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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Happy St. Joseph's Day!

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I am thinking...

Bravewriter is focusing on juicy conversations this month.  With track starting up, Rosie and I have been having a lot of juicy conversations - about her physical growth and her running speed, about how much she has enjoyed reading and writing about the saints this year, and about what she wants to be when she grows up. Next year she will be in 8th grade. I know I have only 5 more years with her at home as my student and I want to treasure every one of them.  We're also talking about the play she is in and how much she is enjoying it. She's my first thespian and this is her second play. It's certainly new for me.

I am thankful...
For Mr. Pete and our family. He has a milestone birthday this week and it seems impossible to think that when we started dating he was only 17. I'm glad we took a chance with each other.

I should also mention that I'm thankful that he has the skills and the courage to tackle a project like our leaky roof!!

I am pondering...

I haven't had an episode of scintillating scotomata since last September.  Since then I have dropped a little more than five pounds by doing intermittent fasting. I wonder if there is a connection?  Last year at this time I went 16 weeks without having an episode. I've gone even longer now and I weigh less. I can't help but wonder if there is a connection.

Incidentally, Netflix has an autopsy that you can actually view. It's called Obese Autopsy: The Post Mortem. It's also available on Youtube. It's fascinating to see the effects of extra fat on the body, particularly the lungs, liver, and kidneys.

One of my Favorite Things...

Rosie running track practice

I am hearing...

In the kitchen...

I am wearing...
Gray sweat pants, purple long-sleeved workout shirt, and a gray hoodie. I wear the knee sleeve as needed.

I am going...

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

My Granddaughter is in the Five-in-a- Row curriculum at Co-op and we try to follow through on the days she is with me.

This week in Five-in-a-Row they will be reading


Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and with the parish choir. 

The Writer's Jungle

The Writer's Jungle

Rosie is also taking a writing class online using the Once Upon a Time Saint series as the writing

We have a schedule!  Rosie writes her history paper every Monday based on what she has read in her history the week before. Also on Monday, she reads her assignment in Once Upon a Saint. Then on Tuesday she writes her assignment for that class and turns in her paper. Thursday is for revisions. She has another week to work on her St. Patrick theme though.

This semester she is also going to do drama so we will start reading

Using Bravewriter Boomerang Digital Download to study this book!

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