1) Here is Maggie directly after waking up from a nap. Look at that bedhead and that face. Yes she's almost 5 and she still naps on the weekends. I think we'll keep her!
2) Have you all tried Garnier BB Cream? The stuff is awesome. It really does what it says - renews, brightens, evens and highlights. I just squeeze a tiny dab of it with a dab of this moisturizer and I'm done. Try it and love it with me.
3) Our faculty retreat was last Friday and we went to a huge warehouse that has been converted into a gift giving facility. People drop off used clothes, toys, books, anything (except socks and underwear - those have to be new) and volunteers come in to sort and clean and fill the orders of kids that are in need. It's such a wonderful organization, and it was so touching being able to serve there for a few hours. Phil and I definitely want to bring the kids to help. They take volunteers as young as 3 years old and have them decorate wrapping paper that they wrap birthday gifts in. How sweet is that? Giving feels so good that I'm thinking it's almost selfish?!?!
|Some of our great coworkers|
|The Martin Duo|
4) Andrew made this turkey apple at school and I was thinking it might be a good activity for all you crafty homeschooling mamas! It's just toothpick legs, a paper accordion for feathers and he drew a turkey neck and face and stuck that on a toothpick. Cute, yes?
5) The great Christmas lists have begun. We told the boys to list only 5 things:
John-Paul's (age 9)
Andrew's (age 8)
Eamon's (age 6)
I like Eamon's first item the best...a "super safe target game" as if any target game is safe in this house.
6) Maggie (age 4) made her list and only asked for one thing, a La Dee Da doll. I have no clue what they are, but she poured through all the toy catalogs and fell in love with the Lollipop girl.
John-Paul (our family's resident materialist) saw her short list and said "You can ask for 4 more things!" and she said "But I only want one!" Like I said before, I think we'll keep her :)
7) I will be planning and cooking my first Thanksgiving meal this year. I've never cooked a turkey before! I don't even like turkey, and I never eat it, even on Thanksgiving. Just pass me all the delicious sides, thankyouverymuch! Phil's brother and his wife and their 6 kids are coming to visit us, and luckily my sister-in-law is a great cook and will be holding my hand through the whole process. It should be tons of fun and my kids are dying with excitement to see their PA cousins. One question, how many pounds of turkey do you buy per person eating?
Have a great prepping-for-Thanksgiving weekend everyone!