December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
May you enjoy this time of rejoicing in the birth of Christ!
May His love fill your home this year!
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!


Now that the kids are in bed, I'm off to enjoy An American Christmas Carol (with Henry Winkler) with my husband!
By the fire!

See you in the New Year!

December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ken!

Happy Birthday, Ken!  You are the best husband and father we could ever ask for and the love of my life.  My wish for you is that this year brings you lots of joy and no stress!   As always, it is a blessing to share life with you and I am so thankful to have you as my best friend.

We all love you, but I love you most of all!

Happy Birthday!

December 21, 2011

Daybook: Fourth Week of Advent.

Fourth Week of Advent!
4 days 'till Christmas!

Outside my window...that beautiful mix of sun and clouds, the kind where the sun seems so bright against the grey cloud and you get those rays coming down to earth.  Like God is just shining down on you!  I love it.  Not to mention, tomorrow is the first day of Winter and it is 56 degrees outside.  It feels like Spring.


I am thinking...that I am ready for Christmas.  Not that I am ready.  I am not ready.  There is so much to be done still--but I don't care.  I'm just ready for Christmas.  To enjoy it.

I am thankful...
for the gift of life!  Praying for some expectant moms that I know. 
for speedy shipping--amazing the world we live in.
for healthy children.
for fresh air and sunshine.
for Christ's coming as a babe to save us all.

From the learning rooms...no school until after the holidays.  There have been requests for crafts.  I'll have to see what we can pull together!

In the kitchen...still finishing Christmas baking.  Have to come up with something for dinner tonight.  That's the thing--after baking all day I really don't want to think about dinner.  But think about it I must.  I've slacked the last two nights with simple suppers so it should be good tonight!

I am wearing...jeans, a pink t-shirt and a cream zip-up fleece.  And I didn't need a winter coat today when we went out. 

I am creating...some decorations for the wall.  Cookies, technically.  Some crocheted things, but nothing that will be done for Christmas--such is the way!

I am going...oh, who knows.  Every day I think I am done with errands---that I will just stay home and then I remember some detail that needs to be taken care of.  I just now remembered I need chicken food (too bad they don't sell THAT at Kroger, ha!) and I have photo cards to be picked up at Walgreens.  See?  Ugh.

I am reading...I just finished a book from the library--Home for the Holidays.  It was cute, they talked a lot about the Betsy-Tacy books which I've never read.  I'm going to see if I can request them from the library, though.  I also keep meaning to get the last Little House books--The First Four Years and These Happy Golden Years.  We all really enjoyed the Little House books on our trip to CA and back--but I didn't have these so we feel a bit like we've been left hanging!

I am hoping...for a white Christmas! Patrick is just dying to have some snow. 

I am looking forward to...celebrating this weekend and next.

I am hearing...Peter starting to complain.

Around the house...just cooking and cleaning and present wrapping!  Almost there--in the home stretch!

Celebrating the seasons...our Advent wreath/Jesse tree celebrations have been a little off this year--we've been running too many evenings!  You know it is bad when you go to do the Jesse Tree and know that you have to do 5 ornaments at once to get sorta caught up.  On the other hand, there isn't any arguing over who's turn it is to hang an ornament! Ha!  This year is an improvement over last year when I felt like everyone had a bad attitude about it.  I'd like next year to be home more and really savor those moments.

Peter...is working on his top two teeth.  And he isn't happy about it!  Poor baby!  He is also working on modifying his crawling arrangement.  It is now more of a caterpillar.  With sometimes an all feet and hands because he doesn't like his knees on the wood floor.  He has figured out how to sit himself up which is very cute because he is so proud of himself!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

My little boy at 6 am this morning.
Can you tell that Nick really likes Thomas?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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December 14, 2011

Adorable? Why, yes, yes they are!

It is always something of an accomplishment to get a photo with all the kids in it--and the photographer at JcPenney did an awesome job. (She was the youngest of 8--the only girl--she knows all about this big family business and I was so thankful that she handled all of the kids with ease.  Even that spunky two year old).

Poor little, Peter--he's looking a little worried about this whole photography business.  Because, you know, Mama is over there--and some other lady is far too close!  However, he took a beautiful individual picture.

I'd share the other pictures with you.  But this is the only one we have license to. (I got a great Groupon deal!).  And, this one isn't even going on the Christmas cards! 

I'm sharing this because it was an accomplishment.  Seriously.  I managed to get six kids bathed, dressed, hair combed, and pictures taken with no incidents!  :)  Hooray!  We treated ourselves to Panera bagels for a job well done afterwards.

Chocolate chip and cinnamon crunch bagels.  Yum....

December 7, 2011

Daybook: Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent!
Outside my window...gray, cloudy and blah.  At least it isn't raining today but it is cold.  The forecast had said 40 degrees and sunny--not so, not so.  I was hoping for everyone to finally get some outside time.

I am thinking...about overload.  Or rather, my overload is all I'm thinking.  So much to do--and what am I doing?  Sitting here typing this.  It is all about procrastination.  I can be really good at that.

I am thankful...for so much. 
For healthy kids. 
A found beagle, even if she stinks.
Christmas lights which make everything pretty.
My brother being out of the hospital and feeling better again.

From the learning rooms...we're still behind (we didn't "do" school in CA even though we learned lots).  I'm not going to get where we should be before Christmas.  My kids aren't good at "doubling up."  But that is alright.  We'll just keep going!  Co-op end for the semester this week, one more week of school next week before we adjourn for Christmas break.

In the kitchen...cookies, peppermint bark, lots of treats!  I'm still thinking about dinner for tonight.  Chicken of some sort.  We had flounder and salmon last night.

I am wearing...jogging pants, a short-sleeved tee and a zip-up hoodie.  And slippers.  It is a school day and we're not going anywhere.  Might as well be comfy!

I am creating...stockings for Peter, Ken and I.  I'd also like to work on my tree skirt but I'm not sure if that will happen this year.  I also have a couple of dishcloths to crochet and I would really like to crochet a blankie for the baby doll Elizabeth is getting for Christmas.  But we'll see.  Time is short.

I am going...piano tomorrow, with a run by Aldi.  I also need to pick up some portraits from JcPenney.  Friday is our last day of co-op--we'll go caroling as a group at a local nursing home and then head back for a potluck.  Mexican themed for St. Juan Diego.  Then we have a neighborhood Christmas party on Saturday.

I am wondering...how do some people get so much accomplished?  I feel like I am always spinning in circles.  Some of it I blame on homeschooling.  Some of it I blame on the size of my house.  (It was easier to keep up with a littler house--never mind that I kept dumping things in storage!)  But mostly, I think it is just life.  The world keeps spinning and so do I.  Ken and I always say that in a lot of ways it would be so much simpler to live like Ma and Pa in Little House on the Prairie!

I am reading...other than school books and our Advent/Jesse tree readings.  Not much.  I picked up some books haphazardly from the library but I haven't even looked to see what they are about.

I am hoping...for a date night out with my husband soon.  That would be nice.  We need to finish our shopping but also just to go out and have a quiet dinner.

I am looking forward to...Christmas!!  Aren't we all?

I am hearing...the t.v.  The two littlest are watching Sprout.  An argument just sprang up among the boys over gameboys. (sigh).

Around the house...I have lots of plans in my head but don't ever seem to get them going... one day.  One day.  Mostly, little things like pictures to be hung.  Then there is painting that still needs to be finished.  Really, if I could just get de-cluttered that would go a long way. 

Celebrating the seasons.... we are smack dab between the feast of St. Nicholas and The Immaculate Conception. 

The feast of St. Nick yesterday was a great day.  Sugar high and all!  :)  Really, the kids were thrilled.  They traditionally get chocolate coins, candy, a little money (a gold dollar if we remember to get them), a matchbox car, and an ornament in their stockings.  They were super excited because I had gotten them the lil'Kinz webkinz.  And, of course, books. 
Tomorrow is the feast of The Immaculate Conception.  We started late on our Novena, but we're doing it anyway.  And the kids keep checking the candle to see if baby Jesus is in there yet.  Too funny.

Peter...his second tooth is breaking through.  His first came last week.  I swear, this kid is on the fast track to adulthood!  Crawling, teeth, eating solids, what's next??  Jacob has decided he is now going to teach him how to walk.  I said, absolutely not.  No way.  Forget about it.  :)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Waiting for the Christmas Parade last Saturday!