~1~There's Cinnamon Toast in the oven. We woke up to a very cold house this morning with a brisk 39 degrees outdoors. The pilot light on the furnace was out from the summer, and since Doug was all dressed and ready to go, in suit and tie, I didn't want him to mess with it. So I bundled up in robe and blankets and started the oven for Cinnamon Toast. It smells like winter. Yum.
Trick-or-Treat was fun last night. The big kids didn't go very far (I don't have issues with big kids Trick-or-Treating as long as they wear costumes) and ended up spending most of the evening on the porch with my mom and I. They are goofy and I would rather they had been out walking off some energy, but it was what it was.
One would think she is my only child, wouldn't one? This is why the youngest child gets the reputation for being spoiled.
This was the first year no one needed help carving -- they did it all by themselves.
Josh's girlfriend was over for Trick-or-Treat and when we are together I notice that sometimes she wears a look on her face that makes me think she doesn't "get" boys. She has one sister and I don't think she's had many boyfriends. She may be in culture shock. I often feel the need to explain my sons to her, but I don't think boys can really be explained. You either get them or you don't. Fortunately I grew up with three brothers and I get them. It doesn't help that Noah has a terrible crush on her as well, so she has two boys showing off for her instead of just one. sigh.
~4~Speaking of Trick-or-Treat I think I figured out why our city, and many others, moved it up to Thursday instead of on Halloween, Sunday. By moving it to Thursday, they (as in retailers) get a whole extra weekend for Christmas shopping. We all know that the starting bell for Christmas shopping has moved from Thanksgiving to Halloween, so I suspect retailers have pressured local governments to give them as many shopping days as possible. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I haven't come up with another logical explanation. Have you?
~5~With Trick-or-Treat behind us now, I have started to look toward a party Doug and I are going to throw in a few weeks to celebrate our 25th anniversary and his 50th birthday. Both events fall in the same week, so we're planning a bash. I haven't even sent out invitations, so I feel like I'm really behind -- gotta get that done this weekend.
I would like to ask your help in planning the menu. I put up a poll on the sidebar of my food blog and you can vote for the menu you think would be most fun and easy to serve a crowd. (What would you like to eat? Of course you're invited!) We're on a budget, so there are no Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tails or Tartar of Kobe Beef with Beluga Caviar on there, sad to say.
~7~Yesterday I popped over to Elizabeth's blog and saw this very cool YouTube video. Though I generally avoid YouTube like the plague, I am grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to videos like this. They have quite a few that you can watch at YouTube (type in Seeds family in the YouTube search bar), but if you let the kids watch just make sure you keep the comments out of view (you just never know what you might read). That song is stuck in my head and that, for once, is a good thing.
Do not be anxious...and have a glorious weekend. Praise God.
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