Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Outside my window...
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I am thinking...
About a member of our choir who has been there for decades.  I'll refer to her as MA on the blog.  MA is a behind-the-scenes kind of person but she manages the library of music, gets people's stands out and pretty much makes sure the gentlemen in the guitar section have all of the right music that they will need.  She cantored the second week of Advent, but wasn't feeling very well and had a hard time walking.  Mr. Pete and another gentleman helped her get to her car after mass.  Later that week she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and now she is in hospice - all in under a month.  It is frightening and sad all at once.
I am thankful ...
Good Health

From the learning rooms...

Back to the routine. Izzy and I are plowing ahead in her Pathway Reader and Saxon Math. Sam and Gabe are into Lord of the Flies. Hitting Math, and Science pretty hard this week too.

From the kitchen...
Chilli, Spaghetti for Tuesday, White Chilli for Wednesday, Leftovers Thursday, and Tuna Heros for Friday.

I am wearing...
Black pants, pretty old sparkley sweater that I have but don't wear out much.  It's too old and worn to wear out in public, but I like to wear it around the house anyway. !

I am remembering:
Mama - always.  And also apparently my great, great grandmother Emmeline who must need my prayers because she is on my mind a lot.

I am creating...
Videos from Christmas Eve and the kid's gig over Christmas - still on my camcorder
I am going...
get in at least once with this Jillian Michael's Shred

But my absolute new favorite is
The FIRM Express Cardio

The choreography for that one is super challenging and I love exercise moves that I have to think about.
I am reading...

I am hoping...
to get to some history and science this week in homeschool, now that everyone is back to the basics of reading and math!  Also hoping to find some ways to help Calvin explain his Catholic Faith.  His girlfriend (whom we love!) is asking a lot of questions about the church and Calvin is trying his best to give good answers.  I'm going to look in the books my mom left to see what's there.

I am hearing...
Sam playing the guitar waiting for his gig tonight.

Around the house...
All of the Christmas decorations are down for another year. We do leave some lighted garland up until Lent though. Can't get rid of all the glitz at once!

A picture I am sharing:  
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Some little chia pets the kids got for participating in the kid's choir!

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