Monday, December 28, 2009

Imaginative Play

And this is what I caught as I was busy on the main floor, cleaning up from Christmas festivities:

As I began to yell at them to clean up the mess, I asked what they were doing.
The answer:
"We're having a cereal fight! Like snowball, only we're using cereal!  See, like this!"

Is it really good to foster imagination?
Why do they have to be so innocent?

My response, "Ok, you can cereal fight for 5 more minutes, then you have to clean up."

That is some expensive snow!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Christmas Play 2009

Kathryn, the narrator, shares the Christmas story:

After the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to have a baby, another angel (played by Gina) watched and waited for the great moment - when she would be able to share the good news with the shepherds and sing Glory to God in the Highest 

In our story, the angel Gabrielle, delivers the baby Christopher to Mary.  Joseph scratches his ear in wonder of this special delivery as Mary is filled with Joy!

The Shephards, Luke and Vincent followed the angels to the manger scene.
The littlest angel needed some flying practice...

Joseph and Mary look on with love

Each wise man came with gifts to honor the Babe,
then bowed their knees

The animals (Rudy and Lucky) romped in the background

The littlest angel, "Oh, my halo is falling"

The Shepherd Vincent rests with his elder on this Silent Night.

Joseph can't take his eyes off Him!

Thank you for coming to our Christmas Play!

"For the Lord is Good and His Love endures forever!
His faithfulness continues through all generations"
Psalm 100:5

Christopher and Great Grandma!

Photo Shoot

Ok, Let's take a picture!

Daniel wasn't too thrilled!

GQ Daniel and Christopher blowing kisses?

watch the progression of the Michael getting center attention:

'Poke the Baby'

Daniel is finally happy.

So, we decided to try one more time at home:

Maybe they really just wanted Mom and Dad in it, too!
They were happy not to be looking at our crazy faces anymore!

From our Home to Your's
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bowel Milestone

Boy:  "Mom, the poop, yeah, I could handle it!  Because it just stopped wanting to come out.  I don't know when it's gonna happen aga-in, but, I don't have to go anymore!"

Good News:  No poop in the underwear!

Let's hope he doesn't get constipated, now.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

What do the Magnificat and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer have in common?

Can you guess?  Do you know?

They are Christmas Songs.  They are songs of praise to God for the gift of Love, Jesus!

Ok, so before today, I would have agreed with the Magnificat's song of praise, but Rudolph?  Really?

I never really thought much about this favorite Christmas song, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.  That is, until today, when the kids sang it with great enthusiasm during children's liturgy!

So let me fill you in.

In today's Gospel, we heard that as soon as Elizabeth saw Mary, she exclaimed, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will have!"  Mary was filled with JOY and began to praise God in the song, "My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked upon his servant; from now on all will call me blessed; the almighty has done great things for me; Holy is His Name!" And with these words, we had Mary's Christmas song!

We continued to talk about our Christmas songs today, both traditional and modern.  I tried to keep the songs focused about Jesus.  You know, Away in a Manger, Silent night, Joy to the World.  But they, the children, said their favorite songs were Rudolph, and Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells.  Yes, the secular world has taken over - or has it?

As we finished up, I had them sing Away in a Manger with me as I prompted them to think about getting ready for Baby Jesus' arrival.  They sang nicely.  Then I gave in, and asked them if they wanted to sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.  Reminding them (and myself) that no matter what our favorite Christmas song may be, it should be a song of Praise for God's gift of Love.  We began to sing.  You should have heard the enthusiasm!  They were magnificent!  Rudolph was gloriously loud!  I was tempted to think, how sad that they are singing this with such excitement, yet they didn't want to sing any of the famous 'Church' hymns.  Then it hit me.  As I paused a moment to listen to them, (wow were they good!) I saw Rudolph in a different light.  I began to understand a new meaning for this favorite song; it goes something like this:

Rudolph the red nose reindeer;  Had a Very shiny nose.  And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows!  All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.  They never let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games.

* WHAM  *
Yes, Jesus was also made fun of.  People laughed at Him and called him names, and didn't want Him to hang around - look at the Cross!  They wanted Him dead!

Then one foggy Christmas eve, Santa came to say, "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight!"

Santa, the Ultimate Saint, God the Father i.e: jolly old man with the white beard from the far North, as high North as you can go: Heaven.  Rudolph, again, Jesus following the will of the Father to guide us through the 'fog' from the darkness of sin into the right direction with His light.  Mary too was chosen, to bring this light into the darkness, and she is blessed for having trusted in what the Lord had said would be accomplished.

Then all the reindeer loved him.  And they shouted out with glee, YIPPY.  Rudolph the red nose reindeer; you'll go down in history.

Jesus lead with such a bright light, that the others repented and could see well enough to follow; working together to bring gifts to all those in need.  Interesting that the one who was different and seemed to have a weakness; the one who was set apart from the others was chosen to lead, and make history!

So this is my Rudolph lesson:  It doesn't matter if people make fun of us or persecute us for our little light of faith; for in the end, we will be the leaders lighting the way.  Our God Loves us and wants to use US, just as Santa used Rudolph.  With our weakness, we light the way; because our weakness is actually our greatest strength!

May we, too, be like Rudolph and allow God to use us to shine through the darkness!
Merry Christmas!

Sarcasm to one = reality to another!

Me to child guzzling pop, "Why don't you go ahead and drink it really fast to make sure you get as much as everyone else."  (a few others just had a refill)

Littlest child, a mere 22 months old, with the sweetest voice, "O Kaay."  Guzzle, Guzzle

Laughter fills the room.
I think my sarcasm backfired.  ;)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

"Look Mom, the deer sneezed!"

Monday, December 14, 2009

'Change We Can Believe In'

I heard the new song, 'A Baby Changes Everything' by Faith Hill, yesterday, after our big girls sang in the parish Christmas carols and meditations.  The soloist (not one of my girls) touched many hearts; so, I wanted to share this extraordinary song with you in this video response:

And this folks is the change we need.
Is our 'inn' closed, or will we be the one to open our dusty door for the Savior's arrival to the world?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Putting up the Christmas Tree

Michael watching the reader's below

Working hard!

Christopher watching the tree go up!

Almost there!

A little bit of team work!


Time for a bedtime story!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thank God for siblings...

So we were in the van to go pick up Kathryn.  John and Gina asked to listen to their favorite song.  I told them no because a few minutes prior to that, they were not behaving well.  So Gina pipes up, "Well, can Vincent listen to it, he was being good."  Followed by John, "Yeah, Vince and Chris are both good, so they should be able to listen to it!"

Jeremiah 5:1
Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note, search through her squares.  If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.

They got their music...