The good news is I finished one of them! This picture was before I added Velcro to each piece, but you get the gist:
As you you can see by this next one, the other advent calendar is partially finished. I have accepted that there is absolutely no way the top part will be completed by December 1st, but at least my small squares are done! I spent the week using fabric stiffener, cutting squares of felt, using E6000 glue and Velcro to get it all finished. I took this right before putting the backing on each square:
In addition to these projects, I worked on my sewing project - a navy skirt for wedding/family pictures next month. I complained about my sewing adventures with the purple skirt. This time around was a LOT better. It was a good idea to do the purple skirt first as a practice round. The skirt definitely has imperfections, but I'm happy with the end result.
We had Thanksgiving early this year. We probably won't be having a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day, so we did it Saturday! We cooked a turkey ourselves, made some homemade rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, Dixie salad, and pumpkin cheesecake bars. It was all really yummy! We invited the sister missionaries over for dinner that night.
Do you like our Thankful tree in the background? Here's another picture showing how it's grown each week:
We also had dinner with the Elders earlier on in the week. One of the Elders goes home in about 4 weeks and it is a weird thought to me how I will probably never see these missionaries again. I guess the reason why it is weird is because I have gotten to know both the Elders and Sisters (mostly the Sisters) so much since moving to Kirksville. They're like my best friends. haha
On Monday night we video chatted my family for FHE (singing the opening song altogether was interesting...) It was pretty fun getting to do that. I enjoyed seeing them. And I got to "meet" Tisha, my dad's fiance. She seems really nice and it'll be good to meet her in real life over Christmas break. I will get to meet Chris (my mom's fiance) over Christmas break too. My siblings are lucky they live closer to family than I do - they've both met Tisha and Chris. Kirksville is just so far from Utah and California!
Sunday was probably the craziest day of them all - it was such a long day! We had church in the morning, then the sisters came over in the afternoon (Sister Thorn is a cosmetologist so she trimmed my bangs for me!). There was also a pie night that day put together by the SAA (the club for student spouses). I saw a lot of ward members there. We brought a chocolate mousse pie which we made an absolute mess trying to make. It was yummy though! Later on we had my little piano student and her family over. She is going to watch Alvin for us while we are gone and so I was showing her where everything was (cat food, litter, etc). Then Jonathan studied and I worked on packing and on my projects.
Oh! During church the little sunbeams had a lesson about being thankful and so each kid chose someone to write a 'thank you' card to. One of the little sunbeams picked me and it melted my heart when he came up to me and handed me his thank you card. :)
It has been a crazy week and I'm excited for a week of vacationing!