So last night we went to the Ho-Ho-Ho-Down at CT's school. There was a "sleigh ride" (being pulled on a flat bed by a John Deere tractor around the school parking lot), pictures with Santa (which we had to bribe our kids into doing at all - they each got to pick a book from the Book Fair if they would condescend to let Santa be in a picture with them. Even so they wouldn't get near him and I had to sit on a bench holding them while Santa good-naturedly yet awkwardly stooped behind us. Maybe some day I'll get around to posting that classic), a "Holiday Shop" where they were supposed to buy presents for their family members ($7.00 later they each bought something for their siblings that in actual value totals approximately 57 cents), sugar cookie decorating (where there were signs saying "Thank you State Farm Insurance and Northwast High School for providing the cookies". That made me nervous. I'm not sure I trust high school Home-Ec students to meet food safety standards. I'm not assigning blame here, but I just want to point out that CT did end up throwing up three times during the night following this event...) and of course the Book Fair.
I don't really have much else to say about it, but I wanted to seize the opportunity to write Ho-Ho-Ho-Down. His school is very creative about naming all of their events after a Western theme. Back to School Night was the Parent Round-up. Every six weeks they have an end-of-term awards ceremony and treat day that is called the Boot-Scootin' Celebration. It amuses me to see the creativity of these school personnel. It's quite impressive actually.
In unrelated news, I went to all the trouble of making my kids favorite pumpkin muffins for breakfast this morning...and forgot to put in the sugar entirely. I thought they were still okay with a little honey on them. Lily agreed. CT and Amelia were not so easily swayed. Anybody have any ingenious ideas for how to use up two dozen sugar-free pumpkin mini muffins?
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