I have two main projects for Thanksgiving vacation. One is to start baking for all the school bake sales I donate to (I'm not going to chaperon any field trips but BY GUM I can bake some stuff). I'm starting with stuff that freezes well. After much deliberation I made a batch of salt brownies for this year: I labeled each baggie "SALT BROWNIES" so I hope no small child chooses them and is disappointed. I also made plain chocolate brownies.
My second project is to get a Christmas card picture of the five kids. Every year I'm SO GLAD I did it, but WHILE I'm doing it I wish I didn't even HAVE kids. Or at least not THESE kids. Next year, remind me to have several stiff drinks before the photography session---the pictures might end up blurry or tilted, but at least I will not blow a gasket. I've been going through the pictures I took (336 of them) and some of them are comically awful, some of them MIGHT work, and most of them make me ruin my dental work: four children looking perfect, one child choosing that exact moment to make a dumb face on purpose; four children looking perfect, one child wiping his nose with his sleeve; three children looking perfect and two pretending not to know the difference between "smiling" and "baring teeth"; etc.
I love Unofficial Mom's story about how a baby dropped into their laps. I was trying to tell my mom about it in the car, and I had tears (OF HAPPY) dripping onto my shirt, and thank goodness I was using the drive-up ATM instead of a teller window. Then my mom tried to make me tell it again at Thanksgiving, because "making Swistle cry" is her party trick, and I declined to tell it but teared up ANYWAY.
Kelsey is doing her annual Christmas Mix CD giveway, and I highly recommend you enter: she sent me one of her non-Christmas mix CDs awhile back, and I have it in my kitchen CD player and I listen to it pretty much every day as I'm making dinner or cleaning it up, and I lovvvve it. When it's NOT actually on, I have it going through my head.
New gift-related post at Milk and Cookies: Gift ideas for people who don't want anything.
Review blog stuff:
Smarty Ants and Phonics Reading Pup, through December 17th. The giveaway is for your own Phonics Reading Pup ($30) plus a year's subscription to the Smarty Pants reading game ($50) plus a Visa gift card ($100), and the entry comment is an easy one: saying which of the two Pups you like better.
A third Text Ed post, with the same "comment = 50c donation" deal, except that BlogHer is matching it, for a total donation of $1.00 per comment---and that's for EVERY comment, even if you comment several times and/or have nothing on-topic to say. This is the second of a 2-parter: in the first part we gathered questions to ask an on-the-scene tween, and in this part I get his answers.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...