A week of Charles Dickens (sort of)

Last Sunday our church went Christmas Caroling after a soup and sandwich luncheon (I brought gf soup and brownies, desert is important.)  Since we live a good 20 minuets from church, we stayed put when others went home in between, and took naps or played tag as it suited us.

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Mom’s new Sunday school class has brought in about 8 new students, many of whom stayed for lunch/tag/caroling.  It felt like a family reunion the kids were full of sugar, needing naps, but behaving miraculously well, while connecting with lots of unusual adults; said adults looking slightly harried, but charmed.  I wound up holding hands with one of the new kids as we walked to the houses, K was strolling with the pastor.  M knows how to cross streets, most of the time I didn’t know where he was.  It was sunny and warm-ish, the kids ran ahead, working out whose turn it would be to ring the doorbell once Pastor gave the go-ahead. We didn’t stay for evening church afterwards, just ate more soup and cookies, and took the kids home for a movie and bed. (How to Train your Dragon 2)

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This week the drama department of Good Company Tutorials hosted Fezziwig’s Ball at the Towers.  Ben had a dance lesson Tuesday night, and boned up on dance card etiquette.  I took in the pants on a hand me down suit from Uncle James’s days in Korea, which had a vest, so Ben would look sort of 1840’s-ish, and made him a cravat from some teal rayon I had in the fabric stash.   He looked dashing.

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The logistics of getting Ben to the ball while also visiting a doctor during the last 2 weeks on the medical plan under Romney-care before we switch to the one under Obama-care were hairy, but we did meet up with Aunt Connie in Rehoboth in time to car pool, and we listened to Patrick Stewart’s recording of A Christmas Carol in the car.  K asked me to stop and explain the plot first, I started blubbering when I got to Tiny Tim, which could have been dangerous, because I was driving!  We never got to kitchen table school that day.  On the way home both M and K ASKED if we could take a nap before getting groceries, and all 3 of us slept for 2 hours.

Christmas cookies, cleaning house, and moving a piano for a friend today.  I may finish my gift knitting while watching Howl’s Moving Castle again, it’s a strange, beautiful movie.

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