I had to ponder a bit about how to set up this years’ twelve days. Over the course of a few months I jotted down a list of activities as the ideas came to me or as E mentioned things he wanted to do. Then I narrowed it down to twelve and made little tags. But I didn’t want to actually assign activities to days until the time was close due to weather and how we were feeling and other things that may pop up. So I came up with the idea to put the labels for the days on envelopes and made all the tags the same size. Now I could just slip a tag in an envelope when the decision was made. Easy Peasy. Really glad I did it this way as I ended up switching things around a lot!
Today we went to the movies and saw “Wonder”. My son and I had read the book together earlier this year so we were excited about the movie. And the movie did not disappoint. I may have shed a few tears. And I loved that Julia Roberts looked, not fat, but lets say “real”, like a real mother of two kids. Made me very happy. And small child enjoyed it too, along with a large popcorn. He is a growing boy!
Fiesta Bowl day. Now when I planned out this activities theme we had not yet won tickets to the Fiesta Bowl. So I had a bit of a problem. Going to a football game is not really a treat for my son. I finally came up with a tag good for one junk food item (he picked red licorice) at the game and the promise that January 7th could be a jammie day. Okay, January seventh is after the 12 days of Christmas but it is also the last day of winter break from school and so I went with it. Flexibility is good and E was happy. We rooted for our PAC-12 Brethren Washington Huskies who sadly lost to Penn State. But it was a good game.
Day 7 – New Years’ Eve
Today’s theme was all about pizza. We made pizza totally from scratch: crust and sauce. I was surprised at how tasty the pizza turned out. I bought pizza flour from Hayden Flour Mills and used the recipe on the box for the crust. For the sauce I just added Italian seasoning and garlic to a can of tomato sauce. Simple is so often best. E also got a pair of pizza jammies and the Lego pizza truck.
Day 8 – New Years’ Day
Today was play a board game day. It was my effort to get my spouse away from the television a bit and small child off the computer. I was sort of successful. My son did play outside with a neighborhood friend for awhile and then they played some games on the WII. After dinner all three of us played a few rounds of Sagrada, a very addictive game we got for Christmas.