Category Archives: Just Being Family

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 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 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. 

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 3, breakfast egg biscuits

December 3:

Luke 1:30 -But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.


Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”.  Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (We don’t have a microwave, so I don’t know how long to put them in for.)

We start out by adding biscuit dough to the bottom of a muffin pan (I don’t know why my preference is my square brownie pan ( here is the Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2SrnAp0 ), but you can use any non-stick pan that you have. 

Then we add a single egg. I do crack the yoke, you do not have to. 

Top the eggs with cooked ham, sausage or bacon and sprinkle with cheese. 

Into the oven, it goes for about 25 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

The biscuit dough can be either store-bought or homemade. Many times we will make a batch of freezer dough to have available for mornings like this.  There are great recipes in the 2 books in the “Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer” series.  I like this series because each recipe shows the x3, x6 and x9 to make multiples of each recipe for later.  The “More” book has a biscuit recipe in it. 

 

 

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Place biscuit dough in the pan. 

Break one egg on each biscuit

Add Cheese and cooked meat to the top of the egg.

 

Bake for 25 minutes or until eggs are cooked. 🙂

 

Christmas Cookies – Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – These are a simple and easy dessert to take to a Christmas party. We normally make these and get them in the fridge and make cookies in the oven while these are chilling.
 
Ingredients
 
    • 2 cups peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
    • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package of Chocolate bark or 2 cups of chocolate chips (our preference)

 

Instructions
 
  1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl. I use my kitchen aid mixer. 🙂 Mix well. 
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time. You may need to add a bit more or a bit less powdered sugar. You have enough powdered sugar when the mixture holds together well in one giant ball in your mixing bowl.
  3. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until th
    ey firm up. 
  4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate again, for about 15 minutes. 
  5. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
  6. Dip the peanut butter balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Place the dipped peanut butter chocolate ball onto wax paper.
  7. Let the chocolate harden.
  8.  
  9. If you are not serving right away, you can chill until ready to serve.