Friday, December 7, 2012

this week

what we've been up to this week:
us at the town square.
the sweet lady that offered to take our picture...
she didn't know what to do with us.
we were not very pose-able.
and one of just the boys.
someone has been doing way too much of this

and this.

which leads to...

working on caden's family literacy project.
at least the teacher called it what it was.

and watching duck dynasty.
uncle si is our favorite.
because of him, my boys now say hey! multiple times in each sentence.

 happy weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


i really enjoy advent.
for me it takes away from the commercialization of christmas.
each year we have done something different depending on the season of our life.
that is just a fancy way to say it all depends on what i can handle each year.
in the past we have done
a jesse tree,
just a simple countdown and
we have even done the lego advent calendar.
this year i got a new idea.
these little bags.
they have the the jesse tree readings in them
with a piece of candy for each of us.
the boys helped me make them.
i felt all super-momish, like i was really getting it together.

until i realized i only have 20 of the readings
they are out of order.
we are already on day 10
and we read about isaac before sarah and abraham.

eating my humble pie is a good idea for advent too.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


i just know you woke up this morning wondering what my favorite christmas decoration is this year. 
i think the nativity trumps all other decorations.
even the beloved christmas tree.

our nativity looked all brown and boring.
it looked sad.

i added the word rejoice up there.
just because it was an easy cheap way to add some happy color.
that one word has become my favorite christmas decoration this year.
so many times i have caught myself singing
rejoice!  rejoice!  emmanuel...

that is all the words i can remember to that song,
but it keeps reminding me of the real meaning of christmas.
i like that.

so, i encourage you to go add a "word" to your home
 that reminds you of the real meaning of christmas.