Sunday, December 1, 2013

H is for Holiday Happenings.... Ben and Me's Blogging Through the Alphabet #abcblogging #benandme

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Blogging Through the Alphabet

I am catching up, see how easy that was, today is the last day to link up the letter H. Tomorrow starts the Letter I, it is never too late to join in the fun. Even if you are like me you can catch up easy by doubling up letters, especially since it is still fairly early in the game. 

H is for Holiday Happenings, it truly is hard to believe the Holiday Season is upon us already. It is always a whirlwind starting on November 8th with Taylor's Birthday and then Thanksgiving, followed abruptly by Nick's Birthday on December 4th and then 3 short weeks later is Christmas, then New Year's. Then and only then do we get to catch our breaths. 

The nice thing about this time of year is the breaks that come with the holiday season. we finish up Fall Semester with our co-op the Thursday before Thanksgiving and do not go back until the first full week in January. The TOS Crew takes a break beginning in Mid November and then the waiting comes to see if we are asked back. The longest week of my life, let me tell you, The good news is I was asked back so you will be seeing another year of reviews from me here on my blog. What a blessing the Crew has been to myself and my family. We get let back into our private forums tomorrow, but the first reviews will not be due until sometime late February. So a nice healthy break and then we come back feeling so refreshed and ready to get back to business. 
We also lighten the load for school here at home from Now until January, doing only fun learning and unit studies. Since we school year round we can afford to take the break. The boys and I look forward to it each year. We get to focus the learning on the CHRISTmas Holiday and do some fun things as well. 

We also seem to have some Christmas Celebrations to attend like our Annual Enrich Christmas Potluck which is this Thursday. This year with adding Civil Air Patrol we will have that Christmas party on the 17th at a hall. There is also the yearly cookie exchange at church with our What's Cooking Group. This year also Alyx will be attending a night before New Year's Eve Lazer Tag event with CAP. Things are about to get busy around here. In late January Alyx will be going to a 2 day CAP Color Guard training. There seems to be countless opportunities for him to learn and better himself with CAP. He is looking so forward to his first flight. 
Here is a photo of him at his first meeting, he is the one with the grey fleece coat on, in front of the 3 men with blue polos on, he is between the 1st and second from the right.

I broke down and let Alyx do most of the decorating outside while we had some warm weather but I did not let him put up the inflatable yet, I am thinking he will most likely do it tomorrow. We did manage to get out and do some Black Friday Shopping, not a bunch but some. I am happy to report that I have been doing a little bit of shopping each paycheck so I am in a good place as far as Christmas this year for once in a long time. I do however need to get Nick's Birthday Present tomorrow and order his cake. He has to have his favorite each year, A Casata cake from a local Italian Bakery. 
If you remember last year we purchased our first real tree, right after we moved into this house. A year ago today we actually  moved in here, wow seems like a lifetime ago. Anyway we went to Home Depot a few days after we moved in and purchased a Live tree. Well this year the boys have decided we need to venture out to a tree farm and be lumber jacks and chop down our tree this year. I do not like cold and Taylor cannot be cold for any long period of time so I have mixed emotions about this new endeavor but I will try anything once. My motto is you cannot say you do not like something if you have never tried it. So off we will go on Saturday to maybe create a new Christmas Tradition. I am however looking forward to the photo opp it brings with it. 
I will be sure to report back with pictures of course. 
Hope you all have a blessed week and a blessed month of Holiday Happenings as well. 

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