Grandma & Grandpa arrived from Kansas City for a weekend visit today. Mostly, they wanted to deliver a birthday present for me. Ta da!
It’s a cabinet that matches our other dining room furniture, and it replaces this nasty cart that I used to cover with a tablecloth so that no one would have to view its hideousness. Also, it was difficult to navigate between our dining table and the cart because our house is so cozy, yet leaving the corner empty looked weird. So, hooray! Grandpa made it himself (remember, he’s the handy fort-building guy?) And, in case you are wondering, Cute W has no unmarried siblings that will allow you to join the family. Sorry.
It felt quite a bit like Christmas in October. They also brought along a big basket of apples grown in their own yard
and a brand-new Kitchen-Aid Mixer that my sister-in-law never uses because cooking’s not her cup of tea. We already had the same mixer, but years ago we accidentally ran it when the bowl wasn’t inserted properly, and it’s been just slightly messed up ever since. It worked well enough that it wasn’t worth buying a new one, but a brand-new one is super-awesome.
Tonight is J’s sleepover–just four little girls are invited, but I’m still a bit nervous because they’re so young (second grade). They’re going to have pizza and pasta, then cupcakes and ice cream, and we have roughly 2 gajillion Perler Beads to craft themselves silly. Then they’re watching The Muppet Movie. But J got most excited about the idea of a snack bar. Because I mentioned serving popcorn during the movie, and that started morphing into a whole Snack Bar concept. So they made a sign
and started on signs.
Meanwhile, I was inspired by their enthusiasm and decided to make it a little bit more realistic. I got some popcorn boxes and then stumbled on Hefty Zoo Pals cups with lids and straws. Throw in some Halloween candy and voilÃ !
A realistic-looking snack for movie watching! Of course every concession stand needs good help, and luckily, so J hired M. It’s a great way to get her involved without treating her like a little kid.