Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As usual, it seems we are flying through the holiday season. We have exactly one week until Christmas day. This year’s Advent is a full 28 days since Christmas is on a Sunday. Which means we should have more time, but to me it seems like less time to get more done.

This morning we have Breakfast with Saint Nicholas at our church. I know a little late, but it was the only open Sunday this month. All the children are looking forward to the breakfast. My middle four love to help out at the breakfast by setting up, serving and even cleaning up. Douglas is a very hard worker and always gets praises from everyone when he helps out. Now if he would just do the same in his room.

Richard and I did get started on the wrapping last night, so I am feeling less stressed. I think we knocked out about half the presents so getting everything done early is looking like it WILL happen.  I was even able to sneak and get most of his presents wrapped too.  He was surprised to see his name in the mix of wrapped presents.  LOL

This afternoon I will be making several cookie doughs and starting to bake our Christmas Cookies. I am going to mix up all the cookie doughs and put them in the refrigerator. Then when we want cookies, we can take out the dough, let it warm up some, and then have fresh, warm cookies within in minutes.

This week we start our Christmas break from homeschooling. I plan on baking cookies, making fudge and watching holiday shows with the children. If the weather is cold enough, I might even make some homemade hot chocolate. Our Wal-mart had peppermint marshmallows on sale the other day and I can’t wait to try them in hot chocolate. 

Unfortunately, Mandy has school until Thursday so she won’t get to help out much this week.  It seems like most of her teachers did not want to leave anything hanging over the holidays, so she has several papers and presentations due all the way through Thursday.  I think that stinks!  

How are your Christmas plans coming along?

Pax Christi!

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