"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised." Psalm 113:3

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Our Month in Review...December 2013

in my life this month...we have not been immune to the illness bug this month.  Both my hubby and my Bug ended up with sinus and / or double ear infections, and we've had our share of "my stomach hurts" moments as well.  Ugh!  But thankfully, everyone was able to shake their "yuks" by Christmas, so we had a healthy, happy holiday.

in our homeschool this month...we started off strong with Christmas School.  And then we didn't.  About a week into the month I remembered why last year I thought that this year we should take off the whole month of December.  And so then we did.  We have been off--totally off--for about three weeks now, enjoying Christmas traditions, family, and friends.

And fighting.  Always the fighting.  And whining.  And crying.  And some yelling.

So.....we are starting schoolwork, routines, and more structured stuff again on Monday.  Pray for us.

places we're going and people we're seeing...We took a visit to South Florida to visit my Dad and his family early in the month, and celebrated his birthday, as well as his wife's.

Our American Girl Book Club had their annual Christmas Party.  This year, we are studying Kit, so we had a Great Depression Christmas.  The girls had a great time, and were just so beautiful!

And we did take part in our homeschool community's first Craft Fair--despite my moaning and groaning about it.  My cookie dough jars were a big hit, and Firefly's hair bows did well.  Unfortunately, Turtle's iPhone cases didn't do so well--so she has plenty if you'd like to order one, lol!

It was a good lesson in economics.  And hard work.

Firefly has started hippotherapy (horses).  We have taken a break from Occupational Therapy for almost a year, but a friend of ours knew of the ranch run by an OT.  I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.  Firefly loves horses, and has always wanted to ride more regularly, so I thought it would be a good fit.  We've only been twice, so we'll have to give it a bit more time to see if it is worthwhile.

Firefly celebrated her birthday this month with breakfast out, followed by a trip to the skating rink (which was hilarious!)  We had a nice family dinner, and will plan a party-like gathering for some friends in January.  

We got to participate in a homeless ministry's Home for the Holidays project.  It's our third year helping, and we love it!  It's just a great afternoon being able to serve some less fortunate in our own community.  We are so very blessed to have friends who run this and allow us to serve.

We had visitors for Christmas Day.  Hubby's aunt, uncle, and cousin came to visit--and to cook Christmas Dinner!  It was a wonderful time catching up with family we don't get to see often enough.

my favorite thing...Christmas Eve--hands-down.  Sometimes I think I'm more a fan of Christmas Eve than Christmas Day itself.  But most of our traditions are centered around Christmas Eve, so that could be why.  We started off with a quick dinner when Daddy got home from work.  After that we spent some time reading the story of Jesus' birth, and adding him to our nativity set.  (We  I like to sing him Happy Birthday, too, but it seems my kiddos think they are too cool for that part...)

After that, we opened our usual two presents.  One is always new pajamas, and the other is whichever present the kiddos choose.  This year, hubby and I had to open almost all of the gifts our kids had given us, because they were all so excited to see us open them.  Their excitement in the giving was amazing!

Once gifts were opened, we headed out to see Christmas lights.  This year, we traveled to the next town south to see their downtown area lit up beautifully!  And we also found a church with a drive-through light display where the lights were all timed to the music.  I think that was Bug's favorite part.

Then it was back home and quickly to bed, so that Santa could come and leave his goodies!

things i'm working on...ideas for starting the new semester with some changes that may make things a bit more fun.  We shall see...

things i'm praying for...our sponsor child, Isaac.  He had his 6th birthday at the end of this month.  A BFF's son, who had a horrible break in his lower leg Christmas Day and has had to have surgery just recently to fix it.  Another dear friend's Christmas travels up north--and then her visit to Europe to spend time with her deployed hubby--and now her trip back home.  Lots of friends who have had sickness in their homes.

things i'm grateful for...answered prayers.  A warm home.  A new year.  God's grace.

posts from the month...A Study in Psalms 

Linking up this month with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers ...

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