Here are some extremely random, and extremely opinionated thoughts. I doubt everyone will agree with me, but that is okay. I've been reading some interesting, thought-provoking blog entries lately so that is where a few of these random thoughts come from- my own ponderings about the topics raised in other blogs. And then some of these thoughts are just out of the clear blue sky.
Halloween- we dress up, trick-or-treat, have fun carving pumpkins, roasting pumpkin seeds, and that kind of thing. The way we celebrate Halloween is completely innocent and I am sorry other people out there may use it as an excuse to do horrible things or worship false gods. I think 99% of America views it as a reason to dress up and eat a lot of candy. I do, however, try to avoid all associations with witches and devils. I bought some paper plates with a cartoon-y witch on them this year and looking back I would call that a mistake. I slipped up and was not thinking. I would never allow my children or myself to dress as witches or devils because I think those things are real and they are scary and they are definitely not in line with honoring God. Like I said, that may not be a popular opinion, but I am sticking to it. It's the same reason I won't ever let my kids play with a Ouija board. People in the Old Testament really made God mad by messing with the Occult.
I read a book called The Mercy of Thin Air that got rave reviews on Amazon and started out great. But by the end I was not impressed. It's not a very good book. So, don't always believe the hype of a 5 star rating. Lesson learned.
I tried to cook chicken leg quarters for the first time tonight by roasting them in the oven. The skin turned a beautiful golden brown. They looked so tasty. When I cut into them, bright red blood ran out. It totally freaked and grossed me out. I don't know what the problem was. I know they were thawed before I put them in the oven. It was weird.
Today, Cody booked me a ticket on his flight to Denver in a couple of weeks. He's taking me on a business trip! (and Lucas) Ava and Nate will stay with the grandparents. Lucas and I will be with Daddy in a super nice hotel in downtown Denver. Lucas and I can stroll along a pedestrian mall scattered with shops and cafes while Cody is in meetings. Then we can eat lovely dinners that will probably be cooked all the way through for a change. And maybe I can see my brother while I am there.
So Christmas is approaching, and also the yearly debate between Cody and me as to whether or not we will tell our kids Santa is real. (Two controversial Holidays covered in one blog entry, folks.) Cody is all for it, while I have my reservations. I don't mind gently playing along, but if my child asked any questions about the validity of Santa, no matter what age, I would totally tell them that he is just pretend. None of this, "What do you think?" junk. I think kids ask their parents questions expecting to get true answers and that is what I aim to provide in every circumstance, even Christmas. Cody is afraid our kids will be "ruin-ers." The kids that tell other kids the truth. I am not so worried about that.
Lucas slept through the night last night after a week or so of waking up many many times. He is such a tease. I am hoping he decides to make sleeping through the night a permanent part of his repertoire.
So there it is! Plenty to provide disagreement, discussion, offense, bewilderment. Or, this can all be taken with a grain of salt since it is only my 2 cents, after all.