Okay, so we’re 3 days in to our Advent Activities and I’ve already missed two posts. Sorry about that – but I did have a good reason!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to us….a mixed bag of viruses and colds…
We woke up on December 1st after a rough night with all 3 boys in our bed and we each had a different symptom. While Dad was nauseated, I had a terribly sore throat, Izzy was achy, Mickey Blue had a fever and Little Lou was irritable and drooly. So, that threw off the start of advent for us. However, we did get a start on our Christmas wreath though and we are also up to date on our readings! If you missed the first post on our advent(ures) for this year, check it out here and get some free printable to follow along or plan your own advent activities.
Jotham’s Journey is a fabulous story that Izzy and I are really enjoying together. We are both having to practice a lot of self control to STOP reading at the end of the daily readings. It is really fascinating how the author ties scriptures in at the end each chapter to help illustrate the learning going on in each chapter and to help set the setting for the culture those days. We’re currently learning about the town of Qumran and the dead sea scrolls.
The first activity from our advent calendar was to learn how to make a wreath. We have huge cedar hedging that runs the whole side length of our property. Since the boys lost interest quickly, I ended up doing a lot of this project on my own. But they did enjoy helping to snip the hedge to get the cedar boughs. Izzy also took great care in helping to choose candles for our advent table setting. He wanted to make sure the colours were just right. I think it turned out really well for our first attempt!
Day 2 was the annual sock drive for the Clements Centre here in Duncan. We called ahead to find out what they were lacking in. Turns out they needed kids socks – perfect! We hit up our local superstore and each of the kids got to pick out 2 packs of socks in their own size. Instead of just going for jumbo packs of socks I let the kids pick out socks that they would really want to receive. Mickey Blue picked striped monster socks (and got 3 packs because they were on sale!). Izzy picked camo socks that he already owns and loves. Little Lou whispered that he would like some sweet striped socks for the kids. We dropped them off and the boys were really excited to give the socks in. This was a wonderful experience in giving for them.
Today’s activity was Christmas play dough. I was really looking forward to this activity because we haven’t had any play dough for a while. This is an activity that my kids really enjoy and enjoy doing together! After a busy morning, we settled down to our activity only to discover that we had just enough cream of tartar to make 1/4 batch. But we did it anyways! I love the play dough recipe from Skip to my Lou. We’ll make some more tomorrow to add white and green to our Christmas collection. Meanwhile, the kids had a wonderful time with our Christmas dough, making snowmen, stars, trees, and many of their own creations as well.
Read Week 2: Sunday (Izzy will be excited because we’ll finally get to light a second candle in our advent wreath!)
14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.
Our family is going to the Cowichan Bay light up (at the maritime museum starting at 6:30pm for all local folks)
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