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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Here’s wishing you and yours exactly what we pray for each and every day:

Faith… Hope… Good Health… Happiness… Success… Prosperity… Joy… Comfort… Warmth… Contentment… Peace… Friendship… Family… Cheer… Balance… Security… Pride… Patriotism… Strength… Loyalty… Confidence… Wisdom… Vision… Laughter… Love…

And a whole bunch of afternoon catnaps:
Tuckered Out Cat

Christmas Blog Quiz

Your Christmas is Most Like: The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • You tend to reflect on Christmas past, present, and future…
  • And you also do a little singing.
Now’s your turn: What Movie Is Your Christmas Most Like?

Are we there yet?

Today is Tuesday, December 23rd, and I find myself wishing the school system had NOT given the lovely Catholic youngsters so many days off before Christmas. Here’s why: THEY ARE BORED. And basically, those words translate into, “Hey! Let’s see how much we can bug Mom & Dad to entertain us while we’re sitting around waiting for Santa Claus to leave us some new stuff to play with!”

God love ’em.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking very seriously about dumping them both in the backyard, snow suits and all. I’ll even take pictures! From the window! *hehe* Because then it would be Mom & Dad’s turn to be entertained, thus turning the tables right back where they should be.

Check out this game of Cat’s Snow Survival, fun at its finest:
Backyard Snow Fun

Full Circling

Monday, December 22, marks the official start of the CK’s Christmas break from school AND the 1 year anniversary of the day I resigned from my position as the Information Technology Director for the Sisters of Mercy, and oh what a year this has been! Looking back over time, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Why is that? Because so much positive has become of my decision to leave the grind and focus on family needs as an independent consultant, rather than continue tag-teaming with Catholic Hubs as we shuttled kids around between office hours.

Let me count the ways in bullet form, of course:

  • The biggest change I noticed that jumped right out at me after only a couple of weeks away from the office was that the CK’s were getting along so extremely well with one another. Don’t get me wrong, they always played together in a surprisingly great way for any typical brother & sister. But fighting to the point of getting physical disappeared completely. No more rivalry! It was like they were no longer competing with one another to get Mom & Dad’s attention. Unbelievable.
  • Everyone at the Catholic Homestead settled into a regular exercise routine, along with healthier eating habits. No more cramming in workouts before bedtime or pulling the ‘Weekend Warrior’ routine after sitting at a desk all week. Instead, we actually made use of our home gym equipment several times a week, and even rode our bikes to the lake or school when the weather cooperated. What a difference for all of us.
  • Not only was I able to achieve personal goals as a consultant, but my free time helped make life easier for family so they could focus on pursuing their own talents. In seeing the pride on their faces as they performed a difficult piece in the orchestra, brought home a perfect report card, finished in the top 3 after running the mile during gym class, etc. – I couldn’t help but realize we’d made good decisions, if not the best.

So there it is in a nutshell: a year in the life, gone full-circle. Really, I could go on and on with the bullet list, but at the risk of sounding all sappy-happy and subsequently driving readers far, far away from my blog. Instead, I’ll call it good and wrap it up with 3 nice little blurbs on what I found most important. Just call me, ‘Incognito the Happy Sap’ – it fits. 🙂

Gift Swap Package

Gift Swap Goodies

This holiday season, I made the big huge leap and joined in with Becca’s Famous Gift Swap, and WOW! am I ever glad I did. Check out this amazing bundle of goodies sent by “Dory“, a fellow blogger and Chicken Lit Bookclub friend. Little did I know that by sending my list of gift likes/dislikes to Becca, I would be matched up with such a perfect holiday gift picker with:

Fuzzy socks! Barnes & Noble gift card! European deco stationery! Chocolates! Power bars! Photo collage frame! Holy presents!!!

Please excuse me whilst I calm myself a tad. But really, Dory, this has got to be the most amazing gift swap package a girl could receive. *sniff* Ok, now I’m getting all teary-eyed. Is that actually supposed to happen? Maybe I should put on those fuzzy socks…?

Thanks Becca & Dory for making the holiday so much sweeter.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Can you guess what the Catholic Family did today? Exactly. We made holiday cookies and left a complete disaster of the kitchen/dining area! No really, it was serious family bonding time… except for the fact that my Pampered Chef cookie press would not cooperate and pump out all those special spritzer delights that I create every year. Not only that, but the stupid thing cut my finger leaving me to bleed all over the place, thus adding to the festive atmosphere of it all.

But I digress.

Band Aids are such niceties during times like these, aren’t they? Cheers to our big cookie fun!

Blog Quiz Just Because

You Are a Turtleneck Sweater

  • You are sophisticated, streetwise, and even a little cynical.
  • You are quite cultured, and you don’t fall for gimmicks or trends easily.
  • You are naturally chic. You have a urban, cosmopolitan style.
  • And you know that the secret to looking good is not trying too hard!
Your turn: What Kind of Sweater Are You?

Attack of the Advent Shark

November 30th marked the first Sunday of Advent, aka the 3-week preparation before Christmas, when people scramble around like headless chickens trying to do the impossible. But if you’re a 4th grade catechist like me, you’re also making crafts in CCD class, which is exactly what we did yesterday. So what did we make? Well, we saran-wrapped big long tubes of peppermints for counting down the days, topping them off with a hand-decorated paper star. Of course, what would an Advent star be like if it didn’t have a sweet little sharky tadpole? Boring, right? That’s what Catholic Son thinks, too:
Advent Verse