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It was a cold morning the Sunday before Thanksgiving and it was the one day of the season that the All Stars were scheduled to appear on the plaza before the game. It was also the day after our first snowfall. After getting myself mostly ready (my A-team was also scheduled to perform on the plaza) and then finding out that due to the cold the old ladies were staying home. At least the rest of my team stayed home where it was warm. I still had to go out with Anna. I put on some warmer clothes and grabbed a blanket then headed downtown. And it was cold!
Here is the team performing:
Jeff’s birthday falls 3 days after mine and he loves to tease that we are the same age (at least for those few days each year). I baked a spice cake and Ellie helped with the decorations. (More sprinkles–because you need those on a birthday cake!)
One week ago I turned 48 and I admit to being middle aged now. Besides the changing of my age, a lot of other things in life are changing. I’ve started a new job–so far just part-time, but I’m so enjoying working with a wonderful group of professionals. Physically I’m more aware of my diet, eating healthier, exercising 5 out of 7 days, drinking lots of water (and almost no pop) and minimizing sweets. And spiritually, my husband and I are in agreement with changes for our family. I am embracing these life changes, because, really what choice do you have?! I’m not in charge. So many of these changes are answers to prayers that I’ve had for so long. I’m excited to see where God is leading in my life and family.
Celebrating with some of my kids…missing two (Brandon at college and Anna at tumbling practice). I did have a mini celebration with both girls after school at the Dairy Queen. Brandon sent me birthday greetings on facebook.
It was a wonderful birthday and I know it’s going to be a wonderful year for me.
Anna recently started participating on a competitive cheer team in the area and a week ago her team had their first competition. It was an exciting event with many good teams.
It was the night before Halloween and pumpkins needed carving in order to be ready to stand vigil outside our door.
Now we are ready for Halloween!
Two days before Halloween and the girls ask, “Are we going to get pumpkins?” Of course we are! And of course we headed to our favorite spot: Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn. Jeff passes this place on his way to and from work daily and we love seeing Anna’s former Spanish teacher, Carmen when we visit.
Another cool crisp fall morning in Minnesota a another chance for the MVC All Stars to support a great cause. This past weekend it was “Stepping Out to Stop Diabetes”.
It was the second weekend in a row for birthday parties for Ellie (not that she minded). This one was for our next door neigbor who turned 3. Ellie loves to play “big sister” to her. The party was held at Chuck E Cheese and it had been years since I had been there. It hasn’t changed: the kids, the noise, the games and the pizza. The birthday girl had about 25 guests and most of their parents celebrating with her. The parents went all out providing food, lots of game tokens for the kids, balloons, treat bags and ice cream cake. All that for a 3-year-old.
I was sure worn out after 2.5 hours in this environment, yet somehow the kids still seemed energized.
Another year has come and gone for the school’s annual Fall Festival. Like last year they opted to hold the event at another school’s gym to provide more room. This worked well. Ellie didn’t participate this year since she was at a friend’s birthday party. For Anna, it was her last year. I think I’m starting to realize that things are going to change for her soon. Anna has been at the school since first grade. This is now her 8th year and for the mostpart it’s been good. Next year she will be off to high school. I’m starting to mark the events with “this is the last time Anna will do _____” just like I did with Brandon last year as he completed his last year of high school. I didn’t do this at other times with the boys but I suppose it’s because they changed schools a bit more regularly. For Anna she went to the same daycare for 3 years, then 1 year of preschool, one year at the local kindergarten center and now all 8 years at the same school. Anna’s class held the bottle toss (one of the most popular games) and sold jams, carmels and turtles that they had made in FACs class.