December 24, 2015

Advent Week 4.

 And, here we are.  The fourth week of Advent.  All the candles are lit.  The anticipation is reaching a crescendo.  All the details have to either fall into place or pushed aside.  Jesus is coming, ready or not.
Finally, this week has had the moments of peaceful play that every mother loves.  We've still had beautiful weather which makes it hard to focus on the inside things!  Who wants to bake cookies when it's 60 and sunny out?  (I don't but this weather is a treat for us.)  Who would rather go to the park and be thankful that we don't have to bundle up in coats and mittens and hats?  (Me!!)  We've still managed to squeeze in some cookies and a drive to look at lights.  We are ready in all the important ways.  O come, O come Emmanuel!

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May the love of Christ surround you with the peace and joy that only HE can give!

Advent Week 3.

Advent week 3.  Time really slips away.  It's a good thing the Church gives us all this time to prepare ourselves for Christmas!

We did a pretty good job of keeping up with Jesse tree/Advent wreath devotions this year so far.  I think the fact that everyone is getting older helps.  We also were doing two ornaments most nights to compensate for the nights when other commitments pulled us away.

Nathan's school schedule was a little lighter this week so we were able to slip away to the Cincinnati Museum Center and see The Art of the Brick exhibit.

"Hey, Dum-Dum!  You give me gum-gum!"  The Easter Island head was one of the favorites in the exhibit.  My favorite was the Lego stained-glass window.  It was pretty neat but I didn't get a picture.
The T-Rex was another favorite.
Patrick unwittingly dressed appropriately and matched green man.  Appropriate!

Though it was interesting to see Legos used as art, the favorite time of the whole exhibit was actually playing with the legos.  Funny, seems like we have a lot of those at home!  How amazing it is to have them sorted into little bins though.

Some of the guys went to see a Star Wars movie that premiered.  Had something to do with The Force Awakening.  You probably haven't heard anything about it at all, have you?  At any rate, Patrick was ready use the Force if he had to.  Thankfully, he didn't.

While the guys were away, we had a Polar Express night.  It was required that we read the book first,  I think the movie is okay, but I much prefer the sweetness of the book.

Treats coming up....
Just in time for the hot chocolate scene!  A cozy way to spend the evening.

Then we had a birthday on Friday.  It was a simple celebration.  The man blew out candles in a bun because we had lots of cookies to eat.  The intent was that we would do the big deal with Ken's parents the next day.
But!  Instead, Ken didn't get a party at all.  What we thought was going to be a routine visit to the Urgent Care for one of the boys turned into an overnight stay at Children's complete with IV antibiotics and all.  Whew!  Not how we would've thought we'd spend the Saturday before Christmas.  Thankfully, the infection that had spread from an abscess quickly resolved before it became something more serious.

December 23, 2015

Advent Week 2.

Advent Week 2 started off with St. Nicholas Day.  A namesake day and a feast day all in one.

Is there a better way to start the day than chocolate in your pajamas?  Probably not!

We also decorated our tree on this day.  Always a mix of fun and chaos!

We ended St. Nicholas Day much the way we began... with sugar.  We made our St. Nicholas cookies from The Bakers Dozen and had fun decorating.  My last decorating bag bust just as we started so we improvised with ziploc bags--fun but messy!

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is the day we chose for the burial of our babies as a local cemetary. Our priest was able to come and do the blessing and committal.  It was a beautiful day and though not easy, brought us all closure and a sense of peace.
There was an attempt at Christmas photos this week.  Carrie really got into the spirit.

We also enjoyed going to Grandma and Grandpa's house and helping with some of their decorations.  Ken found an ornament he made with Grandma when he was in Preschool.  So special!  It is fun to be able to look at their ornaments from over the years and hear the stories of who made what.  Lots of happy memories!  And, hey, a family photo to boot!  :)

The weather has been so glorious here we've been spending as much time outside as possible.  It feels like spring not fall/winter!
And we ended our week with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and getting ready for St. Lucia day in the morning... complete with St. Lucy jammies (and a trip to IKEA...okay, that really wasn't part of the celebration but IKEA is Swedish and all... lol).

So many rich and diverse Feasts to celebrate.  I love it!

December 11, 2015

Advent Week 1.

So, the first week of Advent... busy and yet, uneventful in it's own way!  Who blogs about the first week of Advent, anyway? Well, I guess I do.  

Of course, Advent starts coming off a pie high and weekend full of shopping and flung us straight into colds/coughs/maybe pneumonia/maybe not so ... let's stay home from Friday co-op where I had the below art project all planned out for class.  I was excited to try it and then we did.  (Directions can be found here.)

 I love all the variations.  Clockwise we have versions by : Liz, Peter, Carrie (abstract!!), work in progress, Nick, Jacob.  Somehow, I missed Patrick's in this collage and Nathan, poor boy, still had to go to class.  Now, I just have to hang them up?

 The girls also got haircuts.  I know, I'm lame.  Blogging about haircuts.  BUT, there was great debate in the house over if Carrie should actually get any hair cut or not.  I documented with before pictures because this was her first haircut, after all.  She was a pro and very still the entire time.  The after pic is the top left, complete with hair straightened and glitter.  I think the hairdresser chickened out too and didn't cut much off saying, "Do you know how much people pay for hair like hers?"  Lol.

The weekend brought the annual trip to the tree farm.  Insert abysmal attempt at group photo here.  Don't look so miserable, people!  It wasn't even cold!

These three found the perfect tree.  And they would have cut it down, too, if I hadn't confiscated that saw in time.

 The two oldest boys cut down the tree themselves.  It is a weird thing to suddenly be displaced in your duties.  The two littlest wanted in on the action so Ken "helped" them have a turn.

Insert group photo with tree that is goofy but hey, they look alive!   Then, it was off to hot chocolate, popcorn, and putting the tree up in the family room before the Christmas parade.

Group photo at the parade.  They look like they need....sugar.  Good thing the peppermint sticks will rain like manna from the sky.

Ears in fingers every time the police cars or fire engines go by!

 Home for dinner and a movie while Dad ran out to the store for St. Nick treats (oops!).  Off to bed and the stockings hung by the chimney with care.....