Our fridge has been intermittently leaking. We thought it was the seal on the freezer door failing so we would clean it up and try to be better about carefully closing the freezer door. Today the leaking didn’t stop when we cleaned it up. Thankfully Wade was home and could take a look at the leak in action. He realized we had a bigger problem. Evidently we had a clogged drain tube. It’s all fixed now.
The youngest ones decided to get crafty and paint some ornaments made by Pop. They had the best time comparing and creating new color combinations. Now we just need to let them dry before they add them to their trees.
Tonight was the church handbell concert. Alex and Wade were performing so the other kids and I had plans to attend and watch at least a portion of the concert. We got there early so we could get prime kid seats (close to the door with room to play on the floor). Ben and Kaitlyn were easily amused by my bag of tricks. Alex and Wade did a great job. Ben loved going up front for the Jing Bells portion of the concert.
Then we did sneak out early due to the kids’ attention span and the falling snow.
Kaitlyn had no interest in participating in most of the activities associated with spirit week – especially the ones requiring dressing up. However, she was extremely excited about the “anything but a backpack day.” She immediately wanted to look up ideas online and loved the idea of a suitcase.
Kaitlyn has been patiently waiting to decorate “her” tree for weeks. Tonight we finally got the trees in her room and Ben’s room. The big boys weren’t as interested so we didn’t put them up in their rooms this year. Maybe now I can officially say we are decorated for Christmas. (That’s if you ignore the pumpkin mat outside our front door.)
Kaitlyn hasn’t had a haircut in years. She recently told me she was finally ready for a cut. I think the morning tangles and the amount of time it takes with a hairdryer were finally too much!
Alex has PE this month and is not happy about it. He is grade on how many situps and pushups he can do in a set amount of time. It turns out Alex can’t do very many pushups so we have been working with him at home. Wade tried to show off a little with Ben and then remembered he wasn’t in his 20s anymore.
The entire family spent the morning at the elementary school working at the Waddles Winter Wonderland Pancake Breakfast, a community event sponsored by the PTG. Wade was a chef, I was at the entry collecting money, Alex helped out as needed, Teague was in charge of seating people, and the younger two ran wild. We had planned for 300 people and and had over 500 people attend, which is amazing. It also meant we had to make an emergency run for more pancake mix.
A local photographer, Deirdre Rakus, donated her time to take photographs of people attending the breakfast.
I’m not sure of exactly what game my children were playing today, but it appeared to me that two of them pretended to be lumps under a blanket. The other one would attack them and then they would trade places and do it again. Regardless, they all seemed to have a blast and the game continued for quite some time. Pepper was quite confused why she wasn’t allowed to join in the fun.