2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 16, Take a family Photo

Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up ahorn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—

Take a timeout to take a family photo. Every year, we take a photo for my wall and I have it printed on a canvas. I love to see how much my kids have grown from year to year. 

Walgreens and Walmart are always having sales on their canvases to print your photos too. My preference is Walgreens. I have bought canvases, metal printing, ornaments, cards and mini scrapbooks through them in the past. GREAT GIFTS!

I just noticed that they have some coupons good through Dec 22, 2018 too!!!   

  • BOGO Free Wall and Desk Calendars Must use code BOGO2019 to receive one Wall or Desk Calendar Free when you purchase 2 or more through Walgreens.com/photo online or the mobile app. 
  • 50% off Photo Books Must use code MEMORIES2018 to receive 50% off photo books through Walgreens.com/photo online or on Walgreens mobile app. 
  • 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints Must use code FALALAWALL to receive 40% off Custom Floating Frames and Canvas Prints through Walgreens.com/photo online or mobile app. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 15, Decorate

Luke 1:14 – He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

I know that changing things up always makes me feel more in the spirit of things. Some years can be harder for some of us to decorate. It could be losing a loved one or even tight for cash. 

We lined my online backdrop for my classroom with old wrapping paper (I know that I got it on sale because I never buy wrapping paper full price ever.) And then we created a banner with the words Merry Christmas cut out of paper. It was an easy “game-changer” in my classroom. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 14, Do something for yourself

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite meal (Extra points if your spouse cooks your favorite meal for you). 

In our house this week we added a new family member. Meet Loki, our new Livestock Guardian Dog. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint. 

Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly.  Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE. 

If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 12, Gnocchi Soup

Luke 1:68 – “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.

Ingredients

This is a family favorite and it is so very filling. You can make this with cooked chicken, carnitas or ground beef. 

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart half-and-half or whole milk
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup carrots finely shredded
  • 1 cup spinach leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound cooked hamburger
  • 16 ounces package ready-to-use gnocchi
  1. Melt the butter into the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in the half-and-half or the whole milk. Simmer until thickened.
  4. Whisk in the chicken broth. Simmer until thickened again.
  5. Stir in the thyme, parsley, carrots, spinach, beef, and gnocchi.
  6. Stir in salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer until the soup is heated through. Before serving, season with additional salt, if necessary.
  8. Serve with bread and salad. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 11, Discovering Education – Field Trip Day, Bowling Alley

Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Every day we have a choice. I choose to homeschool. It isn’t right for everyone. But, it is right for us. We are surrounded by an AMAZING group of young people in our community who are also homeschooled. 

The different groups that we are in host field trips to all over. Yesterday, I had put together a field trip to our local bowling alley. This was not just any field trip, this was a behind the scenes one. I don’t know if all of the parents were as impressed as I was. The bowling alley machines are AWESOME!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 10, 4 gift Christmas

Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like monster of paper and toys vomited all over the floor and took over on Christmas morning.  Larry and I started looking into what others did, especially larger families.  We started this before Breckin, Trystan and Grayson were adopted. I love the feeling that we have with all of the kids, really focusing on what it means for Christmas for us. 

So, each child in our home receives 4 gifts – a WANT, a NEED,  a WEAR and a READ.  We made some tags to print up. (2 sets per sheet)   wantneedwearread-tags.pdf (36 downloads)

Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ
Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 9, home-made caramel FAIL!

Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “Mysoul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

For as far back as I can remember, our family has made fudge (My Daddy’s recipe that he got from his mom and he won’t share) and a caramel recipe. 

This year I went and grabbed my old cookbook and my caramel recipe was GONE. Yes, gone. So me being me, I decided to find a recipe online…. Well, try 1 looked good, tasted good, and then, it didn’t set. …. 

So, we tried again. Bought a new candy thermometer because I thought that could have been the problem…. Ummm try number 2 didn’t set. Well, when life gives you lemons… We jarred up the second batch and made a quart of caramel sauce for ice cream. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 8, Spend time and look at lights

Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year,  we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at the gingerbread houses and lights around out community. This year was no different. Get into comfy clothes. Drink some hot chocolate and drive around, singing christmas carols.