Today's busy, busy, busy, but busy in a good way. I've got my little people playing happily (for the most part, the two three year olds are really starting to bicker like siblings which could be adorable, but honestly, isn't.), brisket is braising away in the oven, applesauce is simmering on the stove. After I type this I'm making homemade play dough for the littles I watch as well as Matt and Lily; yes, I'll make some for Jacob and Julianna too, because, homemade! playdough! If you haven't made it, you really should, it's night and day compared to the store bought stuff. I'm also planning to make some rugelach this afternoon and wrap Hanukkah presents, we'll be celebrating Hanukkah with Jason, Lori, Matt and Lily tomorrow night, it will be a full house full of laughter and yumminess and family and love which makes it absolutely perfect. The only thing that could be better is if my parents lived closer and could join us.
Tomorrow we go to OU to pick up Rebekah, there won't be a lot of time between when we get home and when the party begins, so I'm doing as much as I can today. When we get back tomorrow I'll make noodle pudding, another new recipe, (shhh!) pop the brisket back in the oven to warm, and fry latkes. Sunday I'm hoping we can get our Christmas tree and ornaments, though realistically we probably won't get it up and decorated until Monday night, Jacob has a party to go to at church.
Tonight, Mark and Jacob are going to see The Hobbit, hopefully Mark will feel well this weekend, he hasn't had a good weekend since the one before Thanksgiving, that's a long time, he's due. While they're at the movie, Julianna and I are headed to Sweet and Sassy for something pretty in her hair, tinsel? feathers? who knows. I'm thinking we'll go out to dinner or bring some home and watch a sappy movie on the DVR from Hallmark. Sounds pretty perfect to me, hopefully it will to her too. She's had a long week, the light's at the end of the tunnel and I'm so glad she's going to get some time just for her.
We have an Elf on the Shelf. Honestly, they're not my favorite thing, I don't like threatening my kids to be good at Christmastime, but then, I have pretty good kids. Anyway, Julianna had one at school one year, fell in love with it and begged for us to get one here, so there you go. Pretty much our elf is not mischievous, he just hangs out during the day, then heads back to the North Pole gives his report and shows up in the morning in a new spot. Not a big deal, but Julianna loves it. Originally Jacob thought it was pretty stupid, but he's definitely gotten sucked into the idea and the magic of it. The other night he came into my room to say good-night, pretty concerned. It seems Buddy, our elf, wasn't where he had been when the kids had gone in their rooms to read before bed. (Perhaps an overly anxious adult in the house had been a little too excited to go to bed and read and was afraid they'd forget to help welcome Buddy to his new place in the house so had jumped the gun, so to speak. Thankfully, Buddy's place was well hidden so the adult wasn't completely outed.) Jacob had a couple of theories, one, Buddy had fallen back behind the piano where he was hiding. Possibly, but not probably because Jacob had searched and searched. I forget the second theory, but the third possibility he came up with was that Buddy was indeed real, somehow, and had gone back to the North Pole to make his report already. Too funny. Jacob's really bright, but he has a heart full of sweetness and he loves the magic of the season. Santa's still real, the elf is starting to seem like a possibility as well. I could see him chewing on it, mulling over the possibilities over and over in his mind. Cracked me up when he concluded that maybe the elves are real after all, there was just one thing bothering him...how do all those elves not suffocate in the plastic boxes?? I really love that kid. :)
Hope whatever your weekend plans are that they're full of good things.