Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 Family Picture Update #1

It has been a while since I've done a family picture update!   Here is the beginning of 2017 in pictures:   
We have really been enjoying the mild beautiful winter.  I don't think it's been below zero at all this winter, most days are warm enough to go out and enjoy the snow that has been falling pretty regularly.  The woods are beautiful to hike in!

 For Christmas Thomas got a Mickey Mouse Teepee and he and John got matching Mickey Mouse pajamas.  We had a lot of fun celebrating the 12 days of Christmas as a family with special activities each day.
The kids love all of the great STEM activities we take advantage of at our local library.  

One of our 12 days of Christmas activities was to watch the Star Wars Movie in the Theater as a family.  I got to watch about 30 minutes of it before John was ready for a new activity so we went shopping at the outlet malls nearby.

The kids are old enough for family games and we're really enjoyed having family game nights together.  

 Fr. Harlow came over for an afternoon tea and the kids loved that he got down on the ground and played with them.  We are so blessed in the many beautiful priests we know!
One day we went to New York so the kids could play at a water park.  It was a lot of fun.  



 The Library had a stuffed animal sleep-over where the kids dropped off their stuffed animals in the evening and then came back for breakfast and a slide show of their fun night in the library.
One day we went for a walk on Lake Champlain.  



There was a brief January thaw and John took his van for a spin.  

The kids' favorite evening activity is playing "Tornado" with Dad
Thomas poses mid-hop.  He had to have a tooth pulled because it was infected.  He was a trooper about it though and we love our dentist - he even played "light sabers" with Thomas to help him feel "at ease."   

It's a bird, it's a plane....no it's super Thomas, here to protect football watchers from the fuzzy blue Monster attack. 

The kids are enjoying a new to us teeter-totter.  

Thomas working on his 100 days of school activity.  The year is flying by!

Light saber fun.  Thomas told me he changed his name to Thomas Skywalker.

John's favorite reading corner at the Library with the giant Teddy Bear. 
Every night Luke's been requesting a chapter of Life of Fred and we're up to "Goldfish."  He's doing some pretty challenging Math for a six year-old and loving it.  

John's new skill is scooting around on his little trike.  He insists I take him outside every day.  His favorite sign is for "jacket" so he can go out.  His San Diego born Mom is ready for Spring to come with its warmer weather!  At least it's a bit warmer here than it was in Wisconsin.



 The kids participated in a "Squishy Circuits" workshop at the library.  Who knew that play dough can either conduct electricity or act as an insulator depending on the ingredients.  The kids had fun and were inspired to pull out their "snap circuits" today to have some more fun with electricity.



Today was World Marriage Day and we went to Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral since Phil was part of organizing this beautiful celebration of the "significant anniversaries" for married couples in Vermont.  There was even a couple there who was celebrating 70 years of marriage and all the couples present represented more than 1800 years of faithfully lived marriage.  What a beautiful witness!  

Doesn't John look handsome with his fresh haircut. His speech is really taking off and it's fun to hear John express his thoughts - most often in the form of commands right now but he will add a please when prompted.  


Praise the Lord for His many blessings!  We rejoice in His goodness and merciful love as we near the day of Phil's ordination to the permanent diaconate.  We rely on your prayers!  You are each in ours as well.  





Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 2016 in Review


"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."  Merry Christmas!

The month of December was spent preparing our hearts and home for Our Lord's coming!  We are so grateful for the many blessings Our Dear Lord has shown us!  Here is the month in pictures:

Sleep in heavenly peace - Don't let this picture fool you - this little guy has more energy than all his siblings combined and he keeps us on our toes.
We've had so much fun in the snow!
Ready for St. Nicholas day!


Each child had a project and made presents for friends and family.
  Luke made little snow men with Mom & Miriam's help. 
Miriam made beeswax candles for everyone. 
William made sled ornaments. 
Thomas made Hershey bar snowmen.


And John posed for his snow globe ornament. 


A fun Advent game - Candy cane fishing.  
Celebrating St. Lucy's feast day - December 13th.
A Lego creation by William. 

A dear friend stopped by the Holy Family Shrine. 


The kids Second  piano recital - they did a great job!
Luke's first piano recital. since he just started lessons. 

Miriam was able to read for the first time at our Homeschool Mass this month - here's a picture of her practicing before Mass
William was able to serve at the Homeschool Mass. 

Gaudete Sunday! - Rejoice!
On Gaudete Sunday, the children were able to carry our Parish's nativity figures into Mass to be blessed and then outside to the Nativity.




Pictures with St. Nicholas...


We had fun making candy Graham cracker houses.  This may become a family Advent tradition - the kids enjoyed it so much.



We chose and cut down our family Christmas tree on Gaudete Sunday. 



Our Nativity scene, given to us in Green Bay by Mary Graf - all lit up!  We've been thinking of and praying for her all through the Advent and Christmas season!
Making Christmas lanterns at the Library.
Cookie Decorating night!
The children helped Phil out by participating in a "living  Nativity" at his work.  William was St. Joseph, Miriam was Mary, Luke was a shepherd and Thomas and John were sheep.



The kids enjoyed visiting the other parts of the building and got to pose for a picture with Bishop St. Nicholas. :-)  Thomas had switched from sheep to "mischievous elf."

We spend an evening with our adopted grandparents - "Grandpa Jean" and "Grandma Fern" Rainville.

The kids are really enjoying Chess club.  
A fun family picture :-)


The children participated in our parish's Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve. 


Christmas Day Pictures: 







John received his special truck made by Dad this year  - he has made one for each of the kids when they were around 2 years old.
Dad got a new recliner for Christmas and it's already being well used. 
This year we made an Almond Bark Nativity using candy molds. 

We had a blessed Christmas Day and have been enjoying celebrating the 12 days of Christmas in special ways together as a family!


May the love of our dear newborn Savior fill your homes with peace and joy in this Christmas Season!  Our prayers are with you as we enter into Anno Domini 2017!  Please pray for us as well!