ten on tuesday.

1. Happy 11/12/13!

2. Yesterday I stopped at Starbucks on my way to an officer training meeting at church (I’ll be ordained/installed as an elder soon…prayers please). Two things happened of note…

3. First, when a veteran in front of me was given a free cup of coffee as a token of thanks by Starbucks, a “gentleman” (45ish years old) behind me whispered in my ear (as if we were sharing a private joke), “guess we just need to say we’re veterans, huh?”. Gag. Newsflash to that “gentleman”: um, no.

4. Second, as I waited for my chai latte a teenager seated behind me caught my attention with a polite, “excuse me, ma’am?”. As I turned around she said, “I just wanted to tell you that your haircut looks amazing.” And that was all. Just a young stranger going out of her way to make this middle aged lady’s night. So don’t believe the hype y’all, if my two experiences with humanity last night are any indication, the next generation may not send us to hell in a hand basket after all.

5. This is the most fascinating thing to cross my newsfeed in a long time. Eating apples, core and all? Who knew?! My whole fam gave it a try yesterday and I have two words (with only a hint of exaggeration): life changing.

6. My boy turns 6 in 8 days. His birthday present is waiting patiently under our bed and he’s going to lose.his.mind. It has three letters, starts with a w and rhymes with me.

7. With that in mind send me all your best ideas for keeping a six year old’s game-playing regulated please!

8. Brent’s dad is spending the night with us tonight. He always sleeps with Ephraim when he’s here on his own. Tonight Ephraim was waiting patiently for Papa to come to bed with him but he finally couldn’t wait any longer. When he called me in to ask when Papa was coming to bed I told him that it would be a little while because Papa was asleep on the couch. “Can you just scoop him up and bring him in here?”, he asked. HA!

9. Halloween candy will by my undoing!

10. BUT I’m still riding high from my half marathon showing on Saturday. I had a sub two hour goal in mind and I crossed the finish line as the clock read…wait for it…1:59:59! My official time was 1:59:39 which is almost five minutes faster than my previous best time. So maybe I will have one more piece of candy tonight…

JenniferNovember 12, 2013 - 8:06 pm

My favorite 5 year old boy is almost a 6 year old boy? 😉

One of my co-workers always eats the core of apples. But he also eats a lot of things I wouldn’t put in my mouth. This one I may need to reconsider!

Congrats on #10!!

Heather MayberryNovember 13, 2013 - 8:28 am

Congrats on the race time! I am so ready to run again! My family and I eat the whole apple as well, except for the seeds which contain mercury (did you know that?). Happy Wednesday!

BrandieNovember 13, 2013 - 11:23 am

Hey, can’t comment on how to regulate the 6 year olds time on the Wii :). But, as a mom with a newly minted 6 year old – I will say you have to get Madden football. Of all the games my son plays, THIS one has stood the test of time. I would also recommend – no point in buying new games. Just go to Game Stop and get the used ones. You can also sell them back and get new games when he gets tired of them, which will happen quickly :(. But, Madden football – can’t go wrong with that one!

Juli PNovember 13, 2013 - 12:58 pm

I have been eating my cupcakes like that for years…..life changing. Not sure about the apple. Will give it a shot.
How to regulate the Wii? Well, ours was given as a Santa present. The kids each got a remote and mom and dad got the Wii console….Santa also gave them a kitchen timer. My kids can buy Wii time along with earning money for doing their chores.
They can “earn” 30 minutes for making their bed and straightening up their rooms before school. (30 minutes a day is the max for a school day).
I have a chore chart and that chart also contains a column for Wii time.
Now, this was all necessary at first…but the novelty of it wore off and within a couple months, they no longer wanted to play it every day. Now, it is usually a Friday or Saturday night family thing.
The Mario and Sonic at the Olympics are super fun! so is Mario Cart….my boy LOVES the LEGO games (star wars, harry potter, indiana jones, etc). I(used) buy on Amazon (prime) and sell the used games on eBay. We also try games through RedBox prior to buying them. or tap friends and borrow….many are just too difficult for little people.

erin cobbNovember 13, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Thanks all! Juli…I think you may be a genius! Thank you so much for the great wii ideas!

CorrieNovember 17, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Regarding the Wii, he could earn play time by reading. That may be a bit daunting for a six year old though. I also like the idea of regulating the amount of time on week days/school days.

I also wish I could go to your hair stylist so someone could compliment this more-than-middle-aged woman’s hairstyle!!

JanieNovember 21, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Congrats on the race! I wish I could get the gusto to sign up for a 5K. I’ve been running since June, but can’t get the courage to sign up for one.

Anyway, my just-turned-6-year-old has loved Mario Kart Wii for a while. We just got her Just Dance for her birthday and she LOVES it. We have 4 controllers, so I’ll admit, we all play (even my 3 year old) and it is hysterical. So much fun. I love that it gets her moving, and she loves the music. I was seriously skeptical, but it was the birthday hit.

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