Saturday, November 1, 2014

Highlights of the Week

  • We had a birthday party for Smarty last Sunday. It was a lot of fun, but now birthday is officially over.
  • I got selected for a jury in a trial that will take more than 2 months. My holiday vacation plans are ruined, and I will have to have incredibly tough few months, since nobody can take my job responsibilities.
  • As if this was not enough, Smarty went down with high fever and sore throat on Wednesday afternoon. She had to miss her school fall party and trick-or-treating. Needless to say, she is not a happy camper.


Halloween-Boogie-Bash Smarty might have missed Halloween this year, but she did get to go to her school’s annual Halloween Monster Boogie Bash. She looks exhausted in this picture, because it was taken after we came home, and she had two hours of non-stop activities in blustery cold wind. Perhaps this is when she picked up her cold. She was kind of cranky and clingy the whole week, which we first ascribed to the aftermath of birthday parties, but now we see that she was preparing to get sick. Hopefully, she will be back to her usual cheerful self next week.

After School

Maze_BallOf course, Smarty spent some time enjoying her new presents, but not as much as I thought. She was disappointed that she didn’t get enough books, since this is all she wanted to do this week – lie down and read. Out of all new toys, her favorite was this Discovery Kids Space Mission Maze Globe (Amazon Affiliate Link)

What My Child Is Reading

Reading_Floor Smarty was delighted to receive Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan. Together we are still reading through the first book of 39 Clues, also by Rick Riordan. By herself she read all kinds of random books from our home library.

Places We Are Going

Pump-It-Up Smarty’s birthday party was in her favorite place – Pump It Up. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, and we enjoyed not having to supervise, think of activities, and clean the house afterwards. As we joke, Pump It Up birthday party is less expensive than couples’ therapy. I think though that it’s the last year of big parties, and next year she might invite special friends for a game party or something like that.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Cat-visitor Last Sunday afternoon, someone’s cat visited our backyard. As Smarty petted him and expressed her hopes that he is lost and can be our pet, I kept thinking how she herself is still such a kitten herself – gentle, cuddly, playful, and appreciating comforts of her familiar environment. I remembered my coworker telling me that her only daughter was a very cuddly child and how it all disappeared when she went to middle school. Smarty is already in the third grade, so I want to enjoy every moment of her childhood before this natural separation starts. I will miss my kitten, but I will enjoy her cuddliness while it lasts.

Post of the Week

I have to admit that most of my traffic in October was driven by Halloween Chemistry Ideas, and it was still most popular post last week. I will miss that traffic after Halloween :) But my post with Hands On Math Ideas for Older Kids did pretty well this week too.

Your Turn

How was your Halloween week?


Ticia said...

Oy, that is going to be a busy holiday season for you. Hopefully they settle out of court.

Princess is pushing for a sleepover party here.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I think Emma is done with large parties as well, and Johnny.

I am so sorry about Jury Duty. That sounds very stressful.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Maybe it will be a particularly interesting trial, and make up a little for the ruined holiday plans. It's a long shot - but you never know.

I can just imagine Smarty's disappointment about missing out on the party and trick-or-treating. So sad!

Rick Riordan's Mythology is on a couple of my kids' wish lists too. Though 39Clues has yet to catch on here.