We still have three weeks until the Christmas break this year; but the Moms’ shopping trip to the city is after the kids’ trip because the majority of the shoppers find it easier to go a week after the Thanksgiving holiday instead of the Monday right after it; and they have the bonus of new gift ideas from what their kids saw in the stores on Saturday. Even though Mom and Aunt Leanne have already been through a tough shopping day so recently; they were fired up and happy when they left our house for the Inn and another buffet breakfast.
That buffet was why Dad only had three exercise buddies today; though Michael wasn’t there because he was helping out with the breakfast buffet instead. I had to pick between that and helping Dad with the twins; and picked the family-first option. Sure, Ehlana and I had more fun playing dress-up and doing our hair together, but our favorite guys also appreciated the effort; so that was a bonus for them – and for us too. I cooked breakfast; Dad and Ethan cleaned up after getting ready first; and Ehlana and I managed to be ready to go to school on-time. Dad was at work before we left; but we left early-enough to collect Rowen, Naomi, and Aiden along the way; and then we were off and running for a fun, busy day at school.
For Michael and me; that meant really getting going on the music practices for the pageant. We’ll be having two of those practices pretty much every day now through to the big show; and we’re booked to accompany more classes and acts than last year – along with another duet. The music play time did help to make our day more entertaining; and we especially love working with the younger kids. That includes Ethan and Ehlana this year; so I’m glad that we’ll be playing the music for their class – as well as for Naomi’s Grade One class. I don’t have any news from our classes, unless you consider a bit more homework to make up for the missed time we had in some of our classes while we played as being newsworthy.
Our after-school entertainment was more interesting; since Michael and I picked the twins up from KidZone; we brought them home; and got started on the outdoor decorating at both our house and his – though his parents helped out there – particularly with stringing the lights and the porch rooftop decorations. Dad helped us out after he was done work for the day, and when he did that; I took care of cooking dinner for five. We had all of that work done by around six o’clock; had dinner; cleaned up; and then came up to the lounge for a Christmas movie night. Michael and I needed to do our homework too, but Dad stayed with us; and saved his own homework for after Mom got home from the city.
We finished our movie by the time Mom and Aunt Leanne got back with the truck and van; we helped with some of the unloading – mostly to deliver bags and boxes to Aunt Leanne’s house; and then we had a bedtime chat and Magi lesson with Mom before she was ready for some Jacuzzi time and Michael needed to head home. I dealt with getting the twins into bed after that; and then Dad and I worked in a time phase in the office so that he could get his work done faster. I had more to do after he was ready to meet up with Mom in their room, but I took a break then to come up to my room and get ready for bed before getting back to my work and studies – while also once again working in a time phase.
That’s the only reason for why I’m finished for the night while it is still only a bit after one o’clock, but the extra power drain is still exhausting; and I’m looking forward to more than a couple of hours of nap time!
Before I get started on that, the Christmas music video pick for today isn’t exactly Christmassy, and it’s another song from The Muppet Christmas Carol, but I’ve been thinking about it today because of a little chat about the movie that we had at school. There are, apparently, a lot of people that have never seen the uncut version of the movie, so just in case this little gem is lost to history some day; I’ll make sure that it at least lives on in our Magi archives!
Okay, I’m ready for nap mode now, and I’ll need the rest to be ready for the after-school practices that will include a major teen praise team practice to get ready for the Christmas show and holiday services; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!