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VIDEO: A day in the life of a stay-at-home mom

Here’s a video glimpse inside our daily life — complete with a 4 a.m. wakeup call, a frog in the house, crying (mostly from the kids), fighting and cuddles. I did miss the part when Adriano spilled his entire glass of milk on me, but managed to fit a few tips and recipes in there.

If you’re a mom of little ones you know the phrase “enjoy this time, it goes so fast” extremely well. I happen to disagree with it — it seems like my kids should be 25 by now! — but because so many people say it I wanted to make a video of a typical day for us. I want to remember how crazy staying home with three kids under the age of five actually is.

As I edited the video, I wondered if parents of older kids say this because they tend to remember the highlights, the best moments. For example, will I remember sweetly cuddling all three kids at the same time while watching a movie, or will I remember how exhausted I was and how I was counting every single minute until they went to bed? My game plan is to love and live in the present, document it as best I can and look forward to what the future has in store.

At first I thought I would do a video just for future me, but then as I got going I decided I would post it even though the quality is terrible and my videography skills are the worst. I would encourage you to do your own video too! It will be so fun to watch when the kids are grown and you think you long for “the good ol’ days.”

I’m glad I shot it on this day too, because by the time Marcello got back from his business trip I was a frazzled mess laying on the couch catching a cold. Nothing like your spouse leaving for a few days to make you see all the little things they do. I told him I’ll never leave him, I can’t handle these kiddos by myself!

Ok, here’s the video. I’m nervous to show you! It’s terrible quality and now I think I need a makeover, but it’s still accurate.

Merry Christmas 2016

 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. — Timothy 1:15-17

Printable Christmas activities for advent

Printable Christmas activities for advent calendar

I am so excited about having an advent calendar this year! Last year I was thinking of activities last minute and shoving them in the doors when the kids weren’t looking. But this time I’ve got a plan! And I’ll share it with you.

I’m adding a few new things to our Christmas activity list. I thought it might be fun to take the kids to pick out their own presents for family members at the dollar store. I’m also going to let them decorate their own rooms with lights, paper snowflakes and their own crafts.

One more thing. I’ve read about throwing Jesus a birthday party with cake and balloons. That would be fun Christmas day in the afternoon when we’re all staring at each other! Kids love a birthday party and this is a great way to keep the focus on Jesus.

Christmas activities for advent calendar - decorate the tree

Christmas activities for kids

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Christmas activities for advent calendar - paper snow flakes

Advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. We’re counting down the days until we celebrate Christ’s birth — the most notable person of all! Here is what is written inside our little advent house. I tried to think of activities that work for all ages, young and old, so we can do them together over the years!

Printable list of kids Christmas activities for your advent calendar

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If you would like a list without the numbers so you can go in any order click here.

Printable winter activities for kids advent calendar

Print activity sheet, cut into strips and place inside advent calendar for a month of Christmas activities

Here are some giving activities to do with the kids in addition to the advent calendar. Because, let’s face it, if your kid pulls “donate your toys” out of the calendar it might be a little bit disappointing. Some of these things will take finesse, but they are very much worth it:

  • Buy presents or donate toys for children in need.
  • Go to grocery store or look in the pantry for food to donate to local food bank.
  • Volunteer at a food bank.
  • Do a chore for an elderly neighbor.
  • Send a soldier a care package.
  • Take some goodies to the fire station or hospital ER desk.

Do you do an advent calendar? What are your family holiday traditions?

More activities

Have you seen these felt Christmas trees for kids? I made it mostly for Clara, but the boys are actually playing with it more. I am really, truly surprised because I had zero expectations. For the tree, I bought a yard of green felt for $3 at Hobby Lobby (after online coupon), and used about five sheets of 8.5x11 felt I had in my fabric drawer for the ornaments. I hung the green triangle on the wall with command strips and postal tape. I'm waiting for the little one to rip it off the wall, but so far so good. Look it up on Pinterest for a more thorough tutorial. There are a bunch of amazing ideas.

Have you seen these felt Christmas trees for kids? I made it mostly for Clara, but the boys are actually playing with it more. I am really, truly surprised because I had zero expectations. For the tree, I bought a yard of green felt for $3 at Hobby Lobby (after online coupon), and used about five sheets of 8.5×11 felt I had in my fabric drawer for the ornaments. I hung the green triangle on the wall with command strips and postal tape. I’m waiting for the little one to rip it off the wall, but so far so good. Look it up on Pinterest for a more thorough tutorial. There are a bunch of amazing ideas.

Watercolor print by freepik.com.