Thursday, October 16, 2008

This speaks for itself...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis

The feast of Saint Francis was our first saint feast day celebration. It didn't go exactly as planned, but what does with a two year old. Some friends of ours came over that afternoon and evening so we didn't get to do our planned activities. We did however have our Italian meal of meaty lasagna for dinner and cannolis for dessert. That night before bed, we found Italy on the world map since Saint Francis was from Italy. On Sunday, after mass we went to the park and did one of our little activities. Since Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, we did a Nature Color Scavenger hunt. Julia walked around the park collecting little treasures from nature that were the colors in his egg crate. He was so excited and proud of what he had collected and I was shocked at how well he knew his colors.

Today we continued our celebration. I put on a puppet show about the story of Saint Francis and the wolf of Gubbio. Reese was mesmerized. I had thought about just talking to him about Saint Francis, but he very obviously connected more to the story through the puppets (my very simple Saint Francis puppet, hopefully my puppet making skills will improve).
Then he finger painted a picture of Saint Francis.
Finally, tomorrow we are going or reread the beautifully vivid book Saint Francis.
I was nervous about starting to celebrate the liturgical year in this way, but now I realize how easy and enjoyable it is. There are no rules and everything is meant to be a creative learning experience that is fun.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Our little garden...

This past week we had a raised garden bed built in our backyard for growing delicious organic vegetables. It was so easy watching it being put in that I felt guilty. I do feel good that at least I did the actual seed and seedling planting. This winter season we are growing (hopefully) sugar snap peas, shelling peas, red and green leaf lettuce, multi-colored swiss chard, mesclun mix, shallots, garlic, and carrots. I think that is our complete list. Here is a picture of our little garden.

God willing, we will be able to harvest plenty of fresh organic vegetables this season and many to come. It was so relaxing and cathartic to dig my hands into the rich, warm soil and delicately sprinkle seeds, knowing that with a little water and a lot of sun that we'll be able to have such a bounty of food. One of the primary reasons we are growing this garden is for the kids to be able to watch the plants grow. I think it will be such a wonderful life and learning experience for our children (and maybe help them be more excited about vegetables that he has grown and picked from is own backyard). We also got some blueberry bushes to plant in large pots, so we're saying our prayers that they and our garden will do alright. I'll try to take pictures as the garden grows and hopefully I'll be able to take a picture of a delicious salad we make from our garden's bounty.

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