Adventures in Stores

Shopping again! My sister asked us to pick something up for her while we were out, since she had to work today. She needed a gift for someone but wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted so she left it up to us. We looked and thought and debated and wondered and finally decided on a gift card at target. We picked up a small box of chocolates to go with it, found a card and a bag and tissue paper.

A few stores later we realized we never actually bought the gift card. It was that kind of day – but it was the kind of day when things like that are funny and memorable. We got the gift and almost forgot to give it to the person we got it for!

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Adventures with a Two-Year Old

Shopping at the mall, in December, with a two-year-old is not recommended. We tried it anyway. We were not successful. This kid did not want to ride in the stroller. He did not want to walk. He did not want to be carried. He wanted a snack. He did not want that snack. He was thirsty. He did not want to sit and have a drink. He wanted to run with his water. He did not want his jacket on. He did not want his clothes on. He did want his hat on.

What were we thinking? Luckily we also brought his daddy and we sent them home so we could continue shopping. Not that we were much better. I don’t know what I should get. Maybe this. Not that. Let’s go there. I don’t want to go there. I want to go here. I’m hungry. I don’t want to eat. I’m done. I’m not done.

And so on. To bed! That’s the only answer here.

Adventures with White Knuckle Driving

It snowed more today. It was the worst timing for the drivers. It started snowing lightly around ten and then got heavier in the afternoon. By the time I left work around 4:30, the roads were terrible. It was slow and slippery the whole way, even though my drive is mostly on main roads and highways. I was praying and holding my breath – actually I was trying not to hold my breath. I made it home with no incidents, trudged through the snow to my door and stayed in for the duration. My car was covered with snow after only being home for ten minutes. It looks beautiful now that I’m home safe and not on the road!

Adventures with Jeans

It’s such a cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason – I have yet to find a pair of jeans that fits, is flattering, available, and in my budget. After yanking up the top of my jeans about a hundred times yesterday (curse you Old Navy stretch!), I decided to try something new.

I went to Kohls, grabbed about 7 or 8 pairs and started trying on. Unfortunately, only 2 of those were my actual size – they were all either mis-labeled or on hangers with the wrong indicators.

However, I did like one pair so I bought them. Let’s see how they do after wearing and washing a few times!

Adventures at a Christmas Concert

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Connor helped me “do the dishes”. It was a nice snowy Sunday. Church was canceled, and I had slept over at my sisters house. We stayed in and watched movies, baked, and took long naps! The snow cleared up in the afternoon, so this evening we headed to a local church for a Christmas concert. A daughter of a friend of ours was performing – playing the violin. She’s really good! It was such a fun time!

Adventures with Tiny Boxes

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48 tiny boxes waiting for cookies. Our church cookie swap is tomorrow and I had this insane idea to make little boxes for each cookie. I imagined the cookie nestled in white paper and tied with a pretty piece of ribbon or twine. I know it’s ridiculous to spend this much time on it, but sometimes when I get an idea, I just have to do it!

Meanwhile, my cookies ended up being a fail, turned into a winner! I tried making spiced chocolate shortbread stars, but the shortbread only became crumbs, not stars. So I melted some fluff and butter, added the crumbs and crispy rice cereal – voila! Spiced chocolate shortbread treats! I added a layer of melted milk chocolate on top and sprinkled with tiny sparkly edible stars!

Now to finish these boxes!

Adventures in Wrapping

Wrapping, wrapping! You know what makes wrapping easy? This:

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I couldn’t do it without this! I had to order a new one this year: mine was accidentally set too close to a hot iron and it melted just enough to be useless. I couldn’t find them in the stores anymore, so I had to order on Amazon.

Wrapping in our family is made even easier by the fact that we don’t use any ribbons or bows or strings of any kind. This is due to the cats we had in our family that ate all such embellishments. It’s been so long now that I’m surprised to see other people putting bows on their presents. I’m so used to plain boxes with pretty paper and nothing else! It saves much time to!

Adventures with Finishing

My one word for this year is Adventure. Last year it was Finish. The year before it was Led. Even though I pick a new word each year, the previous years’ words still resonate with me. The year of practicing that word creates a habit that stays with me. I often stop to consider if I’m being led because I practiced that for a year.

I remind myself to finish things. That’s still a hard one for me. I tend to start things with passion and drive and then get bored after a while. If you’re still reading this blog, you can probably tell that the effort has decreased over time. But I am determined to finish the year. That was my goal. What I’ll do with this blog in the future is still open for thought and leading. I still have some drafts in October that never got finished so I’m going to catch up on those and then finish off the last few days of the year.

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s word!