All 7th graders take a class called CTE. I only know the C stands for Careers. T might be for Technology?? E may be for something that starts with E. Just a guess on my part. Anyhoo, Isaac's first quarter in CTE was all about wood and big tools. He built a truss, a cart of some sort and other things that earned him an easy A. This quarter is filled with clothing care, child care, family stuff, cooking. And sewing. Isaac was so excited about the sewing machine. It's a machine and he does well with machines. So I put him to work to cinch in his new church pants. He got in there and sat down and asked if my machine was computerized. ?? Um, no. Mine is the cheapest of the cheap. Story of my life. I should show you my carpet. So he threaded the needle and practiced a straight stitch on some extra fabric. Then I put his pants in. He had asked me to mark a line where he should sew. Then he left. I ended up sewing his pants. But he did a fantastic job threading and getting the bobbin into place. Do you know how funny it is to have your 12 year old son talk freely about bobbins? Funny I tell ya.
Sam was taking a bath and had asked Ruthie if he could use some of her bubble bath. Sure, she said. Then he called us in for a picture. Gives a new meaning to the term bubble boy. Sam has recently made a list of all the Godzilla movies ever made. I do believe he knows every single one. There are 2 that are rated PG-13, so he has to wait a bit to see those. He has big plans for his 13th birthday.
Sunday was the annual Abbie's Christmas Cookie Party. We got to see our cousins who have been in North Dakota for a bit. They're back and we are so happy they are. Ruthie made beautiful cookies and even brought them home. The boys left theirs on the table. The other day Ruthie said, "We get our cuteness from mom and our tallness from dad. I wasn't born from mom's tummy, but I am still tall." So there you go. I just so happy the cuteness came from me. I'm glad it wasn't that they had gotten hairy toes from me. Cuteness and tallness and so many other things that all 3 of my kiddos inherited from us.
We still don't have our Christmas tree up. Still in storage. Daniel is home today so we can finish with the primer on the basement walls and ceilings. I won't have time to paint colors on the walls till after this weekend. The tree will go up Saturday and I'm putting a marbles circle in one bedroom and hopscotch runs in another. Then the main area will have a rug and tables with toys and games. The kids will be banished to the basement for the evening. Oh, did I tell you we are hosting Daniel's family Christmas party this Sunday? Did I tell you that it should be around 55 people? That's why the basement is being done quickly. Though it's not finished, it's good enough to have people down there. Pictures of the basement will be forthcoming. But, just a warning, white primer on walls is boring.