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Mad Men Yourself!

Well, this is just all kinds of fun!

Do any of my readers watch the show, Mad Men? I must admit, I do not, but I've heard it's wonderful from friends, family, and critics alike. And from the bits I've seen in commercials and magazines, the "look" of the show (which is set in the 1960s) is just so cool, the women's costumes especially.

Anyhoo, my friend Kim is a big fan of the show and recently she sent me this neat website that lets you actually "Mad Men" yourself! Basically, you select your model image (everything from skin tone to nose shape) and then you adorn yourself with the "look" of the time.

Here's how my alter ego came out ...


... and here's the link in case you want to MadMen Yourself!

Please let me know if you do ... :)

And Happy Weekend, everyone!

Early Morning Magic ~ Fairies at our Door?

Every morning the boys (the ones who are awake anyways) and I stand at the front door and wave to Bill as he drives off to work. Me clutching my coffee mug, the boys with their sleepy eyes, and all of us in our pajamas. We also take this moment to make note of the day unfolding before us - is it sunny and warm? cold and brittle? dark and wet?

On this particular morning - which was soft and springlike, btw - we noticed strange impressions all over the exterior of the storm door - tiny markings that looked, curiously enough, just like wings! The boys immediately thought something magical was afoot ...

These pictures did not come out very clear but I thought I'd post them anyway. (And please, if you can offer a scientific explanation for these pictures, don't share it with us. It's more fun to let our imaginations get carried away ...)





Neat, don't you think? :)

It's easy to believe in magic when you're young.  Anything you couldn't explain was magic then.  It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale.  Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so.  ~ Charles de Lint

Gumdrop Goodness

Did you know it's National Gumdrop Day? Well, here are a few ideas for you and your children ... if you are so inclined. ;)Gumdroptree

You could:

Now admittedly there are a few potential problems with Gumdrop day. For one thing, it's Lent, and many folks have given up candy. We do not give up sweets for Lent, but since Earlybird can't eat gumdrops (too artificial) and neither can Bookworm (braces, you see), we are, generally speaking, a gumdrop-free household.

However, we might try to make gumdrops as suggested in the first link. Those sound harmless and fun and maybe even a bit like science. ;) I also love the look of those gumdrop ornaments in the last link - they would be sweet made with an egg-shaped base. Wrapped up in little cellophane bags and tied up with ribbon, they would make nice Easter gifts next month.

Well, I'm off for a bit. Happy Friday, my friends ~ relish this day with your dear ones.

Game On!

So, a dear friend of mine from Long Island recently made a little proposal to Helmet_2this Massachusetts gal. :)

You see, Mary Ellen and I have much to agree on, we share much in common. If we lived closer I am sure we would be inseparable. And yet, there's one insurmountable small problem ...

And that would be sports.

Because coming from New York and New England, respectively, Mary Ellen and I by nature must agree to disagree.

But, we can have a little fun while we're at it!

You see, a few days ago, right after the (ahem), undefeated New England Patriots won the AFC championship, assuring a trip to the Superbowl for the fourth time in seven years, I got an interesting note from my NY Giants-fan friend ...

Mary Ellen was kindly offering her sincere congratulations (as only one so lovely and thoughtful would do), but she also made an interesting suggestion: a proposed little wager between friends. Something to do with The Superbowl and a couple of pairs of socks ...


Well, I was. And of course, I readily agreed. (In the spirit of friendship and friendly competition.)

Mary Ellen has all the details of our agreement today at her blog ~ complete with pictures! Stop on over and check it out!

And in the meantime, won't you join us in voting for one team or the other? If you're a PATS fan, (as I'm sure you must be) leave a comment here ... and if you're a Giants fan, well, if you must, click over to Mary Ellen's and leave a comment at The Bonny Blue House.

But come February 3rd, we'll just see which team is hoisting the trophy ~ and which one of us is left wearing the socks!

Go PATS! :)

And the winner is ...

... Stephanie!

Congratulations, Stephanie, you have won a copy of Marybeth Whalen's e-book, A Recipe for Christmas Joy! Please send me your email address and I will forward your information to Marybeth (drhaniganATcomcastDOTnet). I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did!

Thank you to everyone who played along, and thanks especially for all your very kind comments! I am so touched and encouraged by your words. :)

I am grateful to Marybeth for allowing me to help spread the good word on her new book. (I hope this will be the first of many more!)

And if you didn't win, but you are interested in having a copy for yourself, please visit Marybeth's blog for ordering information.

Blessings to all, and to all a good night! :)

Is Chocolate an Element?

Well, it really should be, don't you think? I mean, I figured something so basic to human life surely must have its own square on the periodic chart. Probably right next to hydrogen, or maybe even oxygen. But just to be sure I pulled out our handy dandy chemistry book to check, and sure enough:

I found CHoCoLaTe on the Periodic Table of Elements! ;)

Can you?

All right, I confess this is all just a rather silly way to introduce a post about Bookworm's morning chemistry class AND the delicious hot chocolate cake we baked this afternoon ...

But first let's address the chemistry portion of this post. (The chocolate part is still simmering away in the slowcooker; I have to wait another hour to elaborate on that.)

Well, in the picture below you see our Bookworm smiling from the front steps of MIT this morning. Bill took him in for a chemistry class, one of a series of fabulous homeschool classes the college offers. Though lots of homeschoolers I know have participated in this program for a while now, this was our first experience with it. It's been one of those things I've kept in the back of my mind - for someday, you know - but when I read they were teaching chemistry (which we're covering this year) using LEGOS (which we've had underfoot since Bookworm was four), well I knew the time was right to check it all out!


And below you see our son in the lab, in the the midst of an experiment with his teacher and partners - goggles and all! (He's in blue on the far right.)


Back at home, Bookworm pulled out some Legos to show us what he learned. These three Lego pieces represented oxygen (black) and nitrogen (gray) ...


... which, when stuck together, formed nitrous oxide (more commonly known as laughing gas).

When Bill and Bookworm came home (just ahead of that heavy rain and wind, by the way) they were full of praise for the class (and the campus) and hoping to look into future offerings. Will do. Where's my clipboard?

Now, about that chocolate I promised.

Well, as I type up this post my husband has a delicious chocolate cake baking in (of all things) the slowcooker. Oh, I wish I could make this blog scratch and sniff - you would not believe how good my house smells right now.

The Hot Fudge Cake, as the recipe is called, is a test run for the "Slowcooker Cookoff" to be held in Bill's department tomorrow. (Last year it was cookies, this year it's crockpots.) Bill was keen for me to enter the competition again, but truth be told, I have very little use for my slowcooker - other than the occasional Sunday pot roast. (I know I should use it more - I'm open to suggestions!) And since I had no slowcooker "specialty" to speak of, I told Bill I should probably sit this one out. Well, he'd have none of that, lol - so together we poured over my Fix-It-and-Forget-It Cookbook looking for something to try. I'm a baker at heart, so we stuck to the dessert section and finally landed on this one:

Hot Fudge Cake

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • vanilla ice cream
  • (We added whipped cream, chocolate jimmies and a maraschino cherry!)
  1. Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 Tbsp. cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla. Spread over the bottom of slowcooker.
  3. Mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. SPrinkle over mixture in slow cooker.
  4. Pour in boiling water. Do not stir.
  5. Cover and cook on High 2-3 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (and if you want to really go all out, a spray of whipped cream, a sprinkle of jimmies and a cherry on top!)

Sounds good? Well, you should see how it looks (the timer just rang!):


No, that picture doesn't do it a bit of justice. You should really see how it tastes: YUM!

This was just our trial run, remember, so tomorrow Bill will bag up all the ingredients (premeasured where possible) and pack up all the equipment and make it all on his own at his office, before judging gets underway around noon.

So please wish him luck - he's up against steak tips and barbecued pork, after all - and I'll let you know how it all goes down tomorrow! ;)

Have a good night, and ... sweet dreams!

In Case You Didn't Know ...

It's National Chocolate Day ...


... tomorrow!

We might have chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast ...

We might make chocolate lollipops for Halloween ...

We might whip up a fresh batch of cocoa mix for the coming winter ...

We might watch Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ...

and ... I will enjoy that candy bar I bought just for me today, perhaps with a nice hot cup of vanilla tea ...

So how will you celebrate? How do you take your chocolate? :)

"All you need is love ... but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." (Lucy Van Pelt of the Peanuts)

Happy Columbus Day!

Are you on holiday today? Off to leaf-peep or watch a parade, perhaps?

Well, it's a dark, rainy morning here and I am on my third - no, Columbusmake that fourth - cup of coffee. That might sound like a lot to you, but believe me, it's sorely needed today. For some inexplicable reason, Earlybird was up really, really early this morning. I'm not going to tell you how early, it's just too crazy to say. No fever, no nightmares, no apparent discomfort of any kind. He was just up. Up, and ready to go.

So, here I am nursing my hot cup of caffeine and I've just remembered the schools have the day off. Hmmm. I don't usually follow their calendar, but today I am sorely tempted ...

Well, maybe a slower day is a good idea. Lots of sitting and reading and maybe some dramatic play. We could read EncounterColumbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, and we might make these just for fun. Perhaps we'll tear apart the sectional and make a ship from the cushions. (It needs to be vacuumed out anyway.) Or better yet, the boys can pretend their bunk bed is a ship (the top bunk being the crows nest of course) while I tidy their room and fold laundry ...

Over lunch I'll read aloud that timeless poem, the one that begins "In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue ..." and I just requested Encounter by Jane Yolen at my local library. I've never read it before, but I understand it tells the Columbus day tale from a native boy's view. It should make for some interesting discussion.

Oh! And how about this: a delicious spice cake? What a wonderfully fitting Columbus Day treat! And just the thing for such a damp, dark afternoon.

All right, one more sip and I'm off. However you're spending your holiday, I hope you enjoy it.

Autumn is for Family Games

The other day, when it was just cool enough that the fireplace sparked on, and the shadows grew long in the back yard, Bookworm cast a thoughtful glance outside and said, "You know I think it's time we got back to our family games night."

And right he was.

Once upon a time, Friday nights were known as Game Nights in our family. We'd stay up a bit later than usual, and play a game of one child's choice or another's. I'm remembering lots of Star Wars Monopoly and a fair few games of Battleship, too. It's been too long since we've made time for quiet game nights, and with a long cold winter not far off, it's a perfect time to revive that tradition.

A Family Games Night is a swell way to just sit and be with your family. You don't even need to spend time searching for lost playing pieces or missing dice, you can just make one up on the spot (it's amazing what kids will come up with!) or play any number of old-fashioned parlour games like charades and the like. And it goes without saying Family Games Nights are made all the more special when they are proposed alongside a trayful of hot cider and buttered popcorn. :)Haba_halloween_trick_or_treat_gan_2

A few games we love:

But while we get our Game Nights going again, I'm also going to order several of these so the boys can make up their own games this fall. In fact, I'm going to order one for myself and work on a Nature Study game! (I have just the perfect squirrel playing piece, too!)

Well, before I go, please let me link you to Marianne's blog, Learning2Love, where the Loveliness of Family Games will take place tomorrow. She's collecting posts through tonight, so if you have something to share, please do leave her a link. This will be the first of the Fall Fairs, and for the whole Autumn schedule, pop on over to Real Learning where Elizabeth has all the lovely details. :)

A Great 8!


I'd like to share some pictures from Crackerjack's "friend" birthday party which we held this past weekend. The theme this year was Toontown, which I should probably explain is an online Disney game ( in which the "toons" (mice, dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) try to protect their fun and friendly town from the big bad "cogs" who are always trying to take over with their big ugly corporate buildings. (Hmmm, sense a political agenda there, lol?)

Needless to say, the kids play as the toons, and they get to pick their species, color, size, name etc. They then all work together (with other online toons) to "fight" the cogs with gags and funny jokes. It's an extremely child-friendly game (you can't communicate with the other players except by using toon talk); CJ almost always uses his allotted "video" time to play Toontown. Of course his brother plays it too as well as several of his friends, so that makes it all the more fun.

OK, so there's the theme all explained, now here are the pictures!


We had planned to have the tables set up on the deck, but a forecast threatening severe thunderstorms prompted us to move things inside (balloons and all).


We even moved the galvanized tubs of drinks inside just in case. I laid vinyl placemats underneath that colorful plaid blanket to minimize any moisture problems. The tub on the left held water bottles and lemonade juice boxes. The one of the left had the "hard stuff" -i.e. sodas!


Here are the cupcakes just after decorating. I baked up a yellow cake mix (Feingold-approved) and frosted the cakes with homemade buttercream frosting. On top I sprinkled all-natural organic jelly beans (again, EB-OK). The symbolism is this: in Toontown not only do you throw cupcakes at cogs, but you collect jelly beans as "currency" which you can use to decorate your toon home and buy your toon clothing as well as new phrases or gags.

As it turned out, the weather held, and a light cloud cover actually kept the temperature in check. So the backyard games were back on:


The first game the kids played was a variation of tag or a bit like ghost-in-the-graveyard. Upon arriving, all the kids became toons by choosing toon names (i.e. Captain Sniggle Puff, that kind of thing) which were then applied to their shirts (in the form of mailing labels). Bill and Mike (another dad at the party) were roped into offered to pose as cogs trying to stop the toons from getting the huge dollar bills taped all over the yard. The object of the game for the kids, er, toons - grab the money and get it back to home base (that large tree pictured there). If a cog tagged you, you had to freeze and wait for another toon to unfreeze you (by tagging you again). Once the bills were all recovered, the game was over and the toons all received megaphones as a prize. ("Megaphone" is another toon gag used against cogs.)   


Camera shy kids, obviously. ;)


The next game involved water, always a hit on a hot day. This was reminiscent of a VBS game we had played last year. A wheelbarrow was filled with water and stationed at one side of the yard; across from it, equidistant, stood two buckets of the same size. The kids were split into two teams and given paper cups. On go, they had to use their cups to move water from the barrel to their buckets. The team that filled their bucket first won.

As you can see from CJ's face above, he takes his competition rather seriously. That's my little EB in front doing his part for the team. :)


CJ received some cool gifts, including this Toontown t-shirt with a message for all cogs on the back!


Crackerjack was insistent he needed this crazy red headgear for the day (the hands resembled toon hands, he said). He wore it for all of two minutes, lol! EB seemed just as "happy" to wear them, as you can see. Guess who ended up wearing them most of the day (mostly because I kept forgetting I had them on)? 


Cake time! And yummy cold popsicles, too.


Crackerjack had such a great time, he loves being the center of attention!


These were the favor bags we made up. We started with black bags and decorated them with fireworks and golden star stickers. (On certain holidays, Toontown does fireworks every hour on the hour - my kids just love that part.) I used a gold metallic ink pen to write party guests' names. Inside the bags were all kinds of toon favors like marbles, jelly beans, duck beak whistles and paper money.

Well, thanks for stopping by and sharing in our fun! Once Crackerjack's birthday is over I know summer is really nearing its end. The next birthday will be Earlybird, just before Christmas - guess I have time to catch my breath before then. ;) 

Wait for Meez!

Well, I just could not resist making a meez, so many of my online friends are doing it! So I played around with my image (for longer than I'd like to admit), and came up with this computerized version of "me" - on a nature walk, camera in hand, looking way more hip than usual. ;)

I'll tip my bonnet to Kristen as hers is the first place I saw this clever meme. Thanks, Kristen!

Friday Photos: Happy Little Things

I have a bunch of unrelated pictures to share today, so I'm lumping them all together in a big Friday Photos post. :)

First up, a little thing that made me very happy this morning:


My "new" coffee mug awaiting me as we walked out the door.

Isn't it a cheerful sight? This was at one time a picture mug but somehow the photo insert got waterlogged along the way. Instead of leaving the mug unadorned, in basic plain metal, I decided to use my new favorite scrapbooking paper as an insert (the same paper covers my current journal, too). And voila - a "new" summer coffee mug to tote wherever I go!


My little Penny, our calico cat. She doesn't look 16 years old, does she?


Here's what's awaiting me this evening (i.e. five minutes after Bill walks in the door). ;) Thanks to a suggestion by Colleen at 4Real, I tied a sprig of our lovely lavender underneath the tub faucet. This should be even better than a Calgon moment* ...

*"Even today, an escape from a difficult day or situation is often referred to as a Calgon moment." (Wikipedia)

OK, outside we go ...


Can you see the tiny garden spider in his web suspended just above the hydrangeas? He's almost the same color as the blossoms ...


Here he is! I've never seen one like him (her?).* Very cool coloring!

Update: Click on this link and see if you think the spider I found at is a match! An orchard orbweaver, perhaps?

Continuing on the green theme ...


Can you spot the cabbage butterfly hiding within?


A-ha! Not a moment's peace for the poor thing. I chased it all over the front yard trying to get just one clear shot.

And now for one of the reasons why we gladly raise a sweet clover crop out back:


Hey, what's that brown furry thing sticking up out of the clover patch?


It's our resident roly-poly woodchuck! Isn't he adorable?

Well, thanks once again, for stopping by and checking in. We have an incredibly busy weekend ahead (although who doesn't, right?) so this might be all you hear from me till Monday (notice I said might because with me you never know). ;)

I hope your weekend is a good one, filled with lots of happy little things. See you soon!

Friends, Food and a Great Movie!

What an awesome way to celebrate Bookworm's 12th birthday!!

Last night we hosted our homeschool group's Activity Night! Bookworm was very excited to host the group on his birthday night - he could think of no better way to celebrate than to hang out with his friends. :)

Activity Night is a monthly gathering of tweens (ages 10-14) at one family's home. The host family orders a pizza supper and everyone brings favorite snacks to share. (This being a bunch of tweens, the snacks range from Doritos, to Pringles to Oreos, lol.) After the kids eat, they sit down to watch a movie together, though sometimes the chosen activity is a game night or trading cards. Each family gets to choose their activity, and we decided to show the movie National Treasure, which is one of Bookworm's favorites. Have you seen it? It's a great family-friendly historical-action-suspense movie. Many, many thumbs up. :)

We spent the afternoon preparing the environment. Here are a few before pictures:


The concession stand.


The viewing room.


The mums' corner - just one room over, but still close enough. ;)


A fresh batch of chocolate cupcakes to celebrate BW's birthday.

Just about six o'clock, the gang started arriving. Bill and Earlybird left to have dinner out and spend the evening at Nana and Papa's house, but Crackerjack got to stay with the "big kids." He was so excited to be included!


Sorry this photo is blurry, but I had to show you our packed house! We had 14 kids in all, and several mums stayed to chat and visit. Above you see the group enjoying their supper as the movie started. Activity Night generally runs between 6 and 9 p.m. and as National Treasure is a long movie, I started it while they were eating. After the pizza, sodas and snacks followed, as well as plenty of cookies and cupcakes. We mums enjoyed tea, coffee and lots of conversation.


After the movie the kids gathered around my laptop to watch the trailer for the National Treasure sequel, Book of Secrets, opening this December. We're already planning a field trip, with perhaps a Book Group tie-in that month.


And here we have the aftermath! Contrary to what this picture might suggest, we have TONS of food leftover!

It was such a great time, and I was once again reminded of how blessed we are to be part of such an awesome group of people. And now I'm off to make an ice cream cake for Bookworm's family party later today (pictures to come later!). Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Scattergories .. It's Harder than it Looks!

My friend Allison sent this to me in an e-mail, but I thought it would make a fun meme. If you'd like to do one, consider this "forwarded" to you ...

Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...They MUST be real places, names, things...NOTHING made up! If you can't think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the Person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. Once you're done, forward on to friends and back to the person who sent it to you. Now Go!

Your Name: Dawn

1. Famous singer/band: Davey Jones (of Monkees fame)

2. 4 letter word: Dusk

3. Street name: Drury Lane

4. Color: Dandelion (Really, it's a Crayola!)

5. Gifts/presents: Digital camera or daisies

6. Vehicle:  Dump truck

7. Items on a menu:  Desserts

8. Boy Name: Daniel

9. Girl Name: Darla

10. Movie Title:  Darby O'Gill and the Little People

11. Drink: Drambuie

12. Occupation: Dancer - or dancing mother as the case may be :)

13. Flower:  Daffodil

15. Magazine:  Donna Hay

16. US City: Denver, CO

17. Pro Sports Team: Devil Rays (Tampa Bay)

18. Reason for Being Late for Work:  Dog ate my alarm clock???

19. Something U Throw Away: Dustballs from the vacuum cleaner

20. Things you shout:  Does anyone know where the clicker is?

21. Cartoon Character:  Diego or Dora, take your pick :)

Well, that was fun. If you do one, let me know ...

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Eight Things about Me

My friend Meredith very kindly tagged me for the 8 Facts Meme! I actually asked to be tagged, because I'd seen this around and it looked fun. I have no idea what I will post though. I chat so much here, I don't think there's all that much left to say, lol!

I will, of course, try. :)

Here are the rules: Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Now for my 8 random facts ...

1. We live 1.7 miles from the house in which I grew up (and where my parents still live). It was my childhood dream to one day live in my hometown.

2. Numbers are not my thing; for instance, Sudoku makes my brain hurt. But I love word games, like crosswords, word jumbles and the like.

3. Up until last year, I had never broken any bones. Then I dropped a glass juice jar on my foot and broke two of my toes! But I think 37 years is a good record!

4. I have every issue of Martha Stewart Living as well as every issue of her Kids magazine and Baby magazine. At one time I had every issue of Victoria, but lately I can only find my spring and summer issues (trying not to fret). Yes, that makes me a magazine junkie. ;)

5. My high school yearbook quote: "Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. So remember my sentimental friend, a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." (The Wizard of Oz)

6. My high school yearbook ambition: To give my children a life as good as the life my parents have given me.

7. My career goal was to write for a magazine, like Victoria. I worked at a newspaper right out of college (an internship that turned into a job). I began writing service directory blurbs ("Value Painters offer you value work at a value price!") and eventually worked as assistant features editor. Lots of fun - very little money.

8. I cannot drive a stick shift, though I tried - once. After that Bill's beloved maroon Saab never went in reverse again - yet he still drove it for years!

Well, now I am supposed to tag eight people, but so many have already been tagged for this meme. I think I will borrow a page from Meredith's book, and ask that if anyone wants to be tagged, please leave me a comment and I'll pop over and tag you! :)

Motherhood: It's Not Just a Job ...

It's an adventure ...


Men at work ...


Mud for you, Mum ...


Dirt for you, Mum ...


Worms for you, Mum ...


I have to be HOW old to drive?


Thank you, my brother ...


On the road again ...


Family Room Fort


Battle Stations ...


Hey, Mum, are you listening?


My littlest prince ...


A toad for you, Mum ...


Making dirt angels ...


A dragonfly encounter ...


Out and about one hot summer's day ...


I know that sock's under here somewhere ...


I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings ...

Happy Mother's Day! May your blessings be many and your days "full of adventure!" :)

What Would Your Holiday Be?

In addition to the The Annunciation of Our Lord, today also happens to be Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. No kidding! What a neat creative writing opportunity this presents ... the kids can brainstorm their own holiday idea and write all about what it would entail:Balloons_door

  • What activities would one do?
  • What special foods would be served?
  • What symbols would represent your special day?
  • Design an invitation to a holiday party!

So what would your holiday be? How about your kids? Leave a comment if you have a holiday to share! I'm going to ask my boys to do this today (they're sound asleep right now - it's only 5 a.m.!).

And many blessings to you on this beautiful feast day. We have some special things planned today to honor Our Lady - post to come later today. :)