I finally found a good deal on a giant roll of white butcher or kraft paper at discountschoolsupply.com and it arrived yesterday. I rolled out a long stretch of it down our kitchen and the kids had a wonderful time coloring all over it, tracing hands and feet and just playing on it. What a fun treat to have your kitchen floor transformed in a giant white blank canvas. The recycled crayons that change color as you draw were a big hit as always. I can't recommend this enough.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Some Recent Funny Lines from My Toddler... When his one year old sister was playing in the backyard with the toy chainsaw pretending to cut down trees like she has seen her daddy and big brother do, he said "Peaches cuts trees like a man." On another day, our son was in the bathtub when I brought in his younger sister to say goodnight before I put her to bed. I told him to blow her a kiss goodnight and he did and then as he moved his hand from the side of his head out to her, he said he was "blowing her hugs too." Big brother must have had hugs on his mind because later that same night, when we were putting him to bed, he was giving his daddy Eskimo kisses which they always do. Then he said he was "giving Eskimo hugs" as he rubbed his cheek up against my husbands. The stuff they say is adorable. Since I can't videotape their entire life, I have been keeping a simple journal just to write down all the little things, funny, memorable, milestones, etc. of our lives as a family. These were some of my favorite recent entries. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Due to my husband's insistence that the title of a recent post "Baby Mine" was incorrect grammar, I have now changed it to "Baby of Mine." He pointed it out to me a couple times and now week later, he was still thinking about it and made a comment under the post to me this morning. I was laughing so hard that this was worth the time in his head all this time since I originally posted it. I had titled it that after the lullaby "Baby Mine," but "Baby of Mine" is wonderful too. At least I know he cares about my grammatical reputation.
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Friday, July 24, 2009
I receive these daily emails from Mary Vitamin with prayers, quotes and scripture related to Mary that are wonderful. I felt this recent one about how prayer can mold your day and from there your life was worth sharing. I have quoted a portion of it below: Prayer makes for a profitable day Quote:Father Stefano Manelli, FI "When we entrust everything to our sweet Mother, nothing but profit comes of it -- in virtue, in grace, in love."Devotion to Our Lady, (Academy of the Immaculate), 103. Meditation: Fr. Charles M. Mangan, "A deep interior life is very 'practical' because it gives the person a real clarity and calm when making decisions. Those who pray frequently and desire to love and serve God above all else are blest with the ability to understand the most important realities and to choose well with tranquility and peace."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To celebrate this day with your family, here are a few ideas. If you have not already done so, have a priest enroll you in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or popularly known as the "Brown Scapular" and begin wearing it as a sign of your love for Our Lady. A priest enrolls people in the Brown Scapular only once. The Scapular can then be replaced afterwards by other scapulars or the scapular medal, which has on one side the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and on the other, the image of Mary. The medal needs to be blessed by a priest, but the cloth scapulars do not require a blessing (separate from enrollment). (from catholicculture.org) Catholic Company has brown scapulars here and scapular medals here. Watch this you tube video about devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Catholic Cuisine has a creative cake idea for celebrating.
For a lovely coloring page, go here.
I missed posting about the novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel nine days ago, but here is a lovely prayer to say today in her honor.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Thou who, with special mercy, look upon those clothed in thy beloved Habit, cast a glance of pity upon me. Fortify my weakness with thy strength; enlighten the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom; increase my faith, hope and charity. Assist me during life, console me by thy presence at my death, and present me to the August trinity as thy devoted child, that I may bless thee for all eternity in Paradise. Amen.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Another reason I have not been blogging much lately is that I was busy putting together Pumpkin's birthday party. He wanted a trash truck theme, but I was originally not going to do it because there are no commercial pre-packaged anything for trash truck birthday parties. But, I knew that is what he loves more than anything, so I tried my best to be creative and have fun with it. Here is the invitation, personal information blurred out.
Posted by Robina at 7:54 PM
Monday, July 13, 2009
This post is a long overdue public thank you for a priceless gift from a friend I have never met for a gift I will never be able to explain how special it will always be to me. First some background information. During my frightening ordeal with this pregnancy, I fervently prayed the rosary praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima (as it was on this feast day that my scare and subsequent surgery happened) and also to St. Gianna for a miracle. I even had this rosary taped to my surgery gown. I kept this rosary in my hand during my entire time in the hospital, and I felt it was an incredibly special rosary to have been the instrument on which I prayed and was given such a miraculous blessing of the life and safety of this baby. However, in the confusion of being discharged from the hospital I somehow left the rosary in my bed. I was heartbroken when when we got home from the hospital and I realized I lost it. My husband called the laundry service, and they said they would try to find it but with no success. A few days later, I responded to a post on Ruth's blog (which I had been reading for months) about how beautiful the Our Lady of Fatima rosary she made was. I also told her how I believed Our Lady of Fatima had given me a miracle. Ruth wrote me back and told me she would make me an Our Lady of Fatima rosary. I was so thankful for the obvious reason of receiving a beautiful gift, but also for the fact that this rosary would be a replacement for my lost miracle rosary. Ruth did not even know about my rosary from my surgery being missing. I wrote this to her in a note of thanks trying to convey to her how special her gift was to me. This rosary is so beautiful and well made. The picture doesn't even do it justice. I still can not believe how sweet it was for a stranger to do this for me. Ruth, thank you again. You can see more of Ruth's rosaries here.
Posted by Robina at 8:57 PM
Monday, July 6, 2009
I can't help but share my new love for Charlie's Soap laundry detergent. I heard about this soap when I was doing research for cloth diapers. I finally bought it a few months ago, and WOW! Although I was skeptical of a clear non-viscous liquid thoroughly cleaning dirty toddler clothes and dinner clean-up rags, I am amazed. All you use is an eighth of a cup for a large load and everything is clean and smelling fresh, but not that artificial fresh (that has become synonymous with clean) of most grocery store laundry detergents. Charlie's Soap contains no dyes, phosphates, UV brighteners or perfumes, is non-toxic and completely biodegradable and hypoallergenic. You can order online at charliesoap.com, but I bought the 1 gallon jug of the laundry liquid from Earthfare. I can't remember how much it cost at Earthfare but I remember thinking it was very cheap for doing 128 loads for 1 gallon. I can't speak for their other products, but I will never use any other laundry detergent again. I have used Seventh Generation laundry liquid and was not impressed (I don't really think any of their products are that great, especially the toilet cleaner, worthless). I have been using Mrs. Meyers laundry liquid for a while but it was sometimes not available at Target or too expensive. Also I like a very big container instead of a lot of little ones. I am so happy to have found a non-toxic, earth friendly laundry detergent that works better than thick, artificially colored and perfumed Tide or Arm & Hammer.
Posted by Robina at 1:33 PM