Sunday, November 30, 2008

First Sunday of Advent

Mass readings for November 30, 2008.

I received some wonderful advice in Confession this weekend which I thought was very appropriate for this time of year.  Let me preface the advice just as it was relayed to me by my confessor.  People who met Pope John Paul II would often comment that as he made eye contact with them they could actually sense he was saying a prayer for them at that very moment. Doesn't this just exemplify the counsel to "pray always"?  Father advised me to put this holy example into practice; to uplift in prayer the people I come into contact with everyday.  It is difficult to be impatient and irritated with someone you have just said a little prayer for.
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

How to Make Advent More Like Advent and Less Like Christmas Idea #2

Idea #2

Advent Decor and Music

Hold off on the Christmas decorations and music.  During Advent we keep our decorations simple.  We make our Advent Wreath the centerpiece, lighting candles during our evening Rosary.  We have a small artificial tree we use for hanging up our handmade Jesse Tree ornaments.  We put up our nativities, saving Baby Jesus until Christmas morning and the Wise Men for Epiphany. We hang greenery and holly outside on our door, windows, and railing, and that is it for the decorations until Christmas Eve.  

Advent has some beautiful hymns that are so often overlooked due to Christmas Carols.  I very often get emotional the first time O Come, O Come Emmanuel is sung on the First Sunday of Advent.  Other hymns include: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, Let Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, On Jordan's Banks, O Come Redeemer of the Earth, and many others and all equally as beautiful as your favorite Christmas Carol.
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Stick a Fork in Him. He's Done.

We had a wonderful and relaxing day, yesterday.  We began with Mass and gave Thanks in an official way.  Once home again all I had to do was throw the turkey in the oven and wait patiently for it to reach a perfect roast.  We had done all the prep for our feast on Wednesday so we could just hang out as a family, play games, and enjoy each others' company while awaiting our meal. Once the turkey was ready, we quickly finished up our side dishes and set the table.  Everything turned out terrific.  For me, the standout dish was OJ's gingered orange cranberry sauce.
Delicious! Our single guy made three pumpkin pies, which  were perfect, and Karate Kid made a fantastic pecan pie.

By 7 pm, Baby Wingnut had had it.  He crawled up into my lap, nursed (I know, when is that kid going to wean?) and within seconds he was down for the count.  Nothing is cuter, sweeter, or more satisfying than a sleeping toddler.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

We are thankful for:

Mau:  My funny hubby who is always able to make me laugh.
Special K: (whispers) My family
OJ: Being in the Nutcracker
Stat Boy: Football Season
Karate Kid: Taekwando
Skoshi A: Not having to do school this week
Big Ben: Darth Vader (I don't think he gets this idea)
Wingnut: Being home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family

What are you thankful for today?

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your day with family, friends, food, and football ;-)
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to Make Advent More Like Advent and Less Like Christmas Idea #1

Advent is just around the corner and I have been deep in thought, considering how to make Advent more meaningful for myself and my family.  Advent is a period of waiting, anticipation, and penance for Catholics.  Those who observe Advent faithfully, do not allow Christmas to encroach upon this season of waiting too quickly.  Our family has many traditions for Advent we've developed throughout the years and I thought we might share some of these ideas and traditions with you throughout Advent this year.

Here is Celebrating Advent Idea #1:

Do your Christmas shopping BEFORE Advent.  I try very hard to do this.  I want our focus to be on preparing for the arrival of the Christ Child, not on the arrival of gifts.  If I'm stressing over what to get this person or the next I'm not able to focus on preparing my heart.  This takes some planning to accomplish and we have simplified much of our Christmas buying in order to manage doing this each year, but it is well worth the effort.  As of this post, I have 3/4 of my Christmas shopping finished and I will be completely finished by the end of the first week of Advent, even with the added stress of The Nutcracker bearing down on me. You cannot imagine how much this eases my mind and my heart.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Who is this Child?

You'd think my children would have been thrilled to have the week off from school, but the moment they heard we were going to tackle our deteriorating house, I had a mutiny on my hands, involving two of my more unreasonable children.  Even when I explained that if we had done school work this week, they would still have been expected to do these extra chores, these two continued the grumbling and complaining.  The manner by which grumblers and complainers are dealt with around here is (drum roll, please). . . more chores.

So you might imagine my surprise, upon returning from my walk, to find Special K (one of my mutineers) running about the house with the vacuum, all smiles and belting out a song.  She had devised a game she called "Maid" and asked everyone to call her "Maid".  Karate Kid described to her what being a maid entailed and added that a maid's tasks were done with a smile.   "Maid" vacuumed all the nooks, crannies, cracks and crevices, under couches, tables and chairs.  It's rather nice having a maid.
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Monday, November 24, 2008

Homeschool Advantage #1

One of the best aspects of homeschooling is the flexibility. We are taking this entire week off from school.  We all need a break and the house needs a good cleaning before our Thanksgiving festivities.  This is a great week to take a break as most of our extra activities are also cancelled for the week.  

Baby Wingnut and I stayed in our nice, warm, toasty bed until 8:30 this morning. Skoshi A is still in bed as I write (she has always been my "sleeper').  Nutcracker rehearsals were a killer this weekend and we are all worn out.  Baby Wingnut seems to be nursing a little cold, runny nose and congestion.  I am convinced, there is nothing better for a cold than to stay in bed, stay warm, and get a little more rest, and that is exactly what we did this morning.  I'm planning on taking a little nap with him this afternoon for an extra dose.

I'm off to savor my morning cup of Joe (sweet and extra hot) and to make up a list of those things that have really been neglected the last several months.  Homeschool rocks!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christus Rex

Mass readings for November 23, 2008.

Whenever the Solemnity of Christ the King rolls around I am reminded of the time Karate Girl was about three years old and went around telling folks that Jesus was her King.  She would then smile sweetly and ask them if Jesus was their King, too.  Innocent questions can certainly make adults squirm.  She was such a cute little witness for Christ, I'm sure she made an impression. 
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

What's on the Menu

I love Thanksgiving.  I love planning the menu, the preparations, the baking, the food and the time we spend together as a family.  We make most everything from scratch and the children all make or help make their favorite dish.

Here's what's on the menu for Thanksgiving at our house:

Turkey, of course:  I'm going to try out this recipe I found on Pioneer Woman.

Bacon, Apple, Sage and Onion Dressing: I haven't "stuffed" a turkey since we began having children.  We try to avoid food poisoning around here as much as possible.  

Cranberry Sauce:  We make this from scratch too.  OJ is making it this year with a touch of orange juice, orange zest, and fresh grated ginger.

Mashed Potatoes:  Red bliss potatoes, lots of butter, and a dash of heavy cream.

Gravy made completely from scratch, yes siree bob!  I sear and then boil the turkey giblets add lots of chicken stock, onion and celery; simmer for two hours and strain.  I then make a roux, using equal parts butter and flour and cook until a nice nutty brown to which I add a touch of fresh ground pepper, the strained stock and all the turkey drippings I can collect from the roasting pan.   Skoshi A is making the gravy this year.

Sweet Potato Casserole:  This is the best recipe ever!  Stat Boy makes this side quite often during the fall and winter.

Oven Roasted Green Beans:  Fresh green beans, a little olive oil and salt, broiled on high for about 12 minutes. Yummy!

Pecan Pie: I've tried several different recipes over the years but none of them measure up to the one found on the Karo Syrup bottle.  Karate Girl is making the pie this year.

Pumpkin Pie:  We're having a single guy over for Thanksgiving this year and he asked to tackle the pumpkin pie.  Those who know me, know how hard it was for me to let that go ;-)

Does your family have any special dishes they dream of each Thanksgiving?
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Growing in Grace and Poise

It was parent's observation week at ballet this week and I have to say I was completely impressed by the dancers our little studio is training.  One of the reasons I chose to send our dancers to this particular studio was convenience.  The school is just five minutes from our house.  Our three ballerinas love taking classes there and that is the reason we have continued.

OJ has been taking ballet for six years, Skoshi A for five years and Special K is in her second year. The school is very small, with only one studio and four instructors, but that is also part of it's charm.  The instructors are truly invested in turning out beautifully poised young dancers and one can honestly tell how much they love and care about our children.

Our experience in the Nutcracker has brought home for me again how blessed we are to have found our little studio.  Rehearsals for the Nutcracker have been at the prestigious Maryland Youth Ballet.  It is an impressive school that has dancers dancing for major companies across the United States, including American Ballet Theater, Joffery Ballet, and The New York Ballet. Tuition to attend this school at an advanced level, rivals tuition to attend academic schools, and the children are expected to devote the better part of their evenings and weekends in dance classes.  Not to mention the 45 minute drive time on a good day.

We are 100% satisfied with the studio our girls are dancing with now.  I was amazed at the improvement OJ has made.  She has always been a beautiful dancer, but the level of skill she has achieved floored me.  Skoshi A has also greatly improved in skill and general ballet knowledge.  Around the house she is a gangly, unladylike, goofball, but put her in a ballet leotard and she turns into this breathtakingly graceful flower.  By far, it was Katerina's improvement I was most impressed with.  Last spring, during her recital, I was wondering if ballet was really the activity for her.  She seemed to love going to class, but her performance during the recital was borderline comical.  Her teachers seemed to think she was in her own little world and liked to do her own thing (that's an understatement!) but that was okay with them.  They reassured me that if she really loved ballet she'd come around and get more serious about it as she grew older.  They were right.  She did a lovely job in class this week.  She followed instructions, answered questions, volunteered to lead and worked on correcting mistakes diligently.  I'm looking forward to seeing my girls continue growing in grace and poise.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

He's Growing Up

Most of our babies were born completely bald and remained so until they were nearly two years old, when they sprouted this pure white fluffy stuff I suppose is hair.  Baby Wingnut, approaching two and a half, had finally grown enough fluff to justify a trip to the barbershop. Of course I brought my camera to document this milestone.  

He was an absolute angel in the chair.  The stylist buzzed and cut, buzzed and cut, buzzed and cut again.  She spent at least 20 minutes trying to tame his dandelion fuzz.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


It was bound to happen, my weight loss has stalled.  I was anticipating this, especially since getting involved with the Nutcracker craziness.  I'm down to working out only two days a week. Before beginning rehearsals for the Nutcracker, I was depending on being able to workout on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as my Monday and Wednesday workouts.  The rest of our week is usually too crazy to allow me any time to walk in the afternoons or evenings, as was my habit.  I could get up earlier and go in the morning, but I hate being cold and it has been frightfully cold in the morning.  So, what this all amounts to is a bunch of excuses for not working out, but you know, I'm o.k. with that.  I feel fine with where I am right now and I know I'll pick it up again, once the Nutcracker is over.  I'm remaining pretty vigilante about what I eat and as long as I don't begin slipping backward, I'm not going to worry too much about stalling.  C'est la vie! Print Friendly and PDF

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bond's Twin

Wingnut and I took a sleeping Baby Wingnut to see the new James Bond movie Sunday night.  I hadn't been a big 007 fan until the last couple of films, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I had thought my enjoyment of the latest Bond installments because I enjoy a good action flick and the newer Bond movies are better action movies with less camp and other nonsense, but while enjoying the opening scenes of Quantum of Solace my eyes were opened to the real draw. Wingnut is the long lost twin of actor Daniel Craig.  Just take a look and tell me if I'm wrong.

This is Daniel Craig, the newest and in my opinion, best James Bond.

This is Wingnut.  Ok, I'm just kidding.  He looks nothing like 007 here, but I have been dying to post this picture because it is so hilarious.  I think we were in the Natural History Museum in DC and he was doing his best T-Rex impression for the kids.

This was the best photo of Wingnut I could find.  Believe it or not, we don't have a lot of photos of Wingnut.  The few pictures I do have of him, he is either making some ridiculous face, or there are two dozen kids climbing all over him.  In fact, to get this one photo of his gorgeous face I had to crop out five kids, three were not even our own! 

So there you have it, I'm married to a handsome secret agent.  Ain't life grand?
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Feel the Power of the Dark Side

If you hadn't heard before, our kids are complete Star Wars fanatics.  At times I seriously worried they might completely lose all touch with reality and join the Jedi Religion, made popular by some nuts in England several years ago.  But they have reassured me that my fear is absolutely unfounded and that the Jedi church is for crazy people.

Our Baby Wingnut has just recently discovered the joy that is Star Wars and Karate Kid was able to capture the moment on film.  Meet Darth Ben. . . 
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Worthy Wife

Mass readings for November 16, 2008.

Wingnut mentioned how interesting the Old Testament reading for today was.  Interesting, as he has not seen his wife gather wool and flax for her husband, nor put her hands to the distaff, nor ply the spindle. I just gave him that look. You wives know which look I mean.  
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Seasons Change

During the summer months we takes the kids to the pool, the zoo, the park and outside to play. As the days become shorter and cooler our activities turn toward the warmth of the kitchen and baking. Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Can't Have the World Thinking I'm a Bad Mom!

Stat Boy has officially become a challenging teen.  I cannot get him to wear a coat to save my life.  It had to have been in the mid 30s Tuesday evening and I forced him to bring a coat with him in the car on the way to CCD.  The entire drive he grumbled and complained about how he wasn't cold and how he couldn't bear wearing a coat.  While I tried to tune out the rumblings from the backseat I began to consider how grown up he has become and how I might need to ease up a bit.  I decided to give in and allowed him to leave the car without the coat.  As he approached the entrance of the RE building Monsignor stopped him and had a brief exchange with him.  I hoped it wasn't about the coat.

Upon picking up the children from CCD, I asked Stat Boy what Monsignor had spoken to him about. 

My son laughed and said, "No coat tonight, huh?" 

"Please tell me you told him I wanted you to wear a coat! He's going to think I'm a bad mother for not making you wear a coat!"

"Of course not."

Of course he didn't tell him.  How could I expect him to do something so ridiculous as defend his slacker mother! 
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bless Her Tender Little Heart

Special K came bounding down the stairs Tuesday night, an hour past bedtime, hunting for a stuffed animal to cuddle.  After retrieving her precious swan from behind a couch she turned and bounced back to the stairs.  

I called after her, "I love you, Boo."  She stopped in her tracks but didn't respond.  "I love you", I repeated.  Suddenly she began to sob.  "Boo, what's wrong? Why are you crying?" 

"I just love you," she wailed as she ran to me for a hug and a kiss. We sat together, squeezing each other tight for several minutes.

Special K is such a tangled ball of kinetic energy that we often forget what an affectionate heart, overflowing with emotion, she has.  She warms my own heart with her tender exuberance.  What a lovely gift from God she has been to us.  Hopefully we remember that quality when she tries our patience, as she so often does.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Join the Advent Adventure

Originally I had written this to be auto-posted closer to the beginning of Advent, but due to the following art work I'm finding around the house .  .  . 

(This is Special K's letter to Santa.  Never mind we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, let alone Advent! The writing and spelling were done by our 4th grader.  Trust me, I know she needs work on her spelling!)
(I'm guessing this is Special K's Advent Calendar.  Special K did her own writing and spelling on this one. At least this one resembles Advent to a certain extent)

.   .   . I decided folks may possibly need as much help as my Christmas crazed 6 year old gearing up for Advent.  

Join the Advent Adventure at Holy Heroes! It's fun and FREE! Special K loves the Glory Stories available from Holy Heroes.  We have several cds and coloring books from their series.  This Advent, the Holy Heroes website is planning an Advent Adventure. Visit the site and sign up for daily Advent emails, full of creative, fun, and inspiring ideas for celebrating this upcoming holy season.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Science Curricula Update

I reviewed science and history curricula we have used and liked over the years in an earlier post, here. One curricula I wrote about was one we had not yet used but I was sure we would like.  After using it for several weeks, I need to update with a true review of the Weather Dude program I am using for my 1st and 4th graders.  We love the workbook and the Weather Dude website and we've used them quite a bit, but I cannot recommend the Weather Dude Weather Songs CD.  It is so cheesy, even the 6 year old laughs hysterically every time we listen to a song. The Weather Dude CANNOT sing and the lyrics, arrangements, and music are completely atrocious.  It is more of a distraction to listen to the songs for my kids and they have not learned a single concept from the CD.

To supplement our weather unit we have used some great weather posters and the weather station materials from Delta Educational.  The girls are really enjoying the weather unit, especially the experiments and hands on weather activities, but then, isn't that what studying science is all about.

**Update** After writing this post, Skoshi A asked if she could have the Weather Dude CD. They now listen to it on their own whenever they need a good guffaw.  Who knows, maybe they'll learn a little information between giggles.
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Monday, November 10, 2008

In a Pinch

Have you ever planned a meal and began making it, only to find you are missing one integral ingredient?  That was me tonight, and I did not have time nor the inclination to run to the supermarket. Wingnut is out of town and I was making one of the kids favorites: Chicken Fingers with Two Dipping Sauces.  I had the chicken happily marinating in buttermilk and honey, when low and behold I could not locate the bread crumbs I needed for creating the crispy coating.  Our pantry didn't hold crackers, old bread, corn flakes, or anything I would resort to conventionally. We did have an unopened bag of  chow mein noodles.  I pulled out my trusty food processor and pulverized three cups worth of noodles; coated and then broiled our chicken. Dinner turned out pretty tasty and crunchy to boot.  So, in a pinch for bread crumbs. . . break out the La Choy! Print Friendly and PDF

Hot, Sweet, and Spicy Chai Latte

I love Chai, nearly as much as I love a great cafe latte.  I have been looking for a good homemade Chai recipe and have tried a couple out.  My Chai loving daughters and I love this one:

2 cups water
2 Black Pekoe tea bags
1 inch piece of fresh ginger sliced thinly
1 cinnamon stick (Did you know you can reuse cinnamon sticks?  Just rinse after using and sniff. If it still smells of cinnamon, it can be used again.)
5 whole cloves
3 peppercorns
3 cardamon pods(crack and use the inner seeds, discarding the outer shell) 
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg (I use whole nutmeg and a microplane grater)
2-3 tbsps honey (depending on how sweet you want your Chai)
2 cups milk

Bruise the spices to bring out their strongest flavors. Bring water, tea bags and spices to a boil and reduce to low.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in honey and add milk.  Return to a simmer. Strain and serve. This recipe will make 3-4 servings.

*Whole spices can be expensive.  Karate Kid and I priced cardamon at the local grocery store at $13 for a spice jar.  Penzy's spice catalogue is a much less expensive place to purchase spices, especially if you buy in bulk all the spices you might use at once.  I read another alternative to buying spices in a grocery store is to try your local health food market.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Eternal Optimism

I love the innocence of children.  They are so full of hope and optimism and become completely incredulous when their expectations of goodness are not met.  By far the most frequent opener to their conversations in meeting their friends this week has been, "I can't believe Obama won!" While we adults hoped and prayed, I don't believe very many of us were surprised by the outcome of this election.  Our children, on the other hand, are stunned that their candidate, the "good guy", did not win.  Yet, there were no tears, no sadness, no cynicism, no loss of hope.  For them, life continues on very much the same as it did before Tuesday.  They are absolutely convinced we'll get them next time.   Print Friendly and PDF

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Little Primer in Purgatory

Stat Boy had a lesson in purgatory this week.  One of the rules of the house is no computer/game time until 1) school work is finished 2) chores are completed to my satisfaction and 3) instruments are practiced.  One morning this week I called for Stat Boy, who emerged from the game room seconds after hearing the call.  I questioned him about what he had been doing, to which he guiltily smirked and then replied that he had been playing his game.  I reminded him that none of the requirements for playing his game had yet been met for the day and he was therefore grounded for the day (a very light punishment, if you ask me). Stat Boy protested, saying he had at least been honest.  Dear Stat Boy, there are still consequences when you choose to do wrong. When we sin, even if we are honest about it, confess it and are sorry for it, we must still do the time. That is purgatory in a nutshell, isn't it! Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, November 7, 2008

Liturgical Year Creativity

My friend Sam is a regular font of knowledge, wisdom, and creativity when it comes to celebrating the liturgical year.  On a recent visit to her home she was busily making a table covering in celebration of All Saints Day, an idea she had found on another blog.  Of course, she had extra saint cards to give to her friend after I admired the idea and so we now have the same display in our home for the month of November.  My children love to read saint stories, now they can do it at the dinner table!

To make your own, all you need are several saint cards. Sam and I used the oversized cards you may get in the mail for free as a teaser from a company trying to get you to collect the whole series (the name of the company escapes me).  After laying out your cards, cover the table with a clear plastic tablecloth purchased from a dollar store or fabric store. Sam added a beautiful fall themed centerpiece to her table, giving it more dimension. Voila!
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Working on His Pick Up Lines

Baby Wingnut to Karate Kid: "You funny. You wanna dance?"

Baby Wingnut can really groove, too.  I'm forewarning all fathers out there.  You better lock up your daughters, because in 16 years this one will be on the loose and he IS his father's son!
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Upon Further Reflection. . .

I am so thankful for my children.  They had so much invested in this election and they are sorely disappointed.  Because of this I am not allowing myself to brood or become cynical over my disappointment.  They need us to help them understand the world goes on despite disappointments.  They need Wingnut and I to teach them hope does not rest on a single politician; Hope can be placed only in Christ.

Our children witnessed their parents take this election very seriously.  We were very open with them about our thoughts and feelings in this election.  When we were upset with the choice of McCain as a final candidate, our children knew about it and understood why.  When we decided to cast our votes not for McCain, but against Obama, our children knew about it and understood why.  Our hope is that our children come away with the idea that it is important to stand up for what is right and good, even if right and good are unpopular and assured of defeat. Our hope is that our children understand and believe in the dignity of the human person and have a deep seated belief in the sanctity of life.  Our children had an education in this, on both ends of the spectrum, as Wingnut and I voted in Washington State, where every pro-life candidate was defeated and Prop 1000, allowing for physician assisted suicide passed.

Yes, we are disappointed, disheartened, defeated and deflated, but our Hope is in Christ and with Him we have nothing to fear and as our Holy Father wrote, "One who has hope, lives differently."
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Done Deal

It's a done deal, now.  All we can do is light a candle, sit back, and pray.  God's Will be done! Print Friendly and PDF

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pinching Pennies?

Baby Wingnut's godmother has been trying to get me to try out her homemade baby wipe recipe. I finally broke down and made up a batch on Saturday.  It honestly took me less than 10 minutes to whip them up and they turned out quite nice.  These wipes cost a fraction of the price of major brands and will save us about $10 a month (almost 4 gallons of gas).  As an added bonus, I have more control over the ingredients that come in contact with Baby Wingnut's tush. After I've used them a couple weeks, I'll let you know if they "do the job."  In the meantime, here is the recipe:

Take a roll of Bounty paper towels (They MUST be Bounty) and lay is longways on the counter. With a super sharp knife (I used a serrated bread knife) , cut completely through the roll until you have two halves that look like toilet paper rolls.

Fill a large bowl with 6 cups water, 8 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, 8 tablespoons baby oil, 8 drops of lavender essential oil (or whatever essential oil you prefer) and 4 tablespoons of baby soap.  Mix well.  This makes enough solution for both halves of paper towels.

Add one of the rolls to the mixture, turning to allow all sides to absorb the liquid.  Remove and then add the second roll and repeat the process, adding more water if needed to completely saturate the roll.

Remove the center cardboard tube and pull out the end of the paper towel from inside the roll. Always pull out the towels fro the center and they will tear off like tissues from a tissue box.

Store in either a plastic container or in plastic ziplock bags.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

I Shall Raise Him Up on the Last Day

"For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day."

Have a Blessed All Souls Day and say a prayer for loved ones already departed!
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

All Hallow's Eve 2

More from our evening of fun . . .

Karate Kid wore her karate Gi and went as Olympic bronze medalist, Diana Lopez.
After our trip to the pumpkin patch the kids carved these awesome jack-o-lanterns.
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All Hallow's Eve

Here are just a few photos from All Hallow's Eve. This may take more than one post. Hope Everyone has a Blessed All Saint's Day!

With 6 kids, I've always found it fun to choose a theme for our costumes.  My favorite until this year, was the year we dressed as characters from Peter Pan.  This year, the kids wanted to be Olympic heroes from the Beijing Games.  These were by far the easiest and least expensive costumes to put together.

Stat Boy went as multiple gold medalist, Michael Phelps.  This one was my favorite this year.
Big Ben went as a baseball player.
OJ went as Olympic silver medalist pole vaulter, Jennifer Stuczynski.
Skoshi A went as gymnastic star Nastia Liukin.
The Tornado went as Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.  Thankfully we had several leotards left over from when Karate Kid was a competitive gymnast.
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