Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saintly Summer Fun :: Saints Peter and Paul

This afternoon we continued our Saintly Summer Fun with stories, coloring pages, a craft, snacks and games for today's feast of Saints Peter and Paul! Amy and her family were not able to make it, since she is still out of town as the doctors work on healing Daisy's heart, and they were missed. . .   We did have some other friends join us and it was such a fun filled day! 

~ Saint Story & Coloring Pages ~

First we read a couple stories about St. Peter and St. Paul from A Holy Card Prayer Book.   I was given this book a couple years ago, and it is wonderful.  I believe it is out of print, but it is well worth the effort to try and find a copy. (Amazon has a few affordable options at the moment.)    

Not only are the pencil illustrations throughout the bookjust gorgeous...

there are also short stories and prayers included as well.

While I was reading, the children had their choice of coloring illustrations of either St. Paul from Waltzing Matilda, Sts. Peter and Paul from Imagekind, or St. Peter and the Keys to the Kingdom from Catholic Mom's Helper

Additional Options:  
I printed these out for my children to work on throughout the rest of the week.
St. Paul Preaching in Athens from St. John the Baptist

~ Craft Time ~

The "Barque" of Peter Sail Boats

When I was trying to come up with a craft idea for today, my husband suggested making ships/boats, since Recalling how those outside of Noah's Ark were destroyed, the ship became an early symbol of the Church with its associations with "The Barque of Peter, the Fisherman." And although most of St. Paul's missions were accomplished by walking, he also traveled by boat.  I did a little searching, trying to come up with an inexpensive craft that wouldn't require a trip to the store and decided to go with the cute little Juicebox Boats that were featured in Parents magazine. (Looking at the link again now, I just realized we forgot to add little flags to the sails.  Oops!)  

I didn't have any used Priority envelopes laying around, so I just cut sails out of plain white copy paper.  After the kids had decorated the sails with illustrations, I covered each one with clear packing tape to protect them from water damage.   Originally I thought about laminating them, but then decided not to since that might make them a little too top heavy.   The tape worked great!  

Once the boats were completed we tried them out in the sink and the kids *loved* them!  They float great. (We did have one rather tippy boat, and will add a small slit to the top and drop in a few pennies to weight it down a little bit.)  My boys are already making plans for all the remaining juice boxes in our fridge! 

~ Games ~

.: St. Paul's Journey to Rome :.

I had a few games planned for this week... The first was a little maze I created, calling it "St. Paul's Journey to Rome."  You can download my document at Dropbox if you'd like.  We had a race to see who would finish first, so I handed out all the papers face down.

Even though this little guy was one of the youngest, he was the first one finished and won the bag of Skittles.  I mean he finished FAST, I barely had time to snap a couple pictures and he was saying I'm done.   Apparently, according to his mom, he loves mazes!  All the other kids got to choose a small candy once they completed their maze.  

.: St. Paul's Blind Man's Bluff :.

Next we headed outside for a game of Blind Man's Bluff.   I thought that since St. Paul was stuck blind by a bright light from Heaven for a few days, this game would tie in perfectly.   The kids had a blast, and it was so fun to watch them play!

.: St. Peter's Fishers of Men :.


The last game we played was inspired by the Year 3 Blue Knights Leader's Guide, and is called Fishing For Men.  Using a net (I had one that I picked up at the Dollar Store for a Good Shepherd Garden Party) one of the children tries to capture others for Christ and bring them into Peter's Barque.   As each child is caught he becomes a fisherman also!

~ Snack Time ~

Saints Peter and Paul Cupcakes

For an afternoon snack I served Saints Peter and Paul Cupcakes.  I thought they ended up turning out cute, and very symbolic, especially since I really didn't have much of a plan when I started making them! :)  I posted the details over at Catholic Cuisine.


~ Group Photo ~

~ Extra Credit ~

Like last time, I pulled out our various books about this week's saint(s) for my children to read, in order to earn extra tickets for Summer Bingo:

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!

Wordless Wednesday :: 13 Weeks!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Inspired by Charlie Daniels. . .

This little conversation took place between Captain and I, on the 2nd day of Golf Camp last week (I had forgotten to bring sunblock the first day):

Mom:  Come here boys, I need to put some sunblock on you this morning.

Captain:  Okay, but could you please not put any on the back of my neck?

Mom:  Why don't you want any on your neck?

Captain:  So that I can be a Redneck!

Mom:  WHAT!?!  Why do you want to be a Redneck?!?

Captain:  Well... Doesn't this world need a few more Rednecks?

I think we have been listening to our County Music Station on Pandora a little too frequently. . .

Monday, June 27, 2011

In the Woods Today. . .

The past few weeks I have been receiving afternoon emails from my husband with more pictures of what he has been seeing while working.

Some days I just love the pictures he sends. . . 

Taken on June 20th
I just love seeing pictures of baby deer!

... other days, not so much! 

Taken on June 27th
Yep... He was only 2 feet away from this guy before hearing the rattle.  Scary! 

My Daybook :: June 27, 2011

Outside my window... another beautiful sunny day!  After two super busy weeks (Camping, Golf Camp) it was so nice to wake up with no where to go today!   Hopefully we can enjoy the lovely weather (highs in the 80's) before the rain clouds arrive tonight.

We have also been watching this momma deer and her little baby, who have been visiting each day/evening.

I am thinking... about ordering a Prenatal Body Pillow.  Have any of you ever tried one during pregnancy and, if so, did it help?   During my last pregnancy I considered getting this one, but after looking last night I noticed this one, and one made by Boppy as well.   I'm still leaning towards trying out that first one (especially since it is the least expensive, my sister-in-law had it and loved it, and it doesn't look quite as huge as the others), but thought I would ask here first for any thoughts and suggestions.

I am hoping... (and praying) for one of my sweet Little Flowers, as she prepares for heart surgery tomorrow.  Dear little St. Matthew Karol Snow please intercede for us!

I am praying... for the soul of my cousin Josh, who passed away in a car accident early yesterday morning, and for my Uncle Johnny, Aunt Jan, and his brothers who will miss him dearly.  May he rest in peace.

I am thankful... that despite the difficulty (or maybe I was just plain crazy) back in 2007, when my husband was on a fire assignment, I made a 1500+ mile drive with all 5 kids at the time (ages 6, 5, 3, 2, and 5 weeks at the time) on my own, to attend a family reunion.   It was the last time that all most of my mom's family has gotten together, except for the funerals of my grandparents and uncle.   It was also the first time that I had seen/met my cousin Josh since he was a baby.

Grandpa and Grandma with just a few of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  My cousin Josh is in the back row, third from the left, in between my brother Scott (white t-shirt) and sister JoAnn (pink t-shirt).

I can't believe how much my children have grown since that trip! 

From the kitchen...  we have a Tri-Tip marinating in the fridge to cook tonight, using the rotisserie over the grill.  I think I will also grill some veggies, make a pasta salad, and cut up a watermelon.  Yum!  

Learning all the time... the oldest three had SO. MUCH. FUN. attending Golf Camp last week.   I really wish it was offered again during the summer, and not just this one week.   My kids are already planning on attending next year.   On the last day, during the awards and recognition ceremony, both of the boys won prizes!  Captain won a prize for being the "Best Listener" of the week, and Rascal won a prize for "Best Overall improvement for Flying and Running." (He explained this to me, and from what I understood it has with how you get the ball to the hole when you are chipping, through the air or along the ground.) 

Living the Liturgical Year at Home... Wednesday is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.   We are hoping to have some friends over to celebrate this feast day with us... I just need to come up with a plan!

I am creating... this week's Summer Bingo cards (we skipped last week, since we were so busy with Golf Camp) since I didn't have a chance to finish them over the weekend.

I am wearing... a white cami, black maternity sundress, and Designer Satin on my toenails. I love summertime!

I am reading... through the Wreath IV Leader's Guide for Little Flowers, trying to decide if I can modify the more advanced assignments for the younger girls in my group.   I also need to start coming up with craft ideas for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Pondering these words... on Intentional Prayer.

Noticing that... my keys have been missing for a little over a month now. I wonder if that has something to do with the fact that I happened to win the recent St. Anthony Giveaway for two SAG key fobs from Catholic Embroidery?!  I'm sure I would have found my keys by now, had I had one of these attached to my keys.  I suppose it is time to go have new keys made, and in the meantime I will attach the spare to the key fob so that I don't lose it as well! ;)

Towards personal care... I love BioFreeze!  My lower back muscles have been so sore, as everything starts to shift around, and it really helps.

I am listening... to Redwall which is playing on the iTouch's iHome at the moment.  The boys choose this audio book for their Bingo Cards this week.

Around the house... way too many books that we never/no longer use.  I'm thinking about trying to spend some time selling some of all our old school books, but not sure the best way to do so.  I have used Cathswap in the past...  Maybe I should give it another shot.  It would be nice to make room for next year's books, and also have a little extra money to purchase them with.

One of my favorite things...  my double jogging stroller! I don't know how I would have managed the parade on Saturday morning (hubby and the two oldest boys were camping with friends) without it. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
  • Clean, clean, clean... Our home has fallen apart the last couple weeks!
  • I have an Ultrasound early Wednesday morning to check in on our new little one.
  • Sort through all the pictures from Catholic Family Camp, Little Flowers, and our small town parade... Maybe I will get around to posting a few of them!

A picture thought I am sharing:

Taken on Snuggle's 4th Birthday