Posted by: Amanda | November 25, 2011

Seven Quick Takes Friday: November 25, 2011

— 1 —

Yesterday we had a wonderfully low-key Thanksgiving with JR’s family. We spent a few hours visiting before we headed home and had a relaxing evening to ourselves. It was really nice for the boys to get to spend some time rough-housing with Papa. As a farmer who also works a full-time job, my father-in-law is a rather busy person, this time of year during which he only has one full-time job is the best to spend time with him.

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This year, Black Friday was a relative non-issue in our home. Most years, JR goes to Wal-Mart with his family for the crazy opening, and they always come home with whatever it was that they wanted, but this year everyone looked at the sale ads and decided that there was nothing worth going after. In our families, Black Friday has always been about getting a great deal on something that we were planning to buy anyway, and it’s nice to see that carried out by nobody doing any significant shopping this year when we didn’t find anything that we really needed.

That being said, I mapped out what we could use from the Rite Aid ad and was able to head out yesterday morning to grab a few things alone. I was the only customer in the store at 10am, and, judging by the fact that all of the shelves seemed to have been fully-stocked, I may have been their first customer. I may also have found my favorite find of the week there, completely unexpectedly: The Back To The Future Time Machine by Hotwheels for $0.50.

Image from Amazon.com

I’ve actually found more good deals online this year than in past years, which has been wonderful. I made my first-ever purchase from Land’s End earlier this week, and picked up a couple of cloth diapering items for less than I expected to, all with free shipping. Possibly even more importantly, all of this was done without needing to drag my children to any stores while saving money on items that needed to be purchased anyway.

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I’m taking the last two courses for an e-business degree online this semester. Compared to the courses I took to earn my degree in theology years ago, these have been a cakewalk. Anyway, I now find myself with a severe case of “senioritis.” Or maybe it’s “mom-itis.” Whatever the case, my motivation has been incredibly low this week. Maybe once the festive atmosphere of this weekend is over it will be better. I only need to finish the last couple of weeks, and then I will most likely be done with college courses forever.

— 4 —

This year we are going to be doing a Jesse Tree for Advent. I do not remember doing a Jesse Tree as a child, but I’m excited about having a little daily activity during Advent to help us prepare spiritually for Christmas. We intend to mix it up with some of the more secular Christmas activities as well: baking and decorating Christmas cookies, viewing Christmas lights, decorating the tree, reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies, etc.

— 5 —

I’m taking the last two courses for an e-business degree online this semester. Compared to the courses I took to earn my degree in theology years ago, these have been a cakewalk. Anyway, I now find myself with a severe case of “senioritis.” Or maybe it’s “mom-itis.” Whatever the case, my motivation has been incredibly low this week. Maybe once the festive atmosphere of this weekend is over it will be better. I only need to finish the last couple of weeks, and then I will most likely be done with college courses forever.

— 6 —

Last week I published the fourth installment of My Breastfeeding Trials. This post was nearly two years coming, and was one of the most emotionally-difficult-to-write posts on this blog. If it wasn’t for the fact that there are more women out there like me, with low supply and no answer, who may find some comfort and/or answers by reading it, I probably wouldn’t have done so.

— 7 —

Since last week was opening day of firearm deer season here in Michigan, I decided to find out exactly when JR is going to want to begin taking Gabriel out hunting. I had known that the rules had changed from when I was young (the age used to be fourteen at which minors could begin hunting with a firearm; I’m not a hunter, though I picked up some knowledge of these things through my brothers and male friends), but I did not expect to learn that now ten year olds can hunt using a firearm, as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Also, apparently one can be a “trap-only fur harvester” in Michigan at any age.

Imagine from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources


This means that, if we believe that our children are ready, and they are interested in doing so, they will begin hunting in six (Gabriel) or eight (Joshua) years. At this point in time, I’m having difficulty imagining a ten year old being ready to hunt. Or really, even imagining my children as ten-year-olds.

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Responses

  1. Great post, and nice Hot Wheels find!

    You’re right, “Make Memories”!

    ML


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