Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christ is Coming...Hallelujah

Soak up the fruits of the Holy Spirit evident here,
Hallelujah & Merry Christmas!!

also a good version with video clips of the biblical scenes


Christmas Baking Day 2013

So grateful the wee one is waiting still to arrive so I could have this baking day with my family before Christmas...

(no raisins and we added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds)

(also known as muddy buddies, but we double the chocolate peanut butter part)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

From the Archives: Fun Ideas for Siblings Waiting for a New Baby

Re-posting this from the archives...

I planned a fun morning of activities for my children as we get closer (7 days away) to my due date. It was a wonderful way to spend time together before the baby. 


We read books all about a baby growing in a mommy's belly or a new baby in the house and adjusting to being a big brother and sister.  

Everywhere Babies                     Hi New Baby!  
by Susan Meyers                   by Robia H. Harris
                                There's a House Inside My Mommy                         Peter's Chair 
                                                        by Giles Andreae                                      by Ezra Jack Keats

Angel in the Waters                               Big Like Me
            by Regina Doman                   by Anna Grossnickle Hines

by Gillian Shields                           by Julie Markes

by Russell Hoban                   by John Burningham
Yummy Treats 

We made baby feet rolled sugar cookies and decorated them with butter cream frosting and both blue and pink sprinkles since we don't know yet if this baby is a boy or a girl.


The children each made a simple card welcoming the new baby and telling them how much they love the baby. The standards of love are loving you "as much as a racecar" (Pumpkin) and "as much as a flower" (Peaches). There was lots of sticker decorations.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Feast of Saint Lucy 2013

On this Feast of Saint Lucy...

the girls woke up early and were so excited to wear their white gowns, red ribbon sashes and St. Lucy crowns (I really need to make them pretty felt ones like all my blogging friends). 

They delivered traditional Lussekatter rolls to the boys and their daddy. 

The Lussekatter rolls came from Ikea, and it was so nice to just defrost them in the fridge the day before then warm them in the oven. I think next year I will plan a whole swedish feast for dinner with easy food from Ikea.

We and a lovely breakfast of a Saint Lucy braided cinnamon roll bread lit with candles, with hot chocolate and coffee.  

We prayed this prayer to Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- 
every corner of our day. 

We read the book Lucia, Saint of Light
and Peaches told us all about the book Kirsten's Surprise: A Christmas Story that she is reading.

We listened to the song Santa Lucia sung by Andrea Bocelli here
and sung by a choir with a procession of St. Lucy girls here

It is a tradition for us now to celebrate the Feast of St. Lucy whose name means light by driving around that evening looking at local Christmas lights. 

We are lucky to have some Clark Griswold worthy homes nearby, including this one with a sleigh you can climb into in the middle of their lit up yard.

Saint Lucy, pray for us. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2013

We celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by having a dinner of chicken tacos and mexican hot chocolate. For dessert we created a cherry cheese coffee cake decorated with roses cut from the dough. 

while listening to Glory Stories - St. Juan Diego.

We read 
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaolo. 

We prayed the
Prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe by Pope John Paul II

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church! You, who from this place reveal your clemency and your piety to all those who ask for your protection; hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.
Mother of mercy, teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love.
We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities, and our sorrows.
Grant peace, justice, and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother.
We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church: Hold us always with your loving hand.
Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls.
Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole People of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God's mysteries.
Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Thus, most holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which comes to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, 
pray for us.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Big Brother & Big Sister Baby Shower

My older children wanted so badly to go to a baby shower for this baby. They had seen all the fun decorations and yummy food for a a baby shower I hosted this summer for my little sister for her first baby. I tried to explain to them that you usually only have a baby shower for the first baby you have. Some dear friends of mine recently hosted a little sprinkle brunch for me, but it wasn't a kid event.  So we decided to have a small family shower that they could enjoy, but instead of making the focus me, we made it about them being the best big brothers and sisters ever. We invited just our local family. Originally, I had planned on keeping it very small and just having cake and ice cream but my mother-in-law was kind enough to make some of her best dishes. Here are some of the details from our Big Brother & Big Sister Baby Shower. 


We got a cake from Whole Foods. It was delicious and huge (they have very generous slicing sizing). It was a vanilla cake with a rich, thick chocolate ganache filling with vanilla butter cream frosting. We don't know if we are having a boy or a girl, so it was pale green and yellow cake that said "Congratulations to the Best Big brothers & Sisters." A very proud biggest brother cut the cake.


The kids helped me make "babies in blankets" with little smokies and crescent rollls

Chicken salad croissants
Ham and cheese croissants
Pretzel salad (a delicious family favorite)
Potato salad


Guess how many chocolate chips in to he baby bottle game

How many sheets of toilet  paper does it take to wrap around my pregnant belly

Draw a baby on a paper plate on your head



The baby's 3D ultrasound picture

My pregnancy journal for this baby (I have this journal and matching baby book for each baby and they are some of my most treasured possessions)

(because there is always room for one more sweet soul to love in our family)

The big brothers and sisters wearing their big brother shirts and big sister shirts

This little cousin made one of the best "decorations" of all. The big brothers and sisters were getting lots of baby practice smiling and cooing with her. 


We had told everyone no gifts because we pretty much have everything we need, but a sweet granny knew how much the kids would enjoy giving presents to the new baby. So she had each of them give a little wrapped baby essential that we need - diapers, baby shampoo, binkies and snack cups. The best gift of all though was a handmade scrapbook from all the big brothers and sisters to their new baby sibling with drawings and letters in it by each of them. 

I feel so blessed to have this wonderful family of mine

We are getting very excited!!!

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