Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monthly Wrap Up :: June

While May went by fast, June has had so much packed into it, I can't believe it's only been one month. The first part of the month we were down enjoying our extended family, and then we managed to stay home all month with no traveling save one day trip to Buffalo. July is looking like it will be very different, so I'm glad we took the time to get things in order this past month.


Our biggest change/news was definitely finding a house to rent - a definite upgrade from our present renting situation. I have realized that since I was a military brat growing up, our present apartment is where I have lived the longest in my entire life. This month marked 4 years here. The move will be good for us all though, even though Dom is skeptical of this whole getting a new house thing. Our new house has a backyard that is perfect for playing in, a linen closet (we haven't had one the entire time we've been married!), square closets in all the bedrooms (you can laugh if you want - our present situation has a triangle closet in one of the bedrooms), and a garage for all those extra tools and bikes. We will get our keys in a month, so the next few weeks will mean lots of packing and purging!



Schooling has been slow this past month, but we did manage to wrap up the letter 'F' in Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven and mostly finish 'G.' For those interested, we have thoroughly loved the 26 Letters to Heaven curriculum, and right now it is on sale on Amazon for $7 off the usual price of $29.99! It's been such a great set-up for our family, and I love that it is totally at your own pace, so if we feel like doing all the art crafts first, we do! The book lists included for each letter are a great start, and we typically can find most of them at the library. Each letter also includes a suggested Bible verse, virtue, and a Saint to learn about, which has been a wonderful way to already implement faith learning into our daily homeschool lessons - something I plan to keep a part of our daily life throughout all our schooling adventures. All in all, it's a wonderful program and I highly recommend it!



This month, as I've said in a few of my recent posts, has been seriously lacking as far as celebrating Feast days. We did go all out for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul! LegenDaddy made us some delicious Spicy Fish (recipe from Kitchen Stewardship) and Avocado Gazpacho (recipe from Catholic Cuisine), and then I made a raspberry tart with the fresh berries we had picked earlier in the day. It was a wonderful time with our little family, and I'm excited to jump back in to celebrating our Church's feasts.


Popular Posts in June


By very far (as in it quickly became the 2nd most viewed post ever!), My Summer Reading List topped the popularity charts after it spread all over Pinterest. I'm still plugging my way through these books, but hopefully I will get to use some of our vacation time as curl up and read time.




The 2nd most viewed post was Building a Preschool Arts Bin for Your Home. This was a fun one to write and share as this is one of my favorite parts of our learning fun!  





Images Not to Be Missed







From Our Bookshelf



Richard Scarry's ABC Word Book has been the top read book in this abode this week. I remembered Richard Scarry's lovable characters and ever detailed illustrations from when I was a child and have suggested to Dom several times over the past year that we check one of his books out from the library. He *finally* agreed this past week, and my, oh my, does he love this book! This is the perfect pre-reading book because not only does it point out what words begin with the Letter A, B, and so on, but it also shows where those letters appear in the middle of other words. Also included, are the combined letter sounds: Ch, Sh, and Th. I don't know about your kiddos, but those completely confuse Dom. When I try to explain that C starts the word "Church," I usually get a blank stare, so this is helping by having a whole page dedicated to that sound.
Featuring the lovable creatures from the many years of Richard Scarry books and waaaay more accidents than I ever remember happening in his tales, this is a great one to look into. We're loving it, and I have a feeling I'll be renewing our library copy several times before Dom lets me return it.


I hope each of you has had a most lovely beginning of Summer. Enjoy this next month, and check in from time to time if you think of it! Happy July!

Sarah



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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Weekly Capture LV


Heyo peoples! Hope your week has been as fun as ours has. I must say ours also had waaaay too much crazy busy happening, and a fair amount of bad moods, but we did get to enjoy many great blessings. Last weekend I got to see one of my best friends who happened to be in town for a mutual friend's bridal shower. Pretty much interpret that as Mama got lots of social time, and LegenDaddy did a wonderful job of holding down the fort. He even prepared everything, so our family could join some other friends with kiddos for a picnic Sunday evening. He's pretty much the bee's knees.  =)

The past week was peppered with fun outings. We started Monday with a wading pool/swingset/picnic fun day hosted in a friend's backyard, which my boys are still talking about. Then Tuesday a trip to this fancy frozen yogurt place, which was weighed by the ounce, and included every topping you can imagine. I was proud of my son's healthier choices (he chose strawberries and blueberries as 2 of his 3 toppings!). Then of course, we hit up our libraries (yes, we frequent several) a few times. We finally wrapped up last night with a trip to the Museum of Play with LegenDaddy's sister in honor of her birthday - the boyOs were thrilled to share their favorite haunts. And then today we checked off another Summer Bucket List activity. You can see everything we did in the photos below.

We're celebrating the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul tonight with a Feast of Spicy Fish, Avocado Soup, and Raspberry Tart (see the links for the recipes in the post!). I'm excited to be jumping back into truly celebrating the Church Feasts. We've been slacking quite a bit the past month and a half or so, so this is our first Summer Feast. Coming up soon are the Feasts of St. Thomas the Apostle (3 July), St. Maria Goretti (6 July),  and St. Benedict (11 July). Will you be celebrating any of these or others? I'd love to hear about your family's traditions!

How about July 4th? Does your family do anything special for the USA's birthday? This year we will be joining LegenDaddy's family to celebrate. Pictures will follow in the next Weekly Capture, so be on the lookout.

It's with sad faces that I say goodbye to Google Reader this coming week. I am trying out Feedly as my main reader right now, and thus far I'm liking it though honestly, I still am trying to get the hang of it. Check out the blog's new buttons up there on the right, and you can now Follow me via Feedly OR BlogLovin.  =) Or ya know, e-mail, if that's easier.



Out of the Mouth of Dom

Dom asked to be excused from the breakfast table, and then said, "Blaise is taking his sweet little time."

"I made you fresh lemonade and a banana. The banana is special. It was made in Germany."

"Goat cheese and mozzarella cheese are good for you. They give you the power."

"I don't want carrots because I had peppers for lunch."

"Can we pick rhubarb-berries, raspberries, *and* strawberries? It's going to be a fantastic day today!"
 
(We apparently were on a food kick this week.)   


Updates on Our B

Everything in his life is a climbing challenge these days. I found him up on the back of the couch like a kitten one afternoon. For many words, he's mastered the first and sometimes the last sound, but I think unless you're in our little family, you probably wouldn't have much luck at understanding him. He's pretty proud of himself though when I get what he is saying and respond accordingly.


Watching



We've been watching quite a bit of Psych lately since it's pretty much the only TV series we follow that has new episodes during the summer. Any other fun summer shows out there that both LegenDaddy and I might enjoy?

Listening To



I'm a little obsessesed with this song at the moment. Just ask my 3 year old who can sing along...


Checked off our Summer Bucket List

√ Pick berries (raspberries + strawberries + rhubarb-berries ;) today!)

 
  √ Make Popsicles

Links I enjoyed

Take the Quiz: What's Your Catholic IQ? :: Catholic Vote Hilariously funny, and you'll probably fail, even if you're a Catechist.

Top 5 Regrest of the Dying :: The Guardian An interesting view - add in a couple like participate in the Sacraments more, and you're most likely set.

8 Foods We Eat in the US that are Banned in Other Countries :: Buzzfeed This might turn you off a fair amount of processed foods, which is probably not a bad thing.

 7 QT Friday #20 Poop of Fame edition + Writing Insecurities + Desperate Fashion Designing :: Carolyn @ 4 Life 4 Life For all of you who need a good laugh, you may thank me. Well, thank Carolyn.



A Random Moment of Artsiness

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Five Favorites {Vol. 15}


Hot, sticky, and up to way too many things. Here is the craziness that surrounds me momentarily. Except the first one, it does in a way, but not literally at the moment. Read on...


{1.}



Baby, baby, babies.
All of them. This week I heard news of a pregnant family member, a bestest of friends who found out she's having a little girl, a friend from college whose wife just had a sweet baby boy, and some awesome news from Dwija at House Unseen. In case you haven't kept up with her story, you can read all about it over at her blog. Basically, she keeps getting subchorionic hematomas, which result in loss of amniotic fluid. However, (Praise God!) her baby boy (!) is doing well. Prayers are obviously still needed, and you can also bless this family by helping them finish their laundry room in their house. It would definitely bless this sweet, funny woman and her family, and you can easily donate by going here.

Psssshhhht, and babies are the best. Obviously. They should probably be in everybody's favorites.

{2.}
 


Legal Pads are definitely at the top of my "Office Favorites" list. I have an everlasting one that travels about my abode being a quick scratch pad for meal planning, blog post ideas, and the never-ending checklist.


{3.}
 

While in office supply mode, I might as well add Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens, Extra Fine Point. They're pretty much the bomb diggity. I only have black at present, but would love any other colors, too.



{4.}
                              


Adore this new Gathered Pinafore Skirt I found on Etsy from Threadbeat. Isn't it just the sweetest. I'm truly a city girl, but every once in awhile, I feel I need to own some country threads. I think I'd probably need to own the hat and shirt as well.

{5.}


Flowers from LegenDaddy. Flowers always make me happy, so when the Man comes home bearing an armfull of fresh ones, it's perfectly delightful. These are such wonderfully sunny colors, too. ::glee::


Happy Wednesday, folks! 
Sarah


Linking up with the ever fab MoxieWife today! 




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Celebrating the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Ancient icon of sts peter & paul


It has definitely been awhile since I've planned ahead and shared with your our family's ideas for how we will celebrate a special Church feast day. The last one was the Feast of the Ascension back in the beginning of May. We've definitely been slacking in our feast celebrating, but I'm back with the next Feast our family will be celebrating: the Dual Feast Day of Saints Peter + Paul this coming Saturday, June 29th!

In some traditions, this Feast Day is spread out over two days with St. Paul being recognized on the 30th instead. You also might notice that both these Saints have already been celebrated once this year - St. Peter has the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd while we honor the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th each year. On this Solemnity, the two saints are honored together in their participation in the founding of the Holy See of Rome. As they served together in ministry and then shared the city in which they were martyred in common, these two saints have been chosen to be honored together despite having died at different times.

This day falls during Ordinary Time, which is the growing season of the Church, where Christians are called to "Go forth into the world and make disciples." What could be a better time to celebrate such important and holy men?

I found this following quote from St. Augustine of Hippo regarding this Feast Day:
“Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”

Here are some simple ways you can join in celebrating these two Godly men and teach your children about the early Church:

Traditions Around the World
In Alpine countries a tradition was that during the morning Angelus bells, the Faithful would step outside, kneel down and say the "Angel of the Lord" prayers. They would then bow towards Rome, crossing themselves and believing that the Holy Father's blessing in Rome would be carried to them by the angels on this special day.

Foods
Any fish dish would be appropriate for St. Peter as he was a fishermen before coming to follow Christ. I'm always hesitant to cook fish, so if you're like me, here are a few recipes that look pretty tasty to get you started.

St. Peter's Day Fish with Herbs from Catholic Culture

St. Peter's Fish with Parsley Sauce from Cooking with the Bible

St. Peter's Spicy Fish from Kitchen Stewardship

Another idea is this delicious looking Avacado Soup from Catholic Cuisine - this would make a perfect summery addition to your feast!

If you want to creatively work St. Peter and St. Paul's symbols into cookies, cupcakes, biscuits, or another food, here are some ideas:
Red (for martyrs)
St. Peter: 2 keys crossed, a cock crowing, fish, sword, upside down cross
St. Paul: sword, scroll,

Crafts


This coloring page of St. Peter and St. Paul from Imagekind is perfect for the day!

St. Paul's Shipwreck Craft from Aunties Bible Lessons

Make a Paper Boat in honor of St. Peter being a fisherman. 



Books

I have not personally read all of these, but I've heard wonderful reviews about each of these. Happy reading!


The Man Who Never Died: The Life and Adventures of St. Peter, the First Pope by Gerald T. Brennan


The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children by Marigold Hunt


Adventures of Saint Paul by Oldrich Seluck√Ĺ


St. Peter's Story by Marion Thomas + illustrated by Maria Cristina Lo Cascio



Enjoy celebrating this upcoming Feast Day with your family and honoring these two Saints who gave their lives to establish Christ's Church on the earth!


A blessed solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul to you each,

Sarah


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