Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday also known as Fat Tuesday is the day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

While our church doesn't participate in the ritual fasting, we still recognize the day and have a small little service. We didn't have pancakes but we did have yummy pizza! After dinner, the kids made some Mardis Gras masks.

Addyson, Opa, and Nana worked on her mask and it came out pretty cute. Don't you think??

After craft time, the kids buried a box of "alleluias" outside until Easter Sunday when they will dig it up and we resume saying the word "alleluia." We also all gathered around the "weber" (a grill) to burn the palm leaves and Lenten ornaments from last year for the ashes for tonights Ash Wednesday service.

If you celebrate Ash Wednesday, tomorrow you will give up something for 40 days or until Easter Sunday. I will be giving up Facebook! I will be VERY out of touch for a month in a half. If you celebrate, what are you giving up?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine's Day

Addyson has become VERY independent these days but anytime you give her the opportunity to help with anything she gets VERY excited! On Saturday, I let her help make daddy a special Valentine's breakfast. My intentions were to make "circular" home made biscuits but when I got the cookie cutter out to cut out the biscuits, Addyson wanted to get them ALL out. So, daddy's biscuits ended up looking like this...

She had so much fun playing in the dough. The biscuits turned out really good. Daddy was very suprised and Addyson was very proud!

We didn't do gifts this year because things are very tight around here right now but I did help Addyson make something for her daddy. It came out really cute.

It is a magnet for the fridge. Found the idea on the Nick Jr website. They have tons of crafts for every holiday and then just some for every day. Of course, the middle picture was suppose to be some character from the tv shows but I thought Daddy would appreciate a picture of his "valentine" more than a picture of a "Backyardigan."

Being that I have more time on my hands these days, I also sewed Addyson a dress for church on Sunday. It came out ok but it needs a few alterations. I am learning that sewing is all about practice....

On Sunday, we all went to church and then Daddy cooked Addyson and I a very yummy dinner. It was the perfect Valentine's Day. I got to spend it with my two favorite people!

Friday, February 12, 2010

God Has Plans

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good things, not bad. Plans to bring you a future filled with hope." Jeremiah 29, Verse 11

I firmly believe that God has greater plans for our lives that we can EVER dream for ourselves. Just when you think that life is going just as planned...BAM! Something happens that changes everything. It's like God lets us think we have it all figured out and then he changes things and changes them quickly to keep us on our toes!

My how this has been so true of our lives lately! A few weeks ago, I was a very busy working mother with a VERY active two year old in daycare. I was very concerned with balancing work, motherhood, and keeping a home. Today, I am a stay at home mom that is learning about play dates, FREE weekday activities, and trying to keep my sanity without any adult time all day!

My how God has plans!

Well, with these new "plans" I am going to become way more involved with this blog, especially since Addyson and I will be doing lots of new things! I have lots more to share but that will be in many blogs to come.

So Stay Tuned......