Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Prayers for a blessed holiday of
reflecting on all we have to be thankful for.

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Christmas Advent List

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It's that time of year again... Advent!  And keeping in with tradition, I'm planning an Advent Calendar filled with things to do in making memories as a family.  Each year we try to focus on memory making.  Some days have more than one activity listed.  That's because I just couldn't decide which one I'd rather do.  I'm still playing with the order a little bit as we finalize our traveling plans, but this is what our Advent calendar looks like so far.

Dec 1st--Set up the Little People Nativity set
Dec 2nd--Make cider/cocoa to have with dinner
Dec 3rd--Attend Christmas performance
Dec 4th--Go to Christmas Tree lighting
Dec 5th--Christmas parade
Dec 6th--Go look at Christmas lights
Dec 7th--Make popsicle mangers
Dec 8th--Make peppermint puppy chow
Dec 9th--Do some Candy Cane experiments
Dec 10th--Make salt dough fingerprint ornament
Dec 11th--Watch a Christmas movie/ Elf
Dec 12th--Make PB cookies
Dec 13th--Celebrate Lydia's birthday
Dec 14th--Make Christmas play dough
Dec 15th--Play Christmas pictionary
Dec 16th--Do a secret act of service/wear Christmas socks
Dec 17th--Make PB Christmas trees
Dec 18th--Watch a Christmas movie/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dec 19th--Attend Lydia's dance performance
Dec 20th--Bake Ukrainian lace cookies
Dec 21th--Lydia's birthday/ dance to holiday music
Dec 22th--Shop for exchange gifts/make chocolate dipped spoons
Dec 23th--Carol the neighbor's/watch Frosty the snowman
Dec 24th--Play board games
Dec 25th--Monkey Bread Breakfast

In addition to our Advent Calendar, I'm planning on doing a Book Advent as well.  I've been reserving books from the library and searching through our bookshelves so I'm excited to get started.

How are you celebrating the season?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made: I'm finally putting a little time into the kids' school scrapbooks and we made nutter butter turkeys as a fun treat yesterday.

What I'm Reading: I finished the Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall and started the December Bookmarks book.  It's thicker than I thought.  Oops!

What I'm Doing: Working out... hanging up Christmas lights... going to the children's museum... putting some time into my tumbling lesson plans...

What I'm Watching:  We going to spend part of this break catching up on The Amazing Race and I want to catch up on Once Upon a Time.

What I'm Enjoying: laugh at my kids' creativity... fall recipes... warm soup from the crockpot... OnGuard from DoTerra...

What are you up to?

Friday, November 20, 2015

2015 November Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for November was Without a Word by Jill Kelly.

 These are the books I read this month:

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsman--See my review here.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo-- My oldest (5th grade) was assigned this book for part of his Language Arts class so I read along with him to help out with assignments.  The only other book of DiCamillo's I've ever read was The Tale of Despereaux and I wasn't a fan.  But this... this was cute, insightful, and had a great lesson.  This one I loved.  Great book for learning literature analysis and a good read aloud for this age.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C. O'Brien--  This was our read aloud for the month and the kids were intensely invested.  Great book for reading and discussing treatment of others.  Plus the adults loved it too.

Our suggested reading for November was Without a Word by Jill Kelly-- I don't know why, but I expected this to be a lighter read.  Instead it weighed on this Mama's heart.  Without a Word chronicles the life of Jill and Jim Kelly's only son affected by a rare genetic disorder.  Beating all odds, Hunter Kelly lives to the age of eight years old and affects those around him with his thirst for life.  Choppy, transparent, heart felt... it's an inside look into a mother's heart as she lets go of her child.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Without a Word by Jill Kelly.

And come back Dec 18th as we discuss The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

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