Monday, February 25, 2013

Catholic Womans' Almanac

This has to be really quick as I've got a million things to do today.

Moments of Gratitude

62.  Relaxing weekend with my sister & niceces
63.  Diagnosed ear infection for Sophie
64.  Medication
65.  Healing
66.  Marriage Class
 
Praying...

Praying for Pope Benedict XVI, The Church, conversions & continued grace.

Cooking...

Menu is planned for the next two weeks and the grocery list is done.  This makes life so much easier.  I spent the time doing this Saturday afternoon while Adam took the kids sliding and my sister and I enjoyed afternoon coffee.  A few items

:: Vegetable Beef Soup (working on cleaning out the freezer)
:: Pasties
:: Pork Tenderloin
:: Chicken (We get whole chickens from the local farmer.  In the winter I put them in the crock pot)
:: Tilapia
:: Chicken Alfredo
:: Chicken Noodle Soup
:: Tacos/Rice
:: Fish Fry

Creating...

Sacrifice Beads given to me by a dear new friend.  Otherwise I'm not creating anything at the moment

Reading...

I'm reading the same.

Looking Ahead...

Oh there's a little trouble on the horizon.  Today was supposed to be going to the Hub Hobby store as a family and then Costco.  Instead, Adam will take the kids and I'm going to the dentist.  Unscheduled.  Nothing good will come from this.  Well, I guess good could come if I can squeak out of there without having to come back or go to an oral surgeon.  I'm thinking abscess tooth.

Tomorrow I go to the orthopedic surgeon for what I hope is my last visit. 

Do I sound old?  I'm thinking so.  From one thing to another.

Looking back....
Oh I had a fabulous dinner with my friend S.  We went to our old favorite Figlio's in a new location.  It was just as good as it was back in the day of Lake & Calhoun.  We had the same thing, mixed field greens, pasta (too bad I cant' remember the name but it was all goodness).  We shared Death by Chocolate.  It pretty much was.

The meeting I had with our parish priest, more than likely it will bear fruit, I just need to get approval from one other source.  Then I will share the rest with you. 

Listening to...

girls play.  And for fun, here's a conversation I had with Sophie on the way to pick Karley up from school.

"Are all sharks bad?"

"Well, some are probably good"

"Are all bad sharks in the lake?"

"No sharks are in the ocean and I wouldn't let you swim where there are bad sharks"

"But dolphins are good, right Mom?"

"Yes, dolphins are good."

"Do sharks and dolphins share a room?"

"Uh, no.  They have their own rooms"

Pondering....

Oh, I'm pondering something good...but hit cut and pasted it into a new post.  Stop back later because I could really use some good Catholic women to help me out with this. 

Caputured.....

I missed a great opportunity to take some wonderful pictures on the way to Mass yesterday.  Every branch on every tree was covered in frost and it was foggy, yet the sun was peeking through.  It was so beautiful.  I hardly think my husband would have been willing to be late for my photography fun nor the 7 other people in the car.  

Hope you are off to a good start to the week.  I'm on my way to find out if my tooth has rotted from the inside out.  Nice huh.

Joining the lovely (not as crude about teeth) ladies at Suscipio.

Tina











Thursday, February 21, 2013

Theme Thursday: Architecture

Just quickly popping in for a photo link up with Cari.  I went a little different this time.  For fun I used my phone camera, trying out something new.

This is our neighborhood church, beautiful isn't it?

 
There is a lot of bad going on with this picture but a lot of fun too.  I would love a lens that could capture this a little better.  I knew that some of the problems here would be the same with my other camera so I just went for the fun quick camera. 
 
Hop over to Cari's for more and if you're stopping by from there....Thank you!
 
Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Donkey That No One Could Ride ~ Children's Book Review

Just like the author, Anthony DeStefano, started his newest children's book, The Donkey that No One Could Ride with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, so shall I start this post.

Jesus went on toward Jerusalem...he sent two disciples ahead.  "Go into that village over there," he told them.  "As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.  Untie it and bring it here."  ...So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.  As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him...all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

"Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
  Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" Luke 19:28-38





 In the pages to follow the reader is brought to see life as the donkey, presumably young, weak and small to start, why else would he be left unridden?  In a beautiful cadence of rhyme, the story depicts the donkey as undesirable, sad, unworthy and without purpose.  Therefor, the donkey is banished to the far end of town.

...left wondering why he was born to be weak and born to be shy, and born to be frightened, and born to cry.

Until, the disciples come to save the donkey and is brought to Jesus.  Donkey then finds his purpose although he still feels unworthy in the presence of Jesus.  It's only after hearing the words of Jesus he feels healed.  In my opinion, this was the best page in the whole book.  I read this page a couple of times to my kids and this is what makes this book more than just a book about Palm Sunday.  The illustrations and words of Jesus looking into the eyes of this young soul, are for everybody.  Hearing these words, donkey was transformed to a donkey of "courage and power and pride!"  These two pages were brilliant, in illustration and word.  It was as if Jesus was speaking to me and looking into my soul, not just me reading them to my children.


Whenever reading books to my children I decide if it's a top shelf keeper if the message is one that will last them their entire life.  Without a doubt this is such a book.  I will be reading it to my children for years to come.  I imagine we'll read it until they know the story by heart and I foresee when they are older, I pull out , The Donkey That No One Could Ride,  when one of them comes to me feeling blue.  They will think I'm a corny Mom when I read a book from their childhood but, they will remember the truth that they were taught. 

I highly recommend The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano, with amazingly beautiful illustrations by Richard Cowdrey.   If you would like to have this book for the top shelf of your library you can find it on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

Enjoy!


You can have the book read to you right here:



And here is the book trailer:




The post is from the archives but well worth sharing again during Lent.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Catholic Woman's Almanac

Capturing the moments of our week past and our week ahead in...


...Moments of Gratitude:

48.  Spiritual Direction
49.  Marriage
50.  Mothering
51.  Handy Husband
52.  Opportunity to speak with our US Representative
53.  Laughter of parenting
54.  Being able to make dinner
55.  Being able to run errands
56.  New challenges in Physical Therapy
57.  Mothering through some rough patches
58.  Marriage Class with Husband (offered at church for strong foundations)
59.  New babysitter
60.  Father & Son Cub Scouting
61.  Day off school

...Praying

the Rosary, for the Pope, the Cardinals, the Conclave,

...Cooking

I've already deviated but somewhere in the week we'll have:
Meatloaf / Mashed Potatoes / Green Beans
Chicken Strips / Waffle Fries / Corn
Tacos / Chipotle's Rice
Spag / Salad
Tilapia / ??
Pizza
Egg Bake
Pork Tenderloin / Baked Potatoes / Salad

...Creating

I've created a new e-mail address and all the fixings for our CCW.  That's about all I have this week on creativity.

...Reading

Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic ~ Matthew Kelly
Rediscover Catholicism ~ Matthew Kelly
The Word Among Us
Lenten Reflections with Pope Benedict XVI

I have to trim my reading list down before I become overwhelmed.

...Liturgical Living

As best I can, I'm living Lent

...Looking Ahead

I have a special meeting this week that I hope will bear fruit.  I will share once I can.  A good friend has very graciously allowed me to drop my two at home children off the day of the meeting.  I say very graciously because she has a new baby and six other children she homeschools.  I know, I'm going to hurry.  Then afterwards we get to chat. 
 
Every year another good friend and I meet for dinner after my birthday in January and before her birthday the end of February.  We are going out this week.  I'm really looking forward to that!  We are Godmother's to each other's children and we married best friends, but we met from old relationships.  Odd story, but cool how it all worked out.  Looking forward to this!  It will be my first thing like this in months!

...Listening To

The hum of the fish tank.  Boys are at Cub Scouts and the girls are sleeping

...Captured

Waiting for the train before school because I avoid the decrepit looking bridge at all costs.



Joining the lovely ladies at Suscipio.

Tina





Friday, February 15, 2013

Seven Quick Takes

There are a few things to catch up on so Seven Quick Takes worked perfectly today.  Right to it.

~1~
 
Last Friday I had a call come through from a 202 number.  I decided to answer it mostly because lately I am more than willing to give my opinion to government representatives about my Catholic views.  This call was an invitation to an open forum with my US Representative.  I feel I can say that she's not very well liked in Washington, because she's said it herself.  I've also read that the Democrats are gunning for her seat and SuperPacs are out to get her.  My vote is will remain as it has, for Michelle Bachman.  I spoke with her briefly, she gets being a stay at home Mom, raising kids, stretching the paycheck, prayer, God first, abortion is wrong, etc.....she's singing my tune.  She doesn't play by the Washington rules....she actually represents the people of my district, well.


~2~
Physical therapy has been going very well.  I'm not sure what to make of the look on the therapist face when I told her that my goal was to start running by the end of the month.  I think by the laughter and spit that came from her mouth she thought I was crazy.  I'm seriously thinking about entering the lottery registration for a June half.  I kind of figure if I get in, it's a sign that I should be doing it right?
 
~3~
God has been busy working over here.  I'm seeing a lot of great fruits.  Most of the time before I'm about to do something I think I'm being ask to do, I cringe thinking this really can't be, why on Earth would I do _________.  Then I just do it and pray for the best.  Well, the best has been happening.  Praise and Glory to God!
 
~4~
We had a pretty low key Valentine's Day.  The kids were excited to have their parties at school and because of this I didn't really do much here.  I made a nice dinner, Swedish Meatballs but I failed to really decorate.  I just kept all the Lenten table runner.  I could do a better job at Valentining the house up. 




~5~
I did make the kid's teacher's a little something.  I have no idea how good it was but at least the thought was nice.  I've been on a kick to make things from my Pinterest browsing.  I think I actually found this on the Betty Crocker site.



~6~
A couple of weeks ago I added a Valentine card for Big Daddy in the shopping cart.  When at the checkout line my total was $72 (yes, even).  Then the cashier asked if the card was mine, yes indeed it was.  All of a sudden my total was something like $78 something.  Whhaaa?  I asked her to take the card off the total.  {See I am cheap}  We then agreed not to buy cards this year.  I did however, come home from Ash Wednesday service and find red roses to enjoy all day on Thursday.  I still wanted to do something so I decided I could write a little love letter in the Mr & Mrs Journal I won.  It was a great idea. :)  Oh and I love having my afternoon coffee in the Mrs mug.



~7~
I buy books.  I love books.  I have many books I've had to have and then buy another and don't get the last book read.  It's a bad habit, I'm like a buybookaholic.  I need not buy another book for the rest of the year.  I think that sounds like a late add to a New Year's resolution.  This book arrived yesterday.  I will finish it on time and I love reading it.  
 
  
Joining Jennifer for Seven Quick Takes.

Tina

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Change of Plans

My plans for Ash Wednesday were all set, I was going to go to 8:15 am Mass with Henry, the Kindergartners, and Sophie.  That leaves out two of our family and there's a lesson there, which will be worked on.  After Mass Sophie and I were going to volunteer in the Kindergarten classroom, pick Karley up from school and then come home for the afternoon. 

The night before I saw that the Pope was going to be doing his last public Mass on Ash Wednesday and it would be aired live on EWTN.  I was bummed I wouldn't get to see it.  I confess, I watch EWTN a lot. 

Ash Wednesday Karley woke up, for the second day in a row, a low grade fever.  Change of plans.  Henry rode with another girl from school and we stayed home.  I was bummed not to get to Mass with Henry, especially since he had a rough day at school the day before, then I remembered.  I would be able to to watch the entire Ash Wednesday Mass with Pope Benedict! 

It was absolutely beautiful and I cried.  I was in awe of the reverence, beauty of the music, garments, just everything.  It was amazing, I can't even belief what it might have been like in person.  I think the two minute standing ovation could have went on longer if the Pope didn't ask for people to return to prayer.  It made me want to catch the next flight to Rome!  Now I think we really must get there sometime during our life.

In the end I went to Mass alone, in town, versus at the church we belong to.  I can't even put into words how awesome Ash Wednesday service was.  I'm just in awe of our beautiful church.  Jesus knew what he was doing when he left the keys to Peter.

Yesterday was a beautiful day to start Lent. 

----

Today I had to quick look to see what Cari had up her sleeve, turns out she wanted to see some trees or leaves.  I quickly changed my lens out and looked outside.  The snow that I was not loving last night walking to my car brought a beautiful morning for taking pictures of trees.  I actually ventured a few steps away from the car. 

I couldn't decide on one, although I do have a favorite.  I'd be curious to know your favorite.

1. Shot in A, 1/640, f5, iso 250, 122mm

2. Ack!  I used the beach/snow setting, 1/400, f11 (see I should get out of low f stops), iso 200, 150mm

3. Shot in A, 1/400, f5, iso 250, 122mm
 
4. again beach/snow setting, 1/320, f10, iso200, 86mm


5. beach/snow, 1/320, f10, iso200, 78mm


Thanks Cari for hosting and getting me outside again! 

PS.  My kids were late for school today.  :)

Happy Valentine's Day!






Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hoodwinked

It was coming, I knew it but I still didn't want it to happen.  Losing a tooth would be the last baby thing he'd have left.

The tooth was wiggly, he wanted to lose it.  Baby teeth are frequently going home wrapped around those little Kindergarten necks, tooth in a tooth.


Henry complained of his teeth hurting, we explained it's probably a tooth.  Sunday it was "wiggly", and he worked it until Tuesday.  I had a feeling it would come out in school, knowing he thought that tooth necklace was pretty cool.  When I picked him up from school he ran to me.  He couldn't wait for me to notice, even though I already saw the gap, he hurriedly spoke of his missing tooth.

I thought I'd break down in tears like I told him I was going to, but I was happy for him.  He was so excited and proud.  He was just as excited to tell Daddy.



He was all tucked in, ready for the tooth fairy to come or so we thought.  He came up to the living room, nearly in tears asking if he could please keep his tooth, he no longer wanted to give it to the tooth fairy but could he still have the money.  Could we write a letter to the tooth fairy and ask her about this plan?  How does this work? 

Not knowing what to do I said that we could write her a note and ask her for the tooth.  BUT I would buy the tooth from him for $5.  He could look at it from time to time but it would be mine.  This worked and seemed fair as long as the tooth fairy was on board.  My husband was present for the conversation.

Morning comes, Henry comes to my room and tells me he still has the tooth, the tooth fairy left him a note saying he had to give me the tooth and that I'd pay him for it.  All is great!  So I called Adam to ask him if he left any cash.  I then give Henry five ones, he puts them in his wallet.  I notice he has a small wad of cash and ask him if we can count it.  He had a $5 bill and a bunch of ones totally $17.  Wondering where he got all this money and the $5 bill, I ask.  He then tell me that the tooth fairy left him $5 under his pillow.  WHAAATT?

So I try and explain that since the tooth fairy gave him $5 I didn't need to.  That didn't work, imagine, "you said" and tears forming. 

I gave up.  I was hoodwinked.  The kid got $10 for his first tooth.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lenten Plans for 2013

I have reservations about posting my Lenten plans because I don't want it to seem like it's all for show.  It's not.  It's for me to have concrete plans and follow through with them.  It's also not to make anybody feel bad, for what they are or are not doing, or how little or how much.  It's shared to share options.  I looked up some of these ideas in a book, read some online, got ideas from my Mother's Group and talked with my Spiritual Director about it.
 
Before I say more about Lent, I want to say a little something about our beloved Pope Benedict XVI.  I was shocked just as everybody else was and I can say that I mostly understand why he'd want to step down as the leader of our church. 
 
My Grandpa was 82 when he died.  He slowed down significantly the months prior to his pacemaker.  We knew what was coming, even though we didn't want to face it, his health was declining and the end would be near.  He knew it.  He only lived a few short months after the pacemaker.
 
I agree with other Catholic media that His Eminence his being so very humble and that he is thinking of the church.  I detest the secular media and their reporting how now is the time for the Catholic Church to change it's ways, etc.  We all know what they mean.  I only watched one show, that's about all I can handle of my one sided commentary.  I cringed when I see a young girl excitedly say how she hopes the church will now allow women priests.  I think of how it's not her fault, she's young, nobody is explaining church teaching to her.  Which I make note of for family Lenten plans on what we teach our own children.
 
Surprising for the impatient worrying person that I am, I feel very peaceful and full of trust that the Holy Spirit will indeed guide our church in choosing a new Pope who will in turn guide us through these troubled times.  I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will take care of all of us and feel total peace.
 
I do pray that as a church, when the time comes, that we will send Pope Benedict to heaven just as gloriously as he would have been sent had he been the current Pope.  As the biggest thank you one could give for the service he gave us. 
 
Just a side note, I had the opportunity to read Humane Vitae last Fall with a group of women and sadly passed this up.  I knew shortly after this was a mistake.  I haven't read a single thing written by Pope John Paul II and that is sad.  So when Pope Benedict came out with his most recent book, I again thought this would be good to read.  I still have not.  I've also wanted to read something of Mother Angelica and Blessed Mother Theresa.
 
So in my preparations for tomorrow, last night I picked up The Word Among Us for Lent to read the foreword articles, but first I like to look at what the books are that they recommend.  One of the Lenten reads was this book:
 

Last week I was blessed enough to meet with my Spiritual Director.  I went over my plans for Lent.  He added a few gentle suggestions, one being not to try and do too much and the end up feeling like things didn't go well.  Either he knows me or the Holy Spirit who does, was in full force.  Either way, I got the hint. 

So here it is, because these are the things I think I'm being called to do for either myself or my family.  They are because we've been lacking, or we need to move in a new direction, or it's just what I feel I'm being asked to do.
 
 
Me
With kids
  • Stations ~ We will do this with the Kindergarten class twice
  • Bible Story Daily
  • Nightly prayers on our knees
  • Sacrifice Wreath
  • They will also be doing some sort of exam & helping in the 40 bags with their toys.
  • Read Passion ~ On Good Friday I will read the Passion out loud to them.
  • Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure ~ During Snack & Bible
That will be our Lent, 2013.  We will pray for Pope Benedict the XVI, the College of Cardinals and our future Pope. 
 
May God Bless you all. 
 
Tina



100 100 100

My son just celebrated 100 days in school, we can officially say he's 100 days smarter!
 
AND.....
 
Lena has become the 100th Priceless Friend!
 
The school kids celebrated so I thought it would be fun to celebrate too.  I want to send you something Lena.  I'm not sure what, I'll be heading over to your blog to learn more about something you might like:

 

Lena, please send your information to me at tinafisher5@gmail.com and I'll send you something some time soon.  
 
 



Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday....

....Sweet Karley Jane!



You woke to a room filled with as many pink and pink balloons as I could blow up and sneak in your room before you woke.  You were pretty excited to have your birthday, this was the first year you counted down the days until your fifth birthday. 
 
On your birthday Mom made you muffins for breakfast, since you're the "Muffinator" (an expansion of the nickname "Muffin" Daddy gave you).  You brought heart cookies to school to share with your friends, your teacher traced around you on a long long sheet of paper.  You wore a new outfit that you received from Mom & Dad for Christmas with your pretty purple dolphin earrings.   



After I picked you up from school we came home for lunch followed by an afternoon of play with your sister and I.  When Henry got off the bus you all played together, celebrating your birthday.  He made a little party for you in his room.  It's also amazing what some balloons can do. 
 
Daddy came home early which was a nice surprise and then we went for dinner at the Pizza Ranch.  (It's close and all of you kids like it.)
 
Aunties, cousins and Grandparents called or left messages of birthday song for you.  Your face lit up with joy each time the phone rang, which in turn melted my heart.  You spoke very clearly on the phone and had nice conversations, you are five now and it's showing.
 
You opened your presents when we got home, which was again a joy for us but even more joyful for   Henry and Sophie.  They gave you this little dog that opens his eyes and makes little puppy coo sounds.  It was your favorite gift and you now like to take it everywhere you go.  You even brought it to school on Friday for share time.




On Sunday we had your birthday party with aunts, uncles, cousins and Papa.  Usually Auntie and the girls come on Friday but we were expecting some bad weather late Saturday into Sunday and we advised them it was best not to come.  In the end it was probably the right decision because they would have arrived late Friday night after you went to bed and would have had to leave less than twenty-four hours later.  We sure did miss them though.  Grandpa J & Grandma S weren't able to come due to the snow storm on Sunday as well.  Gram & Gramp are in Florida for the month of February and celebrated with you before they drove three days South.  But all our local family were here and our good friends the M's made it too.  They love being your Godparents and are always happy to come see you.  Your Godmother loves buying you clothes since she has two boys.  She buys you cute things and you love wearing them.  As a matter of fact you even love drawing yourself wearing the cute clothes she buys you!




Yesterday morning you were happy to report that you didn't suck your thumb at all the previous night, we wonder a little bit about that.  In any case, you are making an effort.  If I do see you sucking your thumb while holding your puppy during the day, the code word you told me to use is, "stop sesame seeds, please", then you stop and smile. 
 
While you speak very very clearly and have every since you learned how to talk there are a few words that you might still mix up.  I have a hard time correcting you because I think they are really cute and one day you just won't say words like "muzit" for "music" anymore, then you'll be even older.  So for now, I just smile and count it as a blessing that you still have some little left.  Next Christmas you probably won't say, "one horse soap and say" for "one horse open sleigh" in Jingle Bells so I don't correct it.  For now, I just want to hear the last bits toddler mix up I can.
 
Speaking of music, Karley you love to sing and you are so good at knowing the words,  I can't believe all the songs you know.  You also love dance class with Miss N and that carries over to dance shows at home for us.  
 
You are very kind to your brother and sister and your teacher Ms. J tells me you are very kind to the other kids in your class.  You love Pre-school and do very well.  Ms. J tells me that you are ready for Kindergarten next year and you are excited to about this.  I will be sad for you to be away from home all day though, I'll miss you terribly and so will Sophie.
 
Karley Jane Doe, (Dad has started calling you that years ago and now when we ask you what your whole name is, you think it's "Karley Jane Doe Fisher".  Dad and I just smile.) we love you so much, you are such a special girl who is loved dearly by every member of our family.  You have an amazing personality and bring such joy to our home.  The last five years have flown by, but we won't ever forget all the beautiful you bring to us each and every day. 
 
You are a gift from God that we treasure immensely. 
 
Happy 5th Birthday Sweet Kardey Janey Doey!



With all our love,

Mom & Dad

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hats Hats Hats

We love hats here and today I'm joining Cari for a Hats & Scarves photo link up. 


Busy day here.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Re-Model ~ Girl's Room

It's been a few days since I've posted.  You'll understand why by looking at this:





 

This was a few days in the making.  I knew it would take some time and effort so Tuesday this is what we did.  This was a pre-cursor to more changes.  The dresser has seen it's day and will be sitting at the bottom of the drive as soon as Big Daddy hauls it down there. 
 
Starting from the top, the walls are going to be painted pink and pink.  Until recently this room always housed a boy.  It started out like this with many thanks to my friend Amy!

Looking at this picture for too long could make me shed a tear.  Time has gone by so quickly.

So dark pink & light pink on the walls.  Two twin beds with while headboards and footboards is first choice.  They will be where the bed is now and adjacent to that.  I found an dresser to paint white as well as a night stand.  The new/old dresser will go where the closet is and that will be closed off.  The new closet will go where the dresser currently sits.  The plan is for the carpet to be re-placed with hardwood floors and a rug.  We'll see how far the budget reaches.  But we're in for some changes. 

This closet as it is now will be a closet in Henry's room.  I'll post more about that with some pictures another day.  I'm getting my part ready for Adam to be able to get into this room.

I started my Lent plan a little early.  I bagged up two garbage bags full of clothes to donate along with one Target size bag of garbage.  I'm counting this as 3 bags into my goal of 40 bags.  That was progress!

Today, we had a two hour late start with some little friends over before and after school.  Kids are enjoying the extra company.

It's been a good day to catch up on calendar things and moving piles from one place to another! :)

Have a blessed day!



Friday, February 1, 2013

Catholic Schools Week

We just wrapped up Catholic Schools Week!

The week started off on Sunday when we went to late Mass, a rare thing at Casa Fisher.  We chose the late Mass because after there was lunch and a carnival to kick off Catholic Schools week.  The kids had so much fun playing games, putting people "in jail", winning prizes, face painting, and hanging out with their friends.







We ate lunch with another family that have twin girls in Henry's class and then we all went to the carnival.  It's fun to see how our kids interact with their friends and it's cute to see how at Karley's age(pre-school) they just say "hi" and stay closer to us.  Kindergarten has changed all that for Henry.  Not only is he friends with all the kids in his own class but he's been busy making friends with older  children as well.  This likely happens since Kindergarten through second grade eat lunch together and play outside together. 

Monday the kids were allowed a non-uniform day and wear their clothes backwards, inside out, etc. They walked to the local assisted living apartments and sang "Jesus church songs" for the elderly.  Tuesday, also a non-uniform day, was neon and the kids played some fun games.  We didn't have anything neon so we went for the brightest green we could find. 



Wednesday was a uniform day as they had Mass.  Our school along with another school celebrated Mass together as a part of our Area Faith Community.  {I think it's a rare thing for there to be two schools in an Area Faith Community.  And it's even rarer that our school is Pre-K - 12.}  After Mass the Kindergarten students joined for a snack in our Kindergarten classroom.  The students were mingled together and it was really special to see my son engaging in conversation with another little boy his same age that he'd never met before.  I sat and thought about how big he really is getting and how school is opening him up to other people and things all while keeping him grounded in our faith.  During Mass I watched him sing with the other students and take part in the Mass which is not how it is when he's with us.  School seems to challenge him and keeps him accountable in different ways than home.  I'm very grateful. 

After snack the elementary kids gathered in the gym and were presented with a show by Critters & Company.  From their website:  "Critters & Company uses a unique medium of live animals and their stories to share with the children relationship building concepts".  The kids had a great time and learned about the animals as well as how teasing can affect others. 




 
Thursday the kids wore their comfy clothes did some special projects.  Friday they wore a special t-shirt made for them that was like a snowman.  I missed getting a photo of this.  I was going to get one after Mass but since it was -14F -minus wind chill school was two hours late.  This was actually the third time in one week school was two hours late due to weather of some sort.  The children didn't have Mass and I didn't get a photo. 
 
Henry and his classmates had a fun week.  The week was about recognizing our students, teachers, priests, fellow volunteers, benefactors and our faith.  We absolutely love this school and are grateful for the sacrifices so our kids can receive a Catholic education.  I feel in the world we live in today, the best chance we can give our kids to keep God in the forefront of their lives is that they don't check their faith at the door when they leave our home.  We love that their faith is being learned in our home and at school.  We have come to know other families and have even been aided by them in our recent time of need.  We love our school family and parish!  

Happy Catholic Schools Week! 


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