What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
I do spend a lot of time reading blogs though. No magazines this month either.
I do read children's books almost every night before the kids go to sleep.
What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?
What special days did I celebrate and how?
Another special day is when the girls went to dance for the first time. They are taking ballet and tap while Justin plays in the play area. I did not cry when they went to preschool but I did shed some tears when I put them in their little dancing cloths. Why? Well, images of them wearing their wedding dresses came to mind and I just started to cry. They are no longer babies and now are getting so fast. The first 3 years have gone by so quickly.
Another first is attending MOPS (mother's of preschoolers). We went last year but this time we are going to a different one. This year the topic is your home. Of course, after the last meeting which was how to organize your home and a California Closets came to visit. I so want to get some organizing done in our home.
What gifts did I give and/or receive?We had a lot of parties to go to. The kids were invited to their first preschool party and Ryan's Birthday. We just gave them games and cash.
The kids got 3 presents from MOMs club members who couldn't attend their birthday party in August. A whole bunch of play doh, coloring books, crayons, paint and a game Cariboo. It's a great game as we all can play together and there's little fighting. Thanks Jen, Stacy and Cindy.
What illnesses or health concerns did I have?Luckily I didn't have any issues except for some allergies and some headaches. From time to time I get bad reaction to my cats. Rocky sat on me and licked my hand and unfortunately I forgot to wash my hands and guess what? I paid for it later. My right eye swelled up so badly. The swelling lasted for 2 days. I'm better now.
What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?We went to Veterans Park 2 times this month. Once was a playdate with MOMs club where no one showed up but the kids had a blast and we had a picnic lunch together. The 2nd trip was the Sept Fest. The kids loved petting the animals and eating different ice cream other than their regular vanilla. The only problem we had was we had to park way outside and walk. By the end of the day it was tiring for the kids to walk back.
We went raspberry picking with MOPs at Terhune Orchards.
Recipe Swap at Stacy's (MOMs club). We all brought some type of after school snack. The kids got to play and eat.
Festival of the Harvest Sukkot was at Mindi's house (MOMs Club). Stacy, Mindi and I plus the children decorated and hung fruit and veggies on the sukkah. In honor of the holiday's historical significance, we are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters, as our ancestors did in the wilderness. The temporary shelter is referred to as a sukkah (which is the singular form of the plural word "sukkot").
What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?We tried a new Chinese Food place that Karin from the MOMs club suggested. I went and picked it up and brought it back. It's a small restaurant that maybe we will actually go and eat at one day.
I have a difficult time with cooking and planning meals. I hate it. When it's 4 pm I am frantically trying to figure out what we are going to eat by 5 pm. So this month I tried to plan a little. I did manage to do a couple new recipes from menus for moms. What I liked about it was that they gave me 5 meals. Then the shopping list for the 5 meals which also included some desserts. I didn't cook the meals in the order that they suggested but did grab the menus at least 3 or 4 days in the week. I did alternate some of the recipes to fit my families needs. It has been a great help this month. I will probably continue using the menus from there in the future.
What special or unusual purchases did I make?
I purchased a hangaway. Actually got 2 of them. My sister highly recommended I get these. So far I have used it a little bit. I really need to have her help me organize more. Right now I have it in my kitchen as I'm doing laundry today. My laundry room is so cluttered. I so need to tackle that space. I am so hinting to my husband we need a california closet makeover.
I also purchase a Hullabaloo game for the kids. It's a fun game that they all can play together. Little mats are placed on the floor and the machine tells them to stand on a blue, dance to a green, hop to a musical instrument, etc. It's really cute learning game for the kids.
The kids also got a LeapFrog Leapster as a delated birthday gift from their daddy. This little game system is amazing. They carry it all over the house. Of course, now we have to invest in AA batteries. Right now they are using the games that it came with it. For Hanukkah they will get other games to go with it. Oh, and this game is very durable. Why do I say that? Well, my kids tend to drop it all the time. They even dropped it from the 2nd floor to the first floor and it is still working. Knock on wood.
What were this month's disappointments?I had only one day that I was actually free from the kids and that day I spent shopping. Food shopping actually. The 2nd day that I was free I worked doing kitchen duty at the preschool. So never did I actually have a free day. Mom hasn't been here in a while and I have fallen behind on everything.
I did my first Stampin' Up workshop. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as I would have hoped though. There were 5 adults and 5 children. I had 3 projects planned and we only did one because everyone had to leave early. Then I got no sales. It was very disappointing to both me and the hostess. I did get 2 orders later plus the hostess order but that still needed add up to enough to get hostess benefits.
What were my accomplishments this month?
My accomplishments would be that I did manage to plan a Stampin' Up workshop. See above entry.
I managed to play a couple of board games with the triplets. They are learning so much and want to play games all the time. They really enjoy it.
Anything else noteworthy to record?
October seems to be jam packed with things to do. We have something to do the entire month. Halloween will be a lot of fun too.