Showing posts with label Garden of the Good Shepherd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden of the Good Shepherd. Show all posts

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Our Week in Review - 4th Week of Easter

So we're backed up a week around here.  It's been so busy with reorganizing, school, getting accustomed to having a helper here daily, and reconfiguring the girls' room.  We purchased 2 bunk bed sets to fit all four girls in one room.  It looks great, but we still need a few more pieces of furniture for storage and organization.  The office is still in progress, and the clothes bins are almost done.  Phew!  After all that, who has time to blog?  Here are a few of the highlights from last week.

~~~Molly Learns to Ride~~~

 
So this is what happens when there's a little bit of healthy competition in your house!

 
Molly learned to ride last Monday & Tuesday...exactly a week after Lucas!

 
~~~Wow!~~~

 
I forgot Monica was growing her hair out for a reason.  She quickly informed me last Monday that it was time to cut off her locks to donate to Locks of Love.  I was a bit in shock.  I'd forgotten she had a goal in mind.  Here are some touching photos.  I'm proud of her for sacrificing her hair to a great cause.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~~~Sewing Fun~~~

 
I've been trying to keep up with projects around here that help me keep my sanity.  I really enjoy sewing and find it to be very therapeutic.  Plus, it fills a few needs around here.  I have been wanting a little more personalized diaper bag that expresses how I feel about Spring.  This is what I came up with.


 

 
Then, Monica was complaining about outgrowing her skirts.  I was trying very hard to find a simple A-line skirt pattern from the usual pattern suppliers with no success.  I finally found Ringger clothing and patterns on-line.  I was able to purchase an A-line skirt pattern that ranges in sizes from 2-XL so I can make skirts for all the girls.  Here's the first one.


 
This skirt is in progress.

And I have 2 more skirts to make for Maria.  I love this!  Sew fun!
 
~~~Gabe turns 4!~~~

 
Here's a pic of Gabe blowing out the candles on his cake.

 

 

 
And...counting the 4-$1 bills he received from his "TX Grandma!"

 

 

~~~The Garden of the Good Shepherd~~~

I'll just post one pic for the two weeks in a couple of days since I'm so off with last week.  We didn't do anything to commemorate last week's Good Shepherd lessons.  After the outing the week before, I wasn't feeling the best.  I have to remember that I'm still healing after Nick's birth!  Anyway, after a week of no outings, we're going to head to the Como Conservatory tomorrow to celebrate this week...the Gardener Plants Paradise.  I also have some fun surprises to post along the same theme.  It's great!

Upcoming Goals:
  • finish girls' room
  • finish office organization
  • finish up school
  • celebrate last two weeks of Easter
  • finish sewing Maria's skirts and a blankie for Nick using Lucas' design from Art class

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter Week in Review

~~~Lenten Lesson~~~

It's been a very busy week to say the least.  Getting back to a schedule has been a bit challenging, and I made a new resolution from my Lenten experience.  I've always wondered if people ever keep up their Lenten disciplines after Lent is over.  I never have, but this Lent I really enjoyed giving up the internet on Fridays.  I usually go to bed at night feeling guilt over something or other that I did not do with the kids:   not reading to them, not spending time playing, yelling to much, not listening enough, or being to busy with my own projects.  On my Fridays in Lent "too much time on the internet" was not on that list of guilt because I wasn't on at all.  Success!  So, I decided to keep it up and limit my internet usage.  I decided to blog only once a week...hence, the week in review...and I only get on to check e-mail in the morning or when the kids are on a break.  There were days this week when I didn't check it at all!  Success!  I had already decided to scale way back on my Facebook usage so I knew I could do it.  It's actually not been hard, and I feel a lot better about the time I'm spending with the kids during the day.  Success!  Now for our week...

~~~Easter photos with Grandpa Ben & Grandma Carol~~~




We had a beautiful Easter dinner with Ben, Carol, and my brother.  It was great for the kids for us all to get together!

~~~Wednesday Art with Miss Marianne~~~

This week the kids worked on drawing sheep.  This was very appropriate for our week in the garden of the Good Shepherd.  You'll see the sticker calendar in a bit!







~~~Fun with Friends~~~

A couple friends visited today.  They both dropped off baby gifts and stayed a while to chat and see the baby.  This is a great photo of some of the kids playing out front.  Look at those smiles!



~~~Mommy Time~~~

I also got a chance to make these for Nick's Baptism this Sunday.  I was so excited to try these!  I found a way to make a stencil and used that to make the monograms on these cookies.  I think they came out like I wanted!



~~~The Garden of the Good Shepherd~~~

Here's a pic of our sticker calendar for the 50 days of Easter from Tomie de Paola.  We were introduced to the garden this week.  And although I wanted to take the kids on a field trip to visit a sheep farm, we were not able to do that.  I will still pursue this as I think it would be awesome for us all to see real sheep and visit a farm.  I did receive in the mail today a wonderful account of a Basque sheepherder and his explanation of Psalm 23 thanks to my friend, Mary.  She's my "montessori connection!"



~~~Goals for next week~~~
  • Pursue the sheep farm field trip,
  • make cookies for a friend's First Communion,
  • continue with school work,
  • enjoy the week with the kids and Paul!

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