Yearly Archives: 2008

What Do You Do?

I’m beginning to feel like Ebenezer Scrooge. The words, “bah humbug” are floating around in my head and I don’t like it! Christmas has in the past been one of my favorite holidays, not because I receive presents but because of all the camaraderie that revolved around the holiday. When Sean and I were first […]

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Chrissy - December 29, 2008 - 2:42 pm

You have a very pretty house!

I am sorry that your holiday was stressful. We also do the appetizers on Christmas Eve, but we do them at lunch time. Dinner is always lasagna.

whimsigal - December 29, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Thanks, Chrissy! It wasn’t too stressful really, only a little. :)

Funny that you guys have lasagna, I wanted to have spaghetti!!

joan - December 29, 2008 - 5:42 pm

I had the best Christmas Eve in a long time just David and the kids. Christmas day brunch went well. My brother was sick so our day after Christmas events were canceled since Mom can’t be around sick people. David’s brother & one of his sons came and spent the weekend- different but okay. Not sure of our New Year’s Eve plans. It’s our anniversary. We usually go away but I don’t think it’s an option this year.
I hope 2009 is a good year for you and your family.

whimsigal - December 29, 2008 - 6:00 pm

Joan, I hope the same for you! Your anniversary is on New Year’s Eve?! That is way awesome!!! Nothing wrong with spending your anniversary at home. I love to prepare something special at home on our anniversary and then snuggle up on the sofa and watch something romantic.

I can’t believe your anniversary is on New Year’s Eve. What a great date to choose!

Cate - December 30, 2008 - 4:02 am

Hi there Evie,

so glad that you posted – have been missing you!

We always have “interesting” Christmases too – this year’s began with my hubby having a horrible 40 min manipulative, guilt laden lecture from his father after we rang to say “Merry Christmas”. “Why do we bother”? is usually the discussion following these calls.

Anyhow, do hope that you all have a very happy New Year & we totally relate to the paper crowns at the table. Christmas is not Christmas without crowns from the crackers at the table downunder!

C x

Carri - December 30, 2008 - 10:55 am

It sounds like your Christmas turned out wonderful. I love the photos. Our Christmas was fantastic this year. Slow and peaceful because I refused to let myself stress about anything. It worked too.

We are headed out of town tomorrow to spend New Year’s with some great friends. Should be tons of fun. Your night in sounds wonderful too. Happy New Year!

Marin - January 5, 2009 - 5:06 pm

Happy new year! I love the pjs. Ian has the same ones…. :)

Doing Things A Little it Differently

Ever since we made the decision to homeschool, our lives have been in a constant state of change. It’s a necessary component to parenting in general, flexibility I mean. After two and a half years though, it seems as though we have perhaps been too flexible and now we’re starting to rein things in just […]

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Vanderbilt Wife - December 16, 2008 - 10:19 am

Has Iain read any of the Time Warp Trio books? They are hilarious and goofy and also teach some history. :)

Chrissy - December 16, 2008 - 11:56 am

I saw those books yesterday! I should of picked it up. Instead I got Charlie Bone and the Shadow for Dragon. I will have to look into it.

I love the pictures by the way. They are great. I cannot wait until I get my camera..only a couple more months. LOL

I think that we all suffer from homeschool doubts this time of year. I think that it is the whole new year and things. I have been thinking that I might need to get a firmer routine into place with my children as well. We have bedtimes set, but I want to start reading to my children again. We use to all pile up in my bed and read for almost an hour before bed. The kids loved it. I loved listening to dh read to the children. Of course they were all toddler and preschoolers at the time. Now I think that it would be a little hard for all 5 of us to climb on the bed now. LOL.

Jill - December 16, 2008 - 8:13 pm

I ordered Jamey Book 1 last night to give him for Christmas. He needs a good, entertaining book to read.
So cool about the boys finding the things they are enjoying and love the pictures. :)
I have been having the homeschool doubts a lot lately myself and I think Chrissy is right, it is the time of year. We’ll have to get together again soon, here or there is okay with us!

Carri - December 17, 2008 - 12:23 pm

Both of those movies are great!

I like to read more than one book at a time too. I think I’ll look for those math books. They sound very interesting.

mamak - December 18, 2008 - 8:24 am

Hey you!
Loved the photos. The doubts do creep up. Always. But they motivate you to try new things, like a routine which inspires good habits, which lead to happy days, and Mama finding again that all is well. It’s about constantly tweaking. Baby steps. We are always changing things up here. Then again, our kids are always changing, as is the needs that go with their new place. I have no advice, but I am so with you! Good to see your post this morning. It really made my cup of coffee. :>)-K

Stephanie - December 18, 2008 - 10:26 am

The photos are beautiful!
I’m with K. Questioning the Routine (Doubting) is excellent motivation.
That’s usually about the time I “rotate” things, or go downstairs looking with new eyes at our supplies.
Then the ideas just start flowing, and of course the babes get excited themselves, and come up with fabulous ideas as well. And the momentum sustains us for a few weeks, usually.
Did that yesterday, in fact.
All it took was “What would you guys like to do?” and then we started looking around for inspiration.
I also loved K’s “Mama finding again that All Is Well.”
Important stuff, that.

Like everyone says, the doubts are normal.
Know that everyone has them, and that we all get stuck sometimes.
And don’t forget to take care of the Boys’ Mama!

Gearing up for the holidays

It has begun. The long-awaited countdown to Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you honor at this time of year. We are a secular household but still love a few time-honored traditions. One of them for me is the advent calendar. Its origins can be traced back to 19th century Germany, although my first […]

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Joan - December 7, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Growing up we had a small felt wall hanging (I guess you would call it) of a Christmas tree. Underneath the tree were numbers 1 – 24 with a small ornament safety pinned. Each morning we would take the ornament off the number and pinned it on the tree. On the 24th, there was a place in the base of the tree to put Baby Jesus. My brother and I would take odd or even days but fight if better ornaments were on the days we didn’t have. To be fair about the 24th, we put Baby Jesus in the tree together.
Of course if you read my latest post, I’ve done nothing about Christmas. As far as religion, I guess our house is a mix. My husband is definitely a Christian as my daughter. I’m questioning a lot of things which has rubbed off on my son.

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:25 pm

Hi mate,

my kids have adored Advent calanders over the years too. My mother ended up making them a fabric one a few years back, and even though they are now nearly 16 & 18 respectively, I’ve already been told that they are expected it filled with treats for when they get home from Germany & Australia within the next week :-)

Live it up – go get one for yourself too

Cate - December 7, 2008 - 6:26 pm



Stephanie - December 9, 2008 - 12:08 pm

We always had the chocolate ones too.
Even though we have a fancy one now, I bought Trev and Maddie chocolate ones at the market.
But they ate them all that day.
(which is why I only put something in each day, and not ahead of time!) :)