Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Time Is Flying!


I knew Advent would pass quickly but I'm still taken by surprise by just how quickly.

~  Last week,  the girls had their annual Little Flower/ Little Women Christmas cookie bake and exchange.

Each family signed up to bring a different type of cookie dough to bake .  Here's a small sampling...

My girls were getting their fix on with some other special treat though...

This Christmas package arrived just over one month ago...the day after the girls in the group threw this baby shower in fact!

Yup!  I got my fix in as well.  :)

~  Saturday morning, while Sally was off on a babysitting job,  Ester and Mabel prepared these cute Christmas gifts for their close girlfriends and some friends on the block...

BTW, if any moms of these "friends" are reading this, please don't show your kids...they won't be delivered until next week and we want to keep it a surprise (*wink*)

*They started with a bowl full of candy

 *Added a few home made items and stickers for their close girlfriends

*Rolled the treats in tissue paper...stuck them through toilet paper rolls...tied the ends off with ribbon...and covered the toilet paper rolls with Christmas scrapbook paper

They had so much fun doing this!  The idea came from American Girl Magazine, Dec 11/ Jan 12 issue.

~  Saturday night David and I went to our homeschool group's Advent party.  It was good to be alone with the hubs for a while :)

~ Sunday brought a 'boys - only' trip to Legoland Discovery Center.  It was actually part of Stan's birthday present from back in October.

This is a Lego display of downtown Dallas...

And of course the Rangers Stadium display...

Pretty amazing, huh?

My girls spent the afternoon at the park playing.  I sat on the couch and slowly wrote out Christmas cards.  It was a very peaceful, quiet Sunday for me :)

~  Back around Thanksgiving time, we had some really chilly weather.  Had to break out the winter coats and hats even!

And there are no better winter hats then the ones that Grandma Claire knits...

Grandma even does camo...

~ Monday we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our parish has a very large Hispanic community and they always celebrate this feast day in such a beautiful way.  We wanted to to take part in some of the scheduled things but look at the time for these events...

(From the bulletin)

Monday, December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lunes, 12 de Diciembre - Fiesta de Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe
                Rosary / Rosario         4:30 AM
                Mariachi-Mañanitas  5:00 AM
                Mass (Bilg) /Misa (Bilg)       6:00 AM
                Mass (Sp) /Misa (Esp)        7:00 PM

I'm usually too tired, sore, or achy by evening so we passed on the 7pm Mass.

But we still read this beautiful story::

We also had our Mexican dinner of tacos!  (I've been really craving Mexican food lately.)

~  Today we celebrated the Feast of St. Lucia.  (You can read about St. Lucia here.)  This is a new celebration that we added to our list of liturgical celebrations at home.

We read two new books...

and added to our holy card collection...

The best part was a new tradition we started this year.  Since St. Lucia is also a celebration of light and winter, we decided to use this night to drive the Littles around to look at Christmas lights. How appropriate! We got the idea from Jen.

~ Home and in my pj's now.  Ready for a quiet rest of the week and praying that you are all finding the joy of Advent in your own homes this week .  

P.S.  I don't know about you all, but I'm really enjoying reading and "seeing" what everyone else does in their homes at this time of year.  Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

Advent blessings!

~  Patty  ~


  1. Patty~I so enjoyed strolling a long with you through this beautiful week of Advent. You write as though we are right there with you:)OH, your girls and boy are going to be such great big sibs! They look like naturals with that sweet little candy cane. We are going to have to do those tubes next year...great idea. Happy Feast of St. Lucy! (Our first time celebrating too)

  2. I don't think baby Joy will ever sleep in a bed, there are so many eager hands! Your girls are going to be awesome big sisters! Love the little gifts that the girls made, cute idea! Glad you are having a peaceful week, I can't believe Christmas is almost here!

  3. I want to hang out at your house! Your Advent preparations are amazing!

  4. What yummy looking treats! Wish I lived closer-I'd be right over :)

    It looks like you are having a wonderful Advent and doing a lot to celebrate the season, despite laying low. I'm impressed!

    I agree, Advent is flying by quickly. Can we slow down just a bit? A quick Advent and holiday season means baby will be here soon....I'm not sure I'm ready yet!

  5. what a perfectly wonderful holy Advent week you've had. Those presents are delightful! I see your girls are warming up for their own baby sibling ! And your parish has the most beautiful Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe; love all the blue! God bless your Advent~!


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