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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1.  Every time we go to the local library branch, Miss C. runs to the fish tank to say hello to Frank, the Fish. This week, she started to run to the tank and the librarians desperately tried to stop her!  It seems poor Frank is swimming with the angels. 


I took her aside and tried to explain to her that Frank died, and that we couldn't see him anymore, but that we could always remember how happy he made us. Of course, I had a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes, and the librarians were all standing around doe eyed.  I don't think Miss C was buying any of it.

She did leave a note of remembrance on his tank though. It's in her own special language. She told me later it said, "It's Okay. You'll feel better."


Then she started asking me all of those questions about heaven, and Jesus, and why didn't Jesus just send Frank back, and what does he need with a fish anyway.

Next semester, Noah is taking an End-of-Life Ethics class.  I think Miss C should give the oral exam. If the students make her cry or break her spirit - they fail the course!


2.  We go to this branch of the library a lot. So much, that I noticed they even had my picture on the bulletin board! And as I rarely like my own pictures, but thought this one was pretty good, I took a quick picture of it with my phone. 


Gabe was also on the wall of fame!  and of course Miss C. is in both pictures!

3.  Speaking of the library  - ours now lets us take out cake pans!  How cool is that!

4. Someone actually said this to me this week on Facebook:

You may feel like sometimes in real life you don't get to be idealistic and you have to make sacrifices.
So let me be clear - I absolutely feel that sometimes in real life,  you don't get to be idealistic and you have to make sacrifices. It's called being a grown up.

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5.  Calvin had a birthday this week. So I posted his very first formal portrait.  That's him with a scowl on the left.   In his usual dry manner, he asked, "Why did this happen?"   So his aunt told him.  It's hysterical and so is his visual response!

7.  Friday Freebie - A Parents Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts .   This was one of the first talks I heard Lee give when I started homeschooling high school years ago. This is kind of funny, but one of the takeaways that run through my head just about every day that we homeschool is that if your student is annoying you - that's not A work!  It could be B work but it's probably C work! You can imagine that Noah had a lot of fun with that his last year of high school!

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