Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wrapping Up the Week

It's been over a week since I've blogged and a lot has gone on around here.  For one thing, we had a birthday....


I made this cake to celebrate!  It's a homemade peach cake.....3 layers with peach filling and peach buttercream frosting.  The swirled roses really caught my eye so I knew this was what I wanted to make for Monica.  She's 14....I can't believe it!  She already has her schedule and locker combination for school which starts September 3rd.  This will be her re-entry into school....High School.  She started soccer two weeks ago, has had 2 hour practices every evening and 2 games.  It's a new challenge playing on a high school team, but she loves it.  


Molly has been bored enough to ask for projects to get her through the afternoons.  I guess for her, school can't start soon enough.  We picked up a couple suncatchers over at Joanne's.  I hung them up in the kitchen window overlooking the sink.  I like to see them dangling there when I look out into the backyard to check on Nick and Jane.





 Paul took 6 of the kids on the Covenant Keeper's Camp Trip again this summer.  It was a bit challenging to pack up the van since our road has been torn up for replacing some of the large concrete panels.  It's been crazy with noise, dust, and not being able to park in our driveways.  You can't even walk down the street because it's so dirty and broken up in so many places.  It will be great when it's done (emphasis on when!).

Many hands make light work....




And it's always a good idea to employ your Burley bike trailer and a wagon.


Here's a shot of the birthday girl and Paul as they were headed out to meet the rest of the dads and kids for a special blessing at the church from our parish priest.  It's always a special send off.


Meanwhile, Nick and I have had a full weekend.  We've taken the dog on plenty of walks around the park and had breakfast on the deck this morning.




I even ventured to get into the pool with him this afternoon.  I hate getting wet, but I knew he would have more fun in the pool if I was in there with him.  It was very relaxing floating in a ring while Nick played war with a pool noodle.  Oh, the fun of a 3 year old!  



We also went shoe shopping and went to Mass so we can sleep in tomorrow morning.  I guess you can say we're on vacation, too!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WWRW: The Idiot

I love to be read to.  And Paul likes to read to me.  It's just that it takes us years to get through a book.  He's a big Russian Lit. fan so Dostoevsky is our drug of choice when it comes to bedtime reading.  We made our way through Crime and Punishment which took about 4 years to finish.  No joke!  Paul doesn't read every night and when he does, it's only 15 minutes max.  Next we read Brothers Karamazov.  That took probably 6 years to get through!  It was great to finally finish that one.  Now we are reading The Idiot.


I love the way Paul begins each reading session...."The last time our hero was...."  So far our intrepid hero is going to meet with a general because Nastasya Filippovna is having a big party.  The idiot is a prince....not a real one....just a title.  Anyway, he's supposed to get the general into the shindig.  Nastasya is a problem pitting one person against another plus she's an "entertainer."  I use the term "entertainer" loosely.  Myshkin, the idiot, is naive has epilepsy and is torn between the love of two women.  I guess that would make you an idiot.


So with this, I'm linking up to Jessica's meme.



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up

So Paul headed out to the Almelund Threshing Show on Saturday with 6 of the kids.  I stayed behind to do some back-to-school scheduling and planning.  Monica stayed behind to finish painting Molly's room.  That's right.  My very capable oldest daughter is now helping with the house painting.  She painted the boys' room a month ago, finished Molly's and Jane's today, and started working on her own.  All the rooms needed a fresh coat of paint so this is a dream come true!

Here's the little girls' room color....


Lovely Lavender by Behr


Here's the color of the older girls' room....


Gentle Rain by Behr

And here are some of the favorite pics from the Saturday Dad and Kid excursion....





















What more could you ask for....vintage tractors, big machines, a covered sandbox, petting zoo, food, and great weather?  It was the perfect Saturday outing!

Maria took all of the pictures above.  She also caught a few of the dog earlier that day.  I think he is so handsome!

Hello, my name is Tup!


Nose on, brain off!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Catholic In The Twin Cities: We've Got It Goin' On!

I am so blessed....blessed beyond measure!  I often wonder, as does Paul, if we should move back to Texas where there are considerably more like-minded people who believe what we believe spiritually, politically, and socially.  But then I get a string of emails that brighten up my day, my evening, my week!

The first email I received this evening was a reminder of an upcoming Women's Book Club that a dear friend of mine has decided to spearhead for some chosen women in our parish.  Chosen....hah!  We are just gluttons for over-scheduling ourselves during the school year!  We are actually using the program promoted by Marcie Stokman, The Well-Read Mom.  I didn't attend this year's Catholic Home School Conference, but my friend did.  She came back from the conference eager to start her own group.  So we are embarking on The Year of the Mother.  You can check the site here to see what we'll be reading in the upcoming year....exciting!  Isn't this logo striking?  I love it!


The second email that popped into my Inbox was an invite for an evening hosted by the Siena Symposium.  This is a group of highly educated, articulate, and attractive women from the University of St. Thomas that also collaborate with the St. Paul Seminary.  They provide exciting forums for the women of the archdiocese to grow in virtue, holiness, and intellect.  I took this directly from the SPS website promoting the event:

On the evening of August 15, 2013 and the Feast of the Assumption, the Symposium is sponsoring an Evening of Reflection marking the 25th Anniversary of Mulieris Digntatem, John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women.  We will begin with Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Lee Piché, followed by a panel discussion on the significance of the document, the mission of women, and their spirituality. The event is co-sponsored by The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the Center for Catholic Studies, and the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family, and Life. Click here for more information.

Siena Symposium's logo
St. Catherine of Siena

Further, there is another event coming up in October by the Argument Club for Women.  This evening will be held at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton, a hotbed for Catholic evangelization initiatives.  This is also from the same site:

The Symposium is proud to support a new initiative in the Archdiocese: The Argument Club for Women.  Unequivocally committed to the Church's teaching on contemporary issues, the Club is a civil and public forum for debating questions of importance to women.  The next event is the evening of October 1, 2013 at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton when the topic will be "Is Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage a Form of Bigotry?"  Click here to visit their facebook site for more information.

ACW's Facebook logo image
St. Joan of Arc
I can't wait for the school year to start!  



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What We're Reading Wednesday

I've never participated in this meme before, but I thought I would since I've really been grateful the kids have been doing a lot of summer reading.  I've seen them plopped on the couches, staying up late by lamplight propped up with pillows, toting books around in the van, etc.  I've tried to get any number of books started, but this summer has been a dud for me.  I am on my second read aloud for the kids, but it's been nothing extravagant.  We're reading the second Shiloh trilogy book.  What can I say?  We're beagle-obsessed!

Took this off of Amazon...oh, well!

The older girls have been busy with Lemony Snicket's, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Books in the Series:


I was a little apprehensive at first about letting the girls read these books.  However, they really enjoy and understand the sarcasm.  The vocabulary is very good, and they love the style of writing.  All that, and every book leaves them wanting to start the next.  We checked out some of LS's other books...picture books, his Unauthorized Autobiography, and The Beatrice Letters.  My favorite is The Lump of Coal.  I LOVE that book!




This and I want to get LS's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming for Christmas this year just to have on hand for some light-hearted fun around the holiday season!



I'm also trying to understand our dog better since I started a 10 session Obedience class last evening for Tuppence so I'm reading this...




We just got the rules down last night so Tup didn't come with.  His first class is next week where we'll learn "Sit", "Heel", and "Lay".  Our homework for this week is "Watch."  I'm so GLAD our dog is food motivated.  I honestly think he doesn't love us, just the treats we give him.  Man, beagles are compulsive overeaters.  They don't have an "I'm Full.  I think I've eaten enough." switch.  Sounds like me....this is definitely my dog!

I'm joining up with Jessica....see more inspiring posts about books over at her place by clicking here.





Monday, August 5, 2013

Mystery Ingredient Monday: Blueberries

I wanted to link up to Jessica and friends' meme, but I don't know if they are doing it this week.  Jessica announced the ingredient, but I didn't see a linky widget.  If it shows up, I'll link this post.  However, I have lots of blueberries....the season is late this year....and I didn't want to deprive you of the awesomeness!  We have been enjoying all the antioxidants of these wonderful little delicacies.

I usually make coffee cakes or muffins with them, but I thought I'd try something a little different.


This is Watermelon Blueberry Salsa!

I took the recipe from The Healthy Foodie.  However, I had to modify my recipe just a bit.  I couldn't find a Lebanese cucumber nor a papaya.  So I substituted an English cuc and a mango.  I also used dried Rosemary and ground ginger since I didn't have either of those fresh.  The kids watched me chop, mix, and toss this together and were very apprehensive about an onion and a jalapeño getting mixed in with fruit!

I new Paul would love it.  He loves all things eclectic and always has a sense of adventure.  I laid this out in three glass bowls on a bright yellow rectangular platter.  I love the way the platter made the mango pop in this picture!


Well, they gobbled it up.  Monica couldn't tell me exactly what she liked about it....the lime juice, the sweet vs. heat, the crunch.  Who knows?  All, I know is they ate every. last. bite!  So you can bet I'll be making this again!  You can find the recipe by clicking HERE.

Friday, August 2, 2013

7QT: Village Fest Parade

1.  Candy....There's gonna be candy?


2.  Pre-teens & Teens....they may or may not want to sit with you.



Guess not....the pack wins.


3.  I see lights and hear sirens!


4.  Why are there lights & sirens?


5.  I see something huge!!!


HUGE!


REALLY HUGE!


DON'T YOU SEE IT?


6.  What's better than a yellow fire truck?


7.  Obviously, a red fire engine!


See more Quick Takes over at Jen's Conversion Diary.

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