Category Archives: 2018 Advent

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)  [download id=”5402″]

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 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. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 7, Try Something New

Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of  Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

One of the things that I like my children to know is that you are never too old to try something new. Our Advent message for the 7 is exactly that. Try something new today.  This could be trying a new activity or craft. Try a new style or a new recipe in your kitchen. 

Today, Rowan tried out a new online class with Outschool. Here is a link to the classes. There is everything from cooking to Minecraft and Lego building, from a new language lesson to forensic science. And these are all for kids!!! 
https://outschool.com/?signup=true&usid=CGc3YJOv&utm_campaign=share_invite_link

So for today, have you or your kids try something new. Start reading a new book series, or a movie series. Or have them try out an online class or a new recipe.  Do it together. After all, that is what Christmas is all about TOGETHER! (And her pumpkin butter and hot chocolate that she made was GREAT!!!)

Rowan taking a new online cooking class.

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 6, Nativity Color Sheet

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.


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Every day, I try to take time out for me. …. Reading a book or magazine, writing a note to a friend or even coloring. (Yes, mamas can still color and this one does.

Here is a FREE download of a Nativity color page for you today. Enjoy the Day! 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 5, Pine Cone Ornaments

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,


 I love creating inexpensive (and free) projects with my crew. We gathered pine cone from Nana’s yard and took school glue and glitter powder and made a dozen new ornaments for our Christmas tree. 

These are very simple. You can paint or use any kind of glitter. We then hot glued twine to the top and added a bow.  And boy, do these sparkle once hung on the tree. 

 

 

  

 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 4, Discovering Education – Creating a Nativity craft

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.


Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash.   Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive. 

You will need:

  • 6 tongue depressors
    (3 whole, 3 cut in half
    and one half cut again in half)
  • Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
  • Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
  1. Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors. 
  2. Add Mary and Joseph
  3. Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger. 
  4. Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
  5. Paint and add faces