Friday, November 20, 2009

Advent Ideas

Since the first Sunday of Advent is right after Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post some ideas I have swirling around in my head for Advent festivities.

First off we have a wonderful Advent calendar that we've used for several years now and the kids enjoy it more and more as they get older.  It's the Fontanini Wooden Advent Calendar.  It's a little pricey but it is really nice quality and with five little children, it's saying something that we've had it for several years.  This is not really one for them to play with and touch a lot, but we just have the kids take turns every night putting a piece on.

We also have a beautiful (gorgeous!) advent calendar made by my mother-in-law.  I'll take a picture of it when I get it out and post it.  She made them for each of her kids a few Christmases ago and it is really special and nice.  Maybe you can talk her into making you one.  :-)  With this one, the kids turn over a piece of the calendar every day like the other one.

It's kind of nice to have two because it gives the kids more chances to participate.

I was looking through the Garnet Hill catalog this year and found this sweet advent calendar.  I decided that I could make one like it myself for about half that price.  So I ordered everything and am all set to make it.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes and take pictures.  The buckets are so tiny and cute and I'll think they'll be fun to put candy in for each day.  We always give a little piece of candy or treat after we do our advent reading and turn our calendars every evening.

Now that this post has gotten a little long, I'll save the important parts about advent for my next post.  It does deserve its own post.  How do you convey the real meaning of Christmas to your kids?  How do you get them to anticipate Christ's birth with excitment and wonder without making it all about the presents?  Well, we haven't perfected this by any means, but I'll write about some things that we do to make it meaningful and keep the focus on Christ.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Quick Happy Post

This is the silliest post you'll ever read, and in the scope of life-eternal, holds absolutely no significance, whatsoever.  However, that said, I just realized today how happy hot tea makes me.  I figured I can't be the only one who feels this way, nor could I be the only one to always be disappointed when I would make myself a cup of hot tea to enjoy, even while working, as I rarely "curl up" for anything....anyway and notice a couple hours later a cup of cold tea sitting on the counter top!  You all are so much smarter than me, and have probably already discovered this, but I'm going to share anyway....after I broke my large tea cup, I started making my tea in my insulated travel cup, since it was the only one large enough to satisfy my love for hot green tea.  THIS, my friends, has made me happy.  Now, when I return to my forgotten cup of tea, IT IS STILL HOT!  Literally.  Like I said, this is of zero importance; I know, but boy was I happy the first time I burned my lip on my forgotten tea!

posted by Danneca

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mommy Blogs that Make Us Happy

Are you getting tired of our "happy" things yet? I am, almost. I'll stop soon on the themey-ness. Yes, that's a word, even though my spellchecker is trying to say that it's not. And just so you know, it did not point out that spellchecker is not a word. Is it really a word?

Here are some links to some blogs that we are fond of (notice I didn't use happy? I'm phasing it out already). These blogs are mostly about mothering, being a wife, and homeschooling. I'll list some other favorites soon (like my favorite craft blogs, cooking blogs, etc...).  Please tell me someone else enjoys reading blogs as much as I do. 

Preschoolers and Peace
. This has been a great resource for me and more recently for Danneca. She's got some wonderful tips and ideas. I have put her Circle Time into our homeschooling plan this year and have really loved it.

Life in a Shoe. She's funny, witty, and very down to earth. Her kids are pretty cute too.

In the Heart of My Home. I enjoy her writing style and she often makes me appreciate the little blessings of having children.

Blue Yonder. If you homeschool, she has a fun "Book of Days" that's been a nice change of pace for us when we're ready for a little break from the daily grind but don't want to take a break entirely from learning.

There you go. Go look around, if you have the time, and enjoy.

Tell us in the comments some of your favorite mommy blogs. I love reading new ones.