Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1st Day of School 2014

For most of us...  But it was a great opportunity to get new pictures of all the blessings!  Since we can't seem to be serious for too long, I picked out two pictures of each of the kids.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Vacation Bible School 2014

I didn't mean to be MIA, this has been a crazy week.  Maybe I can pull together a daybook soon and tell you all about it!  Part if this week our evenings were taken up with Vacation Bible School.

Tiger's best buddy, his blanket.  He brought it with him on the last day of VBS.  There was no way his buddy was staying home without him that evening.
He did keep it in the car though.
Because of Tony's new work schedule we have had to change parishes.  This one is actually closer to us, but the time was the only one we could make work.  The kids were excited to see what VBS was like at this "new" church.

It was strange for us because they held it in the evenings.  I worried about this because I knew the little ones usually went to bed about the time this one would be almost over.  I generally kept Tiger home except the last day.

It was a blast and everyone was rather excited about the fact they served dinner, especially me!  I only got to go the last night, but I think I picked the best night as it was homemade taquitos.  I controlled my pregnant self but luckily Sweet Pea didn't want hers.

It was a lot of fun and the kids truly enjoyed it.  Now, the focus needs to shift to school.  I can't believe it is almost autumn and there will be a new baby in the house!

Oh and don't forget about today!  It's a Holy Day of Obligation!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Our Spring Musical Recitals

 Spring 2014
Last May (I can't believe that is August!), we had some wonderful recitals.  I had promised you back when I talked about forgetting Daisy's confirmation that I would make up for it later.  Well here it is!

Their first recital - Winter 2010
I am finally posting some videos of her wonderful recital.  She has been taking lessons from an incredible talented woman for 4 years now.  We have been so blessed not only to have her as a teacher but as a friend!  Her husband is also a talented musician and he arranges most of the music for the girls.

Here is Daisy doing her solo, Moonlight Sonata.

And I had to share with you this fabulous ensemble that was arranged by Brent Olstad.

We also had another recital!  Rose is going off to university next fall to study music.  For the last few months she has been working with a local woman for singing lessons.  Here is Rose singing Pieta Signore:

I was so proud of both of them!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

21 Years

I met him in the eighth grade.  I was wearing a pink tie-dyed Authentic Dweebie shirt and white Guess pants.  He was wearing a snap up shirt his mom got him at K-Mart.  He sat across the room from me in math class, hidden in the back, trying to pretend like he wasn't there.  I was up front, third seat back right against the wall.  I was loud and often talking with everyone in my vicinity.  I can recall our teacher writing my name down on the overhead and putting little marks next to it each time I talked.  

It happened a lot.

It's no wonder it took me two years and summer school to get through Algebra.

We were assigned to be partners for a math game day.  I think the teacher was trying to separate me from my rowdy friends.

If, on that day so many years ago, my guardian angel had appeared to me and declared with great force that this boy before me was the man I was going to marry and have nine children with, I would have thought I had eaten a batch of bad tater tots in the cafeteria and gone directly home.

We ended up at the same high school.  I was in drama, he played guitar.  I was obnoxious, he was the quiet football player that wore Garfield t--shirts under his letterman's jacket.

Our senior year things changed.  After a football game one night we went to see Dead Again.  Before the movie even started I told him that I was going to have Kenneth Branagh's babies.  That I really liked Emma Thompson, but sorry, she was going to have to step aside.

By the end of that school year we were engaged.  A year after our graduation from high school we were married and I have never thought of Kenneth again.

21 years ago today I married the most incredible man I have ever known.  He changed my life for the better in so many ways.  He helped me to see that I had worth, that I was someone special.  In him I found a wonderful person that I could trust and love...  A man who would protect and cherish.  An incredible father with the ability to always make me smile.

Thank you God...

And quite possibly my 8th grade math teacher.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{yarn along} Socks!

This week I wanted to share with you all the socks I have been working on for Posy.  I have some yarn heading my way from Knit Picks and hopefully I can get started on some new things for her.  I am 28 weeks now, so I have until late October/ early November (with my luck), to get some fun things made for Posy.

I'm not too happy with the way these came out.  They look kind of terrible, even after I blocked them.  I think the problem was the needles I used.  I used some wooden needles and the yarn just did NOT move smoothly along them at all.

That pattern is also very hard if you don't know anything about making socks!  But I do love the ribbing at the ankle, it is rather brilliant, as it keeps the baby from kicking them off.

I then decided to whip up some of my baby sock pattern with some leftovers from my Hermione socks. It is kind of adorable you know... we will have matching socks!

As for reading... um, well not much.  It has been too hot to do anything other than sit in a chair and think about how hot it is.  ;)

 So what are you working on?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Playing Mass

After lunch on Saturday, the kids decided they wanted to play mass, but they simply couldn't because Rogue wasn't there!  He and daddy were still up at Cub Scout camp, much to everyone's dismay.

After many assurances that Bear would be a wonderful priest, he finally agreed.  He doesn't look so confident, does he?  He processed in with Latin chant, thanks to you tube on my phone.

Some people wouldn't take their seats though...

But soon the liturgy of the word began.

The priest looks like he has heard these readings before...

The Gospel.

The priest obviously did not prepare a homily.  He mumbled something brief and sat down.

Then we started the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  The gifts were brought up.


Now he looks like he is getting into this.


The priest really enjoyed this.  There was some jumping up and down.  
The congregation was rather excited about this part, as well, and demanded more.

And just when you thought it was over, someone had to come up and give some sort of announcement.  I am not sure what it was about, but I am sure I will find it in the bulletin later.

And the procession out with more Latin Chant thanks to you tube.

It all ended with a "Let's do it again!!"  
But it was time for some of the congregation to have a nap.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

8th Birthday Tea Party

About a week ago we got to celebrate Buttercup's 8th birthday.  She declared she wanted to have a tea party this year.  so we happily obliged.  

There was a four course meal.

Scones (which looked a bit odd because I had only frozen blueberries), fruit, 
cucumber and egg salad sandwiches, and cookies 
(which I forgot to take a picture of!  We used these cool tea party cookie cutters).

Tea served in fancy cups.

And, of course, we were all dressed very elegantly.

And used our very best manners.

After tea we changed our clothes and then decorated little bird houses!  I got them on sale at Michael's for 50 cents each.  I figured that was such a good deal I even got some for the teenagers...

Who had more fun I think then the younger crowd!

Then there was gifts!

She got Frozen Anna's Icy Adventure and Meet Rebecca. One of the benefits of having sister's who work is that they buy you really cute outfits! She also got fuzzy posters, the saint dolls I made her, and a Ceramic Tea Set with Basket.

She also has some pretty creative brothers!  When she said she wanted a giraffe for her birthday her five year old brother was only too happy to provide!

Rogue went over to their grandma's house and she helped him make her a lovely rosary that actually kind of matched her outfit!

It was all topped off with cupcakes, chocolate-chocolate chip with cream cheese frosting.  The photos were terrible, so just take my word for it, they were yummy!

8 years... 

It goes by just too fast!