Today was a strange day. I actually got up and went garage saling with my wife, and we found a few really great things. One was a baby gate, which we managed to get for a song, and we also got a bunch of winter clothes that we've been needing, which we later found was worth several hundred dollars. Score!
Later in the morning, we went over to Lowe's for their workshop, where the kids made a "coal car" for Santa's train. Next week they'll build the actual engine, which should be interesting.
After that, we stayed home and mostly did laundry and picked things up. We started reorganizing the room where my wife's craft stuff was kept, which we will be turning into an honest-to-goodness bedroom again for the child/ren we hope to adopt in the new year. This meant we also needed to do some cleanup in our room, as most of that stuff is going into there. We've done some furniture shuffling (I moved the treadmill and a bookshelf twice!) and have even gone through and weeded through some books that we've been hoarding for years. It's been therapeutic in a way.
We also did some cooking to prepare for the Ward Christmas Party, which I went to without my dear wife, who is still quite sick from the cold she caught. It seems clear she caught my daughter's version of the cold, as the symptoms are not quite like mine and she seems to be bouncing a lot faster than I did. We'll see, though.
My oldest son finally got home from his camping trip a few hours before the party, and he was safe and happy, so we are, too.
The party was great. As always, the ward did a fantastic job pulling it together. There were a few songs, a performance of "The Night Before Christmas" (including an appearance by Santa!), and, best of all, a video about the birth of the Savior. They had tri-tip steak, baked potatoes, corn, rolls, and brownies with ice cream to eat. The kids were in heaven, though I'm grateful my wife stayed home as she couldn't really eat any of that except the meat (we brought a lot home for her). As for me, I was mostly anti-social. I remember a time when I used to visit with everybody, but tonight I mostly just felt like sitting and watching.
The kids came home happy from the party, and quite full. I tried to be Responsible Dad and only let them have one serving of the dessert, but after the kids were so insistent about it, Cool Dad made an appearance.
Later tonight, I prepared a lesson for church tomorrow, which I probably won't be able to give because the quorum meetings are so darn slow going.
Quite the day!
My Gratitude List today includes a bunch of random stuff sort of related to this:
1) I'm so very grateful for our great ward, with such good friends whom we love and appreciate.
2) I'm so very grateful that we live in a safe place where we can enjoy peace and tranquility and where we can have civility enough to enjoy these kinds of things.
3) I'm so very grateful for meat. And brownies. Seriously, I love them both.