parts, we spend so much time pining for fall we don't know what to do when it gets here...we know the minute we blink it'll be gone anyway. By the time we get cold weather we're putting up Christmas lights, so the fall that is fall just for its own sake, with no holidays, is pretty much non-existent. Guess I won't ever get used to that part.
we had a splendid Thanksgiving. We spent 48 hours in north Texas, one whole day of which was just down time, visiting and enjoying the family. That needs to happen way more often.
On the way
home I watched a movie on my iPhone--Tuck Everlasting
. Sweet movie.
Molly, 12, came home with us and will spend a week or so hanging out here and visiting with friends. So nice that she's old enough to do this, and that she wants to! I remember going to spend a week with my grandma when I was this age, and I always wanted her to teach me to make something on the sewing machine, or teach me to knit or to decoupage. Molly got here and said, "Granny, will you help me set up a Gmail account?" Ah, yes, a new millennium.
The shopping is going great, and it looks like I might get to the end of the list before I get to the end of the money. Always a good thing. Seldom realized ;-)
And the Papa is off again to You-Know-Which-Paradise, pretending he doesn't want to go.
We'll do School Lite for the two weeks before Christmas break--mainly math, as it's what suffers the most from several weeks of vacation. There's always more to do during December than I can do alone, so I appreciate the kids' help and can't have them buried in books the whole time!
San Antonio needs an IKEA. Georgetown is too far away. And besides, Austin is in between and that is just totally inconvenient.
Microfiber cleaning cloths. That's what I need more of. Just ordered 3 dozen. Oh, Amazon, whatever did I do without you?
I was sick
this morning and didn't get to be at church for the first Sunday of Advent, but I have marked it in my heart nevertheless. We are, after all, created to be a ceremonial people...it's hardwired into us by the Creator that knew we would need ways to mark the years and reminders to stop and honor Him in extra-ordinary ways. I'm tickled to death that I've gotten so many inquiries this month about the Jotham's Journey
trilogy, because it's been one of our family's favorite ways of observing and celebrating Advent through these last years.
I love my Otter Box. If you get an iPhone for Christmas, don't leave home without one. (Especially if, like me, you sometimes drive with your phone in your lap, and then, forgetting it's there, get out of the car.)
Still pluggin' away at Nicholas Nickleby. Man, that book is long.
The kids have dutifully gotten all the dusting and vacuuming done so we're ready to set out Christmas decorations. I'd gladly wait another week or so, but they're always chomping at the bit to have the trees and lights and sparkles and music...so I told them I'd oblige them as soon as the common areas in this house are spotless. It was great motivation.
O come, O come, Emanuel...
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