Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Lady Enjoying the Outdoors

Friday, March 9, 2018

God bless Our New 15 Year Old

We have another driver in the house!!  Well, a driver-in-training, I mean... 

++St. Christopher, pray for us!!++

Mario turned 15 last month.  (He's the second of our February birthdays)  

As our kids get older, the celebrations become more simple.  Still a great reason to celebrate, but not the fanfare of big themed birthday parties.  They are growing up and it's just not the teenage-in-style thing to do.  So Neil took Mario out with some cousins and friends to go see one of the new Marvel movies and out to eat to celebrate, along with our own celebrations here at home and making the day all about him.  

++Thank you, Lord, for Mario!!  Please help him feel your love and presence all throughout the next year!!++

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Double Digits Kiddo and a Minecraft Party

Our fifth young one, Max, turned ten last month!  He's officially in double digits!!  What a blessing he is - he's so calm and sweet and helpful and I can't say enough sweet things about him!!  I thank God for him every day! 

It's so much fun every year throwing our kids a fun themed party with their friends.  And it's always chosen around their interests and likes.  Our kids love playing and building and being creative while playing Minecraft, so it was no surprise that Max chose that as his theme for this year's party. 



Sticks (pretzels) 

Slime Balls (green grapes)

TNT (red licorice)

(not so) Raw Fish 
(fish sticks, which was perfect since the party was on a Friday)

Water (blue jello jigglers)


Healing Potion (Gatorade)


Minecraft BINGO 
(you can find many free printable versions online, like the one I found)

Knock Over the Zombies

Minecraft on the Wii

++Thank you, Lord, for Max!!  Please help him feel your love and presence all throughout the next year!!++

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Hands On Preschool

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Salad In A Jar

This past weekend, a couple friends and I got together and assembled some salads in a jar for the upcoming week for easy ready to go lunches.  They not only were healthy (like 5-6 servings of awesome veggies!) but also so pretty and colorful. 

The night before I chopped up my veggies.  I brought these 3 toppings and had the best helpers (including my awesome hubby!)....

My friends brought these toppings for their salads:
cherry tomatoes
red peppers
sliced almonds
feta cheese

And we each brought our own dressing to share.

Here's a look at how we laid everything out during the assembly.  We started in the bottom left (looking at the picture) and worked our way around clockwise...

Here's the order of putting things in your jar:
1.  dressing 
2.  crisper veggies/toppings - we had carrots, cucumbers, celery, peppers
3.  less crispy veggies/toppings - we had tomatoes, eggs, cranberries
4.  cheese and nuts (proteins) - we had sliced almonds, pecans, and feta cheese
5.  salad - we had spring mix and spinach, but you can also include iceberg lettuce and romaine

And a look at the final product....

Aren't they SO pretty and colorful??!!

I'd say it took an hour or less to assemble them, but of course we chatted a bit, so it was probably an hour and a half total.  Not too bad, I'd say!!  Two of us made up 5 and our other friend made 4 of them.

Today was day 3 after making them, and it was still fresh as ever and SO yummy!  Definitely going to keep making these and it's a great reason to get together with friends. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Our Video Christmas Greeting to YOU!!

May God love you and 
bless you this Christmas season!  

And may you be His presence 
to those around you!

Christmas Ponderings

I'm sitting here less than two hours before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, sipping some apple cider.  No empty stockings hung here.  No Santa gifts to wake up in the morning.  You see - St. Nicholas already made a visit to our place a couple weeks ago on his feast day.  I'm glad he's just always paid his visit to our family early, so we can focus on Jesus and not have the crazy hustling and bustling that entails when it happens on Christmas morning.  To each his own, but I'm sure thankful for the peace our traditions allow for on the day we celebrate Jesus' birth.

Waking up to a winter wonderland brought so much joy to all of us.  This was actually our first snow of the season.  The littles all went out right away to play.  Big boys had to be shoved out and only because they had a reason to go out... 

(one of the many blessings of having lots of kiddos - so many hands to help!!)

Our poor kitties didn't like the first snow.  They kept darting in anytime the door was opened.  Goofy things!  Your home is outdoors!

We were able to celebrate Mass tonight in celebration of the Word becoming Flesh.  It was such a beautiful Mass and always so touching to remember why we celebrate Christmas.  Our Lord loves us so much to come as an infant.  A cute sweet adorable cooing baby.  We all love babies.  So it's easy to have joy when we think of Our Lord as a wee one.  But at the same time, we know the whole story.  We know *why* he came.  We receive the Body of Christ to feed and nourish us and love us and help us get to our Heavenly Home.  From the cradle to the grave.  He reigns and hopes and waits for us now.  May we all be blessed and gifted to spend all eternity with Him. 

At Mass tonight, we only had 3 young ones with us!!  It was so strange.  But a blessing indeed to share my children as they serve Our Lord and His Church.

Three served up on the altar...

Three beauties gave the gift of their voice...

We shall celebrate on.  For Christmas begins on Christmas Day and continues 12 days til Epiphany!  So, keep up your tree and decorations.  Keep singing those Christmas carols.  Keep the Christmas spirit alive and spread Jesus' love and presence to those around you. 

++Thank you, Jesus, for coming to live with us and guide us and love us.  Help us to return that love to back to you and to those in our lives.++
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