We are already over halfway through Hanukkah! I can't believe it's almost over! It's been great though and I'm going to hate to see it all end.
Gideon was the next person in charge of a night and he kept everything hush hush. All afternoon long in between school he was running back and forth between Mom and Dad's room (where the scheming goes on) and every other room in the house. This guy had a mission to complete!
Finally when evening arrived we got to see just what exactly had been going on inside Gideon's head. For supper, Gideon requested homemade hamburgers and I tried my hand at making latkas for the first time. (They turned out yum, yum thanks to Sandi's recipe)
(At our house Christopher is in charge of the grilling and pancake making. He's going to make some woman very happy one day!)
The meal was awesome! You can never go wrong with homemade hamburgers. (and I didn't burn the latkas! Yay!) During the meal Gideon explained that our presents were hidden and we would be given clues as to where to find them. I went first because ladies always go first :). My clue said to check my jewelry box. But I'm not going to tell you exactly what my clue said because then you'll guess where all my jewelry is! Sure enough there nestled among all my bling bling was a tiny present. Now I had to get it opened...
...which was not as easy as it looks because Gideon put at least a whole roll of tape around it! (you taught him well Mamaw)
...and double wrapped it!
While I was unwrapping the second layer of paper I jokingly said that I expected some 14 carat gold earrings for all this trouble I was going through. Well 10 minutes later when I FINALLY got it unwrapped turns out that Gideon did get me a pair of earrings and while they weren't 14 carat gold, they were real crystals.
I had been wanting these for a while and this past summer I almost bought them online when there was only one pair left. Turns out Gideon bought them behind my back so when I went to go buy them myself and saw that they were sold I was a little upset. But in the end I got my earrings and everyone lived happily ever after!
Ok, moving on now.
Christopher had to find his present next but, being Christopher, he decided that he was going to read his clue while it was still in the envelope. (He also is going to make some woman very frustrated!)
Dad convinced him to open the envelope because he was having trouble (me roll eyes). His clue was composed of pictures and words telling him where to go. After some thought Christopher decided to look under his bed (like the phrase "where you count sheep" wasn't a dead giveaway. Me roll eyes again.) Gideon got him some much needed glue sticks for his monster high heat hot glue gun.
Christopher then proceeded to read us off everything printed on the package including the warnings section, the instructions and what size the sticks were. It was getting late at this point and we still had an activity to do so Jonathan just started opening his present and Christopher soon stopped when he realized that no one was listening to him.
Jonathan's clue, like Christopher's, had pictures. But his were ALL pictures with no words. After studying it for awhile, Jonathan leans back and says:
"Climbshoeon. Go up tree."
Then he turns to Gideon, wraps his arm around his shoulders and asks "Now buddy, what does this mean?"
Which Gideon replies "It means, Climbshoeon. Go up tree!"
Of course the next question to be asked was "Which tree?"(When you live out in the middle of the woods, you have to be specific with your trees!). But everyone knew what tree Gideon meant. Jonathan has this tree that he likes to climb up and read in and sure enough, that's where his present was.
Jonathan got a pair of crocs with fuzzy lining on the inside for the winter that can be taken out in the summer time. Just the kind of shoe he needed!
Now that the presents were over, it was time to move onto the activity. But Gideon couldn't just tell us what the activity was, no! He had to give us an activity to figure out what we were doing for the activity. (I said he had a lot going on in that head of his!) He wrote what we were doing on a piece of paper then cut the letters apart. We had to put them back in order to discover the message.
The letters spelled out CARDS AT TABLE. My family and I have gotten into the game solitaire lately but we never had enough cards to where we could all play together. Mom and Gideon had bought a few more card decks for only a dollar at Target so now we had enough to play doubles in groups!
It was late when we all piled in bed that night, but we were all tired in a good way. Gideon did a very good job on his night and now it was up to Jonathan to make another Hanukkah night memory.
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