Saturday, December 14, 2013

Our Second Week of Advent {2013}

This week started with decorating the tree after Mass on Sunday. We are not consistent about when we decorate the tree. My goal is to have it up around four weeks. The original plan was for the third Sunday in Advent, but we have events going on all day and night. The last Sunday in Advent is Christmas with my parents and my brother and his family, so the second Sunday seemed like the only time free for tree decorating.

Sorry about the bad picture! I just couldn't get the camera to work that day.

Some books that we read this week:
* The Christmas Cobwebs by Odds Bodkin (from our local library)- nice little story of a family from German and spiders.

* Still reading Kersti and St. Nicholas by Hilda Van Stockum - I'm really enjoying this book, but the boys think it's just ok. Maybe that is because there are seven girls!)

*Started How Far to Bethlehem: Plays and Poetry of Frances Chesterton - We have read a few poems and they are beautiful!

*Still reading Christmas Trees and How They Grow by Glenn O. Blough - This is a delightful science read! I'm sure techniques for growing Christmas trees has changed over the years, but the plant science hasn't. It's a nice science living book!

*Cobweb Christmas The Tradition of Tinsel by Shirley Climo (from our local library)-This was a nice folk story, again with spiders and a short, old, German woman.  

I'm finally understanding that all the books I picked to read during Advent isn't going to get finished. Some will save until Christmas and some will have to wait until next year. A busy end of the week caused for some feast days to go uncelebrated too. :(

We got our first snow fall! It was really just a dusting, but enough for the sleds. It has been very cold too! A second round of snow came last night. Still not enough to make the boys happy, but it did get them outside!

Tyler sledding down the sidewalk during first round.


Round 2 of snow. Just enough to get them outside.

A family puzzle was started and looks to be finished in record time.

 The manger is slowly building up with soft bedding for the coming Child.

I'm enjoying a new CD I bought for the Advent season. Advent at Ephesus is just beautiful music from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. My favorites are Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth, Gabriel's Message, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I'm having a hard time getting my boys to enjoy it though.

I'm looking forward to a more relaxing week coming next! I see us finishing up the books to end our school term. Gift wrapping to get ready for our first Christmas celebration. Making salt dough ornaments. And no extra activities!!


  1. I love family puzzles at the holidays. Mom used to have one every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sadly, as of yet, my family is too young to leave one lying about and expect all the pieces to stay. So real question: how do they sled down that sidewalk and not end up in the road? Aren't they going too fast to stop (this from a girl who has never in her life been on a sled). I think we have some of the same ornaments. :-)

    1. Pam, you so need to take a sled ride! (I haven't been on a sled since I was a teenager.) The sled will move with you so the boys turn left to follow the sidewalk into the driveway and then they usually aim for the mailbox or ditch to crash into. Sometimes they don't make the turn and end up in the flower bed or the ditch before the road. It's hard to see in the picture but the ditch is big and I don't think they would actually make it to the road. But, we are on a dead-end street with only four houses past ours so hardly any traffic if for some reason they did make it to the road. I had to ask the boys about this because I tend not to watch because it makes me nervous with all the sled crashes. ; )

      Sadly, the family puzzle time will come sooner than you want. It's nice to do as a family, but having little ones is even nicer. This is the first year that both boys could work on it peacefully.


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