Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's really happening!!!!

The contractor we hired earlier this week, after months of trying to come up with a plan and bid that fits our budget, is HERE and just started working!

I just had to tell someone, or I might be tempted to join our children as they run from room to room peeking out all the windows!  ;)  It's so exciting!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Highlights from "U/V" Week

Looking back a couple weeks, here are some pictures from "U/V" week.  I can't seem to find any of the girls completed coloring pages and worksheets for this week. I set them aside to photograph, and now I can't find them. . . It  looks like I've developed a habit of hiding things from myself! 

~ Vetch Fairy Coloring Pages ~

The girls made the letter U & V with Modeling Wax, as well as some Umbrella's and Volcanoes.  It looks like I forgot to take a picture though!  They also colored the Vetch Fairy from the The Flower Fairies Alphabet Coloring Book and listened to A Flower Fairy Alphabet on CD.

~ U and V are for St. Ursula and St. Vincent de Paul ~


Here are our hand-painted saint dolls for with An Alphabet of Catholic Saints.

They also colored St. Ursula and St. Vincent Coloring Pages from Catholic Artworks and completed some copywork, which I created at Writing Wizard using the quotes from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints.

We thought about making Vestments, but since I suggested this craft to Marci for her Summer with the Saints (which will start next month) we decided to wait.

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE the book God's Alphabet?!? It is such a great book!!  Here is the quote for "V" week:

is for
each child must
In his own little heart, against
Satan and sin.

~ Picture Study :: U is for Umbrella ~

Museum ABC's pictures for the letter  "U" are based on Umbrellas.  I pulled out the nesting blocks and the children drank juice with Umbrella straws and decorated Umbrella cookies, inspired by Amy.  

While the kids were decorating and enjoying their cookies, I read a few books about Umbrellas to them:

~ Picture Study :: V is for Vegetable ~

~ Picture Book Science ::  V is for Volcanoes ~

Since my boys had been studying Mars, and were planning to make Mons Olympus - the largest Volcano in the solar system - for Astronomy, I decided to have the girls study Volcanos as well this week. 

Here are the books we read about Volcanoes:

Volcanoes (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Volcanoes, Level 2: Internet Referenced
Pompeii...Buried Alive! (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)
Exploring Creation With Astronomy
Volcano & Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books)

Volcano Maze (pdf)

Instead of using the directions provided in their Exploring Creation, we used Robina's directions for making our own Volcano: 

We added sound effects to a video clip of our volcano!

~ V is for Veggie Volcanos ~

Since we've been enjoying lots of treats during our weekly Good Shepherd's Garden Parties, I am trying to choose mostly healthier "treats" as we finish up the Alphabet Path.  This week we snacked on Uncooked Vegetables and made Potato Veggie Volcanos (adapted from Big Snacks, Little Meals: After School, Dinnertime, Anytime) since I had some broccoli that needed to be used up in the fridge.   These were SO easy and such a hit with my children!  

All I did was place a "mountain" of hot mashed potatoes on top of some freshly steamed broccoli.  I then made a well in the top of the mashed potatoes for the opening of the volcano and then topped it with grated cheddar cheese, which quickly melted to look like lava flowing from the top of the volcano.

We've since worked our way through "W" week and have moved on to "X/Y".  It looks like me might be able to finish the Alphabet Path this year after all!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Celebrating Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church! :: 2010 Edition

~ Completed Garden of the Good Shepherd Calendar~

I still need to take a picture of the homemade Garden of the Good Shepherd Posters, which a couple of the children made this Easter season using Charlotte's printables

Our Windsock also made a nice decoration for Pentecost!

~ White treats after Mass on "Whitsunday" ~

White Powdered Sugar Donuts

Vanilla Steamers made in our Cocoa-Latte Maker
(ours is no longer available, similar to this


~ Pentecost Salads for with Dinner~

Twelve Fruit Salad in honor of the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit
This year our salad included:  Kiwi, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Red Grapes, Green Grapes, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Oranges, Grapefruit, and Apple.

"Tongues of Fire" Spinach Salad

A little "white" reminder of the Trinity

I also served red potato salad with our barbecued Hamburgers and Hot dogs.

~ Our Cake for Pentecost ~

This year we opted for a white CHEESEcake instead of our usual white cake.    I picked one up from Costco and just added the candles (representing Christ our Light and the 12 Apostles and their tongues of fire) and the Strawberries (representing the 12 Fruits and 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost).  I was disappointed that the guy at Costco just threw it back in my cart resulting in a big crack, but other than that it worked wonderfully and was so delicious!

Rose was wondering just what all this was about. . . Perhaps next year she will be more interested in creating a "mighty wind" with her brothers and sisters!  

Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience. Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state in life.

Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the Church. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily. Give me the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits. Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life. I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

On the Feast of St. Rita

Today was the feast of St. Rita and one of my brother-in-law's 6th Anniversary to the Priesthood! 

Happy Anniversary Father! 

Another one of my husband's brothers will celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of his ordination on May 30th, and yet another brother will celebrate his 4th Anniversary on June 3rd.  

Please remember them, and all priests, in your prayers! 

Daily Prayers for Priests

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart where none may touch them.  Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your sacred Body.  Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious blood.  Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.  Let Your holy love surround them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter. Amen.

Keep them, I pray Thee, Dearest Lord,  Keep them, for they are Thine.
Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them for they are in a world though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, shelter them in Thy Heart.

Keep them and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.

Keep them, and remember Lord, they have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts with human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host that daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed deign, Dearest Lord, to bless.  Amen.

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home, or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in purgatory.  Above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priest who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priest who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.  O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity.  Amen.

Saint Rita, mystical Rose of every virtue, pray for us.

Young Hunters Day ~ 2010

Today we attended another annual Young Hunters Day.  What a perfect field trip as we get ready to start "X/Y" week on Monday!!

Young Hunters Day is a free fun filled day, sponsored by our local Hunters Association. The children could participate in archery, shotgun/skeet/laser shooting, fishing, pelt identification, and tomahawk throwing, with safety emphasized of course. Every child present could win one of the many raffle prizes and a yummy BBQ lunch was provided as well.

Unlike last year, which was super hot, today was cold and rainy (at times), but that didn't stop the children from having a super fun time!

Here are a few pictures from the day:

~ Archery Shooting ~

~ Rescued Animals ~

I only took pictures of the Red-tailed Hawk and the Barn Owl, but they also had a Box Turtle and a Hedgehog which had to be put inside since it was too cold. 

~ Pelt Identification ~

~ Tomahawk Throwing ~

~ Raffle Prizes ~

At the end of the day there is a raffle.  Each child receives a ticket and when their name gets called they get to go into the building to choose their prize.  I always love seeing what each child chooses!  This year Captain picked out a tent, Twinkle Toes picked a pink princess camping chair, and Chiquita picked a set of sidewalk crayons and bubbles.   It looks like I missed getting a picture of Rascal with his new Fishing Pole...

... and Snuggles has hardly set down his new backpack. 

Even Rose enjoyed the day!