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It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted any successes.  Our whole family has been down and out with horrible colds this last month.  It really put a damper on some of the extras that I was trying to do.   I’m hoping to get back into blogging on a bit more of a regular basis.

1 – I actually prepared our Lenten activities this year. Last year we were several days into Lent without anything on the go, so this year I did some research and got everything ready to begin on Ash Wed. We are doing the Holy Hereos Lenten Adventure, Lenten Calender from here (BTW I LOVE Catholic Icing), Sacrifice jar and I purchased the Stations of the cross CD from Holy Hereos.  We are still waiting on the cd, but I hope to begin it next week.

2 – Socks, oh how I loath thee.  You may remember my previous posts about socks.  I seriously think they were created to give me a headache.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it was my husband and I who wore them, but my 3 girls absolutely dispise wearing them.  Even in the dead of winter when it is 40 below.  I put the socks on them in the morning, and as soon as they get the chance, off they come.  Do you have this problem?  So when I go to wash the little things I end up with missing pairs.  I even started a missing sock bin on my dresser.  It was overflowing and spilling onto the floor.  Well I managed to match many pairs of socks and am now down to just a mere few.  I think the rest are hiding in the van….

3 – My own Lenten journey.  I really have to get into reading scripture again, so I’m going to try and tackle the Psalms.  Any suggestions for me?  That and add an extra mass during the week.  For the last two months we haven’t been able to make it to our daily mass on Wednesday and it’s really starting to show.  Luckily everyone is healthy again, and our parish priest is back from his retreat and vacation, so it’s back to mass we go starting next week 🙂  I’m also going to try the 40 bags for 40 days.  We could all do with a lot less stuff (especially me).

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This year I took it a little bit easy on the Mardi Gras celebration. How in the world did I manage to make donuts from scratch last year with a week old infant? I must have been nuts, or at least sleep deprived 🙂

This year we did yummy rootbeer floats. Easy and quick!

Vanilla ice cream, Root Beer, Whipped Cream and of course you can’t forget the cherry for on top!  (And yes, that is one of my old beer mugs from my days in Engineering, perfect for Root Beer!)

It was so delicious!  Next we made some Mardi Gras masks. The girls really liked doing this one. I gathered all my supplies at the local dollar store. They even had some great sparkly adhesive foam sheets.

First I cut out a mask shape and made some eye holes, next I cut two slits in the side of the mask for the wooden dowel (in order to hold the mask in front of your face), and finally comes the fun part…the decorating! Warning, there are many pictures in this one 🙂

  

 Here is Therese decorating her mask. 

 The finished product!

Marie with her mask……

And finally Hannah with her mask.

 Nicholas is a bit too young to be playing with such small beads & stickers so I made up this one for him.

  Here are the girls showing off their Mardi Gras masks.  May your Lenten journey be fruitful!

This was my first attempt at making soft soled baby shoes. My poor little guy outgrew his hand-me-down shoes and was without anything on his feet for the last several weeks (except socks!). I came across this great tutorial several months ago and decided to give it a whirl. If you are even remotely crafty, just even a teeny tiny bit, this is a great project for you.

I did increase the pattern size by about 1/4″ since my son’s feet are bigger than the ones in the pattern. I also think I might take it in at the sides a bit for the next pair I make. Oh yes, there will be more!

My materials were:
remenant piece of sueded cloth for the soles
remenant piece of bamboo fleece for the lining of the soles
Riley Blake, Mind’s eye blue circles for the top/lining
Riley Blake, Mind’s eye brown plaid for the lining/top

Look how cute these turned out!

Here is the little man sporting his new shoes!

Okay, I’m a few weeks late on this one, but I have to share my big boys first birthday party. Look how much he’s grown in the past year! Did I mention he can walk now too?

Here’s his awesome cake.  A little bit of spray food colouring (did you know that they made that?), a paper template and a WHOLE lot of icing.  I think it turned out really well 🙂

The Dumptruck cupcake cake

Happy Birthday Little Man 🙂

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It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1 – Blogged not once, not twice but 4 whole times (5 if you include this one) this week.  That in itself is a HUGE success!

2- Celebrated my 34th birthday!  And I was content, not grumpy like the last (4 or more years!).  Enjoyed yummy Chocolate Cake, ordered in some Chinese food and spent it with my family.  What more could I ask for?  Well, I did ask for one thing (and it is in the mail).  Danielle Bean’s new book.  Can’t wait to get it!  Also celebrated Hannah’s birthday the day before (what an awesome present!)  I can’t believe she’s 3 already!

3 – Laundry (at least the kids clothes are done and folded), I’m hoping I’m motivated enough to do mine!

Bonus: Even though I suck at blogging (okay, that’s too strong of a word…maybe just lazy), I’ve volunteered to host blog on the EtsyClothDiaper Team Blog for Thursday theme diapers.  So far it’s been really easy.  Maybe that’s why I’ve been into blogging more lately!

Share your small successes with everyone over at Faith and Family Live.

Yes, I’m already trying out a few thing’s from some home schooling curricula. The girls wanted to make their own ‘lap books’ so we decided to get right into it today.

What are lap books? It is basically a folder, with pictures, information, etc… attached to it to make it fun for kids.

Here are the items I used: File folder, scissors, glue, crayons (not shown, pictures printed off the Internet).

Here are the final products. As you can see, it can be fun for kids of all ages. Have fun making your own!

My baby turned 3 today. At first I was a bit sad to see Hannah growing up into such a big girl, but the sadness soon turned into happiness.

Who can be sad when this little girl is smiling? Happy Birthday Sweetie 🙂

Hannah, the big 3.