Friday ~ I always love the days that Doug gets off but I also love the paychecks when he doesn't get a lot of time off. Given the choice, I prefer Doug over the paycheck! Unfortunately, we need both! ;) We did have a lovely day together. It was one of those Cache Valley weather days where it snowed, rained, cloudy, sunny, you name it and we kept busy through it all!
Doug and I went to lunch at Cafe Sabor and had a very nice hour together out on the patio (which they enclose, obviously, in the winter). We laughed. A lot! He's a very funny man! We ordered fajitas for two and a bowl of guacamole! OH MY! It was a lot of food! We ended up still bringing home half of it for the kids after school snack. They were very happy!
After lunch, we finally found a new dishwasher! A major part melted in the old one in late June. It was time for a new dishwasher since the part would cost about 1/4 of a new machine! So, the kids have washed dishes for four months by hand. They're still alive but I'm quite tired of the daily dish drama! HAPPINESS! They all now appreciate the dishwasher and my kitchen is as happy as I am! I'm so not a fan of dishes in the sink!
Friday after school, ZJ and I were in the living room for over an hour discussing whether or not to put up the Christmas decorations this weekend. I told her that I was thinking about putting the tree in the corner. "Nooooooooooo! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease don't! It needs to be in the bay window. That's what bay windows are for - Christmas trees!" Then, I said, I was thinking about putting it in another corner. "Nooooooooo! It needs to be in the bay window." Then, I said, "Let's just wait until Christmas Eve!" "Noooooooooooo!" This lasted an hour. I, of course, was teasing her. She was on the living room floor with tears (forced tears), begging. I'd tease back and forth. Doug came into the room, at one point and joined the joking, "Babe. You do know that's child abuse, don't you?" We made the decision to put it up on Saturday after Quayd left for his dance.
Doug and I were buying furnace filters at the Implement Store and decided to buy Quayd a pair of insulated, but cool-looking, boots so that he can do carts at work in the slush and cold. A few days earlier, his Nikes were soaked! They weren't cheap, so we told him "Happy Birthday", since he's still not thought of any birthday gifts. His initial reaction was not too excited but the next morning, when he wore them in the blizzard at work, he was very happy to have them!
Doug and I went to Stott and Wendy's to watch Edge of Tomorrow. I brought over Apple Nachos and, as we were walking out the door, ZJ suggested that we bake them. I've never done it before but it sounded like a winner. AND IT WAS!!!! OH MY!!!! Stott pulled out the icecream to go with and WOW!!! Great treat!!!
Saturday morning ~ Doug got up bright and early to get the dishwasher installed. Quayd had to be at work at 8. The girls and I got ready and ran a few errands. (I rarely go to town on Saturday!) We grabbed a bite, went to Kohls to buy Quayd a shirt for the dance and a gift card to give to the sweet checker who volunteered to work his shift. After a Sonic stop, we pulled up at Lee's just in time for Quayd to race out the door to get ready for the dance. Doug ran to the florist and picked up the wrap for Quayd to give Robin. I've never seen Quayd get ready so quickly!
Robin picked him up twenty minutes later. He was ready to roll! In our area, the big dances are not just about the dance. It's usually a day long event. They usually start earlier in the day with some fun activities... always with a large group. (I think Quayd said there were fourteen in their group this time.) For the afternoon date, they went on a photo Scavenger Hunt all over, taking pix of a crazy list of things to find and do. I had to laugh at some of the things Quayd told me that they'd photographed! These are the kind of things that take guts! They went out for hot cocoa and treats afterward and had a contest to judge who won the scavenger contest pics. Quayd said they had a great afternoon, talking, laughing and driving in the blizzard.
Then, the date is paused for an hour or two, so that everyone can go home and get dressed for the dance part of the date. For Sadie's, the girls do the asking, the planning, the buying, the driving, everything. Usually, the couples dress alike. This was a western dance, so the girls in their group had printed the "Got Sadies?" t-shirts. The boys were told to wear it with a plaid shirt and each couple in the group had a different color bandana. They went to dinner at Fredricos, then to a big barn in Hyde Park for photos of couples and the group. Usually, the dance is the smallest part of the evening. Afterwards, one of the girls' mom rented a theater for just the twelve of them to watch a movie. (Quayd thought they were watching "Edge of Tomorrow" but they ended up watching something different. He said that it was appropriate and that everyone in the group wouldn't watch it if it were not. (We have a rule that we have to see a "date movie" before the kids do because of the content. Movies today are so sexual... how embarrassing for a first date to watch something smutty! Thankfully, this wasn't an issue with Quayd or his friends!)
He came in at 11:40 and was just grinning. They had a great time. A hug goodnight at the door. He really liked Robin, who he barely knew before the dance. She's smart and athletic and "busy" and "Fun!" He was excited to tell me about it all! I loved listening! LOVE THAT BOY!!!
As soon as Quayd had left for the day date, Doug brought up the trees and holiday bins. ZJ, Grace and I got busy decorating. My foot was screaming all day and the night before, so the girls were a huge help and part of the effort! We got the upstairs decorated, but not the tree. It's waiting for a fun garland that I have to buy at Hobby Lobby in the morning! We decorated and dejunked as we went through the bins, loading Doug's van with DI donations. It was about six when we realized that we hadn't eaten much all day. Doug picked up pizza for us and just as we were sitting down to eat it, we realized that Stake Conference Saturday night session started in 35 minutes! We ate a few bites quickly, got ready and raced to the Stake Center in the storm for a wonderful evening filled with music from the USU Logan LDS Institute Choir and fabulous speakers. It was a great meeting!
We came home, filled with a sweet peace and no desire to decorate another minute. As we got ready for bed, and waited for Quayd's return, we somehow found a second wind to get a little more of the decor done. The downstairs family room and our bedroom was a nightmare but everything else was looking grand before Quayd came in from the dance!
All through the evening, my stomach was not happy about the pizza and I was up most of the night. I loved the pizza but it did not love me. By the time we woke up at 7, for Doug to go to his Stake Leadership Meeting, I knew that I wasn't going too far from home today. (TMI, I know.) Quayd also woke up with a terrible sinus headache and he never gets headaches. He slept most of the entire day. Doug and the girls went to conference.
After Conference, Doug went to pick up Zaylee for the afternoon! While I made Belgian waffles, the girls helped pick up a bit more before they came back. We had a delightful afternoon with Zaylee. She and Grace made cookies after dinner. She loved the waffles and immediately found Mr. Jingles on the chandelier when she came in. No one had seen him yet and she found him instantly! (wink) She was excited to see the decorations up, even if it was only partially. She did let me know quite clearly, "Gram! You need to decorate the tree!" Okey dokey then! She skyped with Liza and Buddy and Aylabelle twice. I read "The Elf on the Shelf" book to her and Liza and Aylabelle. Aylabelle got up in the middle and went to get her own book to show me. It was a good visit.
Doug went hometeaching after taking Zaylee home. He was gone for.ev.er. So, we just went ahead and had scriptures without him then sat and talked and talked and talked in front of the undecorated but lit tree. Doug came in and joined us until bedtime. We'll live in the front room for the next 35 days with candles lit, lights dimmed, Christmas music in the background and warm hearts! Life is good! We are so blessed! Life joyfully! Tis the season!
Trade your expectation to appreciation and the world changes instantly.