Tonight was Cooke Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa.
Tonight involved some special circumstances. Today I had some dental surgery done which ended up being a little more extensive than I had anticipated (no anesthesia, just Novocaine, but several sutures to the gums, which involved icing the area 20 minutes on/15 off until 9 pm). I decided to continue with the planned Cookie Baking Night. I planned a little lower key evening, and gave Emily an opportunity to lead some of the night (she'll be 11 years old in about 2 weeks, and I knew she'd jump at the opportunity).
I explained the situation to all of the kids. They were very understanding of the circumstances and worked well as a team throughout the evening. Emily did a great job taking the lead. We made caramel brownies. Emily read the recipe and took charge assigning tasks and making the brownies.
Emily also read our lesson this evening from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. (Lesson 58, "God's Children Work). Ethan read 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 from the Bible for us.
We ended the evening by watching a video. As usual, though a little on the low-key side, a fun time was had by all.
When I explained the situation to Emily and asked her to take my place for some of the evening, she said, "Okay, if I'm going to be Katrina tonight, I'm going to need an apron and something to make my hair frizzy (hey now!) At one point, I also heard her turn to Ethan and Carissa at the table and say, "How's it going over here, kiddos?" (I'm notorious for calling the children "kiddos"). It was amusing (and humbling) to watch myself being "interpreted" throughout the evening.