Wednesday, December 7, 2016

St. Nick came

Yesterday was the feast of St. Nicholas. In our home, we celebrate his feast day by reading a story about his life the night of December 5 and then leaving a shoe by the front door for St. Nick to hopefully leave a treat in. The kids love this tradition. 

The last couple of years, St. Nick has left an ornament that represents that person's year and a treat to be enjoyed. This year was no different. 





This year, St. Nick brought Bill a 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers ornament and a pack of Reese's cups to enjoy.



St. Nick brought me an ornament that has 2 deer and a heart to represent the serenity and love I feel when we take the kids out in nature and walking on the paths. I also got a pack of Reese's.


Rebecca received a "Mythbusters" ornament, as she has become obsessed with that show and she enjoys the science behind it. She did say that I think these were homemade, so I am not sure how much longer it will be before she figures out St. Nick is actually Mommy. She also got an "Olaf" sucker. 


Jacob received a wrestling ornament as he has done several months of wrestling and is really enjoying it. He also received a Captain America sucker.


Benjamin received a "Lion Guard" ornament, as he has become obsessed with the cartoon and with "The Lion King" movies. He also received a Batman sucker. 


The kids were excited about their ornaments and I love that I am teaching them a bit about their Christian history. 
 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday (12/05/16)

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is getting into the holiday spirit. We had a low key weekend, which was just what we needed. I was able to bake cookies on Saturday and a brownie on Sunday. I spent some time with the kiddos and watched some football with Bill. Overall, it was a nice weekend.
   
Now it is Monday and time to get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday (hosted by our friend Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom).


THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:::

Not too bad. Right now it is cloudy and about 35 degrees. Later in the week it is only supposed to be 23 degrees as the high temperature

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:::

I had sausage and cheese biscuits that I warmed up in the microwave and a banana.

  
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:::

I see leaves on the ground, Christmas lights hanging from the top of the porch, and just brown and dreary yards.   


RIGHT NOW I AM:::

Typing up this post, listening to "Octonauts Christmas" on the TV. I am also thinking about my to do list and what else I want to get done this week
 
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:::

The house isn't in too bad of shape. The dining room is pretty clean as the kids actually put their breakfast stuff in the kitchen before they left for school. There are a few toys out in the living room that Ben is playing with.

ON TODAY'S TO-DO LIST:::
  • Clean the downstairs bathroom
  • Laundry (At least 1 load)
  • Collect trash from around the house and take to curb
  • fold and put away all clothes 
  • make grocery list for this week 
HAPPENING THIS WEEK::
Monday: Kids to school. Get housework done, Ben has speech and OT. I tutor. Read about St. Nicholas with the kids and place shoes by door before bed. Fill said shoes. 
Tuesday: Kids to school. Aldi for groceries. Take back clothes to Walmart. Tutoring. Jacob and Rebecca Christmas program.

Wednesday: Kids to school. Tutoring.
Thursday: Kids to school. Tutoring. Rebecca basketball pictures. Jacob wrestling. 
Friday: Kids to school. Kroger shopping.
Saturday: Having friends over for pizza and Christmas movie. 
Sunday: PSR. Church. Take kids to see Santa. 

CURRENTLY READING:::


This weekend, I read



ON THE TV :::

Having fun watching the classic Christmas shows, like " A Charlie Brown Christmas," etc. Hoping to maybe watch Rudolph this week.

ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:::

Monday::  Turkey enchiladas
Tuesday:: Sloppy joes and tator tots
Wednesday:: Spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday:: Chili and grilled cheese

Friday:: Ham slices, augratin potatoes, corn
Saturday:: Pizza and salad

Sunday:: Chicken and cheese casserole, green beans


WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:::


I need to make a list of what baking I need to do through the next few weeks.


LESSON LEARNED  THIS WEEK:::

I am really trying to balance doing the chores that need to be done and spending time with my husband and kiddos. There will always be housework, but the time of my children's youth is fleeting. 

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA:::

  
PRAYERS, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE, OR DEVOTIONAL:::




So there you have it, a little peek into my life on this December Monday! Hope everyone has a great Monday and a wonderful week!




    


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Relaxing Saturday so far....

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was trying to be more conscientious of finding relaxing time in my day and trying to be more intentional in how I spend time with Bill and the kids. As CTMOM put yesterday in the comments, "There will always be more laundry, more cleaning. Time with family is precious, enjoy it!" I am trying to take that too heart. 

Today has been a great day so far. I think that I have had a good mix of getting things done and spending time with the family. 

This morning, we headed out to Walmart bright and early so we could get Bill a new phone. His cell phone is an older model and it hasn't been receiving texts or picture messages for a while now. I am worried he will be missing important texts. It was a last minute decision, but one that we both knew was coming. He got a phone that was the same as mine. After we came home, I cut Bill's hair and the boys' hair. 

Bill is a sports editor and he had to cover a local wrestling tournament today. For the morning part, he took Jacob with him so that Jacob could see real wrestling. Jacob was so excited to go with Bill. While they were gone, I took Rebecca and Jacob to the local church where she is going to be playing Upwards basketball to pick up her uniform. She loves it.


Then I asked her to clean up her room and then help Benjamin make his and Jacob's beds. Then I helped them put up their Christmas trees in their rooms. Well I helped the boys and then I watched Rebecca do hers. They are so excited to have a trees in their rooms. 







After lunch, Rebecca helped Bill put up the outside lights on the house and I made peanut butter cup cookies for the family as a treat. During this time, I was also flipping laundry and just moving at my own pace.


Around 4, I laid down on the couch and spent some time dozing and watching TV with the kiddos before dinner. It was nice to just relax. 

Tonight, we are probably going to watch a Christmas special-- maybe Rudolph or "A Charlie Brown Christmas," or maybe we will will have another coloring session. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday!  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Trying to relax

Thank goodness today is Friday! 

Yesterday was crazy. I spent a couple hours at Walmart Christmas shopping in between the kids' school drop off and pickups. I worked yesterday afternoon (including having a very difficult ADHD child who completed 8 math problems in our hour together and then only because I threatened to call mom...). Got home in time to ship Jacob out the door to wrestling, got Rebecca to basketball practice at 6:50, so I could run back to wrestling which ended at 7. Got home around 8:15, got older 2 kids showers, did the kids' advent calendars and had Jacob read a Christmas book to me as part of his homework. It was CRAZY!!!

Today, I didn't have to work so I was able to do some things on my own timeline. I went to the grocery store and picked up some baking supplies that I was in need of. Bill, Ben and I went to lunch. I did some laundry. I also was trying to relax in there. 

I came upstairs from doing laundry and I saw Rebecca was beginning to color. I saw the loads of laundry that needed folded. I saw the toys that needed to get picked up. And yet I made the conscious effort to sit next to my daughter and color. I had picked up a few Christmas coloring books at Dollar Tree last week. And it was fun and relaxing.

In progress-- Rebecca colored the stocking picture. I colored the owl.

The finished products.


I am trying to be more intentional with my time at home because I feel like I was going into a rut with keeping the house spotless and clean, while my kids and my husband were being ignored. I am trying to remedy that. I am also trying to relax more and do things that are fun and because I want to do them, not do things because I have to do them. I really am just trying to learn to relax more.

Now I am off to do more relaxing things...hopefully! I am off to work on my kids Christmas ornaments that they will receive from St. Nick. Wish me luck. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's December... Blogmas Christmas is here...

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A couple of years ago our friend Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom,hosted a "Blogmas" for the month of December. Basically, it was a mixture of blogging and Christmas, where she gave daily prompts and you could join on the fun. I did join in almost daily when she hosted it 2 years ago. 

Well, she is hosting another one this year. I have decided that, while I don't think I want to HAVE to blog about certain things on certain days, I will try to participate sometimes. 

Sandra kicked things off today with the post "The Christmas Tag." Basically, it is a list of Christmas themed questions that all you to get to know each other a little better. I thought I would join in today and get this month started off on a good foot! 

✨Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie? It is probably a toss up between different versions of "A Christmas Carol." I love the Patrick Stewart version, but also like the George C. Scott version. 

✨Whats Your Favorite Christmas Color? Honestly, I love the combos of red, green, white and silver all mixed together in some form.
 

✨Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
We stay in our PJs for gift opening in the  morning. Then we change into regular clothes to go to my parent's house. I usually wear jeans, boots and a dressier sweater. We used to dress up (like for church) when I was younger and while it was nice, it kind of took away from the relaxed atmosphere that we love Christmas to be). 

✨If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
I would probably cheat and buy my husband and kids a gift that our family could share ;-)

✨Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
Santa's elves bring a present on Christmas Eve (new pajamas) for everyone while we are out looking at Christmas lights. He comes to check that everything is ready for Santa's arrival. The other presents get put under the tree after the kids are in bed asleep and then all presents are opened Christmas morning.  

✨ What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
I tend to take the weeks that my kids are home from school off from tutoring, so I can spend time with them and start organizing the house for the new year and just enjoy the season.

✨Any Christmas Wishes?
For peace and for the end of negativity.

✨Favorite Christmas Smell?
Cinnamon and chocolate

✨Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
Kolacky and Poppy Seed Roll 

 
✨What are you doing for the holidays this year?
Christmas Eve we will probably go out to dinner and then drive around looking at lights. Christmas day we will be at home for most of the day. We will have a gathering with my side of the family later in the day.  


✨What’s your favorite holiday drink? Peppermint Hot Chocolate
   
✨Candy cane or Gingerbread men? Candy Cane
 
✨What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?
Mary, Did you Know?
  

✨What is most important to you about the holidays? It is a time to remember that we are family and to remember that Jesus came to the world to save us. It is a time to reach out to help those who need help and to bless others. It is a time to remember that family is everything.

So there you have it. A good way to start off this month of December. If you want to join in, go visit Sandra! 

For now, I am off to try to relax. It has been a busy, crazy day and my back is hurting because of the stress. Hope everyone has a wonderful night! 
 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Birthday celebrations, date morning, and thoughts

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes for Rebecca yesterday. I shared them with her and she was all smiles! :-) Bill and I are pretty blessed with a wonderful daughter! I believe she had a good birthday despite it being a school day.

She was able to choose the dinner of her choice...which was McDonald's eaten at home.



She got some fun presents that she loved.



She got to have her favorite chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream complete with a candle on top to blow out! 


And she finished her day by watching "Mythbusters" on TV. That is one of her favorite shows. She is looking forward to the Mythbuster marathon that they are going to be airing starting on December 23. I told her we can't dvr all the shows! LOL

So overall, I think she had a wonderful birthday day! 

This morning, after I took the kids to school, Bill and I went out to Tim Horton's for breakfast. Bill has the next 2 days off for vacation days that he had to take or he would lose them. We also headed off to Pat Catan's to pick up a couple things I needed for the ornaments I am attempting to make for the kids. 


In other news, my thoughts have been full of what is going on with this world? Yesterday, there was an attack at The Ohio State University, where a young man attacked students with a car and a knife. This university is about an hour or so away. I used to live not to far from campus. Today, I keep reading news reports out of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area concerning the wildfires! It is devastation and scary. That area has a special place in our hearts as that is where we honeymooned and we have taken the kids there several times on family trips. I pray for all the firefighters and emergency personal that are responding. It has been a lot to take in. So I am trying to stay focused on the here and now and enjoy the special moments like birthday celebrations and impromtu morning dates with my hubby!