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Just the 5 of us

20 Dec

Josh and Caleb have been gone all week to Tacloban with a ministry basketball team from Australia. Meanwhile, the kids and I have been wrapping up at school. I have been baking up a storm for the Christmas parties and to make assorted treat boxes for all of the kids teachers. Now that Mackenzie is in middle school, we have twice as many teachers to whom we owe our sanity.

We made them fudge, sugar cookies, pecan tarts, peppermint patties, and cranberry white chocolate cookies. The kids helped with the sugar cookies. I was not very fun at all, what with my quality control standards etc. I kind of blacked out, but I vaguely remember scolding Deacon for putting too many berries on the holly leaf?


Traffic here is horrific all year, but the weeks leading up to Christmas are especially mind blowing. I took Mackenzie and her friends to their first figure skating lesson on Monday. I actually made the 9 mile drive in a smooth 40 minutes. However, when I got to Mega Mall, I had to drive around for 30 minutes looking for a parking spot. It was infuriating! I finally just sent the girls up to the skating rink while I drove around and around and around. When I finally got up there, the girls were still waiting to get into the rink, and were being asked what country are they representing! Apparently, there was a speed skating competition coming up and people thought these three American girls were part of the competition. I think that assumption was squashed about .3 seconds after they wobbled onto the ice.

The lesson went great. It was only 30 minutes, so they didn’t learn a whole lot, but they are allowed to skate as long as they want after the lesson, so they practiced and played for another hour or so.

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Meanwhile, the speed skating team from Taiwan was having their pre-competition shake out skate. They were skating so fast around the rink! I was sure that one of our girls would accidentally trip one and take out the entire team!


It took us about an hour and a half to fight the traffic home. Blech.

A couple of nights later, Mackenzie and the middle school choirs performed at a local mall. Shockingly, it took me only 8 minutes to get there. However, once again, all the parking lots were full, so I just had to drive around and around and around until I found a spot. We ended up missing the 6th grade performance, but caught the all-choir finale! I made the decision to steer clear of malls until 2016! (except we are taking the ministry team to Greenhills on Monday, the week of Christmas!)


Deacon and Bella had their elementary Christmas program on Friday. They did such a good job!


Deacon even had a little solo! At the beginning of the week, he was asking if he could back out of it. I think once they started rehearsing on the big stage, he got spooked. But after a few days of practice, he said he was good to go! He did such a great job! However, the mic was not working properly, so we only got to hear a couple of words of his, “This fruitcake, it weighs a TON!”


After the program, I took the kids to celebrate the end of the semester with a Star Wars matinee. It was so fun! I’m not a Star Wars freak or anything, but I have to say that I got chills when the words started crawling across the screen. I may have even “Woooo”-ed when Han Solo and Chewie came on the screen.


Now the Christmas countdown is on!