Cookie time

Eve and I decided to host a cookie party this year. We decided many weeks ago, before the Covid case numbers started skyrocketing again. I did lots of internal debating and talking withy friends (who were they party guests!) and decided to proceed anyway. Everyone is vaxxed and boosted, so I’m hoping for the best!!

Hot cider on the beverage bar.
Cookies for decorating
Cookies for swapping!

We had a really nice time. There were none moms and eleven kids, mostly teenagers but two younger ones as well. We had a lovely time and everyone left after about two hours. (Because I set the end time in the invite! )

3-Day Christmas Tree

This year Christmas decorating has taken a little longer than usual. We went on Friday afternoon to get a tree because Alan was here that day. When we got home everyone was tired from school and tree getting, so we just put it in the stand and left it. On Saturday all three kids had plans, which even overlapped by two hours so I had a little time home alone! :) I wrapped some presents, got out the Christmas decorations, put up some house decorations, and put the lights on the tree. This morning the boys put lights on the big tree outside while Eve decorated the porch (and I dealt with a broken water heater). This evening we were all finally together and ready to decorate the tree. You know the meme format “Tell me you have ____ without telling me you have ___.” Tell me you have teenagers without telling me you have teenagers. We decorated the tree at 9:00pm and no one is even remotely ready for bed. Myself included!

Tomorrow hopefully a plumber will come fix the water heater and maybe I’ll even get a few errands done as well. 🎄🎁

Thanksgiving 2021

We celebrated Thanksgiving this year at Rosy’s new house!! It was pretty awesome. We were all thankful for a warm house (and cozy where it wasn’t as warm) and loving family. Also, there were lots of dogs.

The hostess with the mostest!
They were nice to share their house with use for a few days. :)
I love this girl.
Huxley was the little dog at the party. He enjoyed playing with the boys sometimes, but other times he just wanted to be snuggled in the safety of someone’s lap.
Berkley likes laps too! Also, we celebrated Joyce’s birthday a little early since we were all together.
Dog pile on Joyce!
Silly dog.
Sillier dog. :)

I’m a little late with this post, but we got a Christmas tree today and I need to get a Thanksgiving post done before the Christmas posts begin!

HBD to me

My birthday was the other day. It was pretty awful, but I gave myself a re-do and did much better the second time around! 😁

I got my Covid booster shot (Pfizer) on Thursday evening, then went to school Friday morning because I was feeling ok. I have a light morning on Fridays so I figured I could take it easy, do some stuff around the library, and be ok. Turns out I was NOT ok! We had 11 teachers out and I was called to sub in kindergarten. I said I’m not feeling well and probably can’t teach kindergarten all day, so the boss said, “ok, how about subbing for the para in the other kindergarten?” So I did that, until the chills set in, then the shivers and aches. I ended up in tears in the office around 10am and heading home around 10:30am (after crying in both kindergarten classrooms!). Everyone was super supportive (I love that about my school!) but I felt guilty leaving anyway since there were already so many people out. When I got home I crashed on the couch for the rest of the day. Teenagers came and went, and I dozed on. I had aches, chills, sweats, vomiting… it was awful. I was feeling much better by Saturday. Alan came down and did a bunch of jobs around the house, I opened presents, we all laughed and had fun, then we went to watch Cinderella at the high school. Lex is running the lights again this year and Eve did stage crew. It was a great show. I’m feeling close to 100% now Sunday evening. The kids did their final Cinderella production this afternoon, then Eve and I went grocery shopping this evening. I bought myself some birthday cake. :)

It was a miserable day, but an otherwise good weekend and 100% worth it to keep myself and others safer from Covid!

Math Dept Student of the Month

I got an email this morning….

“The Mathematics Department would like to award Alexander (Lex) Johnson with Student of the Month for October 2021. Lex is currently enrolled in both Computer Programming and AP Calculus with Mrs. Kent.

Lex is a strong AP Calculus student, constantly striving to achieve at the highest level. In computer programming, Lex quickly grasped the concepts and is now on his own, learning a higher-level language to apply it to Minecraft modifications. He sets high standards for himself and is fully invested in his education. Congratulations Lex!”

😊🤗

Champlain College

We went on another college tour today. This time it was a whole day event! They had swag and sessions and presentations and tours and lunch! It is a really nice college in a beautiful city. Lex is definitely interested in their Game Programming major.

Their gaming center was a big hit.
This is where students learn and play
(and probably play and play and play!)
The professor said they put out pong for the parents, but I saw plenty of kids playing too. 😄
Accidental twinning
My new favorite photo! 🤣
Fight club! They make medieval weapons from foam and stuff and then “fight” on the quad. 😄

Halloween 2021 🎃

View these photos from the bottom to the top. They posted backwards and I don’t want to deal with it on my phone.

Halloween 2021 was a success, I guess. The rain held out. My neighbor had a party that Eve and I attended. Eve wore a Toga costume. I wore a hat and orange socks. Lex went to work. B’Lake was at his girlfriends house.

I wasn’t in the most party mood, but it was nice anyway. She trick-or-treated with a group of kids. I hung out with the parents around the fire pit for awhile then headed home.

I love everything about this girl. ❤️❤️❤️
Ghost, a bunny, a banana, and an anime villain.
We left treats on the porch, hoping they would be gone by the time we got back. They were not.

Dark

This week darkness has set in. The daylight hours are getting shorter and we had cloudy, rainy days. It was dark when I woke and walked the dog. Dreary when I went to work and came home. Dark when I was dropping off and picking up kids. Dark.