Monday, December 19, 2016

Fourth Week of Advent - Daybook Post

Outside my window~

Brrrrr!  Baby, it's cold outside!

This past Saturday, within a matter of a few hours, we dropped 70 degrees.  That was just crazy.

And it ends up that two more daughters need new winter coats.  (Who gave them permission to keep growing? ;)

I am thankful for ~

* a warm house

* new flannel sheets

* humidifiers

What I have read been watching ~

Christmas movies :)    My new favorite is Christmas With the Kranks.  Have you seen it?  So funny!

From the school room ~

* We are officially done with the first semester.

* I purchased these beautiful cupcakes at Whole Foods as a study break for my test takers ::

* Miss Sally has committed to...

She chose the University of Mary Hardin - Baylor!   (Established in 1845 as the "Baylor Female College" to what is now Baylor University.  It has since become its own institution.)

We are so incredibly proud of her hard work, determination, and dedication.  She had been accepted to 7 major universities including, Baylor University and Alabama (Roll Tide!), but in the end, picked one of the top three nursing schools in the state of Texas.

She is thrilled.  We are bubbling over with pride.  Scholarships are AWESOME!!  And on the day she committed, I bawled my eyes out (but nothing an Irish coffee couldn't fix.  Ha Ha!)

I am praying for ~

* all those who are homeless

* our priests

* an end to abortion

* those who are very ill or alone

Around the house ~

I purchased this Christmas gift wrap holder at the beginning of Advent.

In it I have: scissors, scotch tape, packing tape, ribbons, bows, gift bags, boxes, wrapping tissue, wrapping paper, etc.   It had been in our bedroom, and if anyone needed to wrap, it was all in one place.  But!  They had to clean up after themselves.

(I was so tired of our master closet being Santa's -messy- workshop for weeks on end.)

Christmas ornaments from our Mississippi trip this past summer are now hung on the tree.

From the kitchen ~

Miss Mabel has been on a Christmas cookie baking storm!!

She made Big, Soft Ginger Cookies

And she baked Cranberry, White Chocolate Cookies

I can't forget the Oreo, Peppermint Crunch cookies.

Nor can I forget the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.

And there is more to come!  She and Ester are baking the next two days (with girlfriends :)

I am listening to ~

* the hum of the furnace and the various humidifiers I have set up around the house.  (It's SO dry!!)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - Nutcracker ballet for Miss Clementine
Sunday - Pageant practice for Stan
Monday - Doctor appointment
Tuesday - Dinner out with friends
Wednesday - Christmas cookie baking with girlfriends
Wednesday - Choir / pageant practice
Saturday - Visit Santa
Saturday - Christmas Eve Mass & Christmas pageant
Sunday - Christmas Mass

One last photo to share ~

Miss Clementine danced to Suzy Snowflake in her Christmas recital this past Saturday.  The recital was so cute!

Wishing you all a fruitful last week of Advent!

~  Patty ~


  1. Yay! Congratulations to your daughter and her college choice. That's so exciting.
    We also have one on a baking kick around here too. Great fun, but not for my scale!!!
    And Suzy Snowflake is such a sweetheart. She looks adorable.
    Merry Christmas to you and your awesome family.

  2. So much love in this one, my friend!
    Congratulations to your daughter! And to you...her teacher!!!!!
    Love the stages you have going finishing up with you, and one getting started...with some sweets in between!
    Enjoy this wonderful week!
    P.S. The cookies? Amazing!

  3. Congratulations on such a big big decision! Wonderful news!

  4. Congratulations to Sally.I know you are very proud of her.
    Your cookies look yummy. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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