Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday, Sweet Monkey!!

Here's a little slide show of the pics I took today of Maria's birthday. We spent the morning and a bit of the afternoon at the New Brighton Eagle's Nest (an indoor gym for kids). The girls spent the afternoon making valentine's, creating party games, and watching a few shows on PBS. After dinner, we had cupcakes and more games. What a blast!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter Campaign

Since we are experiencing the "doldrums" of Winter, Daddy and I figured it's time to do a winter campaign over the next eight weeks. I love putting these together with clip art. It gives the kids a visual and they love getting stickers and seeing each other's progress.

The goal for our campaign is an outing to an indoor water park at the end of the 8 weeks. They are excited and motivated to exemplify virtue and good habits and help each other to also get the prize! This makes it a little easier to move our group through each day without getting wiped out because of our short tempers and the limited sunlight.:) It's a win, win!

You can click on the pic to enlarge it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mother's Helper

I was so blessed over the last two weeks to have one of our babysitters help me for a block of four hours almost every day. Sarah will be returning to her university studies this next week and, boy, will she be missed.

It was not easy to come to the conclusion that I could use a hand, but after having burned myself last Wednesday, I could clearly see that God had things all worked out before informing me!!

Here she is with the kids. They loved having her around as a playmate and homeschool helper. I loved having her around to talk to and to peel my oranges.:)

Thanks, Sarah!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Father/Daughter Breakfast

Here are a few pics of the girls before and at the Father/Daughter Breakfast this Sunday. Daddy took the girls, and they enjoyed a brunch at the parish and a quick lesson in line dancing from a consultant from Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

Two Men in a Tub

Aren't they cute!

The Latest!

Again, here's the latest since I've been off-line for about a week or even longer.

Last Wednesday, I was trying to get a pot roast done in the afternoon before my nap, but I had an accident instead. As I was trying to lower the roast into very hot oil in my pressure cooker, the roast slipped out of my hands and sprayed up onto my right hand and face. I quickly ran cold water over my hand and wiped down my face. I called Daddy at work, and he came home right away. I could see that something was wrong with my hand. My face was ok, but my hand was way different.

After a little while at urgent care and lining up a neighbor to help with the kids, I found that I had second degree and, maybe, third degree burns. That began a series of doctor visits, dressings, and wound cleanings plus tons of silver sulfadiazine.

This morning, I had a visit to the burn center at HCMC in downtown Minneapolis. After their assessment, they ruled out third degree burns (thank God!) and surgery (skin grafting). My hand will take 14-21 days to heal and we have to keep up with washings and dressings. I have a follow-up appt. at the burn center in the next few days.

It's been a real roller coaster! I've also come to really appreciate having two hands, my right especially!! I am really blessed that worse didn't happen.

Thanks to all who have been praying for a good outcome.:)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bread Making Experiment

This was a fun one for the girls. Daddy led the girls through their last science experiment from their current Chemistry book: breadmaking. Their goal was to list the different molecules in the aspects of breadmaking and then analyze what occurs in the reaction between the yeast, air, and water. They had fun mixing, kneading, and punching down the dough. They asked me to make sandwiches tomorrow, but I think I'll pass on that!

The Latest!

I went in for my ultrasound today and...

IT'S A GIRL! (As far as the tech and me could tell!!)

The tech was pretty sure and we checked several times so I trust her judgement.:)

Here are the pics of our littlest pumpkin. At the dinner table, there was nothing but squeals of joy from the kids when we gave them the news! That was great!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Dia de Los Reyes Magos

For today, the Feast of the Epiphany, I was scrambling a little bit. We usually get a token gift for each of the kids to commemorate the three kings bringing their gifts to the Baby Jesus. I haven't had a chance to get to Target alone and hiding gifts in my cart is a thing of the past. Thankfully, the kids have been asking for blueberry muffins and poppy seed bread. I decided to whip up a couple of batches of blueberry and poppy seed muffins which I wrapped up in a Christmas basket. They were a success and we added a little note from the kings with a token hoof print (thanks to Daddy's artistic abilities) to the back of the envelope!

Here's a pic of the front of the card the kings left behind.

Living the 12 Days of Christmas

I thought I would pass on this little idea for how we celebrated the 12 days of Christmas. I received a copy of the book, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, by Ace Collins. I read the story behind the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and thought "I have to let our kids know the meaning behind this song!" Last year we were in TX over Christmas so I couldn't do more than read the meaning of each day with the kids as we drove in the van. This year, I decided to make a visual aid for them.

I took a sheet of poster board and downloaded twelve pictures representing the symbols of the twelve days. Each morning, we would sing the song starting with that day, I would read the true meaning behind the words for that day, and we would glue the picture onto the posterboard. The kids loved it and got to learn the song. The meanings will get engrained as they grow, mature, and develop a deaper understanding of the principles of our faith.

I'll probably keep the posterboard and add hands like a clock for use year after year.

Here are a couple of pics of what I made.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Oh, the Ice Rink...

is somewhat in stall mode. Daddy was able to make the "rink rake" and give Lucas a lesson in the different thicknesses of PVC pipe. They love going to Home Depot together! We hit our first obstacle after the hose didn't fit the pipe connection.:( So, it was back to Home Depot for a different fitting and a shut-off valve to regulate the outpouring of water. Meanwhile, our hose is in threat of freezing since we have it outside. Obstacle 2 has been the holidays. We had so many other things going on that making ice at 11PM at night wasn't hot on the list of priorities. Obstacle 3 is now the weather. We will be experiencing our January thaw this weekend...temps in the upper 20's and 30's...which is not good for making ice.

I can't believe I, of all people, am wishing for sub-zero temps with wind for ice making. However, the thought of little ones skating in the backyard is quite fun!

Now the Canadians, they know what they're doing. I checked out some home ice rinks on You Tube and they have all kinds of things to make their ice and maintain it. Then again, there's serious hockey being played up there!! We're just goofing off!!:)

More later with pics, too!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Well, we get an "A" for Science and a "C" for the actual meal. Everyone loved the work of preparing the lobsters. However, no one but Daddy and me (the older girls gave it a good faith effort!) dove into the eating of the meal. It's a good thing I also made baked potatoes and served bread. Otherwise, they'd go to bed hungry.:(

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, from Thriving With Five!

It's been a pretty quiet day around here, cold outside but nice and cozy inside. It's a perfect day for making ice (Daddy is getting his last gadget for making the ice rink out back!) and boiling lobsters. We thought we'd try a little science experiment with our dinner. So, I guess one of our New Year's resolutions is to think outside the box!

We'll post pics later.:)
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