Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Daybook ~ April 29, 2009

FOR TODAY: April 29, 2009

Outside my Window... it's chilly and rainy. Not at all like last week, and it looks like the rain is going to continue through the weekend... We were able to light a fire in the fireplace last night which was nice. I just love cozy fires on rainy days!

I am thinking... about everything I need to do tonight, to get ready for tomorrow. This will be the very first time I have been away overnight without any of my children since Captain was born almost 9 years ago! That is, unless you count brief overnight stays at the hospital due to pre-term labor... Personally, I don't think that counts. ;)

I am thankful... that hubby was more than willing to take tomorrow off work, so that I would have the opportunity to go to this year's Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference. I really am looking forward to being motivated and inspired by all the speakers!

From the kitchen... lots of easy meals planned out for the weekend. Hot Dogs, Fish Sticks, Chicken Nuggets and Hamburgers. My children will be in heaven!

From the school room... I was hoping to have next year's plans all lined out before the conference, but that didn't happen. I'll be lucky if I have the rest of this weeks plans ready for hubby! lol!

Living the Liturgical year at Home... We are still celebrating the Easter season using with the Garden of the Good Shepherd. Today is also the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, and we will be having Pasta Santa Caterina for dinner tonight. Rascal has also been putting the final touches on his St. Joseph Lap Book this week (which he started back in March) in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st.

I am creating... a menu for our Little Flowers' Tea Party in 2 weeks.

I am going... to have so much fun this weekend traveling to WA with Erica and Marci, staying with Regina, seeing lots of friends, and meeting my cousins for dinner Thursday night! Nevertheless, I am sure that I will MISS my family!

I am reading.... lots of picture books about George Washington and the weather to my children.

I am hoping... that the blood work I had done yesterday comes back with reassuring results.

I am listening... to the sound of the washing machine. One more load and it will be all caught up, until tonight.

Around the house... there is lots to be done, so I need to get off the computer!! To all of you that are waiting for responses to emails, I've been spending less time on the computer lately, and I just haven't been able to keep up with all of the correspondence. I'm sorry! I'm trying to catch up a little bit at a time. I think this is the first time I have my inbox down to only 108 emails!!! I'm catching up! ;)

One of my favorite things... the new little Adirondack chairs that were dropped off last week by the same sweet little old man from church that made us a couple picnic tables last year. (I posted a couple pictures below... Aren't they adorable?!)

A Few Plans For This Week...

Let's see, I still need to pack, charge the camera battery and my cell phone, get my hair cut tonight, and clean the house... Then I will be "off" for the weekend!! Is it Thursday yet? ;)

A picture thought I am sharing:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Regina!!

Wish I could make you a cute Ohio Buckeye Birthday cake... Or better yet, owned my own cool private jet like Tug's uncle and could send you to that game...

Oh well, I guess you'll have to settle for a visit in just TWO DAYS!

Can't wait to see you!!!!!!

Little Flowers Girls' Club ~ Industry

Last Thursday we had our Little Flowers Girls' Club meeting on St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and the virtue of Industry.

Once again, since the weather was gorgeous, I hosted the meeting at my home in the afternoon, giving the girls an opportunity to have some play time in addition to our meeting.

As usual we began our meeting with the prayer to St. Therese and the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love. We then continued with a review of the virtue and saint we learned about at our last meeting.

I printed out Charlotte's St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Coloring Page to color, and then be added to the girl's notebooks.

Next I introduced the virtue we will be working on, Industry, and read a short biography of the saint for this month, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Following the lesson the girls began making their notebook pages. I included the memory verse and for Industry, a short quote, and the prayer to St. Frances. Here are the links to Daffodil and the image of St. Frances that I choose, and my sample page:  (You can download my document here: Text & Mother Cabrini.)

*YES!! I spelled "Frances" incorrectly, and didn't notice until after the meeting... Oops!

The girls have gotten so industrious at putting their pages together, and they were done in no time!

They did a lovely job as usual. Here are the completed pages:

Snack time was next. Dee Dee had snacks for this meeting, and she did a wonderful job! She made the cutest Daffodil Cupcakes using Wilton Flower Silicone Fun Cups and Charlotte's Daffodil Cake recipe. The girls loved them!

Before the girls all headed out to the swing set to play I snapped a quick group photo. I was so excited to see that everyone remembered to wear their sashes this time!

Here are some more great resources, for learning more about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini:

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us that we may be industrious!

Saint Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Shower of Photos 2009 :: Day 26

Father Carmelo and Snuggles

Shower of Photos 2009 :: Day 25

Even though I am a bit behind in posting, I do have a couple pictures to share from this weekend. Here is one I took Saturday night (at the suggestion of our friend Marc), at Father Carmelo's Anniversary Dinner, during cleanup...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

50 Years a Priest

On March 14, 2009 Fr. Carmelo Mifsud celebrated 50 years as a priest of God. Here is a short video tribute to his life. It was created by our friend Marc and presented last night, at the lovely Anniversary dinner we attended, in his honor:

Father Carmelo has been such an incredible blessing to our family. Just a few examples include: baptizing Rascal, baptizing a few of our Godchildren (including Benjamin and Madeleine), blessing our home, offering Mass at the cemetery each year on the feast of All Souls, and allowing Captain and Rascal to begin serving Mass and Benediction on Fridays when they turned just 5 years old. Not to mention that this has all taken place during his very active "retirement"! Thank you Father Carmelo, and may God reward you abundantly!

Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Priests

O JESUS, Eternal Priest, keep all Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart where none may harm them. Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of Thy glorious priesthood. Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they have ministered be here below their joy and consolation and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Feast of St. Mark!

Before I head out the door for the boys game this morning, I thought I'd post a few links with ideas to do for today, the feast of St. Mark
  • Here is my post from last year.
  • A picture of our Lion Cupcakes from last year... I am decorating a few muffins this morning as lions! =)
  • Be sure to check Catholic Cuisine for a few more recipe ideas.
  • And Charlotte has generously shared another of her beautiful coloring pages! If we don't have time to color it today, we will color it sometime this coming week!

St. Mark, Pray for Us!

A bit of chaos!

I guess another one of the problems, with having a cute little birdie living in a nest just outside the front door, is that, when your hubby arrives home really late after a long day on a fire assignment, and your little one is super excited to see him, the squeals of excitement from the front door may scare the bird and he will then fly INTO the house!  Oops!!

So, after a 15 hour work day (plus travel) not only did hubby have to jump start my car (the battery was dead again yesterday, forcing me to cancel all our plans), he also had to help me get the bird out of the house, before trying to get a little bit of sleep since he had to head back out super early this morning. 

I'm on my own again today with a baseball game this morning and an Anniversary dinner for Father tonight, so wish me luck!  I'm not feeling very well to begin with...  Hopefully I will be able to start the car, keep the bird out of the house, and make it through the day! ;)

Oh!  One more thing... Last night, as I was thinking about the bird egg's, I remembered that we never did do anything with the ones that were abandoned last year.  This bird could be pushing those eggs out, right?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Shower of Photos 2009 :: Day 24

We seem to have a little birdie in a nest on one of the pillars outside our front door... The bird flies off every time we open the door, but I left it open for a little while and was able to take a picture with my zoom lens from my living room. I know very little about birds, so can one of you tell me why it keeps pushing it's eggs out of the nest? You can see one sitting on the ledge about to fall, and another was on the deck the other day and, being just after Easter, was mistaken for a Cadbury Mini Egg and almost eaten by one of my children! :S

Undercover at Planned Parenthood

"Pro-life activist Lila Rose talks about posing as a pregnant 15-year old in Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country and their blatent disregard for the law."

A couple of my sisters had the opportunity to attend a wonderful Pro-Life convention recently. Although I wasn't able to go, I've been watching some of the talks online.

Garden of the Good Shepherd ~ Week 3

Garden_detailI've been working on collecting some ideas to use this coming week, along with The Garden of the Good Shepherd. Like usual, I am sure that we won't get to all of these activities, but we sure are having fun trying! My children have really been enjoying the Bible readings each day and adding a sticker to our calendar.

The theme for week 3 is:

"The Heavens Tell God's Glory!"

15. The Sun : Read Psalm 19:1-6
16. The Cloud: Read 1 Kings 8:2-11
Whipped Creamy Clouds: Provide each child with a piece of waxed paper and a spoon. To make a treat, a child scoops a large spoonful of nondairy whipped topping onto their waxed
paper. Then the child uses their spoon to create a cloud shape. Freeze each child's cloud; then serve.

17. The Rain : Read Matthew 5:43-48

18. The Lightning : Read Job 28:20-26

19. The Hail : Read Job 38:28-30
  • Read Rain & Hail.
  • We have a Pampered Chef Ice Shaver which we rarely use, but this might be a perfect day to make some Shaved Ice!
  • Play "Here comes the Rain Hail"
Here Comes the Rain/Hail Game
from Little Saints Pre-School Program

Prep: Take 2 aluminum pie pans and place 1/4 of beans in one of them. Staple the other pan on top. You will also need couch cushion and/or child's special blanket.

1. Discuss how animals seek shelter when it rains. Have child choose to make believe they are an eagle, dove or butterfly. Instruct them that they will have to listen carefully in this game so they can hear the storm coming and seek shelter before they get wet.
2. Have them place the cushion (nest) or their blanket (tree) where their nest/tree will be.
3. Have child pretend to fly around; butterflies seeking nectar, doves and eagles seeking food.
4. Hidden from view, gently start to shake the pie pan, building up to storm level.
5. Once the children have landed in their nest or under their tree safely, slowly stop the "rain/ hail" and repeat.

20. The Wind : Read Ezekiel 37:7-10

21. The Rainbow : Read Genesis 9:12-15

I hope you are all having a very blessed Easter season!