Saturday, April 30, 2011

Monthly Memories-April

Here are our Memories!

TRES painting
painting with bingo markers

Palm Sunday

QUATRO's Bath time with Wela
QUATRO's Tummy Time
 Inspired by my friend Kammy's blog (private)
we started doing this!
Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Crepes

Homemade Peach Sorbet

Walking to the Park
Dancing at the Fish Fry
UNO's Pre-school Mother's Tea

UNO and me at the tea

Building a tent in the living room
You can read more about Monthly Memories here!


Burned Biscuits

Sent via email...from my mom. 

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner
every now and then.  And I remember one night in
particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard
day at work.  On that evening so long ago, my Mom
placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned
biscuits in front of my dad.  I remember waiting to see
if anyone noticed! 

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask
me how my day was at school.  I don't remember what I told him that
night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit.  He ate every bite of that thing... never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.  And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that  night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.  He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired.  And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times.  Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people.  I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries  just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today... that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God.  Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship.  In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.  

(unknown source)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Good Friday Conversation

Today is the day Jesus died for us

I want to be Jesus.

I want to be Mary and TRES can be Baby Jesus.

No DOS, TRES has to be Simon.

UNO: But I don't want to be nailed to the cross!!

By Your Holy Cross...

Cookie Man took this picture of Michelangelo "La Pieta" while on our honeymoon. Truly a magnificent piece of work!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Truly...there are no words!

Spring Playdough

I intentionally did not make play dough at the first of the month because I wanted to focus on the season of Lent and simplicity. 
This did not mean the kidlets didn't mind. 
DOS was constantly asking for play dough! 
I throw away each batch at the end of the month so there really wasn't any play dough around.

So this morning, I began making the batches of play dough for Spring!


I made the carrot tops from Green Pipe Cleaners

UNO played with the orange one for about an hour!

Robin Egg Blue with a Paper Bag Nest

DOS with her Garden

Homemade Playdough
1 c. flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. cream of tartar
1 c. water
Food coloring of your choice
Add-ins of your choice (i.e. spices, extracts, glitter, etc.)
Stir ingredients together well.  Just measure them into the saucepan you will be using to cook the dough, but mix them well before heating up the pan.  Over medium heat cook the dough, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  (NOTE:  When it starts to pull away from the sides somewhat and clump together and most of the "wet-looking" parts look dry, it's ready to remove from the pan.)  Turn dough onto a board (or the countertop) and knead until very smooth.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy 84th Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI!

Prayer for the Holy Father

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to
Your shepherd, Pope Benedict, a spirit of
courage and right judgment, a spirit of
knowledge and love.
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to
his care, may he, as successor to the apostle
Peter and Vicar of Christ, build Your Church
into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace
for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son,Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, April 15, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. 
A single photo.
No words.
Capturing a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. 
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

inspired by SouleMama

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Crown of Thorns from Paper Nest

I saw this idea in a Magazine at the Dr's Office! 

I thought it could also make a great visual for a Crown of Thorns.

So easy to make:
-Lunch Paper bags
-Tacky Glue

TRES demonstrating how to open the bag

Scrunch up the bag and make into a circle

UNO waiting on another paper bag
  Now the fun part goes here...
when you dump the glue onto a paper plate 
and the kidlets go psycho over glue and sticks! guessed right, no pictures were taken
during this process!! 
Mommy's Nest

UNO's nest

DOS' nest

TRES' made with mommy's help
I think they turned out great!!

 Here are our "Crown of thorns" for their transformation on Easter Morning!!

I am linking up to
Catholic Icing

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Fools Food

Yesterday we made some "French Fries" and 
"Planted a Garden" to take to Grammie's house!
Pound Cake and Strawberry Jelly

Brownies with Plant Markers