Sunday, December 14, 2014

Meal Plan

M: oatmeal (B), creamy salsa chicken (D)
T: pumpkin bread, fruit (B), beef teriyaki over rice (D)
W: breakfast bowls, fruit (B), Boy Scout Christmas Party-we are bringing rolls (D)
T: breakfast sandwiches (B), spicy chicken soup, cheddar muffins (D)
F: yogurt, granola (B), karate Christmas party-we are bring chips/dip (D)

Gabe's First Communion

Our parish gave the opportunity to have First Communion in December this year as well as May and I jumped at the chance. Something told me it would be a much smaller, more intimate experience this way. After doing everything from just 1 kid alone due to schedule issues to small groups of kids to medium groups to one year with every kid in a large parish (total chaos), I knew that for our family the smaller celebrations are much better.

Gabe was joined by 3 other kids, including one of his close friends. Our new priest did a great job of relating to the kids (seriously, he's awesome at explaining things to the kids) and we took the opportunity to get a few new pictures of the whole gang.

Congratulations Gabe.

Cookie Party

We hosted a cookie decorating party on Wednesday. This is a simple tradition we started the year Isabel died in an effort to start giving the kids something normal in their lives and something to look forward to it. Since then, the kids really look forward to it. If not for a reason to invite friends over during this often hectic season, then for an excuse to eat tons sugar.

This year most folks were not able to join us due to schedule conflicts and weather issues but we still had a blast.

The party was a bit too much excitement for Seamus but everyone else had a blast.

Happy Birthday Kieran!

We now officially have 3 teenagers in the house. Exciting times watching these boys grow into young, responsible men.
This post is a bit late since Kieran was sick on his actual birthday and that kind of set me off schedule a bit. But I think he had a good time and later this month he will be going to see the new Hobbit movie with his Dad. Still deciding if he wants time alone of it he'll bring along a few siblings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advent Candles

The favorite Advent activity has finally been completed. Just a few days late but that seems to be the way things work around here lately. The candles have been made.
I love this kit by Illuminated Ink. It comes with easy to follow instructions, prayer sheets, and everything you need to make 4 beeswax candles.  They can be a little hard to make if you are working in a cold room but thankfully things have stayed a warmer so far this year so the dining room had not yet reached it's normal frozen winter state.

We had some candles left from last year so we only made one new set this year.
They look great and we will hopefully remember to light them every day this year. Yup, some years work out better than others on that score.

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Ellie turned 4 yesterday. It is very hard to believe she is getting quite that big. We spent the morning at Chuck E Cheese with her and celebrated with a Frozen cake that evening.

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Meal Plan

We have 2 birthdays this week and a busy schedule. Dishwasher repair scheduled and fireplace repair scheduled this week as well.  This will keep us hopping so hopefully we will be successful in sticking to the meal plan.

M: eggs (B), pulled pork (D)
T: monkey bread (B), hot dogs for Ellie's birthday (D)
W: pumpkin baked oatmeal (B), cabbage casserole (D)
T: yogurt (B), chicken and dumpling soup (D)
F: breakfast pizza (B), Kieran's choice for his birthday (D)