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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!) :)

Just got off the phone with my mom

I just had a conversation with my mother, which in and of itself is not particularly remarkable because we talk all the time. In most of the conversation I was annoyed with her as she was expressing her political and religious views of which I am the polar opposite but at the end of the […]

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Louisa - November 20, 2008 - 7:42 pm

You conveyed what you wanted too, my insides clenched and I have tears in my eyes…..

Marin - November 21, 2008 - 5:35 pm

Wow, Evie! I can imagine all the hopes and fears and feelings this must bring up for you as a parent and a daughter.

Take the time to process it all and let us know what you discover. It is always fascinating to me when I learn something unknown about a parent or a sibling that makes me consider them in a whole new light.

I have to say that was some good writing too!

allyall - November 21, 2008 - 8:10 pm

How emotional that must have been for you. I can feel it thru your words. Hugs.

mamak - November 21, 2008 - 11:08 pm


piscesgrrl - November 22, 2008 - 6:12 pm

You don’t have to have a conclusion or any coherent next level. It’s enough to feel connected and see with new eyes. Powerful stuff.

Beverly - November 23, 2008 - 12:12 am

Nice post. Makes me think, too.

Chrissy - November 25, 2008 - 9:25 am

Hi :)

I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for an award.

Trying to get back on track!

Man! Things have been crazy around here! I turn around and look at the blog and I haven’t posted anything since TUESDAY??? What the heck??! Well, on Wednesday we had some friends over for most of the day and it was great! Jill (Homeschool Mama here) and her two boys came over for a picnic, […]

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Donna Boucher - May 30, 2008 - 3:31 pm

Very nice! I think Raw helps with skin tones…I don’t know how…but people who use Raw have pretty skin tones.

I see a little vinette (sp) too don’t I?

Cute shot!

whimsigal - May 30, 2008 - 3:50 pm

Donna, it may have something to do with being able to really tweak the white balance in raw. Yes, you’re right about the vignette! I forgot to add that in the notes. It was my most recent lesson.

carri - May 31, 2008 - 9:58 am

Congrats on the domain name!!

Unit studies are fun! We have done a lot of literature based ones over the years. I just print out a bunch of ideas then we pick and choose which ones interest us. I think you’ll enjoy it.

whimsigal - May 31, 2008 - 12:49 pm

Hey Carri, thanks!

Is there any particular place you go to print out the unit studies? It’s been so long since I thought about doing anything remotely like that! LOL

I may email you and ask you later, in case you miss this somehow.


carri - June 2, 2008 - 10:27 am

I usually just do a search for whatever topic and add the words unit study. The last one I search for was Wizard of Oz unit study.

We also do a library run and pick up as many books on the subject as possible too. Catelynn’s passion right now is bugs so she always brings home a stack of books on critters. She looks out for shows on tv and observes bugs in action whenever we go outside. It’s fun to watch her form her own “unit study.”