On Getting Back On Track

We took our first official days off over the week of Thanksgiving.  It was so nice to have a week just to enjoy my family.  We spent Thanksgiving with my husband’s family and had a lovely time putting our Christmas tree up and starting to prepare for the upcoming holiday.

Then we had to get back into the swing of things.

Yeah.  That was a little rough.  Of course, I wanted to jump right back in, but I think it would have been better to ease back in.  Live and learn.  That’s the theme of this school year.

But today was lovely.  It was one of the best school days we’ve ever had.  We got everything done quickly, with sweet spirits and with little  to no complaining.  The girls even played nicely together this afternoon.  My sweet 8-year-old even made lunch for everyone all by herself.  She even made her little brother a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

We have begun to study the 50 states in the order they entered the union.  Today was Georgia, and since that state is known for its peaches we made a peach cobbler.

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Even better was that we had picked those peaches a few months ago and froze them, so the girls enjoyed eating the “fruits of their labor.”

Of course, in the back of my mind all month is the coming holiday.  I love all the fun things I get to do with my kids at Christmas.  I love making memories with them.  My kids love countdown charts and now we have several ways to mark the days until Christmas is here.  We’ve added a new one this year, from pinterest, of course.  We made a Christmas countdown chain.  I put a Scripture verse on the back of each one and we are reading it as we take each chain off.

We are also doing the Advent Reading Plan that goes with the “Jesus Storybook Bible.”  If you don’t own one of those, get it NOW.  It is THE BEST Bible storybook I’ve ever seen.  Every story is presented so well – and it doesn’t just tell the story, it tells how each story is rooted in the Gospel and points us to Christ.  Anyway, we are enjoying reading a passage from that every day as we lead up to Christmas.

While we try to keep the focus on Christ at Christmas, and don’t do Santa in our home, we do still have a lot of fun watching Christmas specials and making special treats.  Over the weekend, we watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (the “original” version) and drank Grinch Punch.  This was a fun treat.

Hopefully we can make it through this week with days as good as today was.  I am looking forward to the next two weeks.   We are taking a break from our regular curriculum to do a two week Nativity Unit Study and a two week State Study.  Which means… LOTS OF FIELD TRIPS.  🙂

 

 

 

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