Sunday, December 21, 2014


My son is home.  We've got Christmas events tonight and tomorrow and then a break before more Christmas events starting Wednesday and going into the weekend.  Tonight we have the Christmas play at church which is always pretty nice.  Then tomorrow, we have the homeschool party, we're going to see Mom on Tuesday, then Wednesday, Christmas Eve, I am not sure what we are going to do, then Christmas day family all day, then Friday and Saturday a break, then Sunday another Christmas party.  Then I suppose we'll go kind of back to normal, but there is always a kind of a slow week after Christmas.  Christmas has changed in the last few years, with my Dad passing away, Mom moving into the assisted living and my son going to school in another state but even though it has changed, it's still Christmas and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Okay, now maybe.

I think the Christmas shopping is done.  There is still a small chance that I have forgotten something or someone and there is one thing that I need to take back.  Otherwise, it's done.  I found out yesterday from my oldest son that he's going to come home tomorrow!  I'm very excited.  I got it in my head somehow that he wasn't going to be out of class until the 22nd, but he's already out and is coming home.  Also, we may be able to have our family Christmas party at mom's assisted living facility, which I think would be good.  Because she lives an hour away, it's very difficult to do these kinds of celebrations.  If one person does the transporting, back and forth, that person ends up spending 4 hours in the car, so not fun.  Anyway, we may be able to go there, bring our soup and snacks and have a little party in the activities room.  It's difficult going through the change of mom not living in her house, but we are trying to make the best of it.  I think maybe this year is a little easier than last year, though I have been pretty emotional.

I'm sorry this blog is almost never about homeschooling anymore.  We are still homeschooling.  My son is doing his work, although last night, we bribed him to make chocolate chip cookies by giving him writing off, which means he didn't have to do writing last night.  He was motivated, we were happy and we got chocolate chip cookies warm from the oven.  Of course at some point, he will have to do that writing, but I guess he is willing to deal with it later.  :-)  

Anyway, shopping is done.  This is the last day of homeschool for the 16-year-old and I think maybe I can settle down and relax and enjoy the season a little bit.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make a list, checking it twice.

At least.  Yes, I am late with the Christmas shopping, even for me, this year.  I don't know.  I just can't get in the Christmas spirit, I just can't seem to get with it. I'm taking baby steps.  I think it's very hard once your kids get to be young adults.   My husband thinks that my habit of rewriting the list over and over is silly, but it's what works for me. I keep the original list, so I can go over and look at it again, but once it has been marked through and notes made, I feel the need to make a neater, cleaner, more streamlined list. Also, computerized lists won't do. It must be on paper. I don't know why, it just does. So first I need to make a list, then I need to go shopping and get as much of it as I can, then I need to make a new, fresh list, but keep the old one for reference, then I repeat the process, usually 3 or 4 times.

And yes, after a few times, I do get this kind of crazy look in my eyes!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Going shopping today!

Family Christian Coupon  They have a coupon today for 30% off your entire order and I am headed there now to do some shopping.  Remember it's a total nonprofit store with ALL of the profits going to help widows and orphans.   With every purchase, I get rewards that I can spend later or donate.  :-)

They have this lego-compatible Nativity Building Block set that is compatible with all the major building blocks and it is so stinking cute!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

So much to do!

I'm pretty sure I can get it done, but not totally sure.  :-)  I have Christmas shopping, picture uploading, custom art journaling, housekeeping, cooking and a lot of other things to do.  I hope that I can get them all done.  We had a small craft sale yesterday and I do mean small.  My friend and I went and tried to sell our wares she makes wreaths and quilted things and my art journal pages.  I made 4 dollars, - the booth space rental of 10, so -6 dollars, but that's okay.  I had a good time and I got to spend time with two of my bestest friends.  My daughter got up with a sore throat and so did not go, which was kind of weird.   The fact that I was there after work yesterday and came home pretty tired, means the house is a wreck and I have all this other stuff to do.  We'll see how it goes!  I have a list today and I am going to start trying to check things off.  Meanwhile, I will share some pictures.

The wise men are traveling through the house as they do each year.

A very complicated knitting pattern my daughter is working on.  It goes on for at least 6 pages

My mom and her sister.

Another Christmas tree shot.  I just can't resist the tree.  :-)  

What Piper did to our new welcome mat.  She made it an unwelcome mat, my youngest says.  

My Christmas cactus, a gift from my son's girlfriend, during her visit.  It's beautiful.  I have been enjoying it. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Okay, getting started.

I do the same thing every single year.  It's ridiculous!  I don't do any Christmas shopping at the first part of December.  Instead, I panic and gripe and worry about it.

 Then I spend a couple of days writing a list, a few days shopping frantically on-line and in stores and then I think I'm done.

Then, realize that I'm not done and scramble to get a couple more things!

and then, after the shopping is done, I'm ready to start enjoying Christmas. 

Right now, I'm between stage 1 and 2.  I've begun shopping, but I'm not done.  People who live with me, should beware.  :-P

Family Christian is having doorbusters now through Christmas.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I really need to find another way to make a living.

Some days my job is okay and other days it is just awful.  Today, for some reason, it is really getting on my nerves.  I had to do a training session this morning and that's probably the reason.  Things like that just annoy me to no end.  I realize that the company has to train me, but listening to a 20 minute explanation of the new pay guidelines just is not my idea of fun.  I think I could have read and understood it in about 10 seconds, and that's probably why.   I just don't have any patience with anything and I thought as I got older that would get better and in some ways it has ... but in other ways, it's worse.

Anyway, I need to just get it done and then get on with my afternoon.  I have a LOT of Christmas shopping to do.  I am thinking of trying to make a deal with my husband wherein he shops for our sons, buying the electronic gadgety stuff and I shop for everyone else.  I think that sounds reasonable and doable for both of us.  We'd better get on it though, the library books we checked out yesterday are due on December 23rd!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Well, we started Christmas shopping.

We went to the mall and found some things for my daughter.  She's at that age where she needs to pick things out.  She's been at that age since she was 2, but I digress.  :-)  Anyway, we found some very nice boots, some jeans and a sweater that no matter how much she begs, she is not going to get before Christmas.  For the youngest, we looked for a new jacket since his old one has gotten too short for him, but no luck.  Everyone in my family has long arms except me.  They now make fun of me and say that I'm like T-Rex.  :-)

Anyway, we did begin.  Still no progress on the boys but I do have an idea for the oldest now, so that's something.  Since I am off work today I might go online and do some ordering!  I'll feel better when it is done.

As for the picture above, this is what the sky looked like over the mall yesterday when we were shopping.  I thought the mothership was coming back for me!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Christmas is barreling down towards us.

A borax crystal snowflake from very early in our home schooling journey.
 you all ready?  I'm sure not.  I do, however, have a couple of ideas since I've been thinking about what to get the kids this year.  The youngest, whose attitude towards Christmas is embodied in this song by Matthew West, Come on Christmas! has of course already typed up a list.  The other 2, not so much.  My daughter just says that she does not know and my oldest son, in Mississippi, communicates by sending smiles through Facebook when I ask him about it, but has not given me one suggestion.  I did think of a couple of things throughout the day and I will run them  by my husband later on, when I talk him into doing all the shopping   we start discussing Christmas shopping (which we really should do soon!!)

Today I had the second ladies luncheon of the season, with some of my friends from church.  We had a nice, low key, kind of time.  It makes it feel like it really is coming when you start to do these annual traditions and it makes it hard for even me to ignore.   I'd better get ready, cause it's coming!

Friday, December 05, 2014

One of the best

This is one of the best articles on homeschooling I've ever read.  Go read it, especially if your kids are still little.  :-)

While I share an unrelated picture ... :-)

Have a great day!


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