Advent Day 13: A Special Treat

Public Service Announcement: Tonight’s post is written with chocolate and merlot, preceded by a chocolate chip cookie, potentially followed by more chocolate. And more merlot. I’m not sure why tonight beat the snot out of me. Maybe several weeks of whizzing about has finally provoked the over-tired toddler in me to throw a tantrum.  After IContinue reading “Advent Day 13: A Special Treat”

Advent Day 12: Deliver Cookies to Neighbors

When I got home from work today, Brandon was busy with our friend Bill installing an electric outlet and hanging a couple of cabinets in the kitchen, in preparation for an over-the-range microwave Christmas present from my in-laws (yeeeeeee hawwwwww!).  Never did I imagine in my pre-married life that I would be so excited aboutContinue reading “Advent Day 12: Deliver Cookies to Neighbors”

Advent Days Ten and Eleven

Package Christmas Cookies, and Open a Christmas Book We made an unplanned trip up to Great Mom-O’s house last night, so we took care of yesterday’s advent activity when Lydia got home from school today.  We prepared our cookies from Saturday for delivering to neighbors and designed a few cards to go with them.  TheContinue reading “Advent Days Ten and Eleven”

Advent Day Nine: Go to the Festival of Lights

Tonight’s Advent activity was yet another very good reason to have a daughter.  I intended for the whole family to go to the Festival of Lights on campus, but it ended up being just Miss Lydia and me, and it’s a good thing — that program is long!  Since Lydia is six and goes to bedContinue reading “Advent Day Nine: Go to the Festival of Lights”

Advent Day Eight: Make Christmas Cookies

We spent yesterday morning and afternoon catching up on our Advent activities from earlier this week, including coloring Christmas pictures (see “Don’t Color Christmas Pictures“).  We drew some Christmas pictures and made a few Christmas presents in the process.  I’m dying to post pictures of these gifts, but I don’t want to give away theContinue reading “Advent Day Eight: Make Christmas Cookies”

Advent Day Seven: Watch Polar Express

This evening’s event was perfect for the kind of day we had.  Lydia and Elvis both stayed home from school, and Lydia tested positive for strep, so it was an ideal evening to watch one of our favorite Christmas movies.  We drove up to my mom- and dad-in-law’s house this evening for the weekend.  HenryContinue reading “Advent Day Seven: Watch Polar Express”

Advent Day Six: Don’t Color Christmas Pictures

I intended for the kids to color Christmas pictures last night for Advent but, well, it didn’t work out.  Last night was Lydia’s first basketball practice.  She had fun, and I’ll refrain from going into all of the details about chasing Henry up and down the hallways, blockading him from trying to run onto theContinue reading “Advent Day Six: Don’t Color Christmas Pictures”

Advent Day Five: Take a Winter Walk

Today’s advent activity is supposed to be “Take a winter walk.”  It is at least cold enough today to call it winter, but I’m a little bummed that I put this on the calendar before looking at an extended forecast.  It would be much more fun to do this with snow.  I think it’ll stillContinue reading “Advent Day Five: Take a Winter Walk”

Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music

Welp, not all advent activities can be as romantic or successful as the rest.  I woke up this morning with an ugly cold that landed me on the couch most of the day, and advent activity #3 was supposed to be “dance to Christmas music.” This isn’t so appealing when your head is pounding. LydiaContinue reading “Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music”