Life definitely seems to speeding up as the holidays approach. I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week! I am trying to get everything wrapped up and squared away – final Christmas presents, food, and holiday decorations bought – before the holiday season kicks into high gear. Which is not easy when a little one is always in tow. And a little one is always in tow when you homeschool.
We have been running a lot of errands. We have had visits from the chimney guy, the bug guy, furnace guy, and the yard guys. We have been cleaning and purging, organizing and planning, and fixing and replacing. But we have also had some fun stuff too.
My sweet friend Katie invited us to Come Stuff Your Boxes Party for Operation Christmas Child.
I haven’t know Katie that long. Only about six months. She walked up and introduced herself to me at the Y one day last spring and said she read my blog. We talked for a bit and really clicked and before we said good bye I told her we were going to be friends. Good friends. Like, I am going to pursue you whether you want me to or not and we are going to be friends whether you like it or not. Those kind of friends. Close friends. Which totally makes me sound like a crazy, needy stalker, but whatever. She is a gem of a girl and I am so thankful she is in my life.
She is also a really good cook and is always inviting us into her home. Like to stuff boxes for Operation Christmas child.
Bette’s interest in stuffing boxes lasted for about six seconds. Then she roamed around the house and tried on other people’s shoes. She dug shoes out of closets and snuck them away from people. Every time she came back into the packing room she had on a different pair of shoes.
While I finished the stuffing, Jay and Lilla wrote letters to put in our boxes. And now they are all packed up and in the back of our car ready to be delivered to our church this Sunday. They are in our car so we do not dash out of the house and forget them, which I would put at a very high probability.
We also got a new cooktop. Mine cracked and partly shattered three, maybe six months ago. Despite the damage, three burners still worked. So we held onto it and made it work until we could afford to get a new one. Though, the gaping hole was a problem at times. Mostly it was just tacky and ugly. I eventually put a big square platter over the hole so I didn’t have to look at it. And then waited. And now we have a new one. Hurray!
We are planning on working around the house this weekend since there are only seven days until the holidays officially start. The kids are going out so we have plenty of time and space to get everything we need to done.
Except Jay is trying to convince me what we really need is a day of fun. A day of fun and frolicking.
I have a list of projects. He has a list of fun. I am not sure who is going to win out on this one.