Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Countdown 1 day to go!!

Well it is here, Christmas Eve!!  Are you ready?  I am for the most part.  Hubby and I still have a pretty major gift in the works and if we don't pull it off today, it will break my heart, we have been working on it for a while now and part is done, part is not.  We still have cookies on the favorites list that we have not had time to bake yet!  Yikes!!!  I think I am going to set my 14 year old to baking cookies while I sew, sew, sew and hubby works downstairs on the secret gift.  Hubby shouldn't need much time, so I'm hoping that he can help the oldest with the cookies since he can't help me sew.Hubby has something crazy up his sleeve for me, I'm so excited.  I have no clue what it could be and he keeps giving contradicting hints.  I haven't had a good Christmas surprise in so many years.. minus each of the 3 years my 3 Christmas babies were born.  Normally we don't do Christmas for each other, the money just isnt' there for us to get gifts too.  We splurged this year and it feels good.It already looks like Christmas under our tree, the kids wrapped their gifts yesterday (we take them to 5 Below one at a time to shop for everyone else in the house) and put them under the tree.  It looks so beautiful!Well enough of my banter.  I really wanted to share this link yesterday and just wish everyone a Merry Christmas yesterday, but life got away from me and we had a crazy day.  So here it is, my kids number 1 favorite Christmas site!!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 3 days to go!

Today enjoy over 3 hours of Christmas music.  Put it on and finish up your wrapping or finish up your baking!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 4 days to go!

Today I want to share a link that will take a few minutes of mom or dad time to prep.  It's a personalized message from Santa!!!  My kids have delighted in this every year since I found it.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 5 days to go!

I can't believe how fast time is flying! 

Today, go and decorate some cookies without trashing your kitchen!

Virtual Cookie Decorating!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 7 days to go!!!

One week, that is all we have left!  My kids are going crazy with excitement.  We tried to get school done yesterday, they could not focus so we made cookies instead.

I think I missed posting yesterday, I have had so much on my mind lately, I apologize.

Today, I want to send you to the North Pole!  There are activities for kids and parents and lots of magic to be found.

North Pole

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 9 days!

Well, we have reached the single digits!  

Today I would like to share a site that has a variety of "radio stations".  You can choose the style of Christmas music that suits you best, turn it on and spend some time making some yummy Christmas cookies!

Enjoy the sounds of the season!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 10 days to go!

I wasn't sure I wanted to post anything today.  My heart is still aching today after the tragedy yesterday in Connecticut.  I really have lost what little Christmas spirit I had in me.  I need to get beyond this feeling.  My little ones are still blissfully innocent, and they are getting more and more excited by the day!  I need to find the delight in their eyes inside myself, so I am moving ahead with the day and will try to see through their eyes for the next few days.  I'm excited for them, I need to bring that back to my surface.

Today I want to share a site my hubby shared with me.  I thought it very fitting since we all can use some holiday cheer right now.  Go to abcfamily and create an ecard to share with all your family and friends.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 11 days!!

We will soon be in the single digits!  Have you started baking yet?  Do you make more cookies than you know is logical?  For me, I have to wait till the last second to make my cookies, or my kids wouldn't have any left for Santa!  I make about 8 different kinds each year.  Everyone can pick one favorite and then there is the standard cutouts which I hate making but it's not Christmas without them!

Today, I want to share with you an charming old version of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 12 days to go!

Can  you believe that we will soon be in the single digit numbers as we count down???  I'm starting to panic, how about you?  I have not wrapped a single thing, in fact I keep forgetting wrapping paper when I'm out shopping!!!  I may find myself wrapping in newspaper on Christmas Eve if I don't remember soon.  I really think that wouldn't be such a bad thing, but I think the kids in my house would be sadly disappointed.

When the panic starts to set in (the wrapping paper, the shopping not finished), I start to lose the joy of the season.  I start to feel a bit like the Grinch!  So I felt it fitting today to share a game to beat that Grinch right out of oneself! 

Today, delight in the fun of the arcade with an exciting game of Whack a Grinch!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Countdown:13 days to go!!

My goodness, time is going fast!  Are you ready?  Are you even close to ready??  Our tree is up, most of the shopping is done, but a few things need bought yet.  Most of the kids still need to be taken to do their shopping.  We will be done before Christmas Eve... I think.

Today I want to share a fun site that allows you to upload pictures of your family and turn yourselves into elves.  So look through all those files on your computer for the best elf-tastic pictures you may have and spread lots of giggles.

Go Elf-Yourself!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 14 Days!!

Today I want to share some very cute printable ornaments.  Print them on cardstock and assemble them.  Top off the activity with a cup of hot chocolate and you will have a memory to last a lifetime ;)

Cute 3-D ornaments.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 15 days to go!

Sorry I missed the past 2 days.  It completely slipped my mind.  The kids have given me their cold and it seems to take all of my strength to get through daily life, which of course is busy this time of year.  I can't believe that in just 10 days I will have a 14 year old, in 15 days we will be burried in wrapping paper, in 18 days I will have an 8 year old and in 19 days I will have a new 7 year old!  Crazy!

Anyway today I want to make up for my slip up and offer up a link that is loaded with fun and games! Take a magical trip to the North Pole and see what kind of fun you can find for you!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chirstmas Countdown: 18 Days!!

Today I want to share with you an old Christmas cartoon called Christmas Visit.  It is a sweet little story about a boy from Moscow who wants to bring a Christmas Tree to his daddy who is a weatherman in Antarctica.  The best part... as a homeschooler I find some secret lessons in it, see if you can find them too ;)  

Christmas Visit

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 19

Today I am sharing another game.  This one is right up my boys' alley!  They (much to my dismay) are into all things guns, esp if they squirt water!  Now you get to protect Christmas from getting ruined by freezing your enemies with water guns!

Have some fun and giggle plenty while playing Deep Freeze.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 20 days to go!

Today I would like to share a video from youtube.  It's a compilation of several of those houses that go all out with the light shows.  I know my kids love these shows and watch them over and over, and have started asking hubby if we can please do some kind of light show on our house.  I can see the gears turning in hubby's head, and mine just sees the electric bill.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 21

 Can you believe Christmas is only 3 weeks away???  Where has this year gone?

Today I want to share a game on  Have some fun while you stack the gifts!

ABC Family's Stack the Shelf

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 22 days!!

Today I want to share with you a link to a large variety of coloring pages.  I didn't want to link to just one because what every child likes to color is different.  

Print some out and have a family coloring contest, or hand off a few to your kiddos and tackle some crafts or cleaning that need done before the big day!

Coloring Pages

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 23

How did you do with yesterday's game?  My kids decided it was too hard and moved on to playing on DisneyJR.

Today I will share with you a site that is fun for kids of all ages.  Cutting out paper snow flakes is always fun, but messy!  Well, forget the mess! Make some virtual snowflakes, even attach a message to them.  Every one is beautiful!

Create your snowflakes at Snowdays!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 24

A few years back a wonderful, blogging homeschooling mama did a Countdown to Christmas series on her blog.  Each day she posted an activity of some sort.  My oldest was the perfect age to enjoy it back then, now that my littles are old enough to enjoy it, I want to make sure they can.  So, each day from now until Christmas day, I will post a link to an online activity.  There may be some printable crafts added in here and there, maybe some videos, some songs, etc.

Without further blabbering from me, here is today's link:  SNOWLINE