Saturday, December 15, 2018

Holly Jolly Week

Ya'll know I love a good theme day or party, so this week was super fun with all the dress up days at school.  To make things even better, Eli wanted to participate.  When the tween still wants to get in on the fun, it does a momma's heart some good.

Monday was "Green and Red Day," which was an easy way to kick off the week.  Of course Ellie has all kinds of festive gear, and we happened to have a green and red hockey jersey for Eli.  

Tuesday was "Dr. Seuss/Grinch Day."  Eric and I spent our lunch breaks on Monday looking everywhere to find something Grinch themed.  We came home emptied handed, so Eli chose not to participate.  Ellie on the other, had this shirt from Eric's aunt, so we paired it with a tutu and called it a win.  I meant to add whiskers to her face but forgot.  Oh well.

Wednesday was interesting.  For starters, look at Eli's face.  Guess you can guess which Watson is NOT a morning person.  Ha!  Anyway, it was "Festive Sweater Day."  Ellie wore a shirt someone had given her for Christmas and Eli participated only because his shirt had a sports team on it.  Would you believe that Eric bought that back in the fall at a discount store for $3?!?  It was too good of a deal to pass up, so he bought it hoping Eli would be able to put it to use.  Yay for good planning!

I'm most proud of my creativity for Thursday's "Elf Day."  Again, we couldn't find anything good for elf gear, so I had to get creative.  After work on Wednesday, we went to the Dollar General Store of all places.  It was there that I found two gift bags that looked like elves.  I got the idea to cut the bottom out and make arm holes so they could slip them over their outfits.  

I had the vision but not the skills to pull it off, so I took my finds to church and got help cutting the arm holes.  I added a hat for Eli and glued pom-poms to alligator clips for Ellie.  They were so thrilled!  I was worried Eli would get made fun of for dressing up, but he insisted on wearing it.  I made it clear he could take it off at any point.  Turns out the kid has tons of confidence and wore it proudly most of the day.  Love his festive little spirit.

Yesterday we wrapped up with "Pajama Day."  Clearly this was the easiest of the week, which was a good thing because we had Christmas parties to celebrate!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Caroling

Each year, the primary grade students at our school take a walking field trip around the community spreading holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols for neighbors.  The kids look so forward to this tradition and take it very seriously.  Eli was too old to go this year, but I was so happy my schedule allowed me the opportunity to go with Ellie.

I took a late lunch and headed to the school.  The kids were supposed to stop at five houses, so I had to prepare Ellie that I would need to leave early to make it to my next meeting.  Luckily, they decided to cut it short, so I was able to stay for each of the performances.

Two of the stops took us to the homes of families from church, which only added to Ellie's enthusiasm.  It was precious because it sounded like the kids were singing in rounds when they were actually just all over the place.  Ha!

How many schools get the opportunity to give back to their community in this way?  It is such a fun tradition everyone looks forward to and reinforces our love for this tiny, loving community.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Friendly Rivalry

Tuesday night we had a big game against our baseball buddies.  It's always so fun, and yet so hard playing against your friends.  Eric and I actually ended up sitting with friends whose sons play on the opposing team. This basketball season has been a lot of fun because I keep catching myself cheering for our team (the Spurs) AND whoever we happen to be playing against. I just know so many of the kids this year. 

Of course my sudden surge in sportsmanship is likely due to the fact that I understand nothing about basketball.  NOTHING!!  I know that each team has a goal and you want to get the basket in that goal, but beyond that, I'm lost.  This little shortcoming does make for quite an enjoyable experience.  Ha!

It won't be long until we are back in the field again as teammates, but until then, it's fun meeting up against so many friends.  Go Spurs!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Festive Fun

I love the holidays.  Even the most routine weekends feel so much more magical!  We started our Saturday off with a little basketball!  After the game, Eli went with his buddy for a sleepover while Eric, Ellie and I headed to town for a little shopping and lunch.

After hitting up Sam's Club, the three of us treated ourselves to some sushi, and Ellie did surprisingly well with the chopsticks.  She was so proud of herself, as she should be.  I'm still an embarrassment to western civilization. 

After lunch, we took a quick nap before Eric went bird hunting.  While he was gone, Ellie and I had a lazy afternoon watching Christmas movies and enjoying new bath bombs.  I love having a prissy sissy in the house who appreciates the art of pampering.

Sunday was our church potluck and I snagged this picture of Ellie's Sunday School class. Are they not the sweetest, sassiest group of girls you've ever seen?  While we were in church, we got a text that Eli was ready to come home from his sleepover.  Luckily we drove separately, so Eric met them and made it back in time for the goodies. 

Eli was worn out from all of this fun, so Eric took him home to rest while Ellie and I had a girl's day watching a dance recital.  She has recently shown an interest in dancing, so I was more than happy to tap into that.  We don't want to push her into anything, but at the same time, we feel bad that she's always a "bleacher buddy."  Eli was basically born with a ball in his hand and has always played sports.

Eli has shown little to no interest in any extracurricular. We haven't forced her into anything because that makes everyone miserable, but we have offered (many times) to let her try new things when she's ready.  I think we finally have an option on the table!  

After the dance recital, I grabbed McDonald's for dinner and we ate quickly before Family Movie Night!  We watched "The Christmas Chronicles" on Netflix.  It was a little salty in places, and at times, seemed to be for a more mature audience than my kids, but they liked it.  It has a good message and was better than 98% of stuff at their finger tips.  I'm glad we snuggled up and rounded out the weekend with some rest and quality family time. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Smiths Grove Christmas Parade

One of the very best things about living in our little town is the sense of community it brings out in everyone.  I know I've written about this before, but it is such a special place and perhaps no time is better than Christmas.

Every year the kids wait patiently for the town to hang the lights.  There are angels, Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer and every festive feature you can imagine.  It all makes for the perfect backdrop at the annual Christmas parade. 

Every year we bundle up in layers of coats, blankets and scarves and take our seat on the curb waiting for the church floats, scouting groups, and firetrucks to pass through town.

Of course the best part is running into good friends who help you fill your bag full of broken candy.  

It's always cold, and chaotic, and like a scene out of Steel Magnolia's, although, there is no Miss Mistletoe Pageant.  Ha!  After an evening well spent, we warmed up with Mexican for dinner and a pleasantly early bedtime before Saturday's basketball game!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekend At Gigi's

We just got back from the most fun weekend with my family.  We went in to celebrate my nephew's second birthday and my grandmother also celebrated her big day while we were there.  We don't make it in as much as we used to, so it was nice getting to visit. 

We left Bowling Green after work on Friday, and it seemed to take forever to get there, but we passed the time playing trivia games on our phone.  It was a blast!  Nonetheless, combine three hours in the car with two kids and a dog PLUS a time change, and you have two delirious parents.  That's probably why we enjoyed the Halloween masks so much!

Saturday morning was slow and lazy, just like they should be.  After lunch, the ladies took a little shopping trip to Wal-Mart where we ran into this guy.  Ellie promptly denounced him as Santa, but was more than happy to have a little photo session before leaving. 

Next was dinner with my dad's family before heading to my nephew's party.  It's rare for me to get to see my extended family all at one time, so it was nice catching up!  After dinner, we celebrated Beau's birthday at the gym my brother-in-law owns.  It's the perfect place to let the kids run free and burn off energy.  If we lived in town, I would hit him up all the time. 

The highlight of the trip may have been Ellie losing her first tooth.  The tooth fairy was a total slacker and had to bum movie from the grandparents.  Ya'll, they only had a $10, so the payout was BIG.  It occurred to me that I should switch it out with a $5 or $1, but mom guilt won. 

Sunday morning we joined my parents at church.  My dad is the new minister of music, which is where he also served when I was a kid. My grandparents went to church there my whole life, I was saved there and married there, and my dad was ordained there, so it's a special place. 

After church, we attempted photos in vain, but all is well because my parents offered to watch the kiddos so we could go to lunch with my sister and her husband!  It was delightful. 

We left mid-afternoon and made it home just in time to watch Mickey's 90th birthday celebration, and I can't imagine a better way to round out the weekend. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trick or Treating: Round One

The weather here has been gorgeous, but that's all supposed to change tomorrow with some rain and colder temperatures coming in.  It has been World War 3 in our community about when to Trick or Treat, which just cracks me up.  You can chalk it up to yet another issue I don't give a hoot about.

Anyway, some friends invited us to go with them tonight since a neighborhood in our community was celebrating early.  We weren't sure that we could make it happen, but it all worked out.  I'm glad we made the call because if it rains tomorrow, I'll have to hear about it for another whole year!

Eric took the kids costume shopping this year, and I think it should become a tradition. He went ALONE...with TWO a store...and let then pick from HUNDREDS of options.  He also downloaded a digital coupon and bought Ellie a wig, so he gets major husband props! Ellie was someone from Monster High, but I have no clue who. Eli was a killer clown and proud of it! What happened to my little Elmo?

The best part of the night was when a little girl turned around from digging in the candy to see these three looking right at her.  She game UNGLUED! Even though they were innocently standing at the right place at the right time, their chests swelled pride thinking they had successfully spooked someone.