"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer....So, so close

We are still finishing up with our school year...but I'm thinking about all the fun activities that we will enjoy this summer...
Grandma's hand-made creation
and the fruit...we love the summer fruit!
and tasty treats...we love tasty treats!

And gardening...and fun adventures...and ice cream making...and swimming...and reading...and reading...and reading while enjoying tasty treats...

Hand-made by Butterfly
I've been thinking about our 2011 Summer Fun List....just a tiny break to day-dream about the summer...now back to work.  Summer.  It's so, soooooo close.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

~ Light Bulb Moments ~

Ah-ha!  This week, Little Lamb has had a few "light bulb moments"  - where things become concrete...I love being there to share these little steps on the never ending staircase of knowledge...
In Science we had studied about energy, forces & motion; her comments to all this new information was "no wonder it's so hard to walk up a hill; because gravity is pulling you down!"  (big smile, wide eyes, slight tilt to the head).
And her matter-of-fact comment to addition problems "Anything plus zero is like bouncing into a rubber mirror - it stays the same number."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

~ First Holy Communion ~

Little Lamb made her First Holy Communion on the 22nd of May...Is there anything else that can give a parent such joy and comfort as when witnessing this holy union?  It was a blessed and beautiful day!

Everything was beautiful...the liturgy, the children...everything.
Hand-made with love by one of the mothers...beyond beautiful!!

I've never seen, nor tasted, anything so incredibly and tastefully delicious...in a word ~ heavenly.

Try as I may, I could not get this pic to turn...so just tilt your head to the left. :o)

Little Lamb...her soul is white as snow.

Friday, June 3, 2011

~ Experiments ~

Making Rainbows...

Dry Ice with...mystery concoction
Chemical Reactions...

 Also, results from "National Doughnut Day"...delish!

Butterfly's home-made donuts with glaze

Thursday, June 2, 2011

*O* National Doughnut Day *O*

Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Doughnut_Day
Although we've never "celebrated" National Doughnut Donut Day, it seemed like a good thing to do after attending our final First Friday Mass for Home-school families before the summer kicks off...
There are a lot of stores offering free doughnuts tomorrow - Friday.  We will be making our own slightly healthier versions ,which I actually enjoy much more!  We make both the Cake Donuts (with nutmeg & cinnamon) and the
Chocolate Cake Donuts
1 1/2 C flour
1/3 C unsweetened baking cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs
2/3 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 C confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp HOT water
Preheat oven to 325 F.
Combine first five (dry) ingredients.  In separate bowl mix eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick.
Combine milk and butter. 
Combine egg mixture and flour mixture, alternately, until smooth & soft.  Spray pan lightly with cooking oil.  Fill donut cooking pan with batter 2/3 full.
Bake 8 minutes.  Cool.  Remove to plate - Frost or glaze, use sprinkles if desired...savor with a good cup of tea or café!

~ Alpha & Beta ~

princess Popcorn at cocktail hour
Meet princess Popcorn,

our one year old West Highland White Terrorist puppy.  She's spry and very playful.  Her favorite things to do, are chasing feathers and chewing on rawhide bones - preferably bones the size of herself or larger.  She thinks BIG.  Popcorn has a younger (by only 2 days) sister, Fräulein Rosenheim, or Rosen for short. 

Fraulein Rosenheim
Rosen is an 80+ lb. German Shepherd pup.  Now, Rosen's favorite things to do are chase balls and lovingly chew on Popcorn's head.  Lovingly.  They really are great pals.

Game On!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

~ Twenty-first Anniversary ~

"I will love you and honor you all the days of my life...."

"to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part..."

Wow, I can't believe that we are already celebrating our 21st Wedding Anniversary...amazing!
Tonight, we will celebrate with a special dinner...out!
At first I thought it would be nice to stay home - the children made us a very romantic and lovely Italian-themed dinner last year - with music & dancing and delicious food hand-made with much love.  However, tonight we dine out...and I'm looking forward to dining downtown this evening.