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...

Bird in lake in the fall

I am thinking...
about how the busyness of the fall sports season is about to be transitioned into the business of the holiday preparation season!! Ha! and I already have some Christmas presents purchased!

I am thankful ...
for the opportunities that being a mother has given to me.  I never ran cross country in high school, but I certainly have learned to love it over the years since my kids have been involved with it.  And I've loved every moment of "walking" with the team - I will truly mourn that as the season comes to an end.

From the learning rooms...

  • Gabe and Noah are Reading the Autobiography of Frederick Douglas - perhaps watch the Crucible if I can find it. 
  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga
  • Instacert for History
  • Apologia Science - Physical for Gabe and General for Noah  and Izzy although Gabe and Noah are almost done with their books.
  • Saxon math for all with math tutor for Gabe - considering Teaching Textbooks for Noah.
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2
  • Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.

From the kitchen...
Turkey roll ups tonight!

I am wearing...
Black pants and great sweater.

I am creating...
the final touches on my classroom today.

I am going...
keep the kids running this week on our own in preparation for next week's race.  I will also start back to my basement workouts in between the walking.

I am reading...
The autobiography of Frederick Douglas with Gabe and Noah this week and of course the continuation of the Philadelphia Catholic with Izzy and the Golly Sisters with Rosie!

I am hearing...
air conditioner - I know-- but I was hot.

Photo I am Sharing
What is the little boy in these photos doing?

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