We are still plugging away at our studies, but a little lighter the past few weeks. The newest little man doesn't give me a lot of free time. Just one more week and then we will take two weeks off. I hope to start a fresh in January. Other than the basic phonics and math Buster has been copying Jesus' birth story from Luke 2. I plan to have him make a little book out of it when he is done, and daddy will read it on Christmas Eve. Reading has finally clicked for Buster, and I finally convinced him that he can read an actual book. Up until now we have tried easy readers off and on, but it was like pulling teeth. Two weeks ago I got out Little Bear for him to read. He has finished the first book, and read one story from the second. He is actually enjoying it and reading it really well. I have the book that is three books in one. When he finishes we will start Frog and Toad, which was my personal favorite from childhood. We have also been doing some fun Christmas stuff. My husband made a wooden advent calendar a couple of years ago, and I stuff it with candy, verses, and a daily activity. Last weekend we went to the coast to see some lights. On Sunday we checked out a really neat Nativity called Bethlehem boulevard. You broke up into groups and a leader took you through like 9 different settings complete with actors and props. The finally was the manger! It was really neat and the kids loved it.