In our home, we're waiting not-so-patiently for Jesus' birth and the birth of another little baby thousands of miles away whose arrival could come at any second (Ahh! Please join me in praying we have a few more weeks!).
So to get my mind off of things, I have spent what seems like every free moment, as of late, planning for Advent fun. Only problem - I didn't finish until the seventh day. That's okay. You can get away with a lot when you're kids are still very young :)
Because money is tight as you prepare for an adoption (especially when there's no tax credit any longer - thanks congresspeople!), you've got to be creative. So I made this Advent calendar from my sewing scraps...
But it took all of five minutes for Clara and Luke to find the chocolate and ransack the calendar.
So I scoured the internet and came up with activities and crafts for every day. Or almost every day. It's a work in progress.
The first day (which was really the seventh day), we made our Advent wreath. This is about as low-budget as you can get with an Advent wreath...
The foam circle cost about a dollar at the craft store (all my Advent supplies added up to $11 total), and the candles are leftovers from birthdays past. I couldn't believe we had three purple and a pink! The kids painted it and then we waited, a loooong time. Apparently poster paint on a foam floral thingy takes like 12 hours to dry.
Today, in honor of the Immaculate Conception feast day, we made rosaries out of pipe cleaners and beads. I found the idea here.
They LOVED making them. We seriously made like ten.
At one point, Clara looked at me and said, "Mommy, I love you. And I love making Rosaries."
You obviously have to be careful with the beads, but I discovered we're finally at a point where neither kid attempted to put them in their mouth. Score! I still won't ever leave them alone with the Rosaries, though. And we'll soon find out if they try to take them apart during our nightly decade.
One thing's for sure - I have a feeling they're going to ask me to make Rosaries again soon.
Also in today's pocket - watch a Christmas movie tonight with popcorn. Can't wait! And tomorrow we learn to sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and light the wreath (let's hope the foam part doesn't go up in flames!).
What are you doing for Advent? Anything I can steal? ;)