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  • November 18, 2009 8:22 pm

Can you believe it’s already time to start?

I personally love the holiday shopping season.  I like looking for that special gift for that special someone.  I actually look for little treasures all through the year and stow them away in my “gift closet” hoping to ease the burden on my checking account in the month of December.  Sometimes that works out for me, and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s a good plan.  :)

I also love stealing away with my husband for a datenight of shopping coupled with dinner and a movie in the crisp December weather.  Yep, I’m that sappy. 

But, back to my shopping list.  The list has become more complicated through these years of growing up, having kids, and becoming functioning members of society.  I’ve actually graduated to spreadsheet format vs. paper/pen scratch sheet of paper format.  In my official spreadsheet, I keep track of ideas, stores, sales, and then the all important “done” box.  Love that.  Especially when everybody’s done and we can begin WRAPPING!  I actually hate wrapping, and usually delegate that to ANYONE WHO WILL VOLUNTEER, but we aren’t talking about wrapping right now.

We are talking about shopping.

So, I take my trusty list with me, and I really dive into shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday.  I set my alarm for some crazy hour, like 4 a.m. and hit the stores, shoving my way to the best deal.  Well, I don’t really shove my way, I politely maneuver my way and look askance at all the other crazies out there shopping so early in the morning.  But, by about 9 a.m. I’ve knocked out a big chunk of my list, leaving just a few items for that datenight later in the season.

What about you?  Any shopping traditions or tricks to share with the rest of us?

Tricks or Treats

  • October 22, 2009 7:30 pm

Edit: Updated from Posted Comments and Sunday Edition of Wise County Messenger (I apologize for the small font at the bottom of this post; technology is winning a battle right now.)  :)

There are a few fun events around town to help your kids celebrate a safe Halloween.  I’ll list them below, and if you know of more, please let us know in the comments.  :) 

Decatur First Baptist Church Trunk or Treat 6-8pm, Wednesday, October 28.  1200 West Preskitt Road.

Decatur First United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat & Halloween Carnival October 31, 6-8 pm, 104 South Miller.  The Halloween Carnival will be in the parking lot of the Wesley Center.

First United Methodist Church Chico trunk or treat, 6pm October 31st 

Governer’s Ridge Retirement Home Trick or Treating & Hot Dog Dinner 6-8, October 31300 E Devereaux St.  The residents give out candy to the kids, and the staff plays games, paints faces, cooks hot dogs, and mans the inflatable jump house.

Bridgeport Haunted House: The Mighty Marching Maroon band in Bridgeport is having a haunted house at the middle school in the new band hall on Thursday the 29th, 6-9 pm; Friday the 30th, 11-1 (after the game), and Saturday the 31st, 6-midnight.  Parking is behind the middle school and admission is $3.00.

Bridgeport Costume Parade:  Bridgeport’s fifth annual Halloween Costume Parade and Trick-or-Treating will be 5-6 pm Saturday, October 31st, in downtown.  Mayor Don Majka will lead the parade.  Participants should meet in the Duckwall’s Parking lot at 5 pm.  For information, call (940) 683 3485.

Alvord Haunted House:  Alvord eighth graders are sponsoring a haunged house in downtown Alvord October 29, 30, and 31.  Proceeds will benefit the class project graduation.  A concession stand will be available.  The house will be open Thursday, 7-10 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 7 pm until the last person is scared away.  Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Alvord FUMC Trunk or Treat:  The First United Methodist Church in Alvord will host a Trunk or Treat event 5:30-7 pm Saturday, October 31st, in the parking lot across from the church.  Treats will be served from car trunks and tail gates.  Free hot dogs and soda will be served, and the Carter Blood Mobile will accept blood donations.

Rhome Haunted House:  The Rhome Volunteer Fire Department’s annual haunted  house will be from 7-11 pm October 30 and 31 in the old school next to the Fire Hall.  Admission is $7 per person.  For information, call (817) 696-6742.

With so many spooky possibilities, this year’s Halloween festivites are sure to delight all our ghosts and goblins!

Boo!!

  • October 20, 2009 7:36 pm

Tonight, we continued our Booing!! tradition.  So, yes, it was us!  We left a few treats on a few doorsteps, rang the doorbells, and ran back to the car giggling uncontrollably.  The kids have a blast with this.  An absolute blast.

Here’s a little poem to attach to your goodies:

You have been “Boo’d”!!!

The air is cool, the sesason fall.

Soon Halloween will come to all.

Ghosts and goblins, spooks, galore…

Tricky witches at your door.

The spooks are after things to do.

A spook, in fact, brought this “BOO” to you!!!

The excitement comes when friends like you, copy

this note and make it two.

We’ll all have smiles upon our faces.

Noone will know who has “BOO”ed

who’s places!

Just two short days to work your spell.

Keep it secret, hide it well.

Please join the fun, the season’s here.

So spread the “BOO’S” and

Halloween Cheer!

It’s the Great Pumpkin!

  • October 15, 2009 7:40 pm

great pumpkin

Remember when we would wait and wait and wait for the Great Pumpkin to come on TV before Halloween?  It was one of those seasonal treasures just like trick or treating.  I looked forward to seeing Charlie Brown miss the football and get all rocks in his candy bag.  I always hoped Lynus WOULD see the Great Pumpkin, and people would stop calling him a Blockhead. 

Tonight, I pulled out our DVD of the old classic.  I have a little inner turmoil at doing that because it’s not the same as waiting and waiting and waiting for it to come on TV, but my kids seem to have the same kind of anticipation for the yearly showing.  I guess their version of a Great Pumpkin tradition is watching it over and over and over instead of all the waiting and waiting and waiting.  :)

Rose, Thorn, Bud

  • August 26, 2009 8:40 pm

A couple of summers ago, I enrolled in a book study under the guidance of Beverly Ross.  We read The Power of a Positive Mom, by Karol Ladd.  It was a great study focusing on the simplicity of a positive attitude.  But the study wasn’t the best part; the best part was meeting with a roomful of other moms and admitting that sometimes we all dropped the ball.  But, despite that, we all wanted to be better moms.  Everyday we wanted to be better than the day before.

One tidbit I took away from that study came directly from Beverly, and not the book.  During a discussion on family traditions, she explained a ritual her family cherished called “Rose, Thorn, Bud.”   At the end of the day, each family member shared one Rose (the happiest part of the day), one Thorn (the yuckiest part of the day), and one Bud (something to look forward to the next day).  She said that little tradition exponentially increased communication with her kids, and even in the face of a bad day, they were all forced to think of something good.

It seemed like a good idea to me, so we tried it.  Even with my little kids (at the time 1, 4 and 6), they got it.  Now, it’s our nightly ritual during dinner.  Sometimes we don’t have any Thorns, and that’s ok with me.  But, we always have a Rose-even on those terrible, no good, very bad days. 

They can surprise me with their little moments of happy or sad, too.  Tonight, my youngest’s Rose was going to his “Bigger, Stronger School.”  My heart did a little happy dance, blooming all over the place, because for me, today, I couldn’t have had a better Rose either.