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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cassie's Journal - December 11, 2017

Another day; another late night; and I really am burning out – and don’t have time to do that ahead of all of the Christmas busy!

With that in mind; here’s my micro-update.

We were up early to see Dad off on his trip to Crystal Springs.  I had another nap in Mom’s bed with her, the twins, Silkie, and Mandy.  Michael came over for Tai Chi; stayed for breakfast; and then we split up while getting ready for school.  We had a good day with our classes and some outdoor fun at lunchtime; and then I went home with Michael while Ethan and Ehlana went to have some play time at the lab with Mom.  Our fun at Michael’s house included some Christmas decorating; an experimental gourmet dinner; Olde Bakery desserts; and studying and a music practice that we needed to get ready for all things Christmas for the band and teen praise team.  There was a bit of make-out fun in Michael’s room too, but we didn’t have much time for that; and actually spent more time with our bedtime visit with his parents before I came home at eleven o’clock.

Mom did a Magi lesson with me; we both took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana tucked in for the night; and then it was time for me to come up to my room and get to my ‘real’ work and studies.  That was too many hours ago; I’ve already mentioned that I’m fried now; and the details for how I got there just aren’t important.

While I go and have a nap, follow that up with some self-healing, and hope that’s enough to get my Christmas cheer on by morning; my Christmas music video pick for tonight is a new A Cappella favorite this year from one of my favorite groups.

Have fun with that; I’m out of here and back to the real world; and, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cassie's Joural - December 10, 2017

I’m exhausted; so this is going to be a very short update tonight.

We ended up watching a Christmas movie and the falling asleep without any teen-rated fireworks last night thanks to our four junior campers in the lounge.  Michael and I were at his house for breakfast; we had a busy morning at church that included a lot of work to get ready for our Christmas cantata next Sunday night.  After church, Michael and I went on to work the full shift at the Inn except for our usual afternoon break; and we split that time between homework and helping out at my house with some outdoor Christmas decorating that we haven’t gotten done sooner because of everything else we’ve had on the go so far since Thanksgiving.  With afternoon temperatures in the low-fifties, that was fun; and then we were very busy with the buffet-to-close shift after that.

It was near-eleven by the time we were done tonight; I dropped Michael off at his house on the way to mine; and only took time for a short Magi lesson with Mom before coming up to my room and getting started on my usual bedtime computing.  I really do need to crash – especially since Dad’s going to be back in the city this week and I need to get up and see him off on his trip soon too.  I got all of my work and studies finished, but it was tough tonight; and I may need to slow down if I get too much more worn down.

For now, though, I just want to sleep; so here’s my Christmas music video pick for tonight – another favorite from my Hallmark Christmas movies’ song collection!

Now, while you watch that little movie clip, I’m going to crash and nap for a while; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cassie's Journal - December 9, 2017

Congratulations to the Johnson family clan!  Tristan Johnson was born today; Rob and Trish are very happy, proud parents; and we also have a new member of our exclusive little Magi family!

I don’t have many details yet, since the hometown members of the Johnson clan are either still here or away and visiting their new cousin or great-grandchild; but then I haven’t been in the loop for much of Tristan’s prenatal fun either because I’ve barely even seen Rob and Trish while she’s been bus with this pregnancy and the rest of her own life.

That was certainly true today while I was busy with work at the Inn and the parade and Christmas fun in Maple Valley.  I hope that Trish is having a lot more fun now that she has her new baby with her, but I’ll take a wild guess that my day was a lot more fun than the labor part of her day!

My day started early; Michael and I helped out at the Inn with the breakfast shift for as long as we could before needing to be at the school to help with getting the bus loaded before we headed for Maple Valley.  The parade was a lot of fun, but the weather was definitely more-Christmassy than for the Pinehurst parade; so we needed to deal with temperatures just below freezing – and that’s always a challenge while holding and playing metal musical instruments.  Mom, Dad, and the twins came to the parade with another small gang of family and friends, so that was great too; and I especially loved the family time after the parade while we played in Maple Valley – and got to have a visit with Santa!

Michael caught me kissing Santa Claus too, but Rowen was with me and it was just a cute little photo op for Dad; so he didn’t get upset about it! ;^)

Speaking of Michael, I have a sofa sleepover to get to with him; so I need to move this along.

We were able to stay in Maple Valley for a bit more than two hours after the parade, but then we needed to head home with the band; and then once we’d helped with the post-parade work at the school; Michael and I went to spend the rest of the day helping out at the Inn – including some room cleaning for me before I joined in to help with the early start to the dinner rush that was partly-due to some Christmas dinner parties.  Miranda and Stephanie also had a weekend getaway group at the Inn, which is why we worked late before we had everything cleaned up and the library set up for the Sunday morning self-serve breakfast.  Michael and I stopped in to his house so he could pick up a few things before coming home with me; and now he’s hanging out in the lounge with Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden because they’ve been using the lounge for Christmas movie watching while Mom and Dad have been busy in the office and with some baby-related family fun or help with arrangements for tomorrow so that Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne can go and meet Tristan instead of waiting to see him at Christmas.

While thinking about the kisses-with-Santa photo op, I was picturing some quality alone time tonight with Michael that we definitely wouldn’t be taking pictures of, but I’m pretty sure we’ll end up with four junior camping buddies with us in the lounge tonight; so that isn’t likely going to happen unless Mom and Dad intervene and insist that my brother, sister, and their friends go to bed in Ethan and Ehlana’s rooms.  I’ll have to let you know how that goes either way with the next update, but that’s pretty much all I have for you today, so let’s get to the Christmas music video pick; and then I’ll get to that sofa sleepover fun – whether it will be teen-rated hot or family-friendly cuddle-and-a-Christmas-movie entertainment.

I’m going to switch from kid-themed songs to Hallmark Christmas movie music tonight – and not just because I’m thinking too much about that Michael and me alone time that probably isn’t going to happen for us tonight!  Try not to be too scared, but this Magi Master is a total sucker for all of the happy-ever-after Hallmark Christmas movies every year, and while I don’t mention it in my journals; I watch all of them – even though I usually have to do that while working on the family business or my studies.  That is one good thing about using time phases so much – I have time for all of those movies too – and there are a lot of them again this year!  My pick for tonight is a song from one of those new movies this year, and while it probably won’t become a Christmas classic; I still like the song and hope that you do too!

Okay, it’s time for me to wrap this up and get to the last bit of play time we’ll have tonight before getting around to that sofa sleepover; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Cassie's Journal - December 8, 2017

Happy 17th Birthday, Lily!

We helped to celebrate her special day at school, but she had a birthday trip to the city tonight instead of a party; and Michael and I were not one of the lucky couples going on that birthday date with her.

My day was filled with busy-work at school; I came home and helped out around the house while Michael worked the dinner shift; and then we had a Christmas show watching night in the lounge that Rowen and Tim joined us for after they were each done work for the evening.  Michael had to stay at the Inn until near-close; but then he joined us too; and we had four junior movie-watches with us – which is why our show picks were all kid-friendly.

That’s also why I’m picking my favorite song from Elf on the Self for my Christmas music video of the day – since that was our first show of the night while we waited for Michael.  I don’t really have anything else particularly newsworthy to add for the teen and kid fun part of my day.  We did have fun, but nothing happened that was important enough to mention here – and the usual cuddle time with Michael is hardly news either!  Spending that time with the twins and our friends was the best part of my day; and now I need to get some sleep before helping out at the Inn and then moving on from there to our little band trip to the Maple Valley Christmas parade.

I’m not going to get much sleep, but also don’t have a sleepover buddy either; since Michael and I have decided to save that up for Saturday night – or save more of those opportunities up for while we’re on our Christmas break.  I’ll keep you posted on that, but I don’t have anything to add to this update; so here’s that song pick; and then I’ll be off to nap mode for a while!

Have fun with that while I head off to sleep; and while I’m doing that...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cassie's Journal - December 7, 2017

Today was the first day of this winter when the temperature stayed below freezing all day.

That’s probably the only news I have to report today.  My day has been pretty good; but not particularly exciting.  Tai Chi was indoors; breakfast was standard school and work day fare; and there isn’t anything newsworthy to write about from school.  Michael was working the dinner shift, so I worked in the office and got a big head start on my work and studies while he was busy.  Mom, Dad, and the twins went to game night; Michael came over not long after they left; and we had fun with our homework, a music practice, and a bit of make-out time before my family got home again from the Inn.  Mom did a Magi lesson with us; we took care of getting Ethan and Ehlana off to bed; and then Michael went home and I got back to work once I was changed and tucked into bed with Mandy too.  The rest of my work didn’t take long; and I’m going to be sleeping before midnight for the second night in a row!

I’ll take the extra nap time when I can get it, so let’s get to the Christmas song pick of the day; and then I’m going to move on and get started on that quality down time!

Tonight, I’m picking a song from an all-time Christmas classic cartoon – a show that I hope will still be special for kids for decades to come!  This video clip will live on in our archives now, and while it’s another of those not-very-Christmassy Christmas classics; I still love it – and hope you do too!

Tomorrow really isn’t far away, and I do want to be sleeping before midnight; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!