Back to Santa. I paid for the picture with interac, and the tipping option came up. Is that weird? I automatically skipped the tip before it really registered, but later I thought I probably should have because the helper elf remembered us from last year. But the quality of the photo was even worse than last year (and it was bad last year), which made me feel less guilty for not tipping. Hopefully Santa won’t take it personally and will still bring Spencer the giant Lego set that we’re not buying him.
After our visit with Santa, we got pretzels and neon orange process cheese dip from Pretzelmaker for lunch. The mall was crowded, but the kids were cooperative and patient and I managed to buy six Christmas presents, which I totally didn’t expect.
I wanted to make clay tree ornaments with the kids this afternoon to hang on our outside Christmas tree, but no one seemed very interested so we made cookies instead. I got out all the Christmas decorations in anticipation for getting our Christmas tree tonight, but the tree lot was closed despite signage indicating the contrary. I’ve never before put up our tree in November, so maybe it’s a sign that I shouldn’t start now. We ordered sushi for dinner and then we all went skating at the community centre. It sounds so simple, but I spent a large part of the day getting ready. I had to make sure the kids all had skates and helmets that fit, I dropped mine and Dale’s skates off to be sharpened this afternoon, and I organized all the outerwear. Getting the kids laced up and head-protected at the arena did not put me in a good mood and I swore in my head that we would not go skating again until the children can all tie up their own skates. However, it was actually quite pleasant once we were on the ice. Neve went from not being able to stand on the ice at all to skating/walking with skates all by herself. She could even stand up on her own when she fell. So since we all have the equipment, I think we’ll try to make it a regular thing.
And that was our November 28th. Hope you had a good day too.