December 17th . 2014

Like Money in the Bank

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This week is the last week before weeks of having all kids all the time. Needless to say I’ve been diligently putting on my oxygen mask first to prepare for survival. There have never been so many miles on these legs nor yoga in this mind and spirit as there are right now.

And if all this preparedness fails (as is likely to happen at 4pm Friday), I have my own, personal bottle of wine waiting in the stores.

December 16th . 2014

Crashy

The WordPress App won’t let me post anything lately to this here blog. Which is just as well since it gives me more time to focus on the beauty of Advent. I’ll be back when I can– didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten you, my faithful friends.

December 14th . 2014

Printables for Advent

You know I’m always trying to get this little Advent calendar of ours just right. I’ve spent years in fact, trying to figure out what the heck to put in it that won’t feed too much into the commercial side of Christmas, and will bring joy to all the days celebrating the anticipation of Jesus.

Admittedly what has been in our calendar has not been all that Jesus-y this year. But much of it has inspired thoughtfulness, togetherness and love. So I thought I’d share with you some activities I’ve printed out and put before the calendar (since they are too big to actually put inside it) that the kids have enjoyed. Maybe they will be fun things for you to do with your kiddos during school break.

Like these adorable paper dolls, for example. (Which would have been just perfect on St. Nicholas Day!)

This M&M wreath was fun and didn’t even cause a meltdown. (Neither did they melt in our hands – doh!)

This snowman countdown clock was the very first activity and has been a favorite.

This Christmas cookie play set hasn’t been given yet. But I thought it was super duper cute.

And lastly, a game. Which is also sneaky learning time.

I admire the talented moms who make these. There are TONS of creative and beautiful free printable activities online. I hope they bring you joy too.

PS. The other thing the internet has been immensely helpful for is finding a Christmas joke/riddle a day, which is a favorite tradition and actually does fit inside those teensy Advent calendar doors.

December 11th . 2014

Crafty Christmas

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Bing bang boom. Favorite quick craft gift I’ve ever made. Henceforth, every gift I give will be on a clothespin wreath. I love Christmas. Woo!

December 10th . 2014

Club

Bastien and his new school besty have formed a club. It involves things like camping, hiking, archery, rock climbing and knot tying. They call it (are you ready for this?) Club Scouts. They meet daily to discuss All The Things.

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On the day after it’s formation, last Friday December 6th, Bastien came home and explained he needed to complete the items on their trial list. Which included camping out in the backyard. Which he did. By himself. On a 33 degree December night.

I will never get over his bravery. Personally, I woke up 4 times in the night to check on him. I imagined being arrested at any moment for child neglect, if you want to know the truth. I even ended up making him come inside at 6:30am because I couldn’t take it another minute.

Guess what? His fellow scout did NOT sleep out overnight in December. Shocker. And somehow I feel it will be decades before Bastien earns his due cool points for this milestone in his life. But at the very least he has given himself a badge for his accomplishment. I suppose that counts for something, doesn’t it?

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