Monday, December 21, 2009
A son who is happily playing with a bucket of snow, and a couple cars in our mud room.
A sweet daughter who is joyfully spinning a chair around in the library and letting me type this blog post.
The baby who is now 17 weeks in utero and that the queasiness is beginning to abate.
A wonderful husband who has so generously helped on a regular basis with dishes, laundry & cleaning & shopping the past few months and is just a great father and spouse.
The many small blessings of everyday - the little joys in smiles and hugs, unexpected happy moments and the gift of being able to spend each day at home with my children.
A beautiful, rich Catholic faith and community that is so much a part of my every day.
And well so much more but my time is up :-) I hope and pray everyone has a truly Merry and Blessed Christmas!
Friday, October 16, 2009
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Friday, July 24, 2009
From start to finish this project took about 2 weeks because I let the children add a few layers during their Vacation Bible School week - it could be completed in 1 week if time was short.
Items needed - Time, imagination, recyclable items (listed below), newspaper, flour, water, paint
Step 1: I found a picture online to use as my reference of what St. Paul looked like and then assembled random recyclable items to make the basic shape...I used a cereal box(it will hold the candy), some water bottles/ a pine sol bottle & a milk jug & a hanger I stuck them together with masking tape. It's important that you put a hanger in at the beginning and make sure it will hold the finished pinata.
Step 2: Get the Paper Mache ready - you need flour, water, & newspaper. Tear the paper into strips (it's easier to tear with the grain) & mix 2 parts water to 1 part flour (I always estimate).
Step 3: Prepare the workspace with newspaper & place the strips in the flour/water mixture & then smooth onto the pinata. Make sure to use long strips to secure loose parts - when it dries it will be very strong.
Step 4: Cover the entire front of the pinata and let dry (on a hot summers day, it was ready to move in a couple of hours but it can take a lot more time in cool weather.) As soon as the pinata is dry to the touch, you can turn it over & cover the back. On the same day, I was able to hang my pinata to dry.
Step 5: When the 1st coat on the Pinata is dry, cut a hole and add candy. After it was full, I covered the hole with masking tape & we put two more layers(the 1st 2 days of VBS). I also added a book by "paper mache" ing over a folded newspapar. The more layers you put on the stronger the pinata will be.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
May God bless our Country and grant that our nation may foster Life from conception to natural death.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Another exciting day for us was our trip to Mt. Olympus Water Park in the WI Dells (we got free tickets from our credit union) so the trip only cost us $5 for parking & gas!
Grandma Lawson came to visit us for a weekend after our trip to the Dells. We realised that Miriam definately takes after Phil's side of the family - she looks just like grandma!
The next big event was the arrival of our new guinea fowl - we picked out 4 from the Nordbergs (unfortunately 1 didn't make it throught the first night). I think Cleo is the most excited person in our family - she's been intently watching the keets grow.
That same weekend was our Parish picnic at St. Peter's, while we didn't win the big raffle prize of $2000, William did win a nice mini raffle prize which included a bubble grill, 2 chairs, 2 butterfly nets & bug catching kits - He and Miriam have been really enjoying this prize!
Friday June 19th, The tritz boys came over to play for the morning and here's a picture of the kids enjoying the new bubble grill.
Saturday June 20th, we had a delightful day at the Milwaukee Zoo with Grandma Lawson (we were lucky to get free tickets from Phil's Aunt Kay). William & Miriam really enjoyed the train ride at the end!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Personal space takes on a whole new meaning when you have 2 kids & a dog fighting for your lap.
Miriam is sporting her first pigtails today - it is so much fun to have a little girl with cute curly hair :-) Pictures to follow later - pictures take more than a random few minutes to upload -my downfall in blogging.
The other morning, I had a rude awakening at 5:30am - as Phil left to go to an early morning meeting, Cleo (our 90 lb Weimeraner) decided to take his place in bed.
White shirts and kids with muddy shoes don't mix.
Last night we enjoyed our first homegrown lettuce salad. Gardens are great!
oops - there's crying that's the end of my spare moments for now.
Have a wonderful day