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a bjd advent – dec 11 – christmas cards with a purpose

  • Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

today was a charity day again, a day when the kids focus on giving, rather than what they will get for christmas
dec 11 cards with a purpose
meg ordered cards from a few of her favorite charities as gifts for friends and family.
dec 11 christmas cards with a purpose
the kids had all decided together that they would write encouraging notes to our troops who would be away from their families this year, so they each picked a favorite place to sit and got busy thinking of what to say
dec 11 christmas cards
the girls are writing very sweet letters
dec 11 christmas cards
the boys decided to write their letter together, i think meg better check this one before she sends it!

a bjd advent – dec 10 – popcorn and movie night

  • Posted on December 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm

tonight the girls cuddled up to eat popcorn and watch “the mujppets’ christmas carol”
watching a movie
watching a movie
the boys claimed the muppets movie was sissy, but they came in to grab some popcorn and were soon as mesmerized as the girls
dec 10 popcorn and movie night
dec 10 popcorn and movie night

a bjd advent – dec 9 – family photo

  • Posted on December 9, 2019 at 10:37 am

today meg took the kids’ christmas picture. amazingly enough even the boys cooperated!
merry christmas

a bjd christmas – dec 8 faith candle

  • Posted on December 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm

on the second sunday of advent kiri and annalise lit the second candle.
dec 8
The second candle represents faith and is called “Bethlehem’s Candle.” Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David. lighting this candle symbolizes the preparations being made to receive the Christ child.

a bjd advent – dec 4 the very long day

  • Posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:34 pm

meg had a lot of christmas shopping left to do, so she decided to make a day of it
dec 4
first stop chapters to get books for all the kids, she especially wanted to find a boxed set of the narnia books for eilidh

to pass the time while she was gone, the little girls worked on a giant christmas puzzle
dec 4
koko decided to “help”
dec 4
no no! bad kitty!
dec 4
next stop toysrus, for toys of course
dec 4
dovey pointed out pieces for the other girls to put in. she had a good top view from her chair
dec 4
then she headed over to the fabric store to get material to make christmas aprons
dec 4
as the day passed the puzzle started to come together
dec 4
winners was next – the kids are growing fast and all need new clothes
dec 4
they got farther…
dec 4 at lowes
some of the christmas light strings got broken last year, so she stopped at the hardware store for new ones
dec 4
and farther…
dec 4
more shopping at the craft store to get supplies for the advent crafts, and a few more for stocking stuffers
dec 4
till at last they were done!
dec 4
as the afternoon was ending meg headed to the yarn shop for some last minute christmas knitting
dec 4
they were so excited about finishing that they woke eilidh up from her nap
dec 4
last stop of the day was a store called “destination christmas” for some extra christmas decorations. with the snow starting to fall, meg headed home
dec 4
“megs been gone a very long time, do you think she is ever coming back?”
“i’m sure she will be home soon”
eildih replied
dec 4
just then a voice called out “i’m home!” and in came meg with arms full of bags
dec 4

a bjd advent dec 3 – christmas stories

  • Posted on December 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm

after a busy day playing, the girls were happy to cuddle up with eilidh and listen to one of their favorite books, “the best christmas pageant ever”
dec 3 christmas stories

a bjd advent – dec 2 operation christmas child boxes

  • Posted on December 2, 2019 at 6:58 pm

the girls got together today and packed shoe boxes for operation christmas child
making shoe boxes
first they covered the boxes with wrapping paper.
packing boxes
packing boxes
then they filled them to the brim with toys and goodies. they had lots of fun deciding what to put in, and trying to make it all fit!
occ girl
they packed a girl box
occ boy
and a boy box

a bjd advent – dec 1 hope candle

  • Posted on December 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

starting the 24 days of advent
dec 1 is the first sunday of advent , so they lit the first candle tonight.
advent sunday hope candle
eilidh explanis to crystal that “The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival. lighting this candle opens the period that anticipates Christmas and remembers those who first spoke the promise of the coming Christ child.”

an advent wreath.. er log

  • Posted on November 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm

the kids are getting very excited for christmas so meg has planned 24 days worth of activities to help them wait. tomorrow is the start of advent so she needed to make an advent wreath so the girls could light the candles (no the boys will not be allowed to help, honestly would any sane person let noah or emrys anywhere NEAR fire?)

i know it supposed to be a circular wreath, but she decided a birch log would make a cool option so here goes…

advent log, determining the length
first lay the candles out to decide how long the log should be

advent log hot glue
before cutting the log i put a couple of rows of hot glue on the bottom and then squished it flat on my silicone sheet, this made it a bit more stable and less likely to roll. i could have cut a piece off the bottom to make it flat instead, but this was easier.

advent log sizing
here are the dimensions we used

advent log, holes drilled
i marked the candle positions with a tiny x, then drilled the holes using progressively bigger drill bits til the hole fit. working up that way helps keep the birch bark from shattering or the log from splitting. the final size for these (birthday) candles was a 7/32 drill bit.
as you can see the candle rolled on me in spite of the hot glue, and the last hole is a bit wonky, but it doesn’t show if i photograph straight on

advent log candles
here it is with the candles. we couldn’t find the traditional purple and pink, so went with white and silver instead, because it looks nice 😉

next i needed to decorate it
advent log decor options
tiny red berries from a potpourri mix, and greenery pulled of a dollar store wreath

advent log done
cut to size, glued on and it’s done

the boys rebel

  • Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:45 am

the boys were complaining that all my blankets were too girly, so they picked the colors out for this one. the round is a mat for beside the bed
what's on my blocking pad