This morning was no different. He cried every time something didn't go his way, so I stopped what I was doing, had him help me make lunch and he's been an angel ever since. Poor guy needed some one-on-one time with mama. We had a good little talk. It was fun.
We did some Creative Math on Monday. Tuesday, I thought, forget math, I'm going to not think about school (although I love homeschooling). It was nice not having to rush from one lesson to another. It was nice, just doing what needed to be done (like baking) but not feeling rushed and I think that's what Lance needed from me.
Picture of my Lance. He said, he's a Ninja!
We arrive at the restaurant only to find it's good for the 21st. We were a day early. I was embarrassed to have us all walk out. Oh well.
On the way home we stopped at Target and the children did a little bit of CHRISTmas shopping. Joshua, purchased a football for Annette. What a sweet brother. Annette, has been practicing catching and kicking.
I purchased some baking pans. Didn't realize they were Wilton pans until I got home, otherwise I would have went for something cheaper but I like Wiltons pans. I haven't purchased a new cookie sheet in years, so I thought two cookie sheets for $9.99 was a great deal. While we were there I figured I might as well get some groceries. I wanted to make the children Pigs in a Blanket, so I purchased some hot dogs and crescents. We were getting low with our baking goods so we got flour, wheat flour, sugar, and since I have some gravy left over from Chicken Express I added some biscuits to our list. I couldn't find a Gingerbread House though. That is what I mainly wanted to get. We left spending $150.00. Thank goodness we don't stop at Target often.
Lupe, so sweet. Since we couldn't find a Gingerbread house at Target, he took us to Albertson's. Annette, and I got down and searched the store for a Gingerbread house. As we searched we found the manger's special for the ground beef, we grabbed some Peanut Butter, celery, a Bell Pepper (Annette, loves Bell Peppers), ingredients for Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Jesus birthday cake) and lastly some candles for our Advent Wreath. We had fun, checking out through the self serve. It was past 11:00p.m.
Our last stop, Walgreens. My hubby ran in to get our prescriptions. Eeeks! $349.00 for all our medication. It was not easy paying for that. Most of it was for allergies.
We finally made it home at 11:49p.m. It felt funny being out so late.
Here is our Advent Wreath. It sits on our table as our centerpiece. I know the candle colors are not correct but I was using what we had on hand. There is an invisible candle too. We only had two blue and one pink, plus a little tealight. I used garland that we already had and put an angel in the middle since we really didn't have a white candle. I know I'm bad. It's what happens when one doesn't drive.
I baked some Chocolate Chip cookies tonight. Yum! Although my first batch came out flat. We called them "Flat Cookies". I don't know why they do this sometimes. The second batch came out semi flat and the third one was normal. I don't know if it's the oven our what! The outer part of the cookie dough seems to melt pretty fast.
Church service was great! I really like our church. Lots of talent too. It's great to see the youth involved in the service. After we went to Arby's. We had coupons. Fed all of us for $25.00. Lupe and I had their new subs. Yum.
After our Sunday nap, Lupe took Caleb & Josh, to help him at my dad's house. Still getting it rent ready.
I'm thankful that the staff is so kind, it really makes our appointment quiet enjoyable. There was a new receptionist this year she gave us a kind compliment saying she has never seen such well behaved children.
We are all pretty healthy. Lupe and I still have high cholesterol. Lupe, is taking medication and I need to exercise more.
The children are all doing great. My four middle kiddos all have slight eczema. One of Annette's nasal passages was shaped like a crescent moon and the other was half open, so that may explain why she's been uncomfortable. Caleb, had closed nasal passages as well but not as bad as Annette's and Brent was third runner up.
We all got the flu shot. I didn't really want to get it but I caved. I'm okay with it (although my Lance, has been acting up since we got it).
As for my bedwetter, we are going to get some medication to help him. We have tried almost everything the doctor has recommended in the past (except for the bell, ringy thing). Again, I feel comfortable with this.
By the time we were done with all eight appointments we were HUNGRY!!! Lupe, took us to TinStar. I had the Flamin Salmon (think that's what it was called). We all enjoyed our dinner. We don't normally take the children with us when going to anything higher than fastfood (well, we do every-so-often as a treat) so it was extra special.
After TinStar, we went to Lowes. Lupe's Disneyland. Since we were in our old neighborhood, we decided to see our house. The children have been wanting to see the old place. On the way, my Sweets bought me a 'high' society Mocha from Starbucks. Yummy. Love those Gingerbread Mochas and I haven't had one for a while. It was fun driving down our old street. I must say, I miss the much larger house. It was beautiful.
We had a nice drive back home. Listening to CHRISTmas music and enjoying all the lights. It felt so CHRISTmasy. Thank you Jesus, for our family time together.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention; out of all the children, Josh, was the worst with getting his shot. I thought he was going to hyper-ventilate. I had to hold him still by giving him a big hug. Later, he told me it didn't hurt. He thought it was going to be painful. Silly boy of mine.
So, even though we had a doctors appointment that took five hours, it was a wonderful day.
Now, snug in our little home, we are enjoying some hot chocolate. At least the children are.
|Annika's Secret Wish
"What would I wish for?" Annika wondered aloud. "If ever I had the almond in my puddingwhat would be my wish?"
In turn-of the-century Sweden, finding the almond hidden in the rice pudding is the Christmas Eve highlight for many children, since it means a chance to wish a new pair of snowshoes, a mountain of truffles coated with cocoa, an adorable kitten. For ten long years--all of her life--Annika has dreamed of discovering the almond in her own pudding. Will this be her year?
A beautiful book that will become part of your family's Christmas heritage, Annika's Secret Wish inspires young and old to freely give and share even long hoped-for gifts. The final page features Swedish Christmas traditions that your family may choose to include in your own holiday celebration. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Through the month of December I read at least one book a day. Today, Annette, picked the first CHRISTmas book. Emma's Christmas Wish.
- Decorate with lots of lights, even in the kids bedrooms (they love the lights hanging in their rooms) I have done this since they were toddlers.
- Read lots of CHRISTmas books. At least one a day.
- Advent Ornament book. My MIL purchased this for us five years ago. Everyday we pick one ornament and I read it and the children take turns putting it on the tree or some garland that we have hanging (this year it's the garland, we have been late with trees lately)
- CHRISTmas Eve I make rice pudding for dessert with one single Almond. The children love this. We got the idea from another book. We changed it a little; whoever gets the Almond, is the first person to open their gifts on CHRISTmas morning, this year we might let the special person open a gift on CHRISTmas Eve though.
- When opening gifts on CHRISTmas morning, we all take turns. It's so much more fun to see each child wait patiently for their turn to open the next gift.
- Can't forget the CHRISTmas movies
Grandpa Joe, is here for his morning cup of java, and the children are asking about their great, great grand parents (native American heritage).
My great grandparents spoke no English. My grandfather's mother was Indian. I still carry the Indian nose. It was passed from my Great Grandmother Lupe, to my Grandfather Carlos, to my dad and me. I use to be embarrassed of my big nose, but now I am proud to carry a part of our Indian heritage (hee, hee). I think I have grown into it though. My sisters use to call me Hawk Nose when I was little.
Tutoring sessions I have had today:
- Dictation with Caleb, using Phonics Pathways
- Dictation with Brent, using Phonics Pathways
- Saxon Phonics with Ethan
- Creative Math time with Ethan.
- Help when needed.
I'm struggling with or Creative Math because I know Josh, can handle more, so I'm going to see what I can learn tonight. Eeeks!
You know, when I go into panic mode about a subject, I freak out and it puts a little stress on our pocket book. I'm not kidding, I'm embarrassed to say that I spent $100.00 on math stuff this past month. It will be used but still.
With regards to our Creative Math, I had the children take 12 gems and put them in piles (each pile had 4 gems). We all wrote out an addition problem 4+4+4+4=12, a multiplication problem 3x4=12 and a division problem 12 divided by 3 is 4. I also walked them through each step. For instance with the division problem I would say, "Annette, had 12 cookies and she wanted to share them with Caleb and Brent. How may would each get?" then we would work the problem out with the gems and write it as well.
I still need to sit with Josh for spelling and Ethan, needs to finish is Saxon Phonics lesson.
The Nativity Story was on sale for $4.99! I have wanted to purchase it for the last two years. Christmas Child was also $4.99, it's now on sale for $2.99.
The audio books were only $10.99 each normally $22.99. If I could I'd purchase more. The ones I got for the children to share are:
- The Hiding Place
- Father Gilbert Mysteries
- Billy Budd, Sailor
- At the Back of the North Wind
For CHRISTmas, I buy each child a few gifts each. I also purchase community gifts that they all share. Usually games, audio books, books or legos and such. I try not to purchase too many toys.
|this one I made today.|
|this one I made last night.|