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9:20 PM: We enjoyed our day at home today. Elisabeth met Shatesha for the first time (and probably last, since Sophie will be going back to day care soon). The three of them seemed to have a great time together. Sophie took her regular nap today (I got a short one too--wonderful!). Shortly after dinner (lasagne), Randall took off in the church van to take the teenagers in the church to a retreat. He'll be back late tonight. Elisabeth heard me talking to Randall earlier today about all of us possibly going (but we decided it would be too late for the girls to be out). Apparently, Elisabeth didn't hear the part where we decided we wouldn't all go, because when Randall left, she cried and cried. She was really sad about not going and about her daddy being gone. Sophie was worried about her, so I asked Sophie what we should do to make sister feel better. She made a silly face at me, and I laughed. She said "sometimes a silly face makes me feel better." She said lots of really cute things today that I had thought I would write about, but now I can't remember any of them. I should carry around a notepad or a digital recorder. Anyhow, I finally distracted Elisabeth by putting on a movie. I decided to watch "A Nightmare Before Christmas," which I hadn't seen in a long time. The girls both liked it (although there were just a few scary parts). Then we watched part of "James and the Giant Peach" (Tim Burton wrote Nightmare and produced James, so they had a similar feel), until the girls got tired.

Tomorrow we are going to an Open House at the Chicken Man's place! We are very excited! We're also excited because we'll meet Madi and her family (she's the one who had the benefit a few weeks ago) and then go have lunch.