The kids made their choices fairly quickly, but then I spied the Thomas the Tank Engine aisle and just had to see what Abishai would do when he saw all those trains! Yes, I am insane sometimes. They actually had a train table out with the wooden tracks, so Abishai got to play for a bit, which was kind of the point of just getting out of the house. I perused the shelves and also pointed out the huge displays of kid sized Thomas and Percy train fronts to Abishai. He just wanted to play. Then I realized it was going to be hard to get him away from the train table, and I had a gift card that I had saved, and saved, saved, so I went ahead and bought him the take along Thomas and Percy trains, with the idea that he might get some for Christmas or we'll find some at a yard sale and that his birthday is coming in two months. I am a softie in my old age! Ok, I'm not old, but I can't help it. I LOVE seeing my kids' faces light up when they have in their hand the ONE thing they wanted the most.
And then we were off to the cash registers. We had made sure we could use our gift cards here in the States before we went shopping because the cards were actually bought in Canada. Unfortunately, because of the exchange rate, they were worth less American dollars than the bought for in Canada. Boo! But the kids didn't really realize it and adjusted quickly. We got our three transactions done easily and we were out the door. Yes, the kids bought their own Lego sets with money they earned, two weeks before Christmas where they will be getting even more Legos. Lego obsessed kids. But at least they didn't ask to buy video games or nerf guns or zombies or something, right? Lol. We made a quick stop on the way home to the Goodwill nearby to pick up one more gift for Benaiah and we found a cheap basketball that Justin bought for his 3rd friend at co op. So, both of those errands were done in one stop, yeah! I am done shopping for the J6! And the rest of the Johnsons are done. Just got to figure out a little bit more on the Howell side. But I have to buy socks for Monday's sock exchange between the kids, so I'm sure I'll figure it out.
Phew! Then Abishai had a quick nap and we finished the day with a humble supper of plain bread topped with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni, plus hot chocolate. And we decorated the tree finally. Rather, Jared did most of the work. The kids were too busy with their new toys. Then it was movie time and bedtime. Again, phew! That day went by so quickly!
But I managed to get a lot of photos, so here goes!
|I'm not sure if this was Gramma Koski's book or not, but it's very similar I'm sure.|
|4 kids and 4 plates.|
|I let him play in the water in the bathroom this time after he heard me running water in the bathtub to scrub a dirty cloth diaper. He was very good about taking a towel and cleaning up his spills. It was adorable.|
|Hey long arms, can you please get the stuff that fell behind the couch? No problem, Mom!|
|We have a rodent in the house! Ok, it's just a zhu zhu pet, but it still works (we gave away the rest of the track and pets) and Abishai loves it. It moves back and forth to dance and makes all kinds of noises.|
|Hot chocolate in our matching snowman mugs, which are part of our snowman dishes set we've used for 13 or so years.|
|I think I want to teach myself some more piano mom. Sweet!|
|Leave it to Benaiah to find the lazy man way of putting ornaments on the tree. And I can not believe he is big enough to fill Gramma Howell's rocking chair!|
|Keturah's $40 Lego set she bought with her own money! It's really pretty and has some fun moving parts, including the dragon. It's from the "Elves" line.|
|Helping Dad cut wood for the fire.|
|Justin's new Nexo Knights Lego set.|
|Awwww, picture perfect!|