Thursday, May 31, 2012

Henry's Last Day of Pre-School

The thought of Kindergarten int the Fall makes me super sad.  I just can't believe how fast Henry is growing up.  I know once all day, five days a week school comes, time is going to go even faster.  Our lives have changed so much since we first brought Henry home.  Not in a way different than any other family, just different from the days when we didn't have places to go, errands to run, obligations, event, etc. 

I love summer already and hope the pace goes slow.

Henry loved going to school this year.  He still doesn't say much about what happens at school.  Instead I hear Henry and Karley playing out school or asking each other if they did certain things.  Otherwise he just says, "I don't know" what they did in class.  This was the answer last year, not very helpful to this mother, who wants to know everything he does!  Since he's the first, I'll be guessing again next year.

Ms. J said Henry was a great student with good manners, and very easy going.  This would be most like his Dad.  He learned some Spanish words, numbers and the alphabet in sign language.  He loved having his friend Grace in class {I think he has a little crush on her}.  He missed four days of school. 

His favorite things to do in school were "Centers" and playtime. 

This summer he is looking forward to golf, tennis, soccer, swim lessons, going to the races, camping, playing, getting together with friends and cousins.  Did I say some thing about a slow pace?

I missed many pictures when my camera was getting repaired {dropped it on cement garage floor}.  This day was one where I missed my real camera and my smart phone was absent most of the day as well.  Thanks to Mrs. B for taking pictures for me!













Congratulations Henry!  You'll love Kindergarten.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Karley's Last Day of School

Karley's first year of Pre-School has wrapped up for the 2011-2012 school year.  She had an amazing year and loved every minute of going to pre-school.  She attended Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM.  Karley loved school so much she managed to have perfect attendance.  Way to go Miss K!

Her favorite thing about school was playing and coloring.  She was a trooper while being gluten and dairy free while the other kids had different snacks and her teacher was most accommodating.  Thank you!  While the first half of the year she was considered one of the shy girls by the second half she blossomed and became more outgoing. 

On the way home from school one day, Henry was all excited about Kindergarten, going all day five days a week, Karley burst into tears crying because she was only going to go three days a week next year.  That is quite enough for this Mom. 

We are going to enjoy a summer filled with camping, golf, tennis, soccer, playing, swimming lessons, Vacation Bible School and getting together with friends.  Oh, and a dance recital this weekend!












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What a wonderful year!  Karley is looking forward to her same teacher next year!

God Bless!




 




Test of Fire

I was sent this via e-mail.  Simply said and very good, not just for Catholics but all Christians.


The Stand Up For Relgious Freedom Rallies are happneing on June 8 all across the country at 12 Noon.

Please visit the Stand Up For Relgious Freedom site for more information.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daybook ~ 5.14.12

Around the house

I've booted the dog to the garage or outside again.  Her hair is just so much to keep up with.  I would love to keep her in her kennel during the day but the door to the kennel is in the shut only position.  Why?  Mother Robin decided to build her nest on the corner of the kennel where the door sits.  A very difficult place for us to let both babies grow and the dog lay in the sun.  We gave way to the babies.  It has been fun for all of us to watch the babies grow. 

Android Photo


Listening to

Heavy machinery.  One of the roads that borders our house is getting curb, gutter & storm drainage put in.  Very good for us, even though we lost a few trees and privacy.  We are now a little more exposed in our backyard.  I was so fearful of how open our backyard would look, but in the end it does look better.



Reading

Still reading St Theresa of Avila's Interior Castle.  I am scheduled to be done reading it in a few weeks, but I am now behind, again.  I managed to catch up a few weeks ago but it's been hard to find time to read the last couple of weeks.

On the Menu

Even though I had high hopes to get a menu in order for the last two weeks, I missed the boat.  I would love to get something down for the next two weeks at least until Memorial weekend.  Even though the meals are decent, I feel like it's all thrown together and not very much effort is put into a wonderful meals.  Tonight is meatloaf.  I also hope to start making bread again for the summer.

Home Learning

We put our garden together on Mother's Day.  Henry was the most interested or maybe his age kept him the most interested the longest.  He did a wonderful job helping Adam and then took off doing his own planting.  He has now been asking Adam to till up his own garden.  We have extra tomato plants.....



School Learning

This is the last week of school for the kids.  Next week I have conferences for Henry & Karley and then they have their combined pre-school picnic later in the week.  This week they are having a mini field day, learning about taste and smell and saying good bye to their classmates for the summer.  We will see some of them throughout the summer though.

Running

Last week I ran a total of 35 miles in four workouts.  I'm a little injured but am able to still run.  I ran with my sister last Saturday for 18 miles.  Actually, I ran 18 miles but only 16 with my sister.  I had to encourage her to go ahead of me.  I was slow, slow, slow and she was ready to get the run over with and still had enough to kick it in gear.  The last two miles was all hills some steep.  Two of them for about 50 yards I walked when I realized that I could probably walk faster than I was "running".  It was nice to run with my sister.  That was the first time during all this training that I actually ran with somebody.  (During our half marathon she ran ahead.)  I have one more long run next week and then I'm in the taper down before the marathon.

Moments of Gratitude

All things Mother's Day (separate post)
Running with my Sister
Grandma & Grandpa taking care of the kids while we run
Water re-fills along the route
Drive by's on the route to keep us inspired
Second opinions
Playdates
Warm weather
Safe travels

Thinking about

Still thinking about my summer Rule.  I need to sit down this week and pull it all together since next week is really summer vacation!

Praying

I'm praying for all people to know and love the Real Truth.  For people (including myself) to know and love what is good, true and right.  To know the freedom of living in God's Rule.

The Week Ahead

Dance.  Running (lighter mileage week).  Small outside projects, flowers, sprucing things up, getting ready for the large outside projects.  Hope to have a bonfire with Adam this weekend.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Making it Count ~ B & W Photography

Every week, Pam and Sarah are co-hosting the Making it Count Tuesday link-up. Start with any one of those fabulous ideas you've found online. Then, do it. Make it. Cook it. Create it. Take it from the screen, give it life and let it bless your world. When you're done, snap a photo, write about it and share it with us.

Make your time online count.


We're meeting at Pam's today!
 
 
It was suggested to me early this week to convert the picture I have on my facebook timeline into black and white so when I saw Sarah's post I was happy to sit down and take in a lesson on black & white, something other than just clicking convert to black & white.
 
I use photoshop elements 9 and have decided that this summer I am going to take an interest in actually learning how to do a few things with this application besides just clicking on the guided or quick fixes.  Here's my first try. 
 
This is my SOOC (straight out of the camera)
 


Here's the quick edit black & white:
 



And finally from the tutorial from Katie Evans as best as I could figure out from my PE9:


 
Side by side I could really see how much I liked the tutorial by Katie Evans version:
 
What do you think, which do you like best?
 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Moves, My Puppy & My Sweetness

My little big girl is four now almost done with her first year of pre-school.  She's loved every minute of school and when she found out that next school year Henry goes every day all day she bawled that she wouldn't be able to.  Comforting her with three days a week, an increase from her current two, was of little consolation.  She makes many beautiful things at school, all of which she is very happy to give away to anybody she can when she gets home.  She loves to give, she'll even give Henry all her candy whenever she gets any.

One day a week Karley has also been attending dance class.  She loves dance, wearing her dance leotard and loves practicing when she gets home.  We are all looking foward to her offical dance pictures and of course her big debut recital next month.  She loves to ask, "wanna see my moves"?  And frequently asks to take her picture doing her "moves".  Couple this with the fact that she loves to sing, has great memorization skills and can cry at the drop of a hat, I think we're headed for some drama classes as she gets older.



This summer we are going to introduce some golf and tennis skills to Karley, her sister and brother.  They all got tennis rackets and golf balls for Christmas from Gram and Grandpa.  We'll have fun with that.

Karley loves her bike but I think she likes the scooter a little better.  She'll get a little more bike riding in when we go camping in a few weeks.  Karley still loves her puppy and would love to take it everywhere but were trying to have her keep him at home a little more {puppy equals thumb sucking}, I think this is going to be a hard habit to break.  She loves to color, do activity books and she's learned how to pump on the swings. 




On our way to school in the morning we have started praying the Rosary and Karley is my most vocal and quickly told me that I don't need to tell her "next bead" any more.  Big Girl.

Speaking of the Rosary....

Last week while at Costco I was packing all the groceries in the back of the carand the kids were all lined up in their seats watching me, I hear from Karley say, "Mother of Mercy".  I was like, what {shaking my head in disbelief}?  I started to laugh, because I've never heard such words from her and I don't go around saying "Mother of  Mercy" (or so I think).  Then the guy next to me asks if I need help, "no, no just laughing at my daughter"  I get in the car and think where did she get that from.  Then she said it again but went on to say the rest of the "Hail Holy Queen", 

...Mother of Mercy,
our life our sweetness
and our hope...

I guess, we do say that.  WOW!

She's such a wonderful girl, full of love.  Adam and I are so proud of her and so blessed to be her parents.   We love you Karley!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible

More and more we have become a family on the go.  I have had the wonderful pleasure of listening to The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible on the way to school (two or three times a day, five days a week), while running, on our three hour drives to visit family, as well as right in my kitchen.  I found it best for me to load this on my ipod so I would never be without it.

I love being able to read from my Bible study in the morning and then catching up on the reading via the audio book sometime throughout the day.  It's been great to hear it twice. 

The voices are absolutely  beautiful done, an all star line up.  Neal McDonough, Blair Underwood, Kristen Bell, John Rhys-Davies and one of my favorites - Julia Ormond (she has been in many movies but Legends of the Fall as Susannah was my favorite).  They all play the parts so well. 

The packaging is as beautiful as the voices in it.  There are three folders that open up to a cross (clever, I'd say) with six CD's in each folder.  These three packages fit in a small six by six by two inch box that you can take anywhere.

What you will hear is the RSV-CE version of the Bible.  I have mostly read from the New American Bible so this is nice to have another reference.  Many of the Bible studies I do seem to use the RSV-CE version of the Bible.  I also like that my kids can hear the Word spoken by somebody other than me.  The change of characters helps them understand and keep them interested. 

I highly recommend The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible to everybody.  It's wonderful to listen to!



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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Universal Prayer

I've been looking for something to read or that I could create myself, for prayer in the morning and at night that would encompass all that I wish to do for the day.  I thought about a few different things but when I heard The Universal Prayer being read on the radio last week, I knew this was it.  I hope you enjoy it.

Universal Prayer ~ by Pope Clement XI

Lord, I believe in you:  increase my faith.
I trust in you:  strengthen my trust.
I love you:  let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins:  deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end.
I praise you as my constant helper,
  and call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
correct me with your justice,
comfort me with your mercy,
protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord,
my thoughts:  to be fixed on you;
my words:  to have you for their home;
my actions:  to reflect my love for you;
my suffering:  to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me:
in the way you ask,
for as long as you ask,
because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
strengthen my will,
purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
and to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise about my human weaknesses
and to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
to see myself as I really am:
a pilgrim in this world,
a Christian called to respect and love
all those whose lives I touch,
those in authority over me,
my friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
greed by generosity,
apathy by fervor.
Help me forget myself and reach out to others.

Make me prudent in planning,
courageous in taking risks,
patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
temperate in food and drink,
diligent in my work,
and firm in my intentions.

Let me conscience be clear,
my conduct without fault,
my speech blameless,
my life well-ordered.

Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
keep your law,
and come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to be aware that this world is passing,
that my true future is the happiness of heaven,
that life on earth is short,
and the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death with a proper fear of judgement,
but a greater trust in your goodness.
Lead me safely through death
to the endless joys of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.