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

It was a great day for a Procession yesterday for the Feast of Corpus Christi!


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I am thinking...
I had to sneak out of mass after the first communion song, drive down the street to our other church building that has a chapel, and set up my music and flute. Then I ran back outside with Izzy to try to get as many awesome pictures as we could! Meanwhile, Mr. Pete stayed at church to put all of the sound equipment away before he could catch up with the procession. 

When I saw them coming down the street, it was really thrilling!  Father had hoped to have at least 30 people in the procession, but we had enough to absolutely pack the chapel. I hope we can do more like this for other events too - like Palm Sunday. That would be neat!

I am thankful...

that when I got back into the chapel after snapping the pictures, that I was able to still play Tantum Ergo on my flute - because truth be told, I was a little winded! It seems not being able to do full out aerobics for a few months now has affected my endurance a little. 


I am pondering...
the fact that my last child has become a teenager. That sure happened quickly!


One of my Favorite Things...

Lunch with Sam! My second son took me out to lunch on Saturday for my birthday. It was great to talk to him for almost an hour. Then on Sunday, everyone gathered to celebrate our birthdays together. 

I am hearing...
The air conditioner and Rosie and her girlfriend talking. Rosie had a sleepover for her birthday.


In the kitchen...
Back to the making dinner grind - I'm thinking of this for tonight though. I'm debating about using honey instead of the brown sugar but I'll see what I have.
4-6 chicken breast
1 btl Sweet Baby Ray's sauce
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix everything but chicken
Place chicken in crockpot (frozen is ok)
Pour sauce mixture over chicken
Cook on low 4-6 hours



I am wearing...
I'll tell you what I'm not wearing! These size 16 wide leg denim capri pants that Mr. Pete got me for my birthday - seriously!!  Those are going back today.


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

Which I purchased during the BYB sale. 








From the Learning Rooms...


MISS C

This week we are reading Blueberries for Sal  just never got around to it last week since we were gone until Wednesday.
Learning about Pentecost
and learning about the letter B from Hands On Alphabet for Pre-school



Maryrose: 

We are going to start a 10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. (Be careful; many contain nudity.)
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • Write a research paper based on a topic studied in the course.
  • Give a speech, using one of the essays or the research paper as a basis. Include a multi-media presentation if desired. Emaze is a nice online presentation software for this activity.
  • Go see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Perform what you have memorized for an audience.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

I am not an affiliate for them - I just thought this would be a good idea for Rosie's education and it will be her first high school credit! Plus, I thought it would be a good summertime activity!



ME!!
I will be listening to lectures this week from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. 

Long-time readers will know that I have worked from home for over 28 years as a medical transcriptionist. That came to an end last year when my last client was required to produce all of his records with the electronic medical record. Since then I've been trying to improve my blogging skills and find different ways to earn income online. I just happened to find a group of other bloggers who have been blogging way less time than I have, but are making enough income to bring their spouses home! 

Intrigued?  So am I.  Here's the link.




A Picture to Share...

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as seen from my spot in the chapel after Benediction.



A quote to share...








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