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

Last weekend of soccer!

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I am thinking...
that I have really watched an unusual number of movies this spring!

So far, I have seen:

I Can Only Imagine watched it with Mr. Pete, the girls, and Noah on a Tuesday discount night. It was a tear jerker and very moving. I love a movie that affirms faith!

Chappaquiddick  Saw it with Mr. Pete. Ed Helms was in it. It is  interesting for us to watch movies based on events that we lived through as kids.

A Quiet Place - Saw a matinee with Izzy and Rosie - super scary!

Overboard - Watched with Mr. Pete. We had hours to kill while Rosie was at her formal dance and it was too far to drive home. This was the only movie with a 7:00 showing so we didn't have a lot of choices. It was actually pretty good and even Mr. Pete liked it. It wasn't as good as the original but I enjoyed it. 

Deadpool 2 - Izzy and Rosie went to a party 30 minutes away on Friday so we went to the movies. Again, this was the only one with a 7:00 showing. Mr. Pete really wanted to see it. It was irreverent and funny - definitely full of profanity and tons of movie references! Ryan Reynolds is great. 

I am thankful...
Noah arrived safely in Italy last week. It was a 10-hour flight. But he arrived safely and has been texting and messaging me at least once a day. 

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I am pondering...
how much wine Noah is going to drink in Italy? He texted me that he had the best meal of his life and drank three glasses of wine!  I'm wondering if the food was really that good or if the wine just made it taste better.  He's been in Assisi for a couple of days but is moving over to the campus in Rome as of yesterday. 

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One of my Favorite Things...

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A successful season for the newest soccer player and the ref!

A good track season for Rosie too!

I am hearing...

The girls playing video games

In the kitchen...
Hot spicy chicken for snack tonight!

I am wearing...
A red shirt I bought for Pentecost, black capris

I am going...

I am reading...
Designing Your Own Literature Based High School Courses.

From the Learning Rooms...


Using this free Printable. 

And also using this preschool curriculum from Catholic Icing


Done for a few weeks. I'm planning a little bit of summer enrichment though.

Rosie tested very well!

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A Picture to Share...

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Our last soccer game - and Izzy's last time with the league ever.

A quote to share...

Alexandra Bush, my goddaughter

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