I’m glad we opted out of the Sunday swim meet session and got home Saturday. Leading into Thanksgiving week, I needed Sunday morning to regroup a little bit.
Ethan had to work at 7, so I ran him over there at 6:45. Ivan and Asher were up pretty early too because the World Cup was kicking off! Asher especially is super excited about this- he’s been talking about it for weeks. The Opening Ceremony was on, so I took my laptop upstairs and sat by them in the living room and half-watched, half did some stuff on the computer.
It’s being hosted in Qatar. The opening ceremony was beautifully done and a very interesting tribute to a region/ culture I really don’t know too much about.
Shortly after, the first game between Qatar and Ecuador started. The guys watched that, too. I had a bunch of misc stuff to do around the house so I went off to do that. After the game, Ivan and Asher left to go run a few errands, so I enjoyed a quiet house (for the last time for a while :)). My parents were arriving Sunday afternoon and would be here for most of Thanksgiving week, so I wanted to get things cleaned up, etc.
Sunday evening we had tickets for Come From Away downtown! Ever since the boys were little, we usually always try to go to some sort of professional theater or musical production as a family in the November-December timeframe. Sometimes it’s holiday related (we’ve done The Grinch, A Christmas Carol (multiple times- the kids love this one!), and even a performance of Handel’s Messiah). We have also done the Nutcracker once, too. (That’s kind of a tricky one, because it’s so beautiful, but also kind of…boring, for kids, in some parts.) Other years we have done non-holiday shows, like The Lion King.
I am happy that the boys have grown up being exposed to musicals and theater and the like. Now at their ages, I feel like they both truly enjoy and appreciate it all.
We made it through about 2/3 of the book The Day the World Came to Town before the show. (The book the musical is based on.) It was very good! We just ran out of time.
I don’t feel anything was lost by not quite finishing the book. I also don’t think reading the book was necessary to enjoy the show, but I’m really glad we did. Knowing the storyline of a play or musical in advance just helps fill out the context a LOT better, especially for the kids, I think. I always make a point to read the book or watch the movie of things, if possible. We also always try to read books about places we will visit whenever we travel! 🙂
I love snapping a few family photos at these events- a little timestamp of our yearly tradition. 🙂
The show itself was GREAT! I loved it. Very different than many other Broadway musicals, but I felt like it really made the 9/11 story (and this very unique angle) just really come to life. I was rather mesmerized by it all. Apparently, it’s on Apple+? (Someone commented this the other day.) So if it’s not coming to your town any time soon, see if you can check it out on TV.
Downtown is festive this time of year, and cold. lol.
We stopped for a late bite to eat at a place on the near east side, which was not busy at all later on a Sunday night. We sat in the bar and the boys blew through many $1 bills’ worth of darts games. haha.
It was a great night!! Really fun.
The boys actually have this entire week off for Thanksgiving break. I think this is the first time they’ve had the full Monday- Friday off!! I’m kind of digging it, actually. It’s nice to have a bit more relaxed feel leading up to Thanksgiving.
Ethan has basketball practice Monday/Tuesday from 8:15-9:30 a.m. though, and he is working this evening for a while. Asher still has swim practice as well, so the week isn’t a TOTAL break. But it’s nice for them to be off, since my parents are in town. They don’t normally come quite this early before Thanksgiving, but with the show Sunday night, it didn’t make sense for them to come, go all the way home, and then turn around and come right back Wednesday for Thanksgiving. Extra family time- bonus! 🙂 ❤
I am grateful for the 2023 version of the Wonderland 222 planner/ notebook A5 combo being in stock when I ordered my new ones yesterday. I feel like I ordered earlier last year, but I remembered seeing that they ran out of stock soon after. I kind of forgot about it, and was nervous they might be sold out already or something when I logged on yesterday. Planning to stick with what I’ve been using- will be Year 3. I’m not a big fan of lots of change/ planner hopping, so for the foreseeable future, this system works fine for me. 🙂