The day after the day after Christmas

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Our family thoroughly enjoyed ours, although I was ready to hang a couple of the monkeys from a tree about 5AM. My almost 12 year olds and my 13 year old were the worst ones about sleeping on Christmas Eve. One was up at 3 AM and had the rest of the middle four awake shortly thereafter. It was a party in the boys room for the rest of the night for them. At 5AM the 20 year old came in to complain (her room is right next party central).

Thankfully the 5 year olds were not involved and we were able to have them sleep in until 6:30 (if you call that sleeping in!) After that all bets were off and two tired parents threw in the towel and let everyone get up. We all came downstairs around 7:30 and opened presents. All the gifts were opened in under an hour and the living room was a mass of toys, clothes and paper.

While Richard was helping to clean the mess, open all the toys and remove the twenty zillion twist ties that hold the little pieces in the boxes, I heated up the oven.  Our family tradition is to have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas Morning. We all ate, then finished getting dressed and headed out to the 11AM Mass.  Not my first choice, but Douglas had been asked to alter serve by our pastor for that service.
It was hard telling the 5 year olds, that the new fun Leap Pad Explorers and LaLaLoopsy dolls had to stay home while we go to Mass. There were tears while they headed to the van. Everyone finally settled down, just in time for Mass to be over. Yes it was one of those days for mom at Mass.

We came home, ate lunch and then played with the toys and games for the rest of the afternoon. We had a wonderful dinner and then watched a movie from Netflix together as a family. Gnomio and Juliet. Yes, a very corny movie that was panned by the critics, but hey the kids all laughed and we had a good time together as a family and that is all that mattered to me.

After the movie the children all went to bed and Richard and I collapsed on the couch for a few minutes and enjoyed the sound of silence. Something that hasn’t been heard around the zoo in a few weeks.

The rest of the week is going to be quiet, but busy if that makes any sense. I know more games will be played since we all enjoy board and card games and with several new ones in the house people can’t seem to stop playing. We will also watch a couple more of family movies that we have been wanting to see.  We will also try out the new Hot Air Popper that Liz purchased for the family during one of these movies.

I hope you take time and enjoy the rest of the week (and year) with your family!

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Preparing for Advent

With everything going on in our lives, I am late getting started on my Advent plans this year. I had a vague mental outline of what I wanted to accomplish this year, and I think it has all been blown out of the water for now.

For those that do not know follow the Catholic Liturgical calendar, is a time of preparation for the coming of the Light of the World, beginning four Sundays before Christmas.  Advent varies in length, depending on when Christmas Day falls during the week. It is also the start of the new liturgical year for Catholics.  We use Advent as a time of drawing closer to God by heading to the sacrament of reconcilation.  To represent this repentence, the church linens and the priest’s vestments are purple.

This year Advent begins on Sunday, Novemeber 27th so I have a little time to get it all planned out. Over the next couple of days I will developing my Advent lesson plans and deciding what we will be doing as a family.

Have you started your Advent plans yet? If so, I would love to hear what you are planning for your familes during this wonderful time of the year.

Pax Christi,

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

To Wii or not to Wii?

That is the question. The children want to pool together their gift cards and purchase a Wii. They have enough for a basic system, another controller, and a game or two depending on the cost of the games.

I admit I am intrigued with getting one, but we already have an XBox 360. This was also a collective purchase 4 years ago or so. It does get used, but do we need another video game system? I am undecided and the children are begging to go one and I am getting tired of listening to them.

I think if get one, a treat to myself will Wii Fit or the new one with Jenny McCarthy, Your Shape. That way I can get some exercise in while the girls are napping. That may be what tips the scales in the children’s favor for getting the Wii.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Christmas Clean-up

So yesterday and today we have we had wonderfully “quiet” days. Played some games, watched some videos. We ate ham, candied yams, green beans and mashed potatoes. The children (all of them, including the oldest (Richard)) had a few NERF gun battles. Richard’s big gift was this gun. Needless to say it turns into kids versus dad, with dad most often winning.

The living room and kitchen are just about back to normal. Tomorrow we are going to start the big clean, getting all the rooms back in shape since the past week completing the daily chores has been sporadic.

I hope you are enjoying this time with your family and friends too!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Christmas Eve Traditions

Our family has a few Christmas Eve traditions. During the day we bake a few last minute cookies. Then we have the envitable last minute wrapping of one or two or three presents. Dinner is leftovers or a fend for yourself type of night to clean out the fridge for the Christmas feast. Everyone takes early baths and then we hunker down with some popcorn and watch the Polar Express. I think this is one of our favorite scenes:

Today went to the mall for the first time in years. Wasn’t too bad since we went early. Here is what we did:

Everyone have a blessed and Merry Christmas

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Christmas Countdown

August 30th starts the Holiday Grand Plan over at Organized Christmas. So head on over there and take a look and start printing out your notebook. The Holiday Grand plan is an 18 week program to get your house and your life organized for the holidays. I started following the grand plan about 4 years ago and I love it! It makes the season a lot less stressful for our family. I encourage you all start it.

If you think the 18 weeks is too long for you, they have a Christmas Countdown that starts the last week of October and goes for six weeks.

So pick a plan, and let’s start getting ready for the holidays!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome