Friday, May 24, 2013

Weekly Capture LI

A week of many ups and downs. I feel like I write that nearly every week, but it is true. Life is a trying combination of highs and lows. The highs have included simple moments like bubble blowing with my boyOs to the solo adventures of moi. Now that LegenDaddy is done with his class, I've had a few opportunities to break forth from this house and stretch my legs without the clinging kids.


The lows have mostly been with attitude issues and tantrums at an all time high (doing it double time is so not fun). With B walking and having opinions about everything, Dom is realizing he doesn't have the only say (as far as the kiddo vote) in when, what, and how things are done. It's been very trying for him and consequently, on everybody else as he works through new ways he has to share and learn patience.

The weather has been a combination of nasty humidity and heat, lovely breezy times, and severe thunderstorms. I got caught in one of the latter whilst running errands and came home feeling (and I'm sure, looking) like a drowned rabbit. I almost debated having LegenDaddy install our window ACs but held myself back as it's only May. A few nights as I tossed and turned and couldn't fall asleep because it was still over 80 degrees in the house, I mentally tossed around throwing the time of year to the wind and have them brought down anyhow.

The next week promises many great and wonderful times of which I will update you of once they've happened next week. I'll aim for many memory capturing photos as well. Did you catch our Bucket List for this summer? I finally made up the list, and we cannot wait to get started checking off the activities!

Pentecost was last Sunday, and although I had hoped to make muffins topped with cream cheese and strawberry "flames," that did not happen. We did tell Dom about the importance of the day, but no crafts or foods accompanied it this year. Coming up is Trinity Sunday (May 26), the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth (May 31), and the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 2). I'd love ideas for how to celebrate any of those Feasts. Please share what your family does or is planning to do!

And now on with a lil recap of my boys, some pictures, and media we've been loving. Enjoy!


From the mouth of Dom

"Joe-joe's are the best cookies." (His discovery of Trader Joe's take on Oreos this week)

and probably one of the best Dom quotes ever, and I think that's saying ALOT:

"I'll lose my teeth. Then, after I grow big, I'll grow my power teeth. That's how I get the power."



B Updates

We have entered tantrum stage. Ugh. As I said previously, it's really no fun with two. Not that just one is fun either, but the double screaming is ridiculous. B also attempts to lay down and cry when we're out in public and he's not getting his way. So not fun. On a nicer note, he LOVES the slides at the playground and is completely independent now. Absolutely no need of help for this guy. And, he's started attempting to sing along to whatever song we're listening to with "Lalala"s. The Bob the Builder theme song he does sing something like "Bob da Bubuh, lalalalala." Pretty gosh darn adorable even if it does happen to be that song.
The tooth written about in last week's chronicles has still not poked through, but at least it hasn't retreated either. He's now 16 months old and still has only 6 teeth actually through the gums. One day... one day. *Sigh*

On our Bookshelf

















Our newest favorite book (well, Dom's) is The Marshmallow Incident by Judi Barrett + illustrated by Ron Barrett, the geniuses behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. This funny tale tells of two towns: The Town of Left and the Town of Right, which are seperated down the middle with a yellow dotted line and kept apart by the Knights of the Ambidextrous Order. An accidental falling of a fellow over the yellow dotted line starts a Marshmallow attack on the two towns, ending with a truce that leaves the two towns wondering why the line was even there in the first place. Funny, creative, and a good story - all rolled into one. We highly recommend finding this one at your library or bookstore.

Confuddled At...
 
 This product.  No really?!? A "blowout blocker"? What an odd idea. I mean yes, I know blowouts equal extra laundry, but wouldn't you have to wash so called "blocker" as well? So confused.


Happy Memorial Day to each of you! Enjoy the holiday with your family!

Sarah


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Our Summer Bucket List 2013

Annnd, we finally have our bucket list put together. I'm a well rounded number type of person, so I this list features 40 Awesomely Fun Things To Do This Summer! The activities we chose are perfect for families, especially those with toddlers and preschools since all these things can be enjoyed by everybody. We switched it up a little from last year's list and are all prepped to attack this summer with gusto!




Here's what we'll be doing this summer:

1. Feed ducks at the Canal

2. Make milkshakes

3. Go to a splash pad/park

4. Have a BBQ with friends

5. Build a sandcastle

6. Explore a new park

7. Watch a sunset

8. Go berry picking

9. Eat ice cream at the Creamery

10. Play mini golf

11. Run through the sprinkler

12. Paint art outside

13. Make jam and can it

14. Swim in the ocean

15. Swim in a pool

16. Visit the Buffalo Zoo

17. Make a pie

18. Have a tea party

19. Watch fireworks

20. Make lemonade

21. Visit 2 new churches whilst traveling

22. Decorate the sidewalk with homemade sidewalk chalk paint

23. Catch bugs

24. Read books outside in the sun

25. DIY bubbles

26. Enjoy a Concert in the Park

27. Make a blanket fort

28. Drink slurpees

29. Buy produce at a local Farmer's Market


30. Have a water fight

31. Do the Reading Challenge with the local library

32. Eat watermelon and spit seeds

33. Make popcisles

34. Get super dirty and clean off with the garden hose

35. Learn to identify plants and trees

36. Make ice cream in a bag

37. Do a new puzzle

38. Have a Breakfast Picnic outside in PJs

39. Climb a tree

40. Make personal homemade pizzas and have a party to celebrate our family!



So, those are *Our* summer plans? What are yours? Did you make a bucket list?


For more ideas check out my Summer Activity Ideas Pinterest board! I'll be adding to it, so follow it to see some of the ideas I find.


  
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Five Favorites {Vol. 11}

Checking in with my five favorites. I've been looking into some gifts that I owe people, which has led me to searching out rosaries, chaplets, jewelry, and the like. Thus, I give you this Volume's collection of lovely religious products that I would love to have.


{1.}

This single decade St. Joan of Arc rosary by Virgo Potens Rosary on Etsy has the most lovely colour scheme. Reminds me of St. Joan's fiery passion - such a beautiful piece!


{2.}
A perfectly simple piece of jewelry, this Blessed Virgin Mary bracelet by Unfolding Rose features a Miraculous Medal surrounded by the roses of purity. I love bracelets but rarely wear them due to many of them being so bulky. This sweet and thin chain would definitely fit my stipulations for the perfect sizing. 


{3.}
 
A vintage St. Therese of Lisieux Chaplet is another find from the week. Love the carved metal roses, especially since I'm not much of a pink girl, and most St. Therese stuffs tends to be in that shade.



{4.}

Love this simple Vintage Virgin Mary Pendant. My favorite part about pendants is their interchangeability. As long as you have a few chains and cords that allow for their pendants to be switched out, there is so much variety there. This pendant's modern appeal is quite lovely. And I have the perfect cord for it...


{5.}
 
And lastly, another single decade rosary, this Holy Mother and Child version from Morning Star Rosaries has such beautiful blue beads. Love it.


Linking up with the ever fab MoxieWife today! 


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekly Capture L


This is the 50th Weekly Capture I've done! My goodness, this blog has come so far since the 1st one. Thanks lovely readers for making all this writing worth it. You know, so I don't feel I'm writing to a wall. You da best.

A 2 week update is due at this point. It's been so crazy around here as LegenDaddy finishes up his last Master's class ever. The boys have been in rare (and not so grand) form this week missing him and whining has been at a high. Our schooling is at a lull, but we have managed to mostly complete the letter 'F' from Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven. The weather has gone up and down from us shivering and back in sweaters (since I already packed up winter coats) to having water fights in the backyard.

Last weekend we got a pleasant break in the mundane with a visit from my dad and one of my brothers for a few hours on Saturday - the boys were thrilled as we kept the whole thing a complete surprise up until "running into" Grandpa at the the park. For me this year, my Mother's Day was a classy affair. LegenDaddy made me breakfast (not in bed since the whole crumb aspect isn't all that delightful to me), and then in the afternoon/evening, I attended not one, but two, plays.

Woke up to dinos on the toilet on Mother's Day

The first was a local professional theatre's production of A Midsummer's Night's Dream, which I won tickets to. My friend, Julie, joined me for that. The costumes and scenery were astounding (see photos here), and overall was such a fun show. It probably helped that I love Shakespeare and know the story of that play rather well.

The Broadway tour of Les Miserables was in our area last weekend. Sooo, as a very special treat, LegenDaddy took me out to see it. So fun getting dressed up fancy and seeing Les Mis (which I have wanted to see for years). It was thoroughly enjoyed by the both of us.



Here's a peek at what it looked like (though we saw a different Eponine...).

In other news, we're still on a house hunt, the local parks have beckoned us, and we have enjoyed some more summery treats. I have remembered my reasoning for owning so many pairs of shorts and short sleeved Ts as we are going through several a day on each boy. Every day this happens, I remind myself that this means it was a successfully fun (and dirty!) day.

This coming Sunday, we'll be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost. I had high hopes to document out a more detailed plan for what we want to do, but with the craziness of the week, that got waylaid. Instead, here are a few fabulous write-ups by other bloggers out there for you to check out:
Pentecost Activities for Children by Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo
Ideas for Pentecost by Sweetness + Light
Holy Spirit Craft - Make a Dove from a Paper Plate by Catholic Icing


From the Mouth of Dom

"Uh, my sock got wet, so let's change it. We can get a mismatched new sock though... that's ok."

After I told him I needed a shower due to my hair being stinky,
Dom replied, "Does it (my hair) say 'Hey! I need a shower!' ?"


B Updates

Climbing, running, exploring. I think that sums it up. And along with all this adventuring, there have been the usual accompanying injuries. Scrapes and the like. Finally, another tooth is showing right beneath the gum surface. Let's just hope it comes through soon. Added words: Shoe and Wet. Not helpful at all, but still pretty cute.

Reading

No books to report on the Mama front, BUT I have two fabulous finds for the wee ones:



I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman + illustrated by Patrice Barton

A beautifully illustrated book that is fun to read and fun to look at encourages the re-using of old clothes. It praises hand-me-downs and secondhand garments for their history and mystery. This is the perfect to story to help teach young children about the beauty of recycling and giving items a second life rather than throwing them to waste. Loved it!



The Flower Ball by Sigrid Laube + illustrated by Silke Leffler
Another book filled with absolutely gorgeous art. This book praises looking past our differences and finding that we can still enjoy one another and have a lovely time. A Cauliflower and Carrot visit the Flower Ball for the first time, bridging the gap between vegetable and flower. The other vegetables refuse to join, claiming the flowers are snooty and stuck-up. The flowers immediately judge the brave pair citing them for their "soup-wallowing," but after a bit, they realize their mistake made in haste and recant allowing them to make to wonderful new friends.


Stuck in My Head



I've had "Happy, happy Lily Day" stuck in my head all freakin' day.

Links You Should Check Out

8 Reasons Molly Weasley is a Great Literary Mama  :: Carrots for Michaelmas Technically in honor of Mother's Day, I think this post is perfect for *every* day. LOVE Molly.

"NFP Doesn't Work. You have so many kids!" :: House Unseen, Life Unscripted An older post that I forgot to share (I think, and if not, enjoy again!)

 





Finally gave these boyOs some haircuts (more like hair-chops at this point)






Hope your Mid-May is as wonderful as ours has been!

Sarah


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Five Favorites {Vol. 10}

Another slow week here on the blog as LegenDaddy works long hours with work and his last grad class. But, as a welcome interjection into this week of whiney children, past due housework, and a man we barely see, here are some favorites for the week.

{1.}

The world's most amazing cookie recipe AKA Double Chocolate Cranberry Chunkies. Seriously, though, these are probably my favorite, hands down, cookies to make quickly from scratch. Made them today with my boyOs... sooooo good.

{2.}


Games are one of my favorites this week as we attempt to make stay-at-home rainy days fun whilst avoiding too much mess. Chickyboom is a new addition via my sister (always capable of finding epic gifts), and both boys love it though only Dom truly plays according to the rules.

{3.}

 
So, please don't think me *too* base, but one of my goals for the year was to successfully apply liquid eyeliner every time I tried. Meaning no redos and they had to look fairly good once done. I have finally got there, mostly, and have decided a huge help in the situation is which brand I'm using. e.l.f. Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner has been most delightful thus far and left me with some pretty glam eyes, if I do say so myself.



{4.}


Pirates Booty is one of the few processed treats we ever buy, but man, it's been an easy snack lately, especially since both boys AND mama enjoy it. =)


{5.}
 

I've been a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald since High School though I must say while 'Great Gatsby' was a piece of amazingness in and of itself, I read another of his books and was sorely disappointed. This piece of art featuring his quote is lovely, and I think my wall needs it.



Linking up with the ever fab MoxieWife today! 



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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Being Paid to Be Mom (from H&R Block)

This infographic from HRBlock is too great not to share. For all the moms who get the ever so often remark in their direction: "Oh, you're a *stay-at-home* mom?"


What if Mom Got Paid for Being Mom?
What if Mom Got Paid for Being Mom? [INFOGRAPHIC] via H&R Block


Note: This is in no way promoting stay-at-home moms as the "only" or the "right" way. I just happen to be one, and I often get flack for it, but I am proud of all of you mamas be you full-time or part-time at work or at home. You're all warrior mamas in my book!



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Friday, May 10, 2013

10 Mama + Me Picture Books


In honor of Mother's Day, here are some of our favorite picture books about mamas, some more classic while others might be a bit of a stretch. Books celebrating family our always welcome here, and due to the holiday, I collected up a few of our favorites focused on Mom in particular. We love our Mama books all year round, and we hope you'll enjoy these picks, too!


 
All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
This is one of my favorite boys specifically about a mama and her little boy. Listing each of the things she loves about her son, this mama shares about the more unique and real things like loving how he says "Mama" even in the middle of the night or the way he hugs, ending with how she mostly just loves him.

 
 
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt + illustrated by Cyd Moore
Ack! We LOVE this book. One of my dearest of dear friends gifted it to us, and it's a household favorite. A little boy questions his mama's love, and she describes how she'll love him no matter what... and how she'll show that love. With hamburgers or slimy bugs, she assures him her love is boundless and can stretch anywhere.





Someday by Alison McGhee + illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
This is about as sappy as I can get in children's books (fans of 'Love Me Forever' - no offense to you, but that book pretty much makes me gag). This one is a sweet tale of a mother looking through her daughter's life and the "Somedays" that she will encounter.




Hush, Little Dragon by Boni Ashburn + illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Mix dragons searching for a bedtime snack with the tune of "Hush, Little Baby," and this is what you get. The funny lyrics make light of them catching different human snacks. We enjoyed the ridiculousness of it, but for some kids, it might be too much.




Where's Our Mama? by Diane Goode
I am a huge fan of Diane Goode, and as it turns out many of her books are mother related, but this one is my favorite by far. A mama loses her hat in a Paris train station and tells her children to stay right there while she retrieves it. They become separated and a gendarme helps the two children look around for their mother. Instead of describing her looks, the children describe her characteristics (brave, strong, smart, etc...) which leads them on a wild goose chase to ladies from lion tamers to opera singers. Diane Goode's art is lovely and whimsical and provides beautiful pictures to go along/





Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
A perfect Mama story for little ones. With the repetition of each page asking the question "Does a ... have a mother, too?", toddlers are encouraged to join in with the storytelling while learning that animals also have parents. Plus it has Eric Carle's fabulous, colorful art, and who would turn down a book featuring that? It's a favorite in our house for sure.





Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer
Not sure if this is officially considered a "classic" persay, but it's definitely on my list of little one classics. Well, Little Critter in general. A day out on the town, includes several troublesome moments, but it still is a fun day for Mom and Little Critter to enjoy together. A great reminder that even when special days hold moments to try your patience and the day doesn't go smoothly, the day is still of great value in the scheme of things.




Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich + illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
A mama dragon must leave her baby for the night, and she tells him to wait by the red fern and she will return to him. Impatiently, he decides to trust a crocodile who makes shallow promises to reunite him with his mother. It's a great introduction to dragons without them being scary and is also a sweet tale of the love betwixt a mama and her baby.




My Mama Had A Dancing Heart by Libba Gray + illustrated by Raul Colon
A mama shares her zest for living life to the fullest through each season. The daughter recalls dancing through spring rains, summer waves, autumn winds, and winter snows. The art in this, a mixture of watercolor washes and etchings, is most lovely. The hues invoke a nostalgic feel, and flow beautifully alongside this toe-tapping, hand-clapping book.




Mama's Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri
Adventurous bear cubs wander around the forest finding delightful surprises wherever they look. Even though they keep running off, Mama Bear is always nearby. This is a perfect book for younger kids (ages 1-2) because they can help find Mama on each page and there are interactive questions written into the story asking what things are. A sweet read of a protective mama who still encourages her littles to explore, yet she is always ready for hugs when they're done.

What are your favorite children's books showcasing Mama? We would love to hear about other great ones!


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