run. The family already has about seven chickens. They have a coop and an enclosed outside run area. They also have about an acre or two that is fenced that the chickens are sometimes let out to play in.
They said that they will keep them in the coop and enclosed area for a few days, so that my chickens can learn where home is. Then they will come back there at night and lay their eggs there each day.
It rained today so we didn’t take apart their outside chicken run. We had had the chickens for about a year.

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