Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank You...

A big thank you to Leslie at A Whole Hearted Catholic who nominated me for my first blog award. I hope to pass on the acknowledgements as well as soon as I have the time. Please visit Leslie, she has a beautiful story (and more) to tell.

Solemnity of All Saints

On November 1st the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints honoring all Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, so the principal activity to celebrate the day is to attend mass.
Other ideas to celebrate are:
Read I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
Listen to the Litany of the saints here in Latin and in English
Listen to a choir sung version of the full song When the Saints Go Marching In
We will be hosting our first All Saints party with friends with the kids dressing up as their favorite saint. We will be using ideas from Jessica for our celebration including a couple of the following:
"O Lord I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in..."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Apple Time Again

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. What better way to enjoy it than a day trip to the mountains to pick apples & pumpkins, eat apple cider slushies, fried apple pies, apple cider donuts, fresh boiled peanuts (yeah we ate a lot) and breath some cool Autumn air. It was wonderful. And this year it we didn't pick them in a torrential down pour like last year. We have so many yummy apples now, I can't wait to make this breakfast treat again or my family favorite apple dessert - Yankee Apple Cobbler, delicious. Here are some of my favorite moments...
Way up high in an apple tree
Two little apples smiled down at me I shook that tree as hard as I could Down came the apples M-m-m-m they were good
They were so happy to pick Pink Lady apples for me, they are my favorite
Even the littlest one of us enjoyed some juicy apples
This one above will forever be one of my favorites
Big hugs on a happy day
The best picture of all three we could get, Sweet Pea just tried to eat a leaf
Brother sharees some of his carmel apple, so sweet
and helps her stretch the carmel with a gentle push, classic.
Thanks for letting me share.

All the Leaves Are Falling Down

We are singing this song again. We need to take some more Autumn nature walks now thatmy life is starting to get back in order after our move to a new home.
All the Leaves Are Falling Down
(to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
All the leaves are falling down
falling down, falling down
All the leaves are falling down
now it's Autumn.
Leaves on the trees are turning colors
red and yellow, orange and brown
Leaves on the trees are turning colors
now it's Autumn.
Happy Autumn!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Life is Like Riding a Bike..."

FUN.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.
~John F. Kennedy
After worrying if he was ever going to be interested in doing anything more with the bike Santa got him for Christmas last year than hitching it up to a Cozy Coupe or playing with the gears, I realize AGAIN that I need to just relax and allow him to discover life's adventures at whatever point his little heart and mind are ready.
However, there is a lot to be said for creating an environment to encourage and challenge a child.
"If you build it, they will come."
~ Field of Dreams
This is so true - as in our old house we did not have a driveway or street that was very good for learning to ride a bike. We tried, but it always seemed like we were pushing it, or it was just not an organic experience.
However, we had not lived in our house but one day, and our son was out on our new (flat, wide and wonderful for biking) driveway making his first independent attempts at riding a bike. After a few little helpful hints, he was off.
His little sister learned to bike the same day. All they do now is ask to go outside and ride their bikes.
Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.
~James E. Starrs
Riding a bike was and is one of my very favorite things to do. What a happy milestone this is. I look forward to many bike rides at the beach, on the greenway and even just around the neighborhood. Life is good.
I'm off to shop for cute bike accessories like pom pom strings and bells. I'll probably wander over and look at my dream bike for a bit too.
Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance,
you must keep moving.
~Albert Einstein
***Oh and this first bike ride was impromptu, so that is why he is not wearing a helmet, but please do not worry, he has a helmet he wears now every time. ***

Monday, October 4, 2010

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This beloved saint from Italy is known for for his devoted life of prayer and poverty, founding the Franciscan Order, his love for all God's creatures and receiving the stigmata.
Prayer
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console;to be understood as to understand;to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive;it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.
Pray the Stations of the Cross, as St. Francis was devoted to this meditation and he also had the stigmata
Reading
Saint Francis (this book has such beautiful uillustrations)
Food
- Animal Crackers or cookies for snack
- Make an Italian meal for dinner
- Cannolis for dessert. Buy them at a local bakery (beware, some American bakeries, make an imitation cannoli using whipped cream or other ingredients and not ricotta cheese) or make the yourselves. The shells are a challenge to make but can be bought premade. The filling is very easy and delicious. Just spoon or pipe filling into shells and roll ends of cannolis in mini semisweet chocolate chips.
Cannoli Filling
2 3/4 cups (22 ounces) fresh ricotta cheese 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 3 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For more food ideas to celebrate St. Francis, visit Catholic Cuisine.
Crafts & Activities
- Color Charlotte's coloring page of St. Francis of Assisi
- Watch Clare and Francis DVD
- Bring your pet's to a local church's blessing of the animals
- Point out Italy on a world map, as St. Francis is a patron saint of Italy
- Read the story of St. Francis and the Wolf and make Wolf Paw Cookies
Wolf Paw Cookies 1 package Voortman's Iced Almonette Cookies Chocolate Almond Bark or Chocolate Chips, melted for dipping White Chocolate Chips (or white frosting) to use for claws
Dip one side of each cookie into melted chocolate.
Add 4 or 5 white chocolate chips for the claws.
(Wolfs have 4 claws on the back paws and 5 on the front.)
Let cool. (You may want to place the cookies onto
wax or parchment paper to cool, so they don't stick to your serving platter.)
Saint Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us.

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