Outside my window:
A little snow on the ground and really cold!
Around the house:
Spending some time getting things organized this week. I enjoy doing this over Christmas break so we are all ready to go when we start school next week. So far I have conquered the kitchen, our school area, and the mail pile up. I need to tidy our bedroom clutter and my office desk, yikes!
Jude is off enjoying the new Hobbit movie with his cousins. Annika and Zane and I are going to work on some sugar cookies here in a little bit. Everyone is enjoying the break from school and other activities.
In the kitchen:
On the Menu: Chicken and Noodles, Chicken Tacos, Tuna Noodles, Garlic Chicken with Rice, Pizza, and Hot Dogs.
I finished a knitting project. I made a really cute pair of fingerless mittens using this pattern. It was a fun knit.
Going over our schedule and looking to see if I want to make any changes before we start back next week. I plan to talk to the kids and get their feedback.
Bringing me joy:
The Christmas season, getting to spend time with my husband, relaxing around the house, seeing the kids grow.
The start of the new year.
Pictures to share:
The day after Christmas we took a trip to the zoo. The kids really enjoy posing with all the sculptures.
This space has been a little quiet. The week before Christmas brought the stomach flu for everyone in our family. This slowed us down a lot and made us spend a lot of time resting. I did not do any childcare the week after Christmas and was able to enjoy a relaxing week and spend time with family, it was a really nice week.
I have been thinking about gratitude the last few weeks. These past six months with my husband looking for employment have been hard. I have constantly battled against being discouraged about him not finding employment. One of the things that I have consistently done is remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. So I thought I would share some of these things. This is a short list but these are the ones I think about the most.
*I am grateful for all those who are praying for our family, I know that I have been able to be more positive because of all the prayers.
*I am grateful for such an amazing husband and a great marriage.
* I am grateful that I get to be home with our children and teaching them. I feel this is God’s path for our family and I learn so much from them everyday.
* I am grateful for the generosity of our family in helping us meet our financial obligations.
* I am grateful for all of us being healthy, this is a huge blessing that I do not take for granted.
* I am thankful for a lovely house and food to nourish our bodies.
* I am thankful for my Catholic faith and trust in God’s plan for our family.
I’ll end this post with some pictures of our Christmas. It was such a laid back quiet Christmas it was wonderful.
Christmas day after Church
Jude learning to play the new Wii, thanks Grammy!
Illuminations with Grammy
Here are a few pictures from Christmas. We had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas, it was very nice.
Here is a group shot from Christmas Eve
All the kids with their Pillow Pets
Christmas morning after Church. Yay a good picture with them all smiling.