Archive for November, 2012

New Jesse Tree Guide

November 23, 2012

Lately I find my self spending a decent amount of time at a blog called Sanctus Simplicitus.  It is a wonderful resource for Catholic parents.  One the website there is always a host of printables for feast days and liturgical seasons.  The artwork is beautiful.  Recently they have compiled a Jesse Tree Guide.  The minute it popped up on their blog, I  knew it would be a great resource.  We’re awaiting the printed copy, but the e-book arrived today.  It is wonderful and promises to lead us to a finished Jesse Tree this year!

Thanksgiving 2012

November 23, 2012

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This year was probably the best for Mom since becoming a Mom.  We didn’t have any company, but with the size of our family, there is still a lot of fun to be had.

MaryEllen helped by peeling and cutting potatoes.  James and MaryEllen took the ends off of the green beans.  Kevin made the biscuits.  While I prepared the majority of the dinner, James made Thanksgiving crafts with his little sisters.  The kids played Scrabble.  Then the Redskins beat the Cowboys!  The weather was beautiful, in the low 70s and sunny which made the day even better.  The only thing missing was Mass.

We have so much to be thankful for this year.  God had put us in between two outstanding priests.  We have a lovely home and land to go with it.  We had a wonderful visit with Mom-Mom, Aunt Sue, and Aunt Mary Lou last week.  Joe and I celebrated 17 years of marriage last week.  And when we went out to eat, we passed the vomit tree without me needing to use it!  And on top of our 7 blessings, we are expecting the eighth relatively soon.  God is good.

Re Posting the St. Nicholas Unit

November 16, 2012

Or at least posting a link.  Advent is coming.  Last month I started planning our Advent, it must be the baby that’s making me do it. 

Here is the link.

Have a blessed Advent!


November 16, 2012

James looked at me today, belly first and said in an astonished voice, “Woah!  I didn’t realize you were that big!”

I told him I’m not.  His glasses must be fuzzy.  He replied with, “I didn’t think so.” 

All or Nothing!

November 8, 2012

Did you even notice this blog seems to be all or nothing?  There have been no posts since …  August?  Now there are several.  I had written more and posted two more photos in Kevin’s Saints post and they seem to be gone.  So, I think I’ll quit for now.   Perhaps if I leave it for a little while it will reappear.   I have another post to do about All Saints this year, so perhaps in the coming days I’ll get to it.

Another thing is that I just found out this is my 400th post!  Wow!  To celebrate that, I’ll post a picture of our resident Luke Skywalker for the boys…

Until next time, God bless!

B is for Bean

November 8, 2012

For B week, the girls made a frame of beans for their big letter “B”s to be glued into.  Here are pictures of Charlotte and Veronica working on them.  Of course, I did not get pictures of the finished work.

I know we did a lot of other B things, but I can’t recall any at the moment.  We were going to do B is for Blanket, but didn’t make it that week.  Luckily the blankets had Cinderella on them, so they fit into C week nicely, which is still going on after 3 weeks, but that is another story!

Kevin’s Saints

November 8, 2012

Here are Kevin’s Saint peg dolls.  He took the pictures and I found them on my camera!   Enjoy!

St. Anne, St. Charles Boromeo, & St. Helen:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Cecilia, St. Maximian Kolbe:

St. Michael (now has wings!), St. Pier Georgio Frasatti, St. John the Baptist:

St. Aloysius, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Mary as a child:

Angel of God (now has wings), St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Tarcisius:

St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis, St. Nicholas:

MaryEllen’s Doll Photos

November 8, 2012

MaryEllen decided to do a photo shoot with her doll Elizabeth and Charlotte’s doll Josefina.  Enjoy the pictures:  (You may click on the pictures for larger images.)





Kevin’s Project for the ABCs

November 8, 2012

When we started the Alphabet Path, I asked one of our resident artists if he would like a project to work on.  He accepted and has started working on little peg people saints.  For the Confirmation at our parish he also made little peg saints for all the confirmandi.  These are a few of the beginning pictures.  Kevin has done several more, but the pictures are not on my computer.



St. George, St. Francis, St. Dominic Savio, St. Charles Borremeo, St. Bernard, little Mary to go with St. Anne, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton hiding behind St. Anne, and St. Helen.

A is for Apple Pie

November 8, 2012

A few weeks ago we started the Aphabet Path.  This is now several years old and we did this a while ago with MaryEllen and Charlotte.  Now it is Veronica’s turn.  This time it is more in-depth, as I’m taking ideas from several websites.  One of the hits from last time was making apple pie, making the crust with the A cookie cutter.  We did this once again.

Other things we did were read about Johnny Appleseed, made paper Angels, read about and drew St. Ann pictures and Mrs. Applebee pictures.  Hopefully we’ll take more pictures of other weeks’ work.

The original idea for this comes from Elizabeth Foss and company and can be found at the Serendipity website.  More ideas can be found at Lacy’s Catholic Icing in the preschool section.  We have also used many of Jessica‘s ideas, as she has a whole section for Along the Alphabet path.  A great big THANK YOU goes out to all who have added and shared their ideas!