|Darth Vader in the waiting room at the St. Jude HSV affiliate.|
|He ain't all evil... he brought halloween donuts :)|
Pumpkins are included in the trip for them, so they each had another pumpkin. And, if you know Abbey at all, of course, then I had to make another trip out to the orchard to get her a second pumpkin. So, all but Eli were insistent to carve their pumpkins - this of course, means me carving the pumpkins, which is why I was resistant. But, Caleb at least had never had the experience, so we “carved” time out to do it, and paint Eli’s second. So, I went from feeling guilty that I had made no effort to get them pumpkins, to preparing eight. Since 2006 on Halloween, we sort of have get-together, a come and go kind of thing with variations each year (not really a party) for any of our friends needing somewhere to trick-or-treat, or anyone that just wanted to hang out and drink hot chocolate. So, we defied the cold and rain and kept that tradition, although Hg had a party somewhere else, and it was way too cold and wet for Eli’s interest. So, my usual active two, Abbey and Caleb, enjoyed trick-or-treating. On Monday (the 27th), I took my first group to Memphis to tour St. Jude and Target House. It was a tough day trip, and we didn’t have time to get in any Memphis attractions in order to be back home at a reasonable hour for a work/school week. But, I hope it was meaningful to those that were able to see it all up close. We were able to turn in the costumes that we collected, and Toodlebugs, a children’s boutique on Highway 72 in Athens, donated items from the shop.
|Abbey - Olaf from Frozen; Eli - Darth Vader;|
Caleb - Ghostbusters; Hg - a teen going to a party.
Eli and Caleb have rediscovered Wii Sports. All five kids (yes, five) have been enjoying the Wii U that was given to Eli by the volleyball and baskeball teams last year, and playing lots of Donkey Kong. But, the boys have gotten out the old stuff, too, and been playing bowling and baseball. Caleb made a strike in bowling, and I said, "you guys need to get use to telling each other 'good job.'" So, Eli said, "good job," to Caleb. Then Eli rolled and got seven. I said to Caleb, "now, you tell him 'good job'." Eli said, "It doesn't really mean anything unless it is actually a 'good job'." He is his mother's boy!
We have been distracted the last couple of weeks with preparation for the auction of a house that seemed to be a good fit for us if it went cheap. We have not sold ours, so I was anxious about buying a house when ours hasn’t sold. That seems in
|Eli checking out the new Lego mural at Target House when|
we took the tour group.
|Eli wanted War Machine to have his buddy Ironman with him.|
We go to Memphis for scans on the 10th, then I am still signed up for the half-marathon on the December 6th. I have done zero to prepare.. well, that is not entirely true, I have “started” to prepare many times. But, I am only about five weeks away, and I mostly hope to just walk it. If you would like to donate to st. Jude in support of Eli, you can donate directly to St. Jude via this link http://heroes.stjude.org/foreli .