...times three. To begin, Advent is literally days away and I'm totally unprepared. Between all of my Christmas gear and Advent activities for homeschooling and decorating being tucked away in an unreachable spot in one of our three storage units, and not being in a house that I can really decorate I'm feeling a little scattered.
I am in desperate need of the Magnificat Advent Companion....hoping that I can make it over to the Catholic bookstore before they are all snatched up! That little booklet is always such a blessing to me in this busy season.
I guess a big part of my preparation for Advent in years past has been focused on decorating and doing activities with the kids. During Advent our homeschool lesson plans change from the Catholic Heritage Curriculum to a mix of educational and just plain fun activities and lessons which lead up to the birth of Jesus. I change out activities on our school shelves and this year I just feel kind of lost without my own space to be able to do that. I am trying to incorporate some Advent prep crafts and such the best that I can. Today we did this activity that I found on Catholic Icing. Making our frugal dollar store candles into Advent pink and purple ones...along with our dollar store wreath and fake flowers.
(I have to say the first two candles were "smoother" than the last two purples, but overall painting with melted crayons worked quite well, and Isabel enjoyed the instant transformation as much as I did!)
Now while I'm a little disappointed that we are not in the new house to be able to do all of this right now, I am excited and thankful that we are just getting a new home for Christmas! And that is the second part of my flurry of activity....I am spending wayyyy too much time on Pinterest and Craigslist searching for new finds/ideas/creations for the new home. I'm torn because it's fun to think about decorating and preparing a new house, and yet I don't want to be totally occupied by this excitement during this special season when I'm supposed to be focusing on preparing my heart.
And finally, there has been a flurry of activity in my belly lately! This baby who has seemed fairly inactive to me, has suddenly increased his or her movement quite a bit, and I've been enjoying it! Very thankful to be able to feel this little one move around more and more!