My Sunday Best, Volume 87: New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy (almost) New Year! We're looking forward to our traditional "cocktail party" dinner, where we eat appetizers and drink sparkling apple cider, then watch a New Year's countdown and send everyone to bed early... It's amazing!

51/52: Christmas Prep

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 86: Christmas Eve-Style!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas Eve!

50/52: Penitential Gingerbread Houses

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 85: Gaudete Sunday!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gaudete Sunday! Woohoo! Everyone wear pink! Christmas is almost here! 

Like, really REALLY almost here because next Sunday is Christmas Eve. Yikes.

8 Life Hacks for an Easy (well, easier) Christmas Season

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Let me be honest here - it's currently December 16th and our Christmas lights aren't up. There's no wreath on the door. Our Christmas tree is somewhere in our woods, waiting to be cut down on December 23rd. We've got plenty of books out, nativities, the Advent wreath, and a tiny "Advent tree" that the kids decided to decorate with construction paper and tinfoil. But the whole shebang? Not even close.

I like to streeeetch Advent as much as possible in terms of preparation, and then streeeetch the Christmas season as well. It's just my favorite. And with as many kids as we've got, I do what I can to make things as easy on me as possible. Here are some of my favorite hacks to make things a little more manageable:

49/52: Snowy Day and Baby Dolls

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 84: Snowy Day!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, would you believe it? We got some snow!! So now our mud room consists of nothing but snow pants, coats, and boots... At least 4 of the kids can mostly get themselves suited up without my help! This is all the snow we have left now, though:

48/52: A Colonial Vacation

Saturday, December 9, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 83: Advent Music!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Advent!! We dug out our decorations last night and the kids are SO excited to start lighting candles! Even though they're last year's candles... We'll get new ones this week, I think.

Everyone was a little disappointed that we didn't get anything out except one print, the advent wreath, and Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. "Where are the other decorations?? The Christmas lights!!! The other nativities!!"

Seems like they forgot that we decorate slowly! Veeeery slowly. And don't finish decorating until Christmas!

47/52: Woodland Dolls and Advent-ish

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