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It’s the season to be jolly

Sing with me! It’s the season to be jolly! Falalalala lalalala! I just love our family evenings and especially during Christmas season. There are candles, lights and decors all over. So when the evening gets a little bore, I just focus on a decoration and it can take me to wonderful places. Well, I just think about how beautiful it would look in my room, haha.

Well, this evening for family night we had a made-up game, made up by Brother. Those can get a little carried away sometimes, well, mostly because he’s so into music. His made-up games or activities can’t be without some type of music game or music hearing, music making, music inventing, whatever have you. So we had to roll this wheel thing with different letters, while listening to music of course. Each letter led us to a paper that gave us instructions of what to do. His instructions to us went like this…. Make up a song. Sing a Christmas song. Pretend to cry until your next turn. Make everyone laugh. Make a silly face. Write a 4-lined Christmas poem. Write down your Christmas wish. Make everyone guess your favorite song. Do a crazy dance…etc. There are too many to name them all here, but you get the idea.

Mom had to do a dance but she was a little shy. As soon as Dad and Brother took a toilet break, she did her dance. I filmed her and have been able to tease her about it ever since. She couldn’t exactly hide from Dad and Brother either, cause I had it on camera, hee, hee. Now every time I want her to let me do something, I remind her of her crazy dance that I could broadcast (of course, only to the rest of our family). Well, actually I tried that out once and it didn’t work too well because, well, she had plenty of videos of me doing things that I didn’t really want shown all over the place, even just to family.

I guess she had a point there. It’s okay to have fun and tease a little. But there is a time and place for everything. One evening of craziness is great. It’s even good to laugh, play and have fun. It helps us get out of ourselves too. But it’s not to take out at other times or other places or with other people. I wouldn’t like that done to me. That reminds me of the verse “Whatever you want someone to do to you, do the same to them.” It’s pretty smart fitting, if I may say so myself. I’ll think of that the next time I do a crazy thing, hee.

And then we ended our evening watching some “funny videos” of animals and people getting surprised or falling and all that stuff. Some were really hilarious and we had such a good laugh. But some others were just sad, to realize that people actually got hurt from those situations. Well, all I can say is that there is a time to laugh and also a time to cry.

Christmas is a time to be joyful and happy, but I know that there are also some people who are missing loved ones and hurting real bad during this time. God, please help me to be sad with them and bring them some love and comfort.

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F.U.N night

More here about our family night activities, because it’s the best thing of all! Some of our favorite activities so far have been: Crazy relays by Dad, a food hike by Mom (I’ll tell you more about that one later.) My balloon and drawing activities. We tell or read jokes, share real life stories in a made up sheet tent, we had trampoline games outdoors, picnic in nature, treasure hunts, hide and seek around the house, cooking contest (Mom did that one so that she didn’t have to come up with a snack beforehand. Kind of cheating in my opinion), a walk to the store to choose our dessert together. Not a good idea because we couldn’t make up our mind on which ice-cream flavor to get. (It was my idea, heehee.) Board games, trying out Dad and Mom’s made-up games that sometimes work and sometimes don’t. We kind of help out with suggestions sometimes. I guess that could mean we create games together during our activity nights. And then we even have Brother’s games that always include some type of music or song writing, anything as long as there’s some music playing in the background or the game includes music somehow.

Oh boy, the list could get quite a bit longer but anyway, you get the idea. To sum it all up in one word it’s FUN!!! Family-United-Night! Or as I like to say “Family-Upside down-Night” because that’s when our other side comes out, our kind of crazy and silly side, really fun side. Especially Mom, you’d never guess she could make a silly face or dance like a duck. Dad at least sneaks out a little of that side once in a while when he has Daddy time with us. And the funniest is when Dad puts on an accent from another country and makes us all roll on the floor. Mom sometimes ends up in tears, from laughing so hard. We had to close the curtains the last time we did that, as some neighbor looking in would not understand what was going on. He might have thought we were meant to be in a crazy house or something.

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It Finally Happened!

Yes! Finally! It happened! My birthday! This once a year special occasion. Only this time I had to wait 2 months before we found just the right time to do it with my friends and family. Dad and Mom were very busy and the other times that I wanted to do it, like during vacations, my friends were not around or some other friends had planned their birthdays first. I did get to have 2 birthdays this month but not my own, ha. Well, so it was finally happening! I had hoped and planned for a wonderful, amazing and exciting time.

But then it happened…. and I didn’t feel any different afterwards. Mom and I spent 2 days planning and setting it up, going shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, etc. I know she really tried her bed to make it special for me. And she took lots of her time for it. And I helped her too, cause it was fun for me. But I just didn’t think that it would be all over with so so quickly.

All my friends came, made their pizzas and ate them just like that. I had planned to make a big fancy Italian pizza restaurant thing where they could create their own pizzas. I had done that like 4 years ago with my friends when I turned 7 and it was the funnest birthday ever. But this time it wasn’t the same. Maybe I expected too much? Maybe my friends were too old for that? Or cooking wasn’t special anymore for them because they could do it at home when they want to? I don’t know.

I was kind of disappointed. But well, if I didn’t try it, I wouldn’t have known. I don’t think I’ll plan that again. My friends just wanted to hang out in my room, jump on my very clean white sheets (Yikes!) or play with my birthday presents they just gave me, mixing up the slime and sparkles, which I had wanted to do by my very own self. But… they are my friends and well…. I guess they have that sort of thing about them that they can do in my room of their free accord… because we’re friends.

I didn’t feel too good about it but I was a bit shy to tell them not to jump on my bed. Mom had planned all these fun games and activities to go along the pizza birthday event, but they just wanted to hang out. I didn’t push for the games, even though I really looked forward to them, doing them WITH my friends. But I was worried that if we did them, they may not like them or maybe would not want to be friends with me anymore after. I don’t really know what I was thinking. And why is  it so hard to try to please everyone?

You know what, I’m glad that no matter what I do, even when I make mistakes or say or do the wrong things sometimes, God, my very best friend, still loves me to the full.

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Our Family Fun nights

As promised, I will tell you about our family nights. It’s not as complicated as it seems. Just pay attention to the name. Night – because it happens at night, well not at night but evening till night. Family – it’s because we do it as a family. If one of us is not there, it’s not family night. If one of us is sick, we pros pone it to another evening. It’s something we do together because that’s what makes it special. Even though I don’t always get along with my brother, Family night just seems to erase all those things we were upset at each other for, the week, the day or hour before. And we couldn’t have family nights without Mom’s yummy dinners. Our Friday family tradition is pizza dinner. Mom comes up with lots of crazy ways to make pizza. Whole, in shapes or pieces, folded in half, veggie pizzas, sardine pizzas, bean, broccoli, eggplant or egg pizza. You name it and Mom’s tried it, almost. I won’t say they all succeeded in being our favorites, but she’s quite good at it. There’s at least one thing we like on the pizza. Melted cheese!!!

After dinner, we listen out for our next instructions for the evening. Usually we all like to write it down, though Dad prefers not to. He’s got a brain big enough to fit all the games he wants to play that evening, without having to forget about other important things that are already on his mind. Mom writes down her plan, I think just to give her an excuse to draw doodles and decors around it. I write it mine down using the most colors possible. And Brother… well brother writes it down plainly. Family nights are different every time because we take turns planning them and we’re all so different. But that’s the best part of it. Dad, Mom, Brother and I all get a turn to plan the activity, prepare the snack and decide how late we get to stay up. Oops, but it is late. I do have to go to bed. Good night then. I’ll have to finish my activity tales tomorrow.