Hope you enjoyed the video of “Adam and Edith.” Our plan for family night is to proceed through the Old Testament stories in order, although that’s halted for the moment by the liturgical calendar. Advent is here! Which means Christmas is here! Life is so, so fabulous during the holidays!
Another fabulous thing of the last couple of weeks was my trip to AAR in Atlanta. I roomed with another Mormon Studies woman and on the whole had a great time. The national meeting is generally alienating and boring and exhausting, and this time was no exception. But I also got to reunite with my fellow Mormon scripture nerds, including several from the seminar in New York this past summer, and that was absolutely the best! Jana insisted that we find ourselves a good diner, and she managed to locate probably the best cake in all of downtown Atlanta. We enjoyed a number of enormous slices on Sunday night and then came back less than twelve hours later for breakfast. I didn’t get much out of the actual sessions this year, but rubbed lots of elbows, so it was a plus.
To add to the fun, the night before I left Mike gave me a fun novel and a bar of dark chocolate for the plane. He’s a keeper, that one.
Oddly enough, Atlanta became “the land of broken zippers.” I think every zipper I brought with me malfunctioned in some way over the weekend, including the zipper on my ten-year-old purse and my almost-as-old suitcase. I fixed the former, but our black suitcase will never again be able to open more than halfway.
Mike fared tolerably well with the toddlers, at least until the last day. When I walked in the door Monday night at 10:00 pm, his first words were “Does it smell funky in here? Because I’ve been scrubbing the walls with mayonnaise.” Apparently a couple of toddlers found a broken crayon nub somewhere in the living room and did a number on several walls in the house. Good Millennial Parent that he is, Mike immediately consulted the internet and discovered that mayonnaise helps remove crayon.
The process was not without its challenges, however. Mike reports that Market Basket mayo is absolutely the nastiest in terms of smell and texture. He fully planned on buying Best Foods brand before tackling the scribbles in the bedroom.
I’m told that prior to the crayon incident, however, Monday night was quite nice. They had a family night lesson on Cain and Abel (the comparative sacrifices, that is, not the fratricide) and then walked down to Rite Aid to pick out a treat. Rebekah headed straight for the chocolate, but Jared apparently dreams big. And in carbohydrates.
Our Thanksgiving weekend has also been an absolute dream. We’d planned to do our own small family feast here at home, but then got an invitation from Zach and Mariya to join them and several other couples from the ward, and we jumped at the opportunity. We took sparkling cider, an entire ham, a green bean casserole, kabocha squash, and gravy. We ended up having to rent a car to transport everything there and back again, but hourly car rentals are pretty cheap around here. There was so much food! The kids played with Ari for several hours straight, while we got to chat with real-live adults and stuff our faces. It was laid back and cozy and oodles of fun.
Jared still isn’t comfortable with pooping on the toilet a child seat, however, so that caused him some intestinal distress for a few hours until we convinced him to use Ari’s small plastic potty. It’s only noteworthy because it formed such a central component of our Thanksgiving. (As if worrying about my own digestion on Thanksgiving weren’t enough!)
Since then, we’ve been enjoying leftovers and Redbox movies (Inside Out is cute, but Mike thought it was too “tropey,” so he gives it a 6.5/10) and intermittently writing papers. Friday night we made it out to the Science Museum and then enjoyed some Taco Bell for dinner, and last night we went to a pretty lame tree lighting in Harvard Square, but there were free cookies and hot cocoa, and then we went out for burgers, so it wasn’t a total loss. Do you see how good we are at the holiday spirit?
And here are some preschool pictures.