Tuesday, December 29, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas 2015
Day 1 | Pop popcorn and read a picture book together.
Day 2 | Make paper snowflakes.
Day 3 | Drink hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie.
Day 4 | Make cookies and take to neighbor's home.
Day 5 | Work on a puzzle together.
Day 6 | Make a favorite Christmas treat.
Day 7 | Go on a drive and look at Christmas lights.
Day 8 | String popcorn garland.
Day 9 | Make easy gingerbread houses.
Day 10 | Bundle up and go on a winter walk.
Day 11 | Play a favorite board game together.
Day 12 | Watch the Nativity together.

We kept it simple this year.  We have been doing this a few years now and love the tradition.  You can find our 12 Days 2014 here.

Christmas 2015

I love this time of year!  Lights and cloves, presents and kindness, delicious food and tasty treats. surrounded by lights and sharing the story and hope of a babe in Bethlehem.  Our family has throughly enjoyed this Christmas season and we have loved sharing this time with our little family, our extended family and our friends and neighbors.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Report || November 2015

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
It took me forever to read through this classic novel.  It is long people and the story is an interesting one, definitely one I didn't connect with.  I didn't know the story before I started, the story of a Gentleman in Spain who goes a bit nutty and decides he is a knight.  He convinces one of his servants to become his squire and travel the country with him.  He has many ridiculous adventures.  A look into Spain at this period of time.  I"m feel happy that I do now know what this classic is all about.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Loved this reread of Pride and Prejudice.  If you haven't read it, it is so worth the read.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
This was a fun continuation of the Lunar Chronicles.  The romance is very young adult (perfect for young teenage girls, and a bit annoying at times for me), but the story is fun and it is so interesting to see how the author weaves in the fairytale with this futuristic world.

The Lake House by Kate Morton
I adored this story.  Haunting, compelling, and so very satisfying.  In the style of Kate Morton, she weaves the story of past and present beautifully.  The theme of motherhood is woven throughout, that connection between mother and child is hauntingly moving.  One of my favorites of her, okay, I have a lot of favorites.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
This was a fun story, a mystery that my kids certainly loved.  My 12 year old went on to read the series and enjoyed those.  The story of 4 super special orphaned children that join with Mr. Benedict to save the world.

Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling 
This was the speech that J. K. Rowling shared at Harvard.  A short and interesting read, especially as I'm rereading Harry Potter with my 12 year old.