November 11, 2016

Weekend Plans...And A Winner!

As the darkness comes earlier and the air turns brisk, I begin to get that feeling. You know...the Christmas feeling! Yes. I am one of THOSE people...the people who are so obsessed with Christmas that they whip out the garland as soon as the pumpkins are packed away! Ok, maybe not that early...I mean, I do take a few days to dust and vacuum...So this weekend it begins. Our Christmas Season. : )

Friday we kick it off with our long standing tradition of Ornament Day. We will travel to the mall and stroll through Hallmark as each of the kids picks out an ornament. It is always a favorite day, and we look forward to it each year. This year my Danish student Madison will not be with us, but I am planning on picking one out for her. : ) We are also planning on visiting with Steve's Mum in her nursing home. She is slowly progressing down that sad pathway of Dementia, but always has a smile for her baby Steve.

Saturday my men are taking one last shot at archery hunting, and the girls and I are going to start decorating!!!! I have learned through the years that doing a little at a time is much more enjoyable. For all of us. We will attend Mass and pick up some dinner before coming home and relaxing with some blankets and TV. The perfect Saturday night. : )

Sunday we have no plans. Other than putting up our family Christmas tree! Because. Christmas! We will put on some music and take our time decorating and rearranging until we get it just right. Dinner will be baked ziti with some garlic toast, and hopefully one of Peyton's yummy desserts. We will finish our weekend with The Holiday Baking Challenge, followed by The Walking Dead. After our littlest is off in dreamland.

Before we head off into the weekend, let's take a quick look back at the week that was in our house.

Last weekend was beautiful, and we enjoyed every minute of it before we headed to Saturday evening Mass.

We changed out Flynn's pajama drawer. The only thing that could make me happy after packing up the Halloween ones is getting out the Christmas ones!

And I finally bought Steve and I some new sheets. Do you do that too? I have so much fun shopping for the kids that I never think of getting for us! But I found these sheets in the Pottery Barn catalogue, and fell in love. They aren't flannel, but rather super soft and really cozy. And soft. : )

Our" Just Voted" selfie.

And although our home will be all about Christmas, we decorated the schoolroom for November with all things Thanksgiving.

It is cozy and warm. : )

Last week was all about corn...We read about the Pilgrims and how they learned to plant it...

We did a super fun experiment with baking soda and vinegar...

And watched as our prediction came true!

We learned about volume and mass using popcorn...

By measuring equal amounts of unpopped and popped kernels...

And had to eat it afterward, of course.
And yes. We school in jammies.
Homeschool perk. : )

Art class was a fun project making colorful Indian Corn. : )

And thanks to all of you who entered the drawing for this sweet Thanksgiving candle.
And the winner is....

Please email me with your information so I can get it out to you as soon as possible. : )

Have a wonderful, cozy weekend with your people, my friends!
Thank you for visiting.

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  1. Sounds like a great week, and your weekend plans sound lovely. We too will be decorating early as hubby and I have to head to MI the first week of December to winterize his mom's house and we are moving baby girl home the following week.

  2. Have a great weekend!!! I love your new sheets and congratulations to the winner of the candle :)

  3. Such a warm and fuzzy feeling post, my friend {{smiles}} Your weekend sounds like it will be wonderful! I had to smile when you said you go and pick out ornaments with your mom used to do that with my sister and me and now I do it with my son - what fun traditions!

    Enjoy every moment, dear one. Hugs to you!

  4. I love hearing about all of your projects. What a fun school room you have in your home! Everything looks so warm and cozy and ready for learning. Have a wonderful weekend with your family! ♥

  5. Such a lovely plan for the weekend. All things Christmas, a joy. I too, love the sheets and I love the tradition of going shopping all together for a new bauble. I buy or make my daughters and now Grandchildren a tree decoration each year that are given on the first Advent Sunday when we light the candle and share afternoon tea.

  6. Oh I love the big smile on her face, so much joy! Those sheets are just lovely.... now I need some too! ;-) We usually begin decorating after Thanksgiving, but I have started shopping and wrapping gifts :-) Love this time of year! Have a great weekend!


  7. I can't wait to decorate for Christmas! I am already listening to Christmas music. We decorate on Thanksgiving eve. I love seeing your little school room, I miss mine. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. Juli

  8. Congratulations to the winner. Thank you for sharing...I didn't know Madison was a student over there, smiles...for some odd reason, I thought she was just visiting, smiles.

    Have a beautiful weekend.

  9. I love that Flynn has holiday pajamas! That's so cute!!!! Have a great weekend.

  10. I think I always tell you that you have the prettiest photos, and this post is exactly that.
    Love all your sweet seasonal touches

  11. So much fun in that schoolroom. I love seeing your home and your life. Always a good good place to be

  12. Hi Billie Jo, I hope your weekend was all that you hoped it would be. I heard a Christmas song on the radio today and I thought of you decorating the day away! My prep starts tomorrow! Yay! I love your new sheets! They look so cozy and festive for the season : ) I really need to treat myself to a new set. Happiness and blessings for a wonderful week ahead! xoxo ♥

  13. Hello dear Friend! Even when I'm behind - I love visiting you here and feeling oh so cozy and catching up. I hope that your weekend was wonderful and your traditions were especially lovely and fun this year! Blessings on your week ahead. xoxo

  14. What a great week you had. I love Flynn's little corn art! Peyton just gets prettier and prettier in every photo. I am also "one of those people" Amen sister! Whenever I hear someone say Oh No in regards to Christmas music I just want to crank up little drummer boy on a big ol boom box and hold it over my head like John Cusack in Say Anything! Enjoy your week. and Congrats to the lucky winner! : )

  15. I'm quickly trying to catch up on some of my favorite blogs with Miss Cecelia by my side. She keeps oohing and awing over Flynn's pj's and Thanksgiving clothes :)


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