We are nearly three-quarters of the way through Advent and full of Christmas spirit and activities here at our farmhouse. This is a bit of what we've been up to as we try making spirits bright.
We've decorated a total of four Christmas trees this year, not including ones that we've helped with at schools and Church.
There's been some fun gingerbread cottage competition going on.
The boys built one, and the girls built the other. I must admit that we girls added some inedible embellishments to give ours a bit more curb appeal.
We got some snow over the weekend, and the children were so excited to be on a two hour delay Monday morning due to the ice that accumulated on top.
And then we woke up this morning to a lot more snow, but there was no delay, much to the dismay of the kiddos.
I've been creating some Pinterest-inspired chalkboard art in the kitchen and the front porch.
And the house has been decorated with a few new things...
...but mostly old.
We've still got our burlap plaid theme going on throughout the house.
And we even took the rustic preppy look to our fixer-upper cabin this year.
There is plenty of viewing of Christmas classics. I think I've watched Christmas with the Kranks on Netflix three times already.
And we've been counting down the days with our Advent calendar and this crafty bit of last year's Christmas tree that I made. I change this every morning before I get my first cup of coffee.
The Christmas cards have been sent. The trees have been trimmed. The halls have been decked, though not with boughs of holly. Gifts have been purchased, wrapped, and hidden. The Holly radio station is played every time we're in the SUV. Most of the Christmas movies have been watched, and the books are being read. All that's left is the cookie baking. The children have been wanting to start on that for weeks, but I'm putting it off because I can't resist the sweet treats.
And I'm desperately trying to end this year no heavier than when it started.
May the remaining days of your week be merry and bright, dear Readers.