Things I learned in November 2014:

Since these are whole month updates, I am just going to hit the highlights.  Here goes:

1. I got the pleasure of attending Concord Community Church‘s Operation Christmas Child Packing Party for the first time.  This is an annual event organized by my very dedicated Mom (with a lot of help from my Dad).  If you are unfamiliar with Operation Christmas Child (OCC), it is an organization that packs Christmas shoe boxes for children in poverty throughout the world.  The boxes contain hygiene items, school supplies, small toys, and candy.  My family has been packing boxes since I was a little kid.  My folks are now year-round volunteers with OCC and have taken their packing to a whole new level.  At the Packing Party, nearly 600 boxes were packed for boys and girls in the 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14 range.  The whole church participated in packing the boxes- young, old, and in-between.  It was really awesome to see!

Packing Party!

Packing Party!

Packing boxes

Packing boxes

My cute Mom :)

My cute Mom 🙂

2. We had our Annual Thanksgiving Program at Mother’s Day Out.  This year was special because it was the first time Sammy was old enough to participate.  He did a great job!  He walked in with his class, sat on the stage steps, and clapped his little hands to the song.  Most of the other toddlers had meltdowns.

Sammy chillin' on stage

Sammy chillin’ on stage

3. One of the kids in the three-year-old class spent the program running around the stage, sticking his butt in the air, and generally behaving terribly.  If it was my kid, I would have yanked him off the stage and headed to the car for some punishment.  His mom just sat in the audience and laughed, which probably lets you know why he is the worst-behaved kid in the whole school.

4. We journeyed to Indianapolis to spend Thanksgiving with Mike’s family.  Sammy got to show off his mad walking skills, and we got to see Kristen’s cute preggo belly.  There was delicious food and even some snow!

5. While in Indianapolis, I met up with Miriam and Stuart for a fantabulous lunch at Tom + Chee.  (Tomato soup + grilled cheese)  I had never heard of this restaurant, but it was actually part of an investment deal on “Shark Tank.”  Miriam and I both tried the BLT + Chee, which was uh-mazing.  We were very dubious about their famous Donut Grilled Cheese, but decided to try out the S’more Donut.  Super rich but so good!!

Mmmmmm.......

Mmmmmm…….

Things I learned lately- 11/17-11/20/13

1. This week I am not in last place in the Pro Pick ‘Em League.  I am in next to last place, but whatever.  My fantasy team killed it this week!  The Schlegenators are now 5-6 and have moved to 4th place.

2. The Thanksgiving craft I ordered for my 4 year olds to make for their parents turned out to be a picture frame.  I did not remember this and had not taken any photos of the kids to put in said frame.  Luckily, Mike was willing to deliver his camera to MDO, and I figured out that the kids could still make the frames and I could add the photos later.  *panic averted*

3. While watching “The Mindy Project” on my DVR Monday night, I caught a commercial for the upcoming news.  Mike was on it!  I am pretty proud of myself for recognizing him, seeing as he was wearing his motorcycle helmet and uniform.  Look for a brief glimpse of him backing up at 50 secs and a close-up of him at 1:19.

4. It is not a good idea to take the migraine cure of Phenergen and Benadryl during the day, especially if you still need to function at some point.  I really thought I could just take a long nap and wake up refreshed and migraine-free, but that was not the case.  I woke up disoriented and unsure of the day of the week.

5. Sammy has an appointment to see an allergist in January.  The doctor did not think his egg allergy sounded too serious, so that’s good news.  He also was able to get his flu shot, we just had to wait around in the office for 30 minutes to make sure he didn’t have a reaction.

6. The Thanksgiving Program went really well today.  My kids did a great job!  I kind of forgot that the parents don’t really care if their kids don’t sing and instead wave wildly at their Papa.  As long as they keep looking cute, everyone is happy.

7. The number one single on the day I was born was “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp.  What a great birthday song!  If you would like to find your own song of birth, check out this website.  (Miriam, I already did yours.  “Beat It” by Michael Jackson!)

8. I watched a lot of TV tonight, which I don’t feel like recapping.  I will just say this, “Parks and Recreation,” I am so glad you’re back.  I have missed you so.  I loved Ben’s 90’s party at the roller rink, Ron and Donna hanging out and going hunting, and I plan on using the phrase, “I will have to put on my thinking pjs and get back to you,” some time in the near future.

Things I learned lately- 11/6-11/8/13

1. I am a little concerned about the Thanksgiving program we are having at Mother’s Day Out.  Wednesday during practice, half my class sang and did the motions and the other half got into a fight.  So, yeah.  Hopefully their parents will think they’re cute no matter what they do.

2. Nielson picked us to write in a TV diary for a week and paid us $30.  Woo woo!  I like getting paid to watch TV.  I must look into making this a permanent gig…

3. Mike was working the CMAs Wednesday night and saw Jason Aldean in the parking garage at Bridgestone Arena.  I grew up in Nashville and have never seen an actual famous person.  Mike has lived here 8 years and seen/met more than he can remember.  He also got to see Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and the Duck Dynasty guys parody “Blurred Lines,” which was pretty amusing.

4. I have become obsessed with planning Sammy’s birthday which is a month away.  How did people plan birthday parties before Pinterest?!

5. Mom and I hit up the Consign and Co. half-price sale in Murfreesboro today.  I got Sammy a super cute baby basketball hoop, a sweater, a Christmas outfit, some shoes, slippers, and four pairs of socks.  I also got my goddaughter Maggie an adorable outfit, and I got myself some placemats that perfectly match the curtains in the dining room.  All of this cost me a whopping $17.  Yay for consignment sales!

6. In super exciting news, Sammy said his first word today!!  He was sitting in Mike’s lap and said, “Dada.”  I said, “What did you say?!” and he said it again, “Dada!”  He might never crawl, but at least we know he can talk. 🙂

7. I watched “The Amazing Race” this evening and was very sad to see the Oklahoma boys get out.  I was sure it was going to be non-elimination, as I don’t think there has been a non-elimination leg yet.  I also thought the singing Roadblock was really unfair.  Some people just can’t carry a tune, and it’s not something you can learn to do in one afternoon.  Side note for Miriam: I would have rocked the socks off that Roadblock!