Winter Festivities

Hello Friends,

We are trying hard to keep the girls focused on November and being thankful all month-long, not just on Thanksgiving Day (Momstar chided me a bit this morning because I had carols playing when we parked for drop-off). So this is not a pitch for a “Christmas” event, as much as it is for a “winter” event.

The weather is getting colder here in Chicago, so winter is coming. And just in time is the St. Viator Winterfest!This is a Friday through Sunday event with a variety of winter activities. Check the flyer:

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Winterfest is free to attend, and then essentially “pay as you play”.¬† Some of the events are outside while others are in the warm, dry rec center. There are also meals prepared and served by various groups from the church and school. Wife and Sweetie are already committed to working a fundraising table for the Daisy Scouts, and the Cricket and I are sure to be over there at some point.

November is moving quickly, so I wanted to get the word out. Hope to see you there!

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Accidental Craft Outing

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The girls’ and I were out-and-about this past rainy Saturday afternoon and we stumbled into a great little activity. Not that I need more reasons to dig Home Depot, but they nave a monthly craft event for the kiddos. And before I launch into the story, you should know this is not a sponsored post (but it could be Home Depot-hint, hint).

So that green blob on the plate is actually a wooden humvee model. The girls had to assemble and secure, with nails, the top half and grille piece. Of course I didn’t snap a photo of that-I was too busy aligning nails, making sure my fingers didn’t get whacked, and cheering the girls. We pick up here at step two, the paint job. You could paint your humvee any color, as long as it was green. After the paint dried it was time to hammer the wheels into place! Last came the included sticker set, which I post-poned until we got home.

We lucked out, as you are supposed to register for the craft events. Thanks to the weather the attendance was low and we were able to join the fun. And burn up a half hour doing something (sitting in front of the television came later that afternoon!). The girls thought it was great and walked away with their humvees, a certificate of completion and a lapel pin. Thanks Addison and Kimball Home Depot!

November is a special month as they have a second event coming up, an ornament craft I think. Check out the Home Depot website for details and registration information. Here’s to a monthly craft activity – hopefully your local store offers the same events!

Hey, can I tell people my girls are little makers now? Maybe makers-in-training!

We Got the (Piano) Keys

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We are dialing in the girls’ activity schedules and have worked piano lessons back into Sweetie’s mix. There was a little age-class-registration cross-up in May, so she took an unplanned break. But now she’s back at it.

So class is a once-a-week, one hour deal at our favorite Old Town School of Folk Music. We can boogie over right from school, then head straight home for dinner. Overall, not too disruptive, very workable. We’re glad to add piano lessons to Daisies and swim lessons and vary her activities.

The Cricket is ecstatic.

Halloween Happenings (#2)

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The past two Octobers I have told you about the St. Viator Haunted House, and now it is time again! This weekend is the first of three weekends where the ‘House will be open. Now that we are back in the neighborhood, Wife and I are trying to figure out how we are going to be a part of the fun. I have helped out with some of the setup already, so we’ll see where it goes from here!

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It’s hard to adequately describe the scare-level of the Haunted House. When I helped out two years ago I felt that I could hang inside the maze, right up until the lights went out. At times I had to focus on my task so I didn’t get spooked out. Last year, Sister Scales of Justice and her son went through. She has already told me they won’t be going back through again this year! So if you decide to check out the St. Viator Haunted House over any of these next three weekends, keep in mind that it is a grass-roots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers. It may not be as terrifying as some of the “professional” houses, but don’t let the humble roots trick you into thinking it isn’t scary. I think the organizers say its appropriate for children eleven years and older. It’s local, affordable, fully-Halloween, and definitely worth a look.

Halloween Happenings (Take 1?)

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We like Halloween here at our house. The girls hounded me into bringing up our decorations and for the past two weeks have been dressing up in various bits and pieces of costumes from Halloween past. Now that they are getting more sturdy and can enjoy better adventures, we are going to more Halloween events around town. Here is one that is coming up that I wanted to let you all know about.

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We wrote about Dr. Johnny earlier this year and I am quick to talk about him and the Sprout Pediatric Dentistry practice. So how cool is it that they are hosting some spooky window painting and trick-or-treating? Check them out if you don’t have anything going on. Will we be there? I would like to try, but I already know we are looking at a flu shot morning followed by a two-separate-birthday-party juggle. Again, we’ll try.

And I’ll keep putting up fliers for events that we hear about. Maybe our paths will cross at some celebration or some pumpkin patch!

School Photos

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the past two years I have shared pictures of Sweetie on her school’s picture day. I thought that I would share a picture of the Cricket given that today was her first.

This picture is from late morning, after school. Big kudos to Ms. K for keeping the Cricket clean and her hair up (she is usually quick to pull out any bands or clips).

I would’ve gladly included pictures of Sweetie in her matching dress, but she changed as soon as we got home. I was distracted by Cricket playing in the yard and poof, out comes Sweetie in a different dress. That’s alright though, the Cricket needs to have a couple of posts to herself.

And our school year adventures continue…

Going Back to School

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Of course there is so much catching up to do and so much for us to tell you all. But this is back to school season, so the rest can wait. I have heard from my readership, and I’m listening! So here are some pics of the girls:

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That’s right, just like so many of you out there, we have sent our girls back to school!

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Oh yes, the Cricket has gone in to PreK-3, joining her big sister at St. Viator Elementary. And yes, she did insist on wearing a tiara to the welcoming tea program. Hey, best the teachers and staff know who they are dealing with up front.

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Okay, she did tone it down for her first “official” day in the classroom. Nice stairs, eh? (We are back in the house, more on that later.)

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Sweetie is excited because this year she gets to wear the school uniform. This is some right-of-passage type stuff folks. But hey, no more early morning battles over her clothes!

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In all honesty it’s great to see Sweetie, and all of the Kindergarten students, rocking the uniforms. They went from being little kids to being little students. It’s kind of blowing my mind.

The girls are doing great, and now back in school, so I’ve caught you up on the most important stuff. I am sure there are many questions about the house, the summer, my situation – essentially all of these new recent turns on the detour. I do have two hours a day without a child around and I hope to use more time to write and answer those questions, and address a bunch more stuff that I haven’t written about yet. So, until then…