Thursday, April 29, 2010

Little Flowers Girls' Club ~ Perseverance

Today was our very last Little Flowers Girls' Club Meeting for this school year and Wreath 2!  The meeting was based on the virtue of Perseverance, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the Lotus Flower.

Since we have been meeting every two weeks this Spring, to catch up from our Winter/Baby break, plus all the other things we've had going on, I just haven't been able to keep up with sharing about Little Flowers.   I am still planning on going back and posting about our last two meetings, but right now I am just going to share about today.   It was a great meeting and we all had so much fun!

~ Coloring Pages ~

Since this was our last meeting for the summer, and since the girls were making Hawaiian Leis Lotus Necklaces, we decorated with a Palm Trees, Lei's and other Luau decorations.  (Thank you Marci for bringing all the decorations!) It really made for a fun and festive last meeting! 

I actually had 3 coloring pages for the girls to choose from, and then had to go and copy more since they all wanted one of each!  I don't blame them since I couldn't choose just one either!

The first one was emailed to me by of my visitors here at Shower of Roses (Thank you Maureen!).  She got it from the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in MD. 

The other two coloring pages are both from Catholic Artworks.  One is from the Faith Keepers Combo and the other is from their new Faith Keepers God Bless America!  (I'm not sure if this can be ordered yet or not, but it should be available soon and it includes the "Saints in America and a title of Mary for all 50 States!") 


I also wanted to print out Paper Dali's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Paper Doll for all the girls, but I ran out of time. My girls enjoyed making it during E Week.


~ Meeting ~


Since Rose was born I have been assigning the different moms each one of the lessons to present to the girls.  This has been such a huge help!  This week my friend Dee Dee gave the lesson.  After reading about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, she explained the virtue of Perseverance and read the story The Tortoise and the Hare.   I loved how the girls were all sitting at the beginning of the story and moved closer and closer as she continued reading! 



~ Notebook Pages ~


For the notebook pages, I used the memory verse for Perseverance, A quote from Robert Louis Stevenson, this beautiful image of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a quote from the Bible, and some lotus flowers.  You can download my document here.

Here is the sample page I created:


The girls all did a wonderful job as usual! 


 


~ Craft ~

During the last couple meetings I have been setting up two tables and splitting up the girls during craft time.  Half of them go to one table to work on the craft while the others work on their notebook pages, and then they rotate. 

This week we had two crafts.  Lotus Necklaces and a little gift to give their moms at our upcoming Tea Party! 




The kits were purchased from Oriental Trading.  They included flower petals, straws, string and a plastic needle.  Very basic, yet very cute!  The girls had fun making them. 


Since most of the girls mothers read my blog, I can't show you a picture of the other craft.




"MOM!! Don't look!" . . .  As they quickly hide what they are working on! ;) 


~ Snack Time ~

Late last night I realized that the person who was suppose to be bringing the snack was not going to be at the meeting today.  Yikes!!  I got online and started trying to figure out what I could possibly make with the limited baking supplies in my pantry right now.  Basically NOT MUCH!  

So, this morning I called my friend Marci to help me brainstorm, and after telling her my ideas:  Colonial Brown Bread (which sounds delicious, but isn't the sweet treat the girls look forward to at Little Flowers), these Upside Down Peach Cupcakes (that would sort of tie in to the "color" peach for the meeting), or these Edible Crayons, since St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was a teacher (which I've been wanting to make since last year and would be SO COOL, but I just didn't have enough time to go to the store with all 6 kids).  

Marci loved the last idea and insisted on doing it for me (despite the fact that her daughter is sick and was going to miss the meeting), and headed to the store herself, made the "crayons" and then brought them over for the meeting.

Aren't they CUTE?!?!




Edible Crayons

Ingredients:
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Candy Melts (or white chocolate bark/chocolate chips with a little of your favorite food coloring added)
  • Paper Labels (make them yourself from construction paper with black squiggly lines)
Instructions:
  • Break or cut pretzel rods in half.
  • Melt candy melts or chocoalte chips in microwave on medium heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking at 15 second intervals until melted. Stir well. Add a few drops food coloring if desired.Dip ends of pretzels in melted candy.
  • Place on wax paper or aluminum foil to dry.
  • When dry, wrap with labels and secure with tape.
Marci bought a couple large boxes of crayons and used the cardboard boxes for displaying and serving the edible crayons.  Four fit perfectly in each box.   We then printed out a picture of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the outside of each box!  


The girls LOVED the Edible Crayons!

Marci also picked up some Palm Tree Straws from the Dollar Store. 
(These would also be great for the Week 5 Garden Party!) 



~ Group Photo ~



We need to assign a "blog name" to the sweet little girl in the top left!
The rest of the girls are as follows:
 Daisy, Hope and Faith, Chiquita
Twinkle Toes, Branch and Blossom


Additional Books About St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:

Saint Elizabeth Painted Saint


Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.  Help us persevere for the love of the Lord our God above all others.

Saint Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!

Twenty Questions... Or less!

I don't have much time this morning, since I am preparing for our last Little Flowers meeting this afternoon, but since I typed this post up last night I thought I would go ahead and post it since I wanted to record one more memory from our trip to the coast.  

On the drive over we had so much fun teaching the children how to play Twenty Questions. . .  For T Week! ;)

Here is how the first couple games went after explaining how to play:

Game One
Me: "Okay, I am thinking of something."
Captain: "Is it a person?"
Me: "Yes."
Hubby: "Is it Pope Benedict?"
Me (laughing): "Are you serious!?! Yep, that was FAST! Now it is your turn."

Game Two
Hubby: "Okay, I am ready."
Me: "Is it a place?"
Hubby: "Yes."
Twinkle Toes: "Daddy, is it the Ocean?"
Hubby: "Yes!"

And just like that it was Twinkle Toes turn. It was too funny! She finally came up with something that was slightly harder for the rest of us to guess, but Rascal guessed it (Daddy) on the 6th question ("Does he wear glasses?). We continued playing for at least an hour before moving on to another car game.

Since Sunday we have played quite a few times.  Last night, on our way home from town the girls and I played another game:

Twinkle Toes:  "I'm ready!"
Chiquita:  "Is it a person?"
Twinkle Toes (hesitantly):  "Yes."
Me: "Is he living?"  
Twinkle Toes: "Ummm. What do you mean?"
Me: "Is he alive, or has died and is in Heaven?"
Twinkle Toes:  "Ummmm.  Both."
Chiquita:  "Is it JESUS?!"
Twinkle Toes (smiling):  "Yes, you guessed it!  Jesus rose from the dead and now lives in Heaven!"

It's been so sweet listening to them play this game!

Alright, I have to get back to work or I am never going to be ready by this afternoon.  I hope you all have a great day! 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Trip to the Coast

  

Although Hubby and I went to the Coast for our 10th anniversary last year, it has been a LONG time since we have taken our children to the Ocean. So long, in fact, that the three oldest (who were only 3, 1 1/2, and 1 month old at the time) only "remember" seeing it in the pictures.

So, when Hubby suggested last Friday that we head over for a day trip, we were all VERY excited.  It was also just the motivation I needed to get back on track with our Alphabet Path!  (We finished S Week just before Easter and have been trying over and over to start T with little success.  It was a perfect opportunity to review and be inspired to move on to learning about Tide Pools and Tall Trees!)

Since the weather was going to be a little better on Sunday, we decided to drive over then and left early enough to attend an 11 a.m. Mass in one of the coastal towns.  After Mass we picked up coffees and headed down to the beach.






~ T is for Trails ~

It took a bit of hiking, but we were determined to visit the tide pools. 


~ At the Tide Pools ~


~ S is for Sea Stars ~

After Studying Sea Stars during S Week, finding this little Starfish was one of the highlights of the day!


~ The Scary Seagull ~

This Seagull totally scared Snuggles.  It wouldn't leave us alone!  He was determined to take off with our lunch, but was only able to get away with the bag that contained it, which sent us scattering all over the beach to reclaim our snacks!


~ A Social Squirrel ~

This little squirrel wasn't quite as aggressive as the seagull, but I am quite sure he would have sat on my lap if I would have let him get any closer.  Sorry little guy, the sign said "Don't feed the wildlife!"


~ Ocean Waves and Currants ~ 

The three oldest ventured down to the water line to "touch" the ocean.

The boys are still talking about feeling the pull of the ocean currents.  We are off to the library today to find some more books on this topic.  Any suggestions?


~ Shadow Tag ~

Inspired by a friend, we played Shadow Tag on the beach.  So much fun!  I love this picture of Chiquita trying to protect her shadow from Twinkle Toes, who was "it."  She ended up getting tagged! 

Snuggles LOVED "tripping" in the tall beach grass! 


~ T is for Tallest Trees ~

Before heading home we also made a stop at Stout Grove, the world's most scenic stand of redwood trees.  This grove also contains the Stout Tree, which is the bulkiest known coast redwood. (It is 340 feet tall and 16 feet in diameter at chest height.)  The grove is absolutely breathtaking, but to tell you the truth, if Hubby hadn't been there, I would have been totally spooked!  Next time we will have to make sure we visit when there is a little more light streaming through the trees.  (These pictures were taken shortly after arriving and it was just starting to get dark.  An hour or two earlier would have probably been perfect timing.)

My camera battery died just after arriving at Stout Grove, so that is it for pictures.  When we got back to town we treated the kids to Cheeseburgers and Blizzards (They were on special in honor of the Blizzard's 25th Birthday!) and then headed home.

It was such a fun trip and I hope we are able to do it again soon!