We've had a wonderful week complete with Thanksgiving celebration and then the "rapid-fire-turnaround" this weekend toward Christmas. I love this time of year, though it can be exhausting (just this week...the rest of it isn't so packed with activity!). I'll do my Wrapup by days:
Monday: School School School...really, nothing else! Though while Bryan was at my friend's house for his Spanish lesson (she tutors him), I did get to the grocery store across the street from her house and do much of the Thanksgiving shop...
Tuesday: School School School...I did the last of the Thanksgiving meal ingredients shopping while the boys had their chemistry class online (it's 1.5 hours long...good time for me to get something done!)
Wednesday: No German class for Nathan, as the college was off for the Thanksgiving break. But we did everything else...they didn't have time to stop! I began to clean/dust a bit (there wasn't too much to do). Bryan had a fever and felt tired. So he rested and just did bookwork. Nathan was my main help this time around! After they completed their school assignments, Bryan "veged out" on the couch and happily watched Nathan vaccum and dust and clean toilets! I made cranberry sauce and made the stuffing up to the point where I bake it for 1/2 hour. That gets done Thursday! Pulled out the silverplate cutlery and polished it, then set the table for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Made sure I had all ingredients ready to go, and verified the menu.
Thursday/Thanksgiving Day: Got up a little early, had breakfast and coffee, then baked pies (I already had frozen a lot of pie filling this summer)--Concord Grape Pie, and then I made "Sweet Apple Hand Pies" which are puff pastry cut into sqauares, and put around apple pie filling, which I made with apples gotten on an autumn trip up to Wisconsin. They're just like Pepperidge Farm apple turnovers that you buy frozen, but they're square instead of triangular. By then everyone was awake, so we had a nice breakfast together, and turned on the local parades on TV, then had football on in the background later. I made the rest of the dinner, my parents arrived at 4pm, and we had a lovely, quiet celebration and time of fellowship. Bryan was feeling a little better, but still not all together well. I did dishes until about 11:30pm, and then they were finally done! Got it all put away (the holiday serving bowls, utensils, etc.).
Friday: Bryan the same...not well, but not terribly sick. The rest of us took down the autumn decor, inside and out, and put up some of the Christmas decor in the house...just a little, as I was tired! The boys set up our "Mountain Village," my favorite! Mostly we sat around and enjoyed each other's company. :-)
Saturday: We made the annual trip up to Waunakee, Wisconsin, to get our Christmas tree from CaPaul's Tree Farm. It's about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive up there, so about 6 to 7 hours for the entire day. We take the dog (an 85 pound labrador), she loves it! Bryan was coughing a bit, but said he felt pretty good! Found a lovely Frasier fir tree, the boys sawed it down. When we arrived home again, we microwaved leftover Thanksgiving dinner and had that, then unloaded the tree from the cartop, and got it in the house, trimmed and placed just right in the stand! A nice drink of water and we let it set for the night to let the branches spread out wide.
Sunday (today): Bryan is now officially sick! He's starting to sound "goopy" and is coughing more. I think the trip to the tree farm finally pushed him over the edge! So he and Kevin stayed home from church while Nathan and I went (we are singing next week with the choir, so we needed to practice; we STILL need to practice, LOL!). Our sermon was on the beauty and power of the Gospel message, and the beauty of the message of the CROSS, the power that is within that. We hit Trader Joe's on the way home, plus the other grocery store nearby, for the week's items.
Once home, Kevin and Bryan had gotten the lights on the tree (YAY!), and Bryan was beat. So Nathan pretty much did the rest, with intermittant help from me and Kevin. Here's the finished product, minus the tree skirt:
We had Christmas CD's playing all afternoon, and it is fairly cold and rainy today, so it helped make it seem more real that it's actually almost December! It's been so warm all month, it hardly seems possible!
Both boys spent a couple of hours studying, and are now caught up (YAY!!!) in their work. College course ends in 2.5 weeks for Nathan, and we'll have our other homeschool classes done for the semester in about 3 weeks. We are ALL really looking forward to that...it's been an intense semester, and we are weary. But overall, the guys are doing well, and we are marching on toward completion! My prayer is that Bryan would be healthy again very soon, and that Nathan and I would not catch this...but I'm pretty sure we will. For Nathan, with his diabetes, these sort of viruses can really knock him out for a while. NOT GOOD with finals coming up at the college in German! But his teacher is very, very kind, and I'm sure she'll work with him and whatever his needs are. He's a good student in her class, getting an "A" and participating really fully, so she enjoys him!
That's our week...thanks for stopping by to visit! Leave me a comment so I can find and visit you, too!