The Day After Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again. It’s WelcomeGiving Day, which is only fitting after Thanksgiving.

The end of this video makes me want to watch it every year. The only difference being there is only 28 days until Christmas instead of 30.

Music used with permission from A Little Christmas Music.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am a very happy, very thankful person tonight.

I am thankful that I didn’t burn the house down.

I am thankful that when I screamed “Fire! Flames!” that our guest appeared by my side and took care of the flames.

I am thankful that my husband took the burning object out into the snow.

I have no idea how a potholder got onto the bottom of the empty, preheating oven.  I’m thankful that burning potholders smell like dried and rehydrated pickled fish, prompting me to check the oven.

I’m thankful that my garbage disposal still worked despite a washrag being stuck in it.

I’m thankful I’m out of the kitchen.

I’m a very thankful person.

(Note: I did make the most awesome pecan pie ever tasted.  I used this recipe.)

Conversation and Talents

This week is Better Conversation Week (sponsored by, and the theme is something we really need to think about this week.  If your family is filled with people who have lots to say (like ours) and you have kids (we do) then a fun conversation can quickly go overboard fast.

So, if you have guests coming (we do) for the holidays, it’s a good time to plan a little conversation starters.  Unless every person at the table likes a good debate, I recommend steering clear from sports, politics, or declaring who is the best character on Penguins of Madagascar (clearly, Skipper).

Family Fun has a cute printable sheet for good conversation starters!  

They also have some brilliant and hilarious thanksgiving crafts and decorations. My children, however, don’t want their picture decorated as a pilgrim and used for napkin holders.  Party poopers!

But they all liked what Disney has to offer for printable decorations and Thanksgiving fun.  You can see most of them HERE.

Today, is also Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.   Quite frankly, this would make another good dinner conversation starter.  Unless your son uses the opportunity to play “Jingle Bells” with a flapping arm and hand in his armpit.

What’s your unique talent?  Today, mine seems to be sneezing on command.  I’m off to find the Airborne.

What I’ve Learned –Week 10

I’ve learned that you probably should go back to bed when you’re frantically searching for your purse, and it’s been on your shoulder the whole time. That, or you have too much shoulder padding in your coat.

One child asked to roll down the window. I obliged but looked at  the temp and saw it was only 50 degrees.  Surely they weren’t hot.  Before I could ask, my child says, “The average person passes gas three times a day.”

They clearly have mastered the art of subtlety.

That I’m inspired to greatness when I see greatness.

That maybe God created the Earth full of beauty, creativity, humor, struggle, and wonder, not just as a gift to our senses, but also to inspire us.

This week is National Don’t Text and Drive Week.  They should add don’t text and bicycle. Or don’t text and skateboard, or motorbike, or … you get the idea.  We see a lot of that in the ‘burbs.  However, the campaign around here has involved sticking banners into the ground that are very hard to read. And, if you’re driving, and trying to read it . . . well, I don’t see that it’s much better than texting.  They need to rethink that one.

It’s National Game and Puzzle Week

Given that last week had National Game Day, it seems a bit much, but I will admit that I need a push to pull out the board games.  The kids, however, do not.  And they love that kind of family time.

Inspired by this, Million Minute is an organization challenging families to play 20 minutes of a non-electronic game a week. They send you a kit for signing up to the free challenge and, if you’re interested, their site documents the history of board games. (I like knowing that kind of stuff.)

During the weekend, everyone was feeling a bit stir crazy from the weather.  So, we had a tournament.  Something we hadn’t done in a long time.

Rules:  You have to stand up to play your opponent.  And, don’t knock anyone over.

We played Wii boxing, and Wii Tennis.

I thought the kids were going to die laughing.

We didn’t know that Katarina videotaped Mike & I.

I burned the videos — not onto a DVD, but burned, as in, they are no more.

But a few still shots remained.

Clearly, I belong in action movies.