Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Puppy Paw-ty

Twice the giggles! Double the fun!
It's time to celebrate YOU because you're turning TWO!! 

Our baby girl turned TWO a couple weeks ago and this year we celebrated with a puppy themed pawty! We have never had a dog, but one of her favorite things this past year has been "Doggies!" She will often round up all the stuffed dog animals from around the house to carry around in a basket or tuck into her bed. Her brother bought her a little plush dog house with five puppies for Christmas and it is still one of her favorite toys. The puppy theme was pawsitively perfect for her! ;)

We dressed her up in favorite hand-me-downs from her now fourteen year old sister and I was able to finish decorating her cake while she took her afternoon nap.

We have never been able to get her to sleep in a crib (or rather our pack-n-play since we never replaced our crib - plus she is so strong she can scale the sides of anything and throw herself out!) but she does love her DockATot Grand for naps. Who wouldn't?! It looks so comfy! 


The girls and I had fun coming up with ideas for the party menu! 

Paw Print Cupcakes (Gluten Free)


Fetch (Pretzel Sticks) • Puppy Kisses

Pretzel Bark • Bark Thins


Puppy Chow • Ruff-age

Hot Dogs

Pawsta Salad 


The Chocolate Lab was her favorite! She LOVES "Chotlit!" and berries (and dipping things!) and being able to combine it all was so much fun! ;)



I made her cake with 3 - 6" round cakes, cutting the domes off of each, and then just decorated it with various colors of frosting. It was really simple to make and turned out pretty cute! 


We picked out two doggies - Charlotte the Dog and Noah the Dog - from Cuddle + Kind along with a white Strolley made by Ollie Ella for the birthday girl! The hand-knit dolls came with a couple free prints that I added to the birthday banner (reused from our Sound of Music birthday) for decorations. 

I hid her gifts in my bathroom closet but she managed to find them before I had a chance to wrap them up for her. She didn't care and was so excited!  


Her eldest brother/Godfather also had a gift for her when he got back home from work. He wanted to give her one of his childhood favorite things... Blues Clues! The card he made her was so sweet too.


We decorated with our collection of stuffed dogs Ostheimer dogs, adding a few new wooden dogs to our collection. She was so cute walking her doggies around the coffee table before bedtime.   


In addition to the Masses she had offered for her by her uncles who are priests, she was also blessed with a double rainbow outside our home following the rain!

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." ― G. K. Chesterton


Father had been stuck at the airport overnight, after his second flight back was cancelled due to mechanical issues, but his flight finally arrived and Sean picked him up just in time to join us for the birthday girl to blow out her candles on his way back to the parish!


Happy 2nd Birthday! 

Monday, June 24, 2019

St. John's Bonfire + 30th Anniversary Celebration

Lord God, almighty Father, the light that never fails and the source of all light, sanctify + this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this life we may come unsullied to you who are light eternal...

"June 24 is one of the oldest of the Church feasts. It is the birthday celebration of St. John the Baptist, and is sometimes called "summer Christmas." On the eve of the feast, great bonfires were once lighted as a symbol of "the burning and brilliant" light, St. John, who pointed out Christ in this world of darkness. The solstice fires had been pagan, but now they were blessed by the Church in John's honor. There are actual blessings for the bonfire in the Roman liturgy. Magical and superstitious elements of food and drink were forgotten, and we were encouraged to have great picnic feasts out-of-doors around the blazing logs. The outdoor grill, so popular in our own back yards, was once less selfish and more communal. We feasted as many neighbors and not as exclusive individuals." source

This article from Regina Magazine was passed out to all of us just before Father blessed the bonfire. 

June 24th is also Father Terra's 30th Priestly Anniversary! We had so much fun attending a St. John's Bonfire and Surprise Potluck in his honor this past weekend. 

Even though I had never met Fr. Terra before moving here, my grandfather would always give us updates about him until he passed away in 2009. He would be so happy to know that his great-grandchildren are getting to know this holy priest, who happened to grow up in the same parish as my mom! Fr. Terra actually offered his first Mass at the church where my parents were married and I spent much of my childhood. Such a small world! 

Update: St. Joseph's Apprentice just let me know that this beautiful artwork is by Daniel Mitsui

The cakes both for the party and for after Sunday Mass (see picture at bottom of post) were both amazing! I need to find out where they were made for future reference. So awesome! 

 Our family brought along a couple side dishes and a simple chocolate Cathedral Bundt Cake to share.

In addition to the St. John's Bonfire, there was also musical instruments played for Father, poems recited, and some songs sung for him as well! Three of our teens have really enjoyed being in the choir since moving to our new home/parish.

It still feels like a dream that we are actually living here and able to be part of such a wonderful parish community. We are so grateful! 


Let us pray. God, who by reason of the birth of blessed John have made this day praiseworthy, give your people the grace of spiritual joy, and keep the hearts of your faithful fixed on the way that leads to everlasting salvation; through Christ our Lord. Amen.