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-1- This past week had Mr. O working up in Fairbanks and the days both dragged and sped along for us. One of the boys was glad for Dad to be gone while the others missed him a bit. He returned Wednesday night and the older boys decided he HAD to play Say Anything with the family. Mr. O is NOT a board game kind of guy, so it was a stretch. Look for more about this later as it is a review product we’ve been testing out.
-2- P and I have Rio on the brain. No, not the movie Rio (which we enjoyed), but the actual Rio de Janeiro. Why, one might ask? Well, because that is the location for World Youth Day in July 2013. The theme is “Go and make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19).” IF we can get our ducks in a row and start fundraising for it,we really want to make that pilgrimage. He’ll be almost 16 when the trip happens, so still on the young side compared to youth around the globe who attend these events. But, after hearing some of our fellow parishioners share about their experience in Madrid this year, we believe it would be a great opportunity for us. And, since P will still be a minor, I’d go with him. We’ll be praying over it and ask for friends to join us in prayer. It’s a big trip with a big price tag and we want to make sure that God is truly calling us to that particular pilgrimage.
-3- Shopping with a toddler around their bed time is NOT a fun thing. With Mr. O out of town for several days, that meant the younger boys had to be out of the house with me while the older boys had Boy Scouts. I thought we’d do a grocery run during the meeting to occupy part of our time. NOT my best idea as punchy little babe thought he’d start running through the aisles laughing as he went. And, then he was screaming when I strapped him into the cart. It made me appreciate even more that we can tag team bringing the boys to meetings so the younger boys can get to bed.
-4- The older boys have discovered a new favorite past-time now that daylight hours are shorter. It’s dark until almost 8 a.m. and gets dark by 8 p.m. now. And, they are loving a new item we received for review (and will post about very soon with a giveaway): the Aerobie Skylighter flying disc. I won’t share their inspired play as I’m saving it for the review. Just wanted to share the fact the boys are playing outside…with a nifty item…in the dark.
-5- The older boys helped cook one of our dinners this week while Dad was gone. Ironically, their choice of dish would have been well received by Mr. O. They made Beenie Weenie Casserole as featured on Regis and Kelly Live by Larry the Cable Guy. We did decide that we’ll have to tweak it a bit for our personal taste. When that happens, I hope to have pictures to share along with our version of the recipe. Hot dogs and beans in a casserole is not this mama’s idea of great food. BUT, I loved not having to cook dinner that night!
-6- It’s official! J is a Wiggles addict. Thankfully, our local library has a decent selection so we can change things up a bit. His latest obsessions:
R thinks we should buy this one for J’s birthday later this month; all because we saw Al Roker joining the Wiggles on the Today Show earlier this year.
-7- I’ll end the week with a very odd ‘confession’ of sorts. Today marked the fourth time I was in Costco in just over one week’s time. A little over a week ago I went there to grab items with coupons expiring. Then, I realized I didn’t grab a few things, so the boys and I went after co-op last week. Opening up a box of Kirkland brand cereal we’d picked up at a fantastic price, I decided we’d better go back and buy more as that price looked like a clear them out price. So, R and I made a trip down there to get more cereal. Then, on Monday, D and I stopped in for a few items on our way home from the parent advisory council meeting for our charter school. Finally, we stopped there today to pick up rolls for dinner as I didn’t have time to make any from scratch. I suppose it’s a good thing we don’t live right next door to Costco or I might be there that often every week. (Oh, and the boys were loving the sample gathering as they’ve had big pushes with so many Alaskans receiving their PFD last Thursday. We missed being eligible by 2 days, but maybe next year.)
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