7. We are doing a lot of planning for the rest of the year lately. We have a lot of events already and are trying to balance fun and celebration with not over doing it. We do better with some rest and days at home in there so we're trying to keep space for those too. What do you think are "essential" Christmas celebrations for your family? What do you skip?
8. Thanksgiving celebrations start Thursday. Here is our list: Thursday -- 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Feast at AD, Sunday - Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast at St. John's, Mon/Tues - MDO Thanksgiving Feasts, Thursday - Rouse Family Thanksgiving, Saturday - Blakley Family Thanksgiving --- we're quite full of thanks, family, and friends :)
9. The day after B learned to ride his bike was super cold, but he wanted to ride anyway and did very successfully in that he doesn't need any help anymore. Then his bike chain fell off. We can fix it, I think, but haven't yet. He did get to ride with the Jones boys in TX and loved it. SO glad he is loving riding his bike.
10. Lady M now like to show Daddy whatever project around the home she has worked on that day (Yes, just like me). Yesterday, that meant clearing and carefully setting the table for everyone for dinner all by herself, including rolling silverware in the napkins "like at the restaurants." Even if her project that day was cleaning the bathroom he gets shown it right away and is suitably impressed. She does sometimes whisper in my ear to have me remind people to thank her, but as we're all about being thankful this month that seems fair as she really is helping all of us a lot and doing it so cheerfully. Yes I've mentioned this twice in 10 items, but seriously, we're all happier and so is she. Hooray.
Overall--- I feel like I should note that I'm doing much better after the cloud and stress of busy season. I don't think I fully realized how much it was intruding in to all areas of my life until it was fully over. I think we did a good job, but glad to breathe for awhile. See, we're all happier.