2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Thursday, December 25

Countdown to Christmas- Day 25

It's here! Christmas is here! Go to church, thank God for His precious gift and then celebrate the joyous occasion with your family or friends.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24

Countdown to Christmas- Day 24

Go caroling to your neighbors and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23

Countdown to Christmas- Day 23

Visit someone who can't go out for the holidays.

Monday, December 22

Sunday, December 21

Countdown to Christmas- Day 21

Learn the names of all of Santa's reindeer.

Saturday, December 20

Countdown to Christmas- Day 20

Sit in the dark and enjoy the Christmas tree lights.

Friday, December 19

Thursday, December 18

Countdown to Christmas- Day 18

Ask your parents about their favorite Christmas memories.

Wednesday, December 17

Tuesday, December 16

A few things on my mind today

Somewhere, somehow, something snuck onto my computer and now it pops up when I browse the internet. They're pop-up ads from "ArcadeYum". I can't figure out how to get rid of them. They don't show up in my virus software and it's not on the list of downloaded items that I can remove. It's really getting annoying and if anyone knows how to get rid of it, please tell me!

I have been trying to make some doll clothes for my granddaughters for Christmas. I made the cutest little Elsa dress but it won't fit the doll. And of course the patterns have such small seam allowances you can't let them out. So I'm starting over from scratch. When I was little my grandma always made the prettiest doll dresses. In fact my granddaughters still use them today. Now I can appreciate much more how much work my grandma really put into them. I mean...she made hand smocked dresses for my dolls! Amazing!

I've been thinking about my grandmother quite a bit lately. I don't know how much longer she is going to be with us. I have so many memories that make me so grateful she has been a part of my life. My kids don't really have those kind of memories with my parents and that makes me sad. My grandma taught me how to sew and embroider. She tried to teach me to crochet but apparently I wasn't a good learner. Grandma was really there for me in my tough teen years. I needed someone who accepted me as I was and she was good at that. She isn't a cuddly grandma, but I knew she loved me because she always made my favorite desserts when she knew I was coming. I hope I can be as good of a grandmother to my grandchildren.

The weather has been temperamental the last couple of days causing late starts at school. As homeschoolers this doesn't really effect us except that I feel more comfortable letting the boys play outside first thing in the morning. Two days of this and I see happier more peaceful attitudes. Hmm...interesting.

Well, I guess I'd better get back to work.




Our oldest granddaughter


This was at her Kindergarten Christmas concert and she was so nervous about meeting Santa. Finally after most of the crowd had died down she got the courage to go see him. It's so nice to see her smile!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 16

Help wrap packages.

Monday, December 15

Countdown to Christmas- Day 15

Read a Christmas story together with your family.

Sunday, December 14

Countdown to Christmas- Day 14

Make a decoration for your Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 13

Friday, December 12

Countdown to Christmas- Day 12

Make a phone call to someone you won't be seeing over the holidays.

Thursday, December 11

Wednesday, December 10

Countdown to Christmas- Day 10

Learn how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.

Tuesday, December 9

Monday, December 8

Countdown to Christmas- Day 8

Learn a new Christmas song and sing it with someone.

Sunday, December 7

Countdown to Christmas- Day 7

Decorate your room for Christmas.

Saturday, December 6

Countdown to Christmas- Day 6

Predict the temperature or amount of snowfall before Christmas.

Friday, December 5

Thanksgiving Weekend


I had all of my children and grandchildren under one roof this weekend and guess what I forgot? I forgot to take pictures. I think I may lose my mother/grandmother card.

This is a picture that my daughter snapped of two of my sons and one granddaughter. I guess it was naptime. ;)

Countdown to Christmas- Day 5

Make a holiday treat for the birds.

Thursday, December 4

An unexpected gift


This was a gift from one of the students I teach at co-op. It's so cute and I see one of the candies is a gingerbread Twix. I never knew such things existed!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 4

Send a card to a friend.

Wednesday, December 3

Countdown to Christmas- Day 3

Choose one toy to give to charity.

Tuesday, December 2

Monday, December 1

Countdown to Christmas- Day 1

These post will be taken off our Peanuts Christmas Advent calendar. We had so much fun doing them in 2013, I thought we would share the ideas for 2014.

Day 1: Make paper snowflakes to hang in the windows.