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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 17

The Hubs is away, so it's just the kids and I.  Somehow the absence of one person suddenly makes dinner seem much less formal an occasion.  Today was one of those days-I was out of the house more than in it.  So on the way home from our last stop, we went to Trader Joe's for some of their awesome Mac and Cheese...3 containers to be exact.  We came away having spent $60 because that's how Trader Joe's works, LOL (I got a large thing of real syrup and some honey and so part of the expense was expensive stuff.)  Anyway, to add to the mac and cheese, we used up some mystery chicken from our freezer.  When my mom and her husband were here this summer, they left behind a frozen meal on accident.  I assumed it was orange chicken, or something like it, and figured we'd eat it eventually, but a meal for 2 doesn't feed 6, so it needed to be on a night when we had other things too...like a large amount of mac and cheese.

The kids LOVED dinner.  And not a spoonful was left.  We ate and laughed and had homemade fudge for dessert, and played the Wii and it was just a nice evening.  So an easy dinner of comfort food followed by some family time-best part of my day.
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Best Part of My Day-December 16

While we were doing school today-late because of Mimi's Driver's Ed class- my two middle kids actually "fought" at every page turn over who could hold my hand the whole time I was doing the read aloud.  It was very sweet, and I know it won't last forever, so that was definitely the best part of my day.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 15

The simple one here would be getting my article done for Home and School Mosaics, LOL.  We write half a month ahead of time, with the 15th as a deadline, and somehow I am always down to the wire.  Speaking of Home & School Mosaics, we are doing a 12 days of Christmas countdown, and my article is up next.

But the real best part of my day was taking my daughter to Driver's Ed today.  She has class all week long for 6 hours a day.  It's the closest thing to school she's ever experienced.  She got 100% on her quiz today, but she came home exhausted from all the social interaction with almost 40 kids for that long.  She's definitely my daughter!  Seeing her take another step toward maturity and her enthusiasm to learn all this stuff is definitely the best part of my day.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 14

Yoga.  Today, I did a yoga class.  I haven't done yoga since I was pregnant with Sari.  That's 9 1/2 years.  Before that, I was totally into yoga-going to class weekly, or more often if my schedule allowed.  A combination of having 4 small children and wrist problems leading to surgery meant that after Sari was born yoga had to "give".  But today, my aqua-cardio teacher led a trial yoga class and Sari and I went.  In fact, only she and I went-there was no one else.  It was great.  I might be a little unable to move sore tomorrow, but it was totally worth it.  Definitely the best part of my day.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 13

Remember my impromptu trip last weekend to pick up a new-to-me, but broken sewing machine?  Well The Hubs got it working today!  Of course, in true man form, a few unidentifiable pieces now reside in a plastic baggie taped to the instruction manual, but it's sewing now, and that's more than it was doing before.  Yay!  He looked it up online, and the current model that's similar to this one sells for about $300, so fixing the $10 machine was well worth it.  Plus now Sari has a machine to use too.
So $10 and a determined engineer for a husband means I have a working Janome sewing machine.  That's the best part of my day!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 12

 We went to the zoo with one family we knew already, and two other families we met for the first time that day.  The Asheboro zoo is a distance, but it's worth it.  First, they let homeschoolers in for FREE (cool, right?), and second, it's just a really well done zoo.  We weren't sure given that the day started below freezing and the high was only 55 how many animals we would see, but they were all out and very "see-able" as you can tell from a few of the pictures below.



This is the savanna.  We arrived here just a feeding time, and got to watch a very aggressive ostrich chase the food truck-good times.  There were elephants and large and small herd animals like Thompson's Gazelles too.

So getting to explore the new-to-us zoo with some new and not so new to us friends?  Best part of my day.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best Part of My Day-December 11

A dear, dear, sweet woman from our old church sends us a downloadable advent calendar every year.  If you've never heard of them, you really have to check out Jacquie Lawson.  Her cards and things are great, and the advent calendars are amazing.
Anyway, we were doing ours this morning, and it had a "wrap your presents" activity.  Here's Sari choosing her wrapping paper and ribbons, etc.

I forget which Christmas carol was playing as the background music for this activity, but all of a sudden, my "large boy" burst into dramatic song.  It was hilarious...and contagious.  If you look in the background, you can see even his normally reserved sister joined in.

So an impromptu sing-along of theatrical proportions-best part of my day.
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