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Alethea & Athena
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3rd-Jan-2016 05:48 pm
Oh man, this weekend has been such an adventure. And a grumpy adventure at that. Today was the first Sunday our ward met at a new time and in a new building, and with new kids in the Primary! Well, sort of. The Sunbeam class (of which there was one child) graduated to Athena's CTR class, and four kids from the nursery have advanced to become Sunbeams. Fortunately, only two of them were at church today, because two was handful enough. The Primary president had some ideas on how to transition the new kids (who turned three within the last year) into their new situation, but lucky us! she was sick today. I tried to teach them a lesson, but it turned out to mostly be babysitting. Ah, well. I just have to figure it out and improve.

After that, we decided to see if the new Sunbeams could handle Sharing Time and Singing Time with the rest of the Primary (of whom there were only two children, both of whom were brothers to one of the new Sunbeams), and actually it didn't go too badly. One of the new Sunbeams (the one who didn't have two older brothers) took quite a bit of wrangling, but we managed to keep him sitting through most of Sharing Time, and he even took a little bit of interest in Singing Time.

The tricky part is that this month Athena is supposed to be teaching the Primary a new song...and it's a song that's mostly abstract concepts and can't be easily illustrated with pictures...which wouldn't have mattered anyway, because our printer has decided to ignore the black ink cartridge (unless it's making copies, so we know it's not the ink's fault). And of course we're trying to print pictures in color, but it's surprising how strangely they turn out when the printer doesn't use black ink. And since two of the children were Sunbeams, one of the children was only newly out of Sunbeams, and the oldest has yet to discover the joy of singing, teaching this song was a major trial. So we discussed it for a little while and spent some time singing fun songs. But even that was getting to be a stretch, so we ended Primary early, and we were all rather exhausted at the end of it.

On the bright side, there was Bread Day, which included an intriguing dessert called a torte, or something like that, with pink frosting that claimed to be strawberry. So we took it home, and we will be trying it later.

On the not so bright side, or the Dark Side, as it were, we went to see Star Wars yesterday and it turns out we didn't like it at all. As for me, I spent the first half waiting for it to get interesting (to me) and the second half waiting for it to be over. On the other hand, we know a lot of people really like it a lot, so I think they must see something in it that we don't, and I would really like to know what that is, because I did want to like it.

As it is, we were so grumpy after the movie that we had to buy chocolate, so we went to the Ghirardelli's store in Downtown Disney...and decided we didn't want to spend that much money on peppermint bark (it seemed that their version of a "clearance sale" is "we won't sell anything else until it's gone"), so we went to Marceline's, the Disney candy store. All we wanted was some plain old chocolate fudge, so we waited in line to get some...and were told they didn't have any plain old chocolate fudge. Boo! Boo, I say! Booooooooo!!!

We thought about buying cookies, but Athena wasn't feeling it, so we left. There was a Haagen Dazs place across the street, so we went there instead, and since we'd never been there before, we were overwhelmed and had a hard time deciding what to get (which was especially bad, because a big part of the whelming came from the idea of standing there while we figured out what to get; fortunately, no one else was in line).

Eventually we decided to go simple and order chocolate milkshakes. Gaston had been telling us that Dreyer's ice cream and Haagen Dazs ice cream are actually one in the same (which was confusing, because earlier he himself had said the latter was better, and how could one be better if they were the same? eventually we got him to say there was a different fat content), but the point is the ice cream used inside Disney parks is Dreyer's, so I had my suspicions about what these milkshakes would taste like. And sure enough, they tasted just like the ones at the Ghirardelli store in California Adventure. Unfortunately, they, too, were ridiculously expensive, so our quest to find merely expensive milkshakes at the Disney Resort remains unfinished. However, we have learned that we could probably buy some Dreyer's ice cream and make some pretty darn good milkshakes at home.

Today I'm thankful for having delicious chocolate milkshakes, Primary being over for today, having an intriguing new dessert to try, the ward music director giving us some caramels that she made, and getting to play a fun "guess the character" game at our Jamberry consultants Facebook party.
4th-Jan-2016 04:12 am (UTC)
I love three-year-olds, and seem to have good luck relating to them, so if you want any advice/help, I'd be glad to discuss anything you're having a problem with. (And lest you think, which you wouldn't, "Oh, just another know-it-all mother", I taught daycare ages 1.5 to 3 for several years, volunteered a lot, taught Sunday School, etc., so I do have some credentials other than being a mother.) They can wear you out, though!

Strawberry Torte sounds great, and that's saying something, seeing that I've been sick all week.

I'm sorry you didn't like Star Wars. I haven't been to see it yet (so no spoilers, please!), but I've had high hopes, so we'll see.
4th-Jan-2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think the biggest quandary is how to hold their attention long enough to at least convey the main message of the lesson. It seems to me that if I could make an attention-grabbing game of it, that would help, but I'm not that quick on my feet. (For example, yesterday, the kids' favorite game was hiding behind the curtains and doing a peek-a-boo kind of thing, and it was a lot of fun (especially for them), but not very educational.) Any ideas would be welcome.

It was alright. It tasted like they mixed strawberry puree with whipped cream for most of the topping, which would have been pretty awesome, except that the whipped cream wasn't the greatest quality. Some whipped cream has a Taste to it that isn't exactly favorable (like...chemically, or something), and this whipped cream was like that.

I think we may just have very narrow standards about what qualifies as good entertainment for us. I would go into more about why I think we didn't like it, but I don't want to color your expectations.
4th-Jan-2016 08:31 pm (UTC) - Start Wars...
Maybe you didn't like it because Star Trek is so much better!
5th-Jan-2016 12:23 am (UTC) - Re: Start Wars...
That's possible. It did have more lens flares.
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