There’s something about December in our house. This time last year Owlet had Pneumonia. Two years before that both the boys had the flu. This year it’s the flu again. It started with me and grew to Hubby, Owlet, and Firecracker.
Firecracker’s actually still running a fever, so we’re not positive at this point that it won’t continue to spread. However, we all have Tamiflu, so we’re hoping that the spread of the flu is at it’s end….So, other than needing a cleaning fairy, things are looking up from the beginning of this week.
However, other than the two days that I felt the sickest, we’ve actually had a relaxed week at home and accomplished a few things.
To begin with, we put up our Christmas tree and stockings. I so enjoy having the tree lit in the living room. Since we haven’t left the house this week, I haven’t turned it off yet.
We’ve somehow lost most of the pieces to our Little People Christmas Story Nativity over the past couple of years. I had this “great” idea that I would buy a Precious Moments one at Wal-Mart that the kids could enjoy painting and playing with. I realized about the time that Owlet painted an entire wise man red that this might not have been the “wisest” idea. I’ve also had to stop her several times from pounding the plaster figurines on the fireplace just to see the plaster flake off.
We haven’t done any schoolwork that wasn’t Christmas themed this week (especially since we had to miss co-op due to sickness). We did start The Truth in the Tinsel this week. Of course, we’re already behind because we’ve only made it to day three. I did decide to have the older children journal through the lessons and make an Advent notebook this year. I’m using a free printable notebooking page that Kim @ Not Consumed offered last year.
The kids and I have also been working through some resources that I’m reviewing for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I’m really loving all the resources on the website, and I’ll be bringing you a full review around the 15th.
For now though, I have to show you that we’re making a “Gifts of the Magi” lapbook that we found on there. This was something that was sparked by seeing this Mickey Mouse video and Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!
We’ve also been using some preschool resources on SchoolhouseTeachers.com that inspired me to make some sparkly green playdough for the kids and have a playdough afternoon. The kids all enjoyed playing in the playdough, and some even made the Christmas trees that I had imagined.
I also stuffed envelopes with Advent activities that I haven’t really felt up do doing. I got the activity calendar I used this year over at Hip Homeschool Moms.
We made a gingerbread house. If you look at the collage below, you’ll notice that we’re not going to be winning any awards for best gingerbread house any time soon!
Our elf, Nemus came back. The kids were delighted. He’s been in our leftover Halloween candy and he’s been spotted playing cards with Wolverine.
Before we got sick, our Thanksgiving weekend also afforded many opportunities for Firecracker and Hubby to play Madden NFL 25 together.
I also posted a new recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal this week on the blog. If you’re looking for something easy to make that has a decadent taste, this is a recipe to go for.
Rose and I also had a wonderful time watching The Sound of Music Live! tonight on NBC. Rose was so into it that she’s wanting to watch it again and even trying to imitate the songs from it after just one listen. I’m going to have to get her the original (and maybe even the one we saw tonight) to watch again.
I think that about does it for this week. Next week, we’re hoping to feel a little better and get back to our fable notebooks regular activities. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!