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Sunday, October 30, 2011

More about the dead cat and other stuff

This week has been a pretty busy week about more than a dead cat.  But that has tainted my week to an extent that I don't like to admit.  Even still I'm filled with a bit of saddness.  Over a cat.  I never would have guessed it.  I like cats but I've lost family pets before but never been as effect by it as this.  I think there are two reasons for this.
First, I'm mourning more than just the loss of Friday.  I'm mouring the loss of the future and of having a family pet.  This is our second attempt at a cat, our last one having disowned us within the first 6 months of owning her.  We are done for now.  The kids have started the lobbying for a dog but that's not happening either.
The other thing is that I WATCHED HER DIE and IT WAS MY FAULT.  These have been proving difficult images to get over.
I'm getting better but it strikes me every now and then in ways I don't expect. 

Okay.  But like I said, there' more to this week than a dead cat.  I had carpool and preschool this week.  Monday morning, I was driving the kids to school.  They were talking about cartoons.  The 5th grade boy started a description of one of his favorite cartoons with this phrase, "You know way back in the 1900's...." 

Oh my.....

Tuesday and Thursday were preschool days.  It is so fun and exhausting at the same time.  Those kids are energetic.  We started a unit about the Ocean this rotation.  We made a "sea cave" and "dived" for triangles, we learned the letter "O", we made ocean dioramas.  Have I mentioned on here?  If not, I'm mentioning it now because it is the preschool curriculum we are using and it is great.  It cost us $110  for each child (it is a sliding pay -- more kids, less cost per kid) and provides all the materials for each kid to do all the projects as well as all the lesson plans.  If you are thinking about doing your own preschool, I defintely recommend checking it out!

Friday evening was our ward's Trunk 'r Treat.  Since we live in a rainy part of the world, it was more of a church-classroom 'r treat.  Still fun.  
Here's the family lined up for the costume parade.  D is a spider this year (hard to tell in this picture but he's swinging one of his extra legs around.  That's what the black blur is).  A is a bumble bee baby and K is Wonder Red/Red Riding Hood.  (Although she announced tonight that she wants to be something else for actual trick-or-treating.... kids.)
A wasn't too sure about the whole thing.  All the costumes kind of freaked her out.  She wasn't too sure about the trick-or-treating but was okay with the candy.  She mostly walked around the church with a bit of bewildered look on her face. 
K took right to trick-or-treating, making it around the church twice before the rest of us got all the way around once.  This surprises no one.
D is an old pro.  He was "Trunk 'r Treat" ing all over that church!  He was great to stay with the family though and help A out as needed.  She is luck to have such a great big brother to take her under his wing and teach her the ways of candy gathering.

Today D was invited to a birthday party.  We talked a little about the Sabbath day and how Heavenly Father has commanded us to keep it holy.  I asked him if going to a birthday party seemed like a good way to do that.  This conversation happened after I knee-jerk announced he wouldn't be going because it is on Sunday.  Hummmm, better to have held that back so he could make his own choice.  Maybe next time...
I was feeling bad about him not going though.  His friend lives in the neighborhood and D doesn't see him much anymore because of the different school bit.  Plus his friend dropped by about an hour before the party to remind D that the party started in an hour.  He looked truly dejected when D told him he wouldn't be there.  So, D and I walked over a few minutes after the party started to drop off a gift and explain why he wouldn't be staying.  His little friend was having so much fun playing with balloons and a couple of other friends that I felt much better.  I'm really glad we went over.  Now I've met his friend's mom which is always nice too.

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