Christmas Plans

The anticipation of Christmas is the most fun!  Going along with my “list making and idea planning” in my 101 in 1001 days.  I am going to write out a list of all the things I would like to do this Christmas season.  Starting November 30 – Jan 6.  This list is in random order.

1.  Put the Christmas lights on the tree before we decorate it together!

2 Put Christmas lights up outside.

3. Wrap all the Christmas books up and let the girls open one everyday to read before Christmas.

4. Have a Christmas color day where everything is Red and Green. 

5. Make granola gospels.

6. Throw a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party.

7. Memorize Luke 2: 1-14.

8. Read through Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader.

9. Send Christmas Cards with Christmas picture.

10. Feed the birds…Make bird food….string cranberries and popcorn and hang outside on trees.  Read Eve Bunting’s The Night Tree.

11. Take husband out to dinner and to Laminaria Event at Botanical Gardens.

12. Make Friendship tea mix.  What could use instead of Tang?  Let me check at Whole Foods for some alternative! 😉

13. Decorate Gingerbread House.

14. Make reindeer food to spread on lawn.

15. Study six names of Jesus.

16. Take someone a “meal in a basket”.

17. Operation Christmas Child

18.  Read Jotham’s Journey.

19. bake cookies and ice with confectioners sugar icing.

20. Go to Night in Bethlehem at a church.

21. Go to Candle light Handel’s Messiah at Phoenix Symphony.(purchased tickets :))

22. Go to Christmas lights walk through neighborhood.

23. Do family service project.

24. Get a picture with Santa...

25. Go on hotel date with hubby…

26. Ride around and look at Christmas lights

27. Have a hot chocolate night and watch Christmas movie..

28. Make Starbucks cranberry bliss bars.

29. Listen to Christmas music..Add Christmas music to playlist

30. Attend Christmas Eve service.

31. Zoo lights

32. Go to the movies (Christmas Carol)

33. Go to the town Christmas parade.(missed this again this year….)

34. Go to Hometown Christmas at library. (missed this again this year!:()

35. Make Hershey Kiss advent calendar.  Lisa Welchel’s Adventures in Christmas has some great ideas.

36.  Kiss hubby underneath the mistletoe! 😉

37.  Make and take gifts to neighbors.  Maybe the Friendship tea this year or Hot Chocolate mix.

38. Plan and buy the Christmas outfits.

39. Grow an Amaryllis. (force bulb)

40. Put out the Nativity and the lumanaries Christmas Eve.

41. Make snowman soup and deliver as gifts.

42.  Start a new tradition ….. Elf on the Shelf! :0).  Check this blog out for fun Elf on the Shelf ideas.  Love this ….. so fun!


Today I am thankful for the Thanksgiving holiday!  A day of good food and rest and family.  My little one was sick today so we sent our food off to grandma’s and grandpa’s with the rest of the family and we just stayed here together and watched movies.  I am so sorry my sweet little girl is sick but she was able to rest all day with popsicles and Gatorade!  We watched the old Freaky Friday, Secret Garden, and Sleeping Beauty!  Hopefully, she will be feeling better tomorrow!

I just enjoyed the most wonderful dessert with some good Starbucks Thanksgiving coffee.  It was pumpkin bread pudding with a caramel bourbon sauce ….yummy!  It definitely is worth a try if you like bread pudding.

I am very thankful for the trees and for nature!  I love the world God has designed for us!

Isaiah 61:3-4

They will be called oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor…

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

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Well, I am going to go along with the holiday theme and blog about our favorite Thanksgiving/Christmas recipes on What’s for dinner Wednesday for a while….

This is a favorite that my grandmother used to make….it is great for Christmas or Thanksgiving and we like it served hot.  It is so good with the ham and turkey.  I found this recipe online that is very similar to hers and is what I am using.

I love traditions….new and old….my mom and I are were just talking today how things were “different” but that is okay…times change…new ideas emerge….different circumstances….really all we can do is be thankful for wherever we are and whatever we are doing…..here are some great traditions I found recently.  I am going to try the random acts of kindness one with our family.

Baked Fruit Compote Recipe

From Woman’s Day | November 15, 2005


  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar (I use about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup wine (any decent kind)
  • 16 oz (21⁄2 cups) dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted prunes (I use the kind infused with orange or lemon)
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks in juice, not drained (I use unsweetend)
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

* I also add one can of mandrian oranges.


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Have ready a 2- to 21⁄2-qt shallow baking dish .2. Dissolve sugar in wine. Put dried and canned fruits in baking dish, add wine mixture and stir to mix. Cover with foil.3. Bake 1 hour, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Uncover, cool and transfer to serving dish; cover and refrigerate overnight.4. Serve cold or at room temperature.Planning Tip: Can be made up to 1 week ahead. Refrigerate covered.

*We love this hot from the oven.

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I am so thankful for my nieces.   This is a picture of a horse back ride through the mountains.  It was a great time!  My oldest niece loves horses and when she came out to visit we planned this trip.  It was a great trail ride through the desert!  Very fun.  I am also thankful for my baby niece!  Someday she will be old enough to take a horse back ride with!  I am thankful for trips like these that bind our family closer together! 🙂  My Dad funded this trip….I am thankful for that too….with 4 girls these kind of trips are really pricey!  Thanks Dad!:)  I really appreciate these trips you provide for us!

What are you thankful for today?

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101 in 1001 Days

I have been looking over my list lately and deciding what I need to work on next.  I am not a “list” person but do like to set goals.  Here is a short clip of how to set “SMART” goals.  Even though it is designed for the office setting the principles work very well personally or with your children.  Please click  here to watch the movie instruction.  If you scroll down some more there are some other good clips for leadership.  I like building leadership skills in my children.  Again, even those clips are designed for work/office you can use them in your homeschool as you lead your children in their education.  I like the “bathtub model”.  It is a good way to tell your children who are old enought to work independently and understand what your role is their project…say a science fair project, paper, etc…

I am also going to be using some ideas from the website “Never Just a House Wife” to help me with my Home Management Notebook goal and my Holiday Notebook.  Please visit her for “Managing the Mayhem Monday” from some great ideas!

Important upcoming goals are: scheduling a photographer for the “Christmas picture” and getting the Christmas cards out Christmas.  I also see a couple of things on my list that look like good Christmas presents!  Fish aquarium and metronome (my girls want the manual kind not the digital)!  The Elsie Dinsmore Old Fashioned Christmas party is also a possibility for this year.

Go ahead and make your self a SMART goal for today…… and let me know how you did! 🙂

I am having no problems coming up with thirty days of Thanksgiving.  The Lord has so richly and abundantly blessed me over my life.  Today, I am thankful for church.  Not just my own church, which I am very thankful for,  but the whole body of Christ or the “church”..

I remember one time when one of my daughters learned that the “church” meant not the building but the people themselves.  I love old country churches.  Of course, this is not my church but I have been in old country churches like this at times over my life and I just love the way they look and smell.  I love the thought of all the ones that have gone before me sitting in that pew….worshipping God….asking for mercy and forgiveness of their sins.  I am thankful for the church….for God’s people….for memories…..for legacys…..for commitments…for promises…..

Matthew 18:20

For where there are two or three gathered together…to my name, I am there in their midst…..

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside everything that hinders us and especially the sin tat so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us….

What are you thankful for today?

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