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never caught up

By Tara Zandra | November 5, 2007

When last I left you, fearless reader, my car had been given a grim diagnosis but was thankfully expected to fully recover. It spent a week in ICU at the mechanic’s and was returned to me yesterday not only purring like the proverbial kitten, but sparkling due to the wash the mechanic took it to. Today I was happy to return to the normality of driving my kids here and there in my own car.

Since I haven’t blogged in over a week that means we’ve been busy. As usual, the very things that can make interesting blog fodder get in the way of me actually blogging. Thus the never-ending “catch up” posts.

I really need to do a picture page and when it is up you’ll see pics of the pumpkins we carved Tuesday night. We let Tabitha carve her very first pumpkin this year and she was estatic over the prospect. I wisely didn’t tell her until roughly 4pm so I only had to listen to her constant stream of “Ican’twaittocarvemyfirstpumpkin!I’msoexcited!Ican’twait!” for a few hours. Chris wasn’t in the mood to design his own creation this year so he followed a Disney patter and made a nice Eeyore. Daisy and I worked together on the Mr. Potato Head pumpkins and also a peg pumpkin. They all turned out really cute, but I guess you’ll have to take my word for it.

Wednesday daytime we walked to CVS to buy the candy to hand out and the kids played on some Halloween websites together. They also colored Halloween papers and watched some Halloween TV shows. They handed out candy for about half an hour before Chris got home and then he took them trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. They had a great time and were pleased with all their goods. Once they came back home they settled into the entryway and continued handing out treats until about 8:30pm when we ran out of candy.

Thursday, each girl has an activity so we had to take Chris to work so we could have a car. Daisy enjoyed gymnastics and then we went to pick up Tabitha from book club. Then the three of us went to Disneyland :) We had a lovely lunch together at Carnation Plaza on Main Street and then went on a few rides before doing some shopping. Then we headed over to California Adventure for about an hour. We left earlier than planned because it seemed to get real chilly around 4:30pm and the girls’ jackets were in the trunk of my car. So we headed in the direction of Chris’s work but were too early to pick him up so we spent time at Target where they were pleased to find the Halloween Littlest Pet Shop toys half-off which meant I was more than happy to purchase them for the girls. They played with them in the car while we drove to get Chris and then all of us went to dinner at Chilis. It was a pleasant way to end the day.

Now let’s talk about Saturday evening. Tabitha had her first ever sleepover. It was High School Musical themed (of course). I kept it to a very minimum guest list and two of the girls couldn’t make it so we only had three girls total including Tabitha. In my opinion that was the exact right amount, lol. First they girls watched the sing-along version of High School Musical while eating pizza. When that was over we set up an ice cream sundae bar for the kids. We had two kinds of ice cream, fudge, chocolate sauce, caramel, strawberry sauce, nuts, cherries, whipped cream, mini oreos, kissables, and Reese’s Pieces. Everyone had fun making their own concoctions. Once they were done they watched the sing-along of High School Musical 2. Then it was time for games. Of course we had High School Musical Uno and HSM Star Dazzle game. Eventually we said it was lights out and laid out a couple rules. They settled down sometime around 1:30am though we had already set the clocks back to say 12:30am. They started waking around 7am and Chris went on a Krispy Kreme run for everyone. The girls then played together for a couple hours before they were picked up. Tabitha says she had a great time and her sleepover went just as she had hoped.

Side note, one of the girls was doing MASH and later when Tabitha was telling me about it I mentioned I knew what it was. I explained it was something G learned at school. To which Tabitha asked me why in the world they teach it at school, it’s not math or anything. It amused me :)

Anyway, once our guests had left, we all went to some thrift stores as I need jeans to make over into Disney custom clothes for the girls. Honestly we weren’t too sucessful. I think I’m going to have to turn to ebay to complete my purchases. In the evening we went to my in-laws’ and had dinner from Pick Up Stix. Mmmm.

The End

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2 Responses to “never caught up”

  1. Aunt Kari Says:
    November 6th, 2007 at 9:19 am

    I am happy you got your car back, you can’t live with them, you certainly can’t live without them. The girls must have been on a sugar high with ice cream sundaes and Krispy Kreme donuts. I didn’t know what MASH was, so I am glad you put a link to an explanation. You’ll have to put in a picture of Tabitha’s carved pumpkin.

  2. Vanessa Says:
    November 6th, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    I remember reading an article several years ago about children’s “street culture” — all the games and stories that have been handed down from child to child throughout generations or even centuries, like skipping and clapping rhymes, Bloody Mary, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” MASH and so forth. Sure enough, as soon as G started school, she suddenly knew all this stuff I remembered from 25 years before, and my mother probably remembers from 25 years before that. I wish they’d pass multiplication facts around on the playground that way! :)

    G had a great time at the sleepover — thanks again for inviting her!

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