Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fourth Week of Advent

How did we get here already?

Our third week of Advent was certainly filled with plenty of joy.  First, I passed my three-hour glucose test on Monday morning.  I definitely did a lot of rejoicing all the way out to the parking lot from the lab.  Our biggest joy, however, came in the form of a visit from out-of-town friends.  We had a whirlwind of fun times: going out to dinner, heading down to St. Augustine (naturally), touring a Christmas light display/Santa's Workshop at a local church, and walking through a park decorated with over a hundred Christmas trees in a town just south of us.

Our Christmas wheat that we planted on December 13th?  No problems there.

I was planning on positioning our Nativity scene shepherd and lambs on the "grassy hill," but right now it would be more like a jungle.  I'll have to trim down a portion to make some space.  I'm still a little taken aback at how quickly this stuff grows.

Henry completed his last religion lesson of the season this morning, "Christmas is Jesus' Birthday."   His math for last week was fine and he passed his assessment easily.  This week, we'll complete the following lessons:
  • Lesson 43 - Acting out story problems using pennies
  • Lesson 44 - Identifying time to the hour
  • Lesson 45 - Identifying ordinal position to the fourth
Our final week of Advent is going to be spent scrubbing the house, baking a birthday cake for Jesus for Christmas dessert (I'm thinking red velvet), and just generally getting everything ready for the weekend.  I made a command decision to forgo the usual slaving away in the kitchen and opted to reserve a small ham and some sides from Honeybaked Hams.  I don't mind puttering around all day on Thanksgiving, but for Christmas it will be nice to just be able to sit back and relax and enjoy the day.

Saturday morning, we'll go get our Christmas tree and spend the afternoon decorating it and the inside of the house.  Our parish's Children's Mass is the 4:00 vigil, which will work perfectly for us.  We'll get home in time to have a light dinner and watch a Christmas movie before sending the kids to bed with visions of sugarplums and all that stuff.

Then, the fun begins!

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