2006 Halloween is for Kids

Friday evening I picked up Mason and we went out to play some video games which is something I never do. After we went to Jack Astors to eat some dinner and talk about the women in our lives. That was a very short dinner.

I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30am (big mistake). Saturday morning I woke up at 7am. I was exhausted! Anyway, I drank coffee, ate some mini wheat (So did Mason and Eggbert). I picked them up at 9am. It was raining pretty hard. We got to church around 9:20. We setup things till 11am. I was doing photography and helping with the plinko game and keeping the children happy. Hundreds of children enjoyed pony rides, a bouncing castle, music, prizes, basketball, ring toss, crafts. We had a good (but exhausting time) till about 3pm, then we started taking everything down. At 3:45 we left, at 4:15 Mason and Eggbert were home, and by 5pm I was home. I basically laid down on the floor till bed time.

I’ve been doing this kind of thing since 1997, at least once per week, and up to 5 times a week.

New year new beard

So I started off the new year in the best way I couldn’t possibly think of, I got a couple of trusted friends, filled several very large bags with presents, including a microwave, lots of brand new clothing, electronics, etc and took them to people door to door on Christmas morning who will enjoy them. It honestly made me super happy to give so much away, especially seeing so many happy, surprised faces on Christmas. What did I keep for myself? I kept one thing – a pet fish! It took a few trips and several helpers to give everything away. For new years eve I went to sleep early. I believe in starting the year off right and I definitely pulled it off this time around.

I’m helping to care for several children, something that I’m very well used to because of 8 years of babysitting and over 3 years of Sunday school and being a kids pastor. I know how to change diapers, calm crying babies, tend to minor cuts and bruises, settle kids disputes and have super fun plus get the kids to sleep on time (almost). So this is nothing new to me, but it is super cool. The hardest part is crying babies at 2am, but I’m a bit of a night owl anyway. . I thanked one of the parents for trusting me with his children, he responded that he trusts me with his life and theirs. I don’t take that lightly.

Also because of this I haven’t had time to get a haircut or shave in a couple weeks, causing me to look like a bum. Add that to the way I dress (like a bum) and I really do look like a bum. On top of all this, I’m constantly covered in baby spit-up and sticky food and messes caused by children. I like it. It forces me to slow down and keep my priorities in order.

This is going to be a good year.