"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
Ah, well that was a nice break. I have half a mind to take from mid-October until the end of the year off from everything because it's just so hectic for us. But anyway, I hope to be back in full swing now with posts on manners, science, homeschooling, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and life in general. I even have the lofty idea of posting every day this week just to make up for my absence. Well that, and I have a lot to say!
So just to catch up on what's been going on with us, here are the highlights.
Funny Girl turned four in November. Somehow I managed to forget to post about it. The vegan cupcakes got mixed reviews, but we liked them. For Hanukkah this year, I got Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, so we will find the perfect one eventually. Her gifts included some of her favorite books from this year, Skeleton Hiccups and The Book That Eats People. The only things she asked for were The Fox and the Hound movies and a hat/scarf/glove set. A big thank you to Papa for those, we never leave home without them!
Thanksgiving isn't a big holiday for us. We had a nice little dinner and a pleasant day. We spent the the day after trying to catch up on Doctor Who because we are a season behind. Unfortunately we haven't gotten back to it and are still having to avoid all mention of the new stuff coming out.
Then the kids got sick for a couple of weeks, but it didn't slow them down much. B and I managed to avoid it at least.
We did the annual candy cane hunt and saw Santa this year. Funny Girl wouldn't go near him, but Dimples adored him. He asked what she wanted for Christmas and her reply was "presents". Robotson asked for a puppy (not a chance), Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and a violin. I think he was partly inspired by Paul Dateh on that one. You got to admit, that's pretty awesome violin playing there. The next day, Funny Girl, with tears in her eyes, asked me if Santa would know that she wanted a whistle for Christmas. I assured her that he did.
Robotson's birthday was a couple of weeks ago. He got a keyboard with midi cables to connect to the laptop. I'm not sure what all that keyboard can do, but what I've heard so far is pretty good.
All of our immediate family lives within an hour of us, so the two weeks around Robotson's birthday and Christmas are just filled with visits, food, and presents; not to mention Hanukkah thrown in there. There have been so many presents around here lately that Dimples asked me this morning where her gifts were. Still, I don't think we over-spent or got a bunch of stuff we didn't need. There were more books than any other gift. The big family gift was the Guitar Hero World Tour band kit, but even that was paid for with gifted Christmas money. Funny Girl got her whistle, Robotson got a guitar instead of a violin, and the girls got a wooden dollhouse. Other than a few meltdowns, it was a very nice holiday.
So now you are caught up to today! Coming up this week, posts on my parents finding religion, food issues, an update on conflict resolutions, and some things to work on in the next year.