Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This was one of my favorites from my childhood and you can imagine my delight to find it at some tag sale last summer.
PROS: We all love to play this game-all ages, Moms and Dads too! We can play solo-one against one; and we also play in teams. It helps with recognizing colors and memory and it is FUN!
CONS: The only downside is the small pieces for little ones to find and into the mouth they go.
Go HERE to see more:)
God bless, Mary
"Mom, can I have some green beans?"
My oh my! I could not believe my ears. "Really, honey? You'd like some green beans?"
Oh what a good mother I am! My kids are ASKING for healthy food! Yay for me.
...until his sibling corrected me "Mom, he is asking for jelly beans."
Oh well. That joy was short lived.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Remember? Let's try to forget now! Anyway...
I aboslutely LOVE this pic-the Labor Day Race in 'our' nearest big city. The 4 runners in my family-my hubby ran the 20K-great time and beat his last years time. Nice job! My 4 'oldest' kids ran the kids' run-my 8, 7, 5 and even my 4 yr old.
My 4 year old on the right was soooo cute. Mind you, the rules were the child had to turn 4 by the race on Labor day and she did-only a few days prior! AND the 4 and 5 year old were getting over the chicken pox so they the crusted over little spots all over them. What a sight they were!
The race began and the kids all ran, tumbled over each other and then ran( heee heee)...but she did not budge. She just stood there with her Daddy next to her. Once all the kids were out of sight and around the corner, she looked up at Daddy and stated "Now, I am ready!"
A girl after my own heart-not one for competition!!! ;)...just like her Mommy. Definitely not like her Daddy with competition!
Being so unbelievaly cute and so very small!, the newspaper got a shot of her and it made the front page of the sports section! She was, officially, the 3rd from last. Once she began to run, though, she did not stop for the whole 1 mile run! We are so proud of her!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here it is:
1 ½ cups granola
1 cup oatmeal
¾ cup dried cherries or craisins or raisins-whatever you want
½ cup flour
1/3 cup of flax seed
1/3 cup of wheat germ
1/3 cup nuts-almonds-any kind of nuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon-I put more in b/c my kids love cinnamon
2 egg whites
1/3 cup honey-I put more in b/c my kids love honey too!
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vege oil
Line bottom and sides of 8x8x2 dish w/foil and spray the foil
Mix it all together and press down into dish w/foil
Bake at 350* for about 20-25 mins till light brown-may take longer.
Use foil to remove bars
Slightly Cool and eat them! yum!!!
God bless and happy baking today!
- Saint Bonaventure
Friday, October 23, 2009
mean, real hardworking things like...raking leaves.
Somehow the mix of the smell of pumpkin muffins and the sight and sounds of crunching leaves are sweet to my heart right now.
Fall is here to stay, for a little bit.
Rejoice in God's blessing!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I absolutely love it!
And it will end way too soon.
I know it.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
We had planned to visit THIS PLACE today, but it did not work out as planned. God is so good b/c we were told through our home school group that they are having a field trip to a local convent! I am so thrilled! I have wanted to bring my girls to this particular one all summer, but it did not work out till now. God's timing:) They will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Rosary recited, talks, videos and games. There will also be arts and crafts for the younger ones (which mine will love to be a part of). Thank You God for providing us this great opportunity!
We'll be reading parts from this book:
Happy Feast day of St. Isaac Jogues!
I wish I could have found some fun coloring worksheet for my children to color. If anyone knows of a link, please leave it in the comment box-thanks!
We will be try to do a bit of 'acting' with our Indian dress up clothes and I am sure that there will be some disagreement with who that ONE person will be to be St. Isaac Jogues! It could be worse things they will fight over!!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well, it wasn't as nice as it sounds...he did end up flying full speed into our window twice before sitting still for 20 minutes recovering from his slight concussion!!! And he sure is cute! My kids had a blast studying him so up close. Talk about a great school lesson in birds.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It has been snowing for the past 3hours and it is enough for me to want to move down South tomorrow.
Do you know how annoying it is to gain about 4 loads of laundry in only 1 1/2 hours?
Coming from wet jeans and wet sweatpants? Wet socks and wet sneakers? Wet 'heavy winter' jackets and wet hoods from hoodies and wet cuffs of those hoodies?
Right now, my kids are making their first snowman of the season and sledding down our front yard hill.
If this is any indication of how our winter will turnout...I will pass.
I've had enough of winter and it is not even winter yet.
Good thing for good hot chocolate.
Do you see my older daughter trying to restore my lovely purple (oh, I love that color!) mums?
Do you see my younger daughter, just looking on?
And get this! What I heard her say what hilarious...she kept saying over and over again, with such intense feeling and sort of authority "Stop it! You are killing Mommy's plant! Stop it!"
Here is the finished product, hoping that I would still be happy with what's left of it.
For the record, no, I am not happy.
But, it sure is cute how they 'tried' to fix it, huh?!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
LOTS of worksheets, coloring, and arts and crafts galore to liven up my kitchen walls:
A whole lotta rolling around-great energy release and favorite recess activity!:
Lots of fresh air with this little bundle of love who I am running after always... He is crawling, not yet walking, and goes everywhere! His favorite is spending time outside whenever any of his siblings go out, he crawls the the back door and sits there, yells or cries to get our attention!
Happy schooling ;)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I can't say enough great things about them!!!
Recently, I bought off of craigslist this great Lego table, in the pic above. It is priceless! Worth every dime I bought it for! It was a terrific deal, costing me only $10!!! It is big and bulky but homemade and extremely sturdy and with my house of boys-I need toys to be sturdy! I think we'll be hanging onto this table and all our Lego's for a very long time.
All ages really do like Lego's. My friend told me that her brother in law plays with them and displays them.
HERE is the link to the archived radio shows of his "The Doctor is In". I have found his advice out of experience (since he is the dad of 11!) a great source of help and laughter! So, I thought you would too! He is on that radio channel via the internet link every day form 1-2pm.
HERE is the link to his 1-2 minute Kid-Bits- short, sweet and to the point. Just what I can listen to, here and there, when I find those few minutes of 'Momma free time'!
Monday, October 12, 2009
A $40 gift certificate to Tastefully Simple?
Go check out HERE-only 2 hours left to enter in!!!
Here is a yummy CROCKPOT APPLE CIDER BUTTER recipe:
CROCKPOT APPLE CIDER BUTTER*
*Do the first 1/2 of the recipe the night before so you are ready to finish it up during the day*
16 c. any kind of apples- washed, cored, unpeeled, and chopped
2 c. apple cider
2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
A dash of ginger, nutmeg, mace and (if you have it)allspice to taste
*Put the apples and cider in crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat 10- 12 hours.
Then puree in a food processor or blender.
Put apple mix to the crockpot and add the sugar and spices. Cover and cook on low heat 6-10 hours.
After, carefully pour into mason jars or previously used spaghetti sauce jars and close tightly-seal them up.
FYI-Apple Cider butter can also be cooled and put into freezer containers and frozen for several months.
Makes 4 pints of yummy Apple Cider Butter!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
With that age comes quite a lot. Some kids fly through this stage; others have a very hard time. I think that this stage lasts till at least 4 1/2 (but that's just what I think ;). My 2 year old is currently pretty high at the ranks of his outbursts, outrages and tantrums. I always say it's a real good thing he is so cute when he has his moments! We all are trying to use our patience but even that at many times, is lost b/c of a 2 year old! How do they do it?
They drive us totally loony and before you know it, they are the sweetest things on the face of the earth. There are not many things that are as sweet as a 2 year old apologizing, right? The sweet face, those sweet words, the little body that is yearning for the touch and words of forgiveness and reconciliation. My heart melts. Hugs abound. Forgiveness granted.
He's at it again.
And this love cycle continues.
The love that Jesus lived and died for is wrapped up in spending a good few days with a 2 year old, I believe.
Some of the joy that I see in all this is watching how my other children react to this particular 2 year old. Get this-they do the same thing. They loose their patience with him and react to him, sometimes (well, a lot of times!) with not such nice actions or words. But they are buttered up quickly by his warm attitude of his desire to be loved and forgiven.
Amazing that this relates so much to us, as adults, as children of God. So many times we get out of whack and have an adult tantrum or a flip out or some "Why me?" moments. We drift away from God, thinking that there will be some peace and happiness away from Him. Hopefully that time away is not long and we return to Him.
Thanks be to God for confession.
Thanks be to God for His forgiveness as we have that same desire to be loved and forgiven again and again.
Can you tell I've been to confession today?! ;) Have you? If not for a while, I recommend you get there:) What do you have to LOOSE? That's right, nothing. So, get in there. I promise you will not regret it.
HERE is a brief answer to: WHY GO TO CONFESSION?
God bless and have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Mind you, I am battling some nasty case of allergeeez (as my 2 yr old says it) and I am in a fog.
So, here it is:
Tonight I went out shopping, as per my routine when I am stressed out and overwhelmed-completely different subject... but ANYWAY... I was out tonight and went to one of my favorite places to shop as of lately, the good ol' Goodwill Store. Man, they make these stores look real GOOD!!! heee heee. Really!
So...I walked in and went right over to the area of long skirts (what I have been trying to wear more of lately-and that is, uh...another completely different subject for a completely different post on a completely different day!!!). To my shock, I found 2 jean skirts and 2 black skirts. Surprised that the size 10 looks like it will fit me-yay for me! I pick it up in my arms and glance over the size 16 which I know will fit me...yay for me, well, not really. Whatever. Anyway, before I know it, the time is 8:50 and the store closes in 10 mins. I quickly found a "Connect 4" game for only $1.99 and a game that was still in it's original wrapping for a bday party gift coming up! That was 2 great finds!
I gather my items and check out thinking to myself "Wow, that was a bit more than I hoped to spend."
As I looked at my receipt, I realized that I never did try on those skirts! Ha ha!!! I find that very funny! What a total fog I am in! But get this, once home, I tried on those 2 skirts and to my surprise and delight, they BOTH fit!!!
What a winner this night was ;)
Good night and God bless,
Anyway, here is what he says. Out of the blue (not uncommon with him ;)), he says:
“Mom, I guess there’s no "Star Wars" in Heaven. Ya know why? There’s some bad people in these movies and there is only good in Heaven. So…I guess we gotta watch all the "Star Wars" we can, now on earth!”
Not to disappoint this sweet boy and his correct way of thinking, I will be caving in to let him watch some more Star Wars today.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- good for boys and girls
- my boys love to build and play Knights and Indians with them
- easily found at tag sales
- I used to play with them when younger-solid toys that last a LONG time
- Not too expensive, depending on which ones you get
- possible choking for little children
- easily lost and then thrown out
- can be expensive, depending on which ones you get
If you want to see more toys on Toy Review Tuesday-go HERE.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Hum... I wonder what he is trying to tell me....!?!?!
Guess I won't be having that 2nd (or 3rd!) 'cup of joe' this morning. And it's Monday. That slow starting Monday. Man, I could use that cup of jolt. Right. About. Now!
Argh!- my hubby has got my conscience and I just can't. But nope. Not today.
Good thing he sent it to me after I drank one cup already! Ha!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Those Lego/Duplo People that a dear friend of many children and much experience!!! recommended are a hit here-everyday all of my kids seem to play with them.
We try to get some school done outside with the weather some days still being quite nice and warm. We are getting some chilly weather now too, the real fall weather.
Being outside and in the fresh air is great!
I have tons more pics to share but it will have to wait. I have a bit more lesson planning to do before school in the morning-Monday morning! :)
God bless, Mary
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Feast Day: October 4
Born: 1181 or 1182 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy
Died: 3 October 1226 at Assisi, Italy
Canonized:16 July 1228 by Pope Gregory IX
against dying alone, against fire, animal welfare societies, animals, Assisi, Italy, birds, Catholic Action, ecologists, ecology, environment, families, Franciscan Order, lace makers, merchants, needle workers, peace, tapestry workers, zoos
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
For it is in giving that we receive;
HERE is a coloring page.
HERE is another cute one!
CatChat has a great song about St. Francis that we all sing along to. HERE is the link to listen to a sample of "Go Francis" and listen ONLINE. It's free! I think you'll really like it as we do:)
We are so pleased to see that EWTN is online-watching it for free-AND that this morning is all cartoons for kids! I must be the last one to know about this! this is awesome! My kids are hooked on watching all about the saints and our Catholic Faith :)
Happy St. Francis of Assisi!!!
Hidden Letter C worksheet
Read a few books:
Ate some "C" food:
- Cream Cheese and bagels
- sand paper letters
- air writing
- coloring page ( I can't seem to find this link...)
- An Alphabet of Catholic Saints- St. Cecilia
Stay tuned for Letter D-Week 4- I hope to get it posted later in the weekend :)
Friday, October 2, 2009
Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
Ever this day be at my side
Have you named your Guardian angel yet?
My oldest son is totally convinced that his is St. Michael the Archangel. He has said this since he was 3 years old. How he knows is beyond me. But I'd like to think that he appeared to him and told him himself! Isn't that a nice way of knowing? So, today, I am praying to my Guradian angel in great thanksgiving for protecting me and I am praying to my childrens' guardian angels for protecting them too. I'm also asking him to reveal his name to me...so I can call upon him by name :)
You can't deny that they are there! How many times was it a 'close call'-or you wonder why things happened that certain way. I am convinced that they are busy working to guide us the right way ALWAYS!
Another thing I like to do is call on my guardian angel to go to someone else's guardain angel prior to me meeting up with them. A little extra help doesn't hurt!
HERE is a coloring page we're painting today!
God bless and have a wonderful feast day! What a glorious week this has been full of feast days!
Thank you Guardian angels for all you do to protect us~!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
What a day to celebrate!!!
She did, indeed, keep showering her roses upon me, in her little way today! What a glorious connection we have with Saints-'they are more alive than we are!'-a quote from Glory Stories. HERE is the one we'll be listening to today.
Wishes of St. Thérèse:
“Love your littleness and your poverty, it is that, as well as your blind trust in His Mercy which pleases the good God.”
“May prayer and sacrifice be your whole strength; these are invincible arms; they, far better than words, can move hearts, I know it by experience.”
Before her death St. Thérèse said: “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses”. “I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.”
Have a great and a 'rose-y' feast day!