I am thinking... about Rose's 2nd birthday. We do have a few gifts for her, but haven't made any other plans or decided on a cake. Birthdays during Advent are hard, especially when you full term with another baby!
I am thankful... for the sacrament of Confession, holy priests, and all the graces that go along with the sacrament. I am also thankful for all my wonderful friends that are always looking out for me... Thank you, Aimee, for the lovely candles and holy water blessed in the name of St. Raymond Nonnatus.
From the kitchen... jars of Starlight Cookies for Christmas Eve! The girls had so much fun making these during Little Flowers this past Friday. We made a few modifications to the recipe at Catholic Cuisine. I will try and post our changes, along with the printable tags that I made soon!
Learning all the time... This will be our last "official" week of school for the year, though I do plan to have the kids continue until whenever this little guy arrives. Today we are headed out on another field trip which should be lots of fun!
Living the Liturgical Year at Home... Yesterday we lit the rose candle for Gaudete Sunday! Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, tomorrow Santa Lucia Day, and later this week we will begin praying the O Antiphons! This year we won't be doing quite as much as we have in the past (you can find all of my old posts in my Advent & Christmas Planning Post) but we do have a special book for today, along with Mexican Fiesta Potluck at Church (we need to bring a dessert, so I am thinking a Rose Cake or Cupcakes will be perfect). Tomorrow the girls get up early to wake everyone else with a yummy breakfast. (You can find tons of other Ideas for Celebrating Santa Lucia Day here. As for the O Antiphons, unlike last year when I focused on all food treats for each of the seven days, this year I have little gifts wrapped in gold for each day, topped with the corresponding O Antiphon Ornament. I will try and post this years list of gifts, but in the meantime you can find lots of our past ideas in the archives.
I am creating... Christmas gifts! I stayed home with the two youngest on Saturday, while my husband took the boys to their Hockey game and then the four oldest to a birthday party, also at the Ice Rink. It was the perfect opportunity to assemble and wrap most of the kids Christmas gifts - we have always given them three gifts each (plus new pajamas on Christmas Eve), which is now starting to add up to quite a few presents to wrap! I still have a few more to do, but I am starting to feel so much more prepared.
I am wearing... black yoga pants, a purple long-sleeve maternity top, grey sweater/vest, and black boots. Everything else is either too tight, too uncomfortable, or too hard to get on! :)
I am reading... Advent and Christmas With Fulton J. Sheen. I am also reading Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids, which was a surprise "baby" gift from a dear friend (Twinkle Toes' Godmother) that just arrived in the mail!
Pondering these words... from the "Conversations with God Daily Dose" for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
"When many people do what falls within the scope of their capabilities, entire countries can be converted, as happened in the earliest centuries. Let us ask the Blessed Virgin for an ever-growing desire to be courageous and daring in sowing the good seed of Christ's doctrine."
Noticing that... I made it to 37 weeks. Officially full-term!
Towards personal care... still need to pack that bag for the hospital, but I am getting closer! I picked up some travel size toiletries at the store and have a little pile building on the bathroom counter, along with a list of the other items I'd like to remember to bring. I also need to remember to pick up some more Arnica, which is always so helpful after delivery!
I am listening... to the sound of the washing machine. Just one more load to finish and I will be completely caught up! I'm hoping that this afternoon can be dedicated to washing all the baby blankets and clothes. I've put it off long enough.
Around the house... The floors need to be mopped and the bathrooms need to be cleaned. Thankfully the wash is *almost* caught up, we will have a cleaning lady coming again on Wednesday afternoon!
I am hoping... that Isabella is okay, and perhaps found a new home. She has been missing for a week now and the kids are heartbroken. They LOVED her! Ferdinand also seems so lonely without her. Some of our neighbors have had their outdoor cats for years, and others have had their cats go missing. We have quite the wildlife in the woods around our home (cougars, bears, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, etc) and she was such a daring cat, and quite the hunter, that I worry that she might have picked a fight with the wrong animal. :(
I am praying... the Christmas Rose Novena for a Healthy Baby and Safe Delivery. It starts today!
One of my favorite things... annual leave! Hubby has enough "use it or lose it leave" to take the rest of the year off!!! (He actually had more than enough, and ended up donating hours to a fellow forester who has a son with cancer and not enough leave.) He may have to go in a few days here and there, but I am so thankful that he will be able to be home most of these next few weeks.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
- Monday :: American History Themed Field Trip; Fiesta for Our Lady of Guadalupe at Church
- Tuesday :: Celebrate Santa Lucia Day; 37 Week OB Appointment
- Wednesday :: Tutor from 9-1; Piano from 2-4 for the four oldest
- Thursday :: Celebrate Rose's 2nd Birthday; Hockey Practice
- Friday :: Have a Baby? *I did say the 16th would be the most convenient! ;)
- Saturday :: Last Hockey Game before Christmas Break; Begin praying the O Antiphons
A Picture thought I am sharing:
I had meant to share this picture with you all last week, but never did have a chance. Some of you asked (here and on Facebook) if our little Rose is as sweet as she looks... Yes, she is a sweetie - probably the most affectionate toddler we have ever had - but she is also a stinker and smart as a whip! She has been getting into EVERY.THING! lately and we've had to start assigning shifts, making sure that she is being watched constantly. These pictures were taken last week, after she had just dumped out the girls' bathroom drawers and re-did her own hair. She later went on to changing her clothes and coloring her legs... And that was just one day last week. It's hard to believe that she is going to already be two years old this week, and yet I just can't imagine our life without her!
P.S. There is still time to add a guess on when you think this little one will arrive, if you haven't already! I will probably close the game to new guesses tonight.