Monday, December 30, 2013


Starting with Thursday December 19th, we became busy bees.  We decorated the house and porch.  We began baking cookies, decorating them, preparing other yummy goodies for snacking and Christmas dinner.  We even took a day and went shopping, then added wrapping gifts to our to-do list.

By Christmas Eve we were all done.  It was a lovely evening and Hannah captured it well in pictures and a poem.

Christmas Day after Divine Service, we had part of David's family here.  Good food, good conversation, and good games made for a good day.

Since then, the youngest three have played with friends at their homes and ours.  We've watched various movies and tv shows, read books, listened to lots of music and have had an overall general joy of doing whatever.

This week the weather turned colder, although not nearly as cold as was predicted, and all day today the snow fell.  I'm still working on our Christmas cards and I predict they should be in the mail by the 8th day of Christmas.  We plan to spend this week lazily as well.  More tv shows, books, and movies, with even a possibility of seeing Frozen in the theater New Year's Day.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Soup's On

Need a new soup recipe?  Try this one.

Cabbage and Sausage Soup

It is so yummy on these cold wintery days.

The recipe is from Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes.

Monday, December 09, 2013


Our tradition for when to put up the Christmas tree and decorations is "whenever works."

In keeping with tradition, this year it won't be till the weekend before Christmas.

This week is the last week of college classes for Hannah and Ellie.  They have papers and projects to finish.  I will continue to do lessons with Nathan, Abby, and Sam for the first three days of this week.  Plus, we have two families arriving on Thursday who will stay for the weekend.  We will once again attend the midnight premier of The Desolation of Smaug and enjoy a fun-filled weekend together with lots of food and games.

Next week Hannah and Ellie have finals Monday through Wednesday, therefore I will do school work with Nathan, Abby, and Sam those days.  Starting Thursday, December 19th, we will spend our days baking and decorating, shopping for and wrapping gifts, not to mention lots of time to listen to Christmas music, watch movies, and read books while snuggled under blankets and drinking coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

We cannot wait.  But we must.  We have work to do before hand.  Until then, we will enjoy the new tradition we started this year.