Saturday, January 30, 2010

Baptism Folders/Lapbooks

I really enjoyed making these baptism folders with our blessings! The House Cat had started hers a while back but, I hadn't done anything with the others. It was great looking back through old photos and remembering their Christian birthdays. We added photos of the priest who baptized them, their Godparents, family and friends who were there. I also tried to make sure one of the pictures had their baptism candle in it. I noted the date and church where they became children of God. See CHC's A Year With God for the baptism sheet we used.

The House Cat
Snuggle Bug



I will treasure these always! They will kept with their baptism candles and pulled out to share on their baptism anniversaries.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Blessed Woman's Daybook

Outside my window ~ Blackbirds, blackbirds, and more blackbirds. Boy they sure are chatty! The birds gave us quite a show Saturday morning. I don't think I've ever noticed so many in our yard at once. We could barely get finished with our lunch without someone jumping up and grabbing the binoculars. A special treat for me was seeing our Blue Jay and his mate. Another first!

I'm hearing ~ silence. It's after ten and everyone else has gone to bed. I've been trying to type this post all day to no avail.

We're looking forward to ~ 19 Kids and Counting: Special Duggar Delivery will air Sunday night at 7 central time on TLC. We enjoy watching the Duggars. They are such a beautiful Christian example to the world!

I'm wearing ~ my new University of Alabama shirt (Roll Tide), black pull on pants, and my hair is still in the braid that Snuggle Bug fixed this morning.

Around the house ~ Buck has successfully knocked all three of the pictures off the wall leading from the living room down the hall. How, you may ask? Playing football - of course :) I'll buy new frames later. For now he needs to be a boy.

Recipe of the week ~ Baked Zucchini Sticks with Homemade Marinara Sauce. This was Yummmmy! Thanks for the recipe Gina. This one is definitely a keeper....Yummy and Low point!

Weight Watchers ~ I am not focused on the scale. Repeat -I am not focused on the scale! Today was my meeting day. I was determined to be happy no matter what the scale said! I am peaceful with knowing I am being temperate with my food, sticking to the plan and not overeating . I took a new notebook with me to write down goals, recipes, and other info that comes up in the meetings. Yes, I'm a note taker :) It's good to be back and I already am feeling so much better - even if the scale doesn't show much of change ;)

Thought of the day ~ Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!

Healthy Goal(s) this week ~ Walk at least three times and eat breakfast first thing in the morning.

We are creating ~ A Book of Centuries for The House Cat and Snuggle Bug. Also, we picked up needlepoint and cross-stich packets at Michael's this weekend.

I'm planning ~ on Snuggle Bug starting a bird book of her own. I'd love to hear suggestions if any has them.

A picture thought ~
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter Geography with Buck and Honeybee

I love the way God works! He put together this wonderfully fun geography study for me. It all started with the thought that I should read Mr. Poppers Penguins to Buck and Honeybee. Then I had an email from CurrClick with this free Kindergarten Mini Study. The first part of it focuses on what else but geography. I also randomly (or so I thought) picked up The March of the Penguins DVD from the library. We also just happened to have a penguin playdough cutter. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Blessed Womans Daybook

Outside my window ~ The birds are back! My honey brought home some more suet and our downy friends are back :) The kids are all outside enjoying the warmer weather. All except for the House Cat whose back in her room immersed in Jane Austen :)

Praying for ~ All of the poor people in Haiti.

To be fit and healthy ~ I'm not focused on the numbers on the scale.....right? Right! Today is weigh in day at Weight Watchers. That scale is not my friend! Just kidding :) When mama eats good food, everyone does. The whole family is making healthier choices and feeling better for it!

God is making sure that I don't forget why I'm really doing this. I must learn to be temperant with food! This weeks focus is to move more. My commitment - walk on the treadmill at least twice.

On the menu ~ Tonight we are going to try this Spinach Lasagna recipe and this on the side. A couple of nights ago we made Taco Soup. It was yummy and only 2 points for a cup. Here's the recipe if you want it.

Recipe of the week ~ Weight Watcher's Taco Soup

1/2 pound lean ground beef, chicken, or turkey
1 chopped onion
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can chili beans
2 cans diced tomatoes (we used Rotel and it was very spicy) Use diced tomatoes to suit your taste.
1 can corn
1 pkg Hidden Valley Seasoning Dry Mix
2 cups water
1 pkg low sodium taco seasoning mix

Brown meat and onions. Add all remaining ingredients. (The only thing we drained we the black beans. Otherwise just pour the whole can in.) Bring up to a low boil and cook over med. low temp 45min. Enjoy!

One of my favorite things ~ Honeybee's curls. They form little ringlets at the bottom of her long hair.

To live the liturgy ~ Have you visited Lacy over at Catholic Icing? She does a great job gathering and sharing ideas for celebrating upcoming feast days.

We are watching Saint Jon Bosco - Mission to Love this week. His feast day is on the last day of January which falls on Sunday this year. So, we will be watching during our evening family time this week.

In the school room ~ Which is of course the whole house :) We are still working on the baptism folders. I've got lots of work printed and ready to go for Buck and Honeybee. Snuggle Bug and I are continuing to gather books for her sunflower basket and The House Cat and I are looking into starting Shakespeare Fridays. I still need to order the January Science Basket books for Buck. I just love Serendipity - don't you?

My picture thought~ Reading is great - especially when your sitting in a tree!

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Updated Morning Basket

I recently had a friend ask me about our morning basket of work.  Well, it got me to thinking of how it had been a while since we had actually done the work I had posted about earlier in the school year.  Things change….Life happens….  So for now, the morning basket has been moved upstairs into the kitchen.  It’s been too cold to school for any length of time in our downstairs-basement-school area. 


So, once again we are starting our day off at the kitchen table.  It’s so good to be getting back into more of a routine and gathering first thing for morning prayers .  For January, we have added an act of faith, hope and love to our prayer time along with reading about the saint of the day.  Once prayers are concluded the older girls set out to tackle math.  We try to get that knocked out while they are fresh!   Buck and Honeybee are enjoying working with the Hooked on Phonics series and their Explode the Code books.  I’ve also got some art supplies in the basket to occupy one while I’m working with the other.

IMG_0735I also have a folder in the basket for them to hold their finished work.  This week we will be adding this, this, and this to their folders.   God Bless :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

An "Ordinary" Daybook Entry

Living the liturgy...
Ordinary time began today. We lit the green candle this morning during morning prayers. Actually, it stayed lit on the table all morning. It's nice to get back to work. Last week it never really happened. I caught Honeybee's virus. Not fun!

Focus of the week...
Baptism ~ I am a Child of God. We made these cute shell candles and Snuggle Bug arranged them into a pretty centerpiece. We are also going to try to find photos/video of every one's baptism and enjoy watching together this week. A Year With God has a neat page for baptism too. Hopefully we will make these and I can share them this week.

Around the house....
The Christmas decorations are all put away. Except for my small nativity downstairs on the mantle. I agree with Pope John Paul II, I hate to take it down. All of the Christmas cards/pictures have been taken down from the fridge. We are blessed to have so many beautiful friends. Thank you to all who sent pictures of your beautiful families!

I'm creating....
Folders on my new computer for all of the children. I hope to use these to keep up with what all that's going on around here and also for planning purposes. I find it hard to stop and write everything down. I have notes all over the house :/ I also cringe at following a boxed curriculum. I've tried it and it quickly became more drudgery for us than anything. I'm not saying these aren't great for some... just not for me.
I'm pondering....
"How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?"

Healthy Habits....
The scale was nice to us Saturday morning. We all are feeling so much better eating right. Weight Watchers is such a good plan. I love using the eTools. It really makes the plan so much easier to follow. It tracks your points for you and has tons of recipes to use. I cringe to think how many points we were consuming these last few months. Tomorrow I go for my second meeting. I'm not really focused on the numbers anymore. I just want to feel better and be healthy.

From the kitchen....
Red Beans and Rice
Pork Chops, Rice and Gravy, Green Beans
Boiled Shrimp, Salad
Chicken Stir-fry

I'm thankful for...
Seeing my parent's today. My dad hasn't been feeling well so it was good to see him out and about today. I'm also thankful for the school supplies they dropped off :)

I'm immensely thankful for...
A husband who comes in from work and cooks for us!

One of my favorite things...
A clean house. I'm thinking of making a cleaning schedule for Lent. Maybe deep clean one room per week?

I'm reading....
Graced and Gifted by Kimberley Hahn (still). I'm stuck on the chapter where she rises before dawn.... I am trying to get up by 7 though :)

Serendipity ~ Literature for the young lady for Snuggle Bug, science baskets for Buck

My Picture Thought...

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

One of My Favorite Things

Reading wonderful books with your children and then watching them act it out.
Notice how the camel is right over baby Jesus? If you've read the book you know what I'm talking about! :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Two Words.....

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2009 National Champions

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Small Things With Great Love

As I drove Honeybee to the doctor today, I popped one of our Danielle Rose CDs into the player. She always brings me closer to Our Lord and helps me feel better. There are so many things I want to do. I want to be a homeschooling mom who spends equal time with everyone living in our domestic church. I want to make a schedule for the week and stick to it. I want to really feel like I've got it together and am in control of our schooling. I want to share here the way I see God working through all of our children. I want to learn everything I can each day about living the liturgical year and implement it in our home. Not to mention that I want to be able to find one of our ten pairs of scissors when I need them! There are sooooo many things I want to do! I read other blogs and feel so inadequate. Wait a minute......what's wrong with all of these sentences? Well, they all begin with that bothersome way of thinking. The "I" mode. Like I said in my last post, only God knows exactly what I'll be doing this week. I have to give it all to Him and trust in His plan. How could I know that I'd have a little one miserable with viral tonsillitis the last couple of days? I had planned on working on our progress reports today and getting our "desk work" going again. Ok - that wasn't in His plan.
St. Therese taught us to do small things with great love. This is my prayer. I've added a new element to my sidebar. Song of the day. The song of the day is a place for me to share music that has touched me and given me strength for the day. I hope it will bless you too.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Plans Change....

God had other thoughts for our day. When we got home from Mass this morning, Buck laid down on the couch and didn't move. He stayed there six hours without moving. Bless his little heart - he was looking pretty puny. At first he didn't feel warm but, by the end of the day his temp was up to 102.7. We didn't get to go and visit with our beloved priest, friend. We did get to hear his pleasant, joy filled voice on the phone though :) What a gift our priest are to us! To live for God and His Church and administer the sacraments to us. Again, what a gift!

Tomorrow The House Cat and Snuggle Bug are back to hitting the books. I'd love to post a wonderful plan for our week. Truth is - only God above really knows what we will be doing.
I love reading Elizabeth, Jessica, and Jennifer's day book entries. Their plans always sound so wonderful. They are all such wonderful writers. I struggle trying to put all that's in my heart to words. I guess that's not one of my gifts :) However, I do give God all of my heart. I want to do all he calls me to. There are so many inspirations I want to try to fulfill. However, most of the time I feel disorganized and am trying to find a better way to do something. I'm reminding myself - you don't fail until you stop trying.

I love living our beautiful Catholic faith. We are truly blessed. I'm so thankful for being led to blog land and all of the support and inspiration I've found. I truly love living the liturgical year! I'm working on a better way to organize all of my "stuff." It's frustrating to waste precious time looking for something you know you have but just can't put your hands on it. I'm thinking of using big plastic bins to sort candles, statues, books etc. by liturgical season. I'm definitely storing our Advent wreath, Saint Nicholas statue, stockings etc separately from our Christmas decorations this year. Anything to save time....

My sweet husband surprised me with a laptop of my own for Christmas. Hopefully, I can learn to utilize all its features and be more proficient in my work for God.

Honeybee needs mama - so I'll go for now. I pray your week is filled with many blessings :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Looking Forward to tomorrow…

Tomorrow we celebrate Epiphany, the day the wise men made it to Bethlehem and laid eyes on the baby Jesus. How incredible that must have been! To follow a star and find a new born king, Our Lord and Savior. January 3rd is also a very special day for us. It is the day Buck became a Christian. God is blessing us with a very special treat tomorrow. Our dear priest and friend Fr. Emmanuel is in town and we are planning on spending some time with him. We haven’t seen him in about a year and a half and through God’s providence we will see him tomorrow. Oh, I failed to mention that he baptized Buck! How cool is that? We made star cookies tonight to take and share tomorrow. Check out Catholic Cusinie for the easy sugar cookie recipe.


Buck and Honeybee wanted to play with the extra dough and ended up making these pretty king cookies cakes.624


I also have Buck’s baptism candle ready to go with us. I can’t wait for Father to light it and pray over him! What a special blessing that will be!

Last year we had fun making this cake. Also, here’s a post I did on celebrating baptism anniversaries (Christian birthdays), if you’d like to check it out. God Bless and Happy Epiphany!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Praying the Rosary keeps us close to Jesus