How was your week? Did you have joyful third Sunday in Advent? I hope you are continuing to have a most blessed Advent. We sure are. :0)
If you missed it, here are my recaps thus far during Advent:
We had a wonderful Gaudete Sunday, and we celebrated it with my parents. ;)
Anders by the Christmas tree, and Annabel happy in her Daddy's arms!;-)
The girls dressed in pink, in keeping with the rose candle, representing Joy for Gaudete! :0)
I made the Famous Sweet Potato Hash, same dinner as last year, but we had an amazing brunch out with my parents earlier that day. That's where we found that HUGE Christmas tree! ;) The kids had sandwiches, because I have yet to convince them that this dish is the.best.thing.ever. (And bonus: it gives you a ton of energy). I added sage and big chunks of garlic and a little butter mixed in with the coconut oil that it calls for. A delightful delish, as usual.
The kids helped me sew these, and then Anders had a ball saying, "I'm hanging the tree on the tree!" haha;) We actually made four of these, but they were all as equally as imperfect as the one I'm showing you!
We had nachos and quesadillas, and the kids made salt dough ornaments for The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is to commemorate when Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego, asking him to build a chapel, or shrine, in her honor in Mexico City. They still have the cloak, where a painting of Our Lady miraculously appeared on his tilma, made of cactus, after the apparitions.
My Mom's beautiful collection of Santa Lucia dolls. #swedish
We love St. Lucia in our house. She was really nervous about the candles, haha!
Molly brought us cinnamon rolls, after she (of her own accord and volition) remembered to turn on Santa Lucia on my iPhone!
Santa Lucia crown craft, made of play-doh, greenery, and birthday candles!
I don't know if you all remember my homemade and somewhat sketchy advent wreath that Molly wore last year, but we finally inherited this wreath/crown from my Mom, so I don't have to worry so much about burning my child's hair with birthday candles. Yay! Ha...
I made spice tea for family and neighbors. I've made cocoa in the past, but this year I decided to return to my roots. My Mom made spice tea for neighbors when I was growing up. This was a first for me, and it was fun and pretty easy. ;)
sweet girls... just chilling on the couch. We were planning to watch The Grinch, and I got signed out of our Apple account, so we waited until Stephen got home to fix it-- and watch it! It worked out, because I was able to finish my book while they were watching it with him. ;-)
We ventured out into the cold to get our Christmas pictures made. When I look at the picture, I can't believe what was going on behind the scenes: several hours of looking for shoes and proper attire, and then looking at the weather app right before we went outside and seeing that the temperature felt like 9. :-0
But all in all, it was a fun week! I think I've wrapped up the end of my Christmas shopping, so now it's just time to wrap the gifts, enjoy the smell of my Christmas tree, and have a few more cups of cocoa. Books -- and daily book reading time-- to be expected. ;) To keep it real, I lost my wallet while I was out running errands. I bought a few stocking stuffers at Target, then I went to the Mall and as I was checking out, I couldn't find the wallet. I ran out, telling the cashier I would be back in 5 minutes. Ha. They found it later that afternoon in a cart at Target. I was just relieved that nothing was taken or stolen. #stressful
God teach us what it means to wait. Thank you for joy! Teach us to celebrate with your Son, when he comes. Help us to be mindful of Jesus during Advent. Keep us patient and kind, help us to be good and generous, and let us never forget the meaning of the season: to give generously to others, and to bring peace to earth!