Daily Doings · Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the Air… Finally!

The weather today here close to the Canadian border was gorgeous. The snow has finally almost all melted and yard clean up began in earnest. And what a mess it is!!!


We got most of it done today, but will need to finish up tomorrow. The children focused mostly on the outside of the house while I conquered the inside.

I didn’t really mind because I finally broke down and tried Norwex products and, oh my, where have they been all my life?! I’ll probably dedicate an entire post to my beginner experience with the EnviroCloth®, but suffice it to say for now that I was so impressed I signed up as a consultant in order to get a 35% discount on future purchases. Yes, it was worth it!!! I cannot wait to remove all toxic cleaning chemicals from our home, but still have it germ free.

One of our favorite yearly traditions is receiving Easter cookies from Nana and PopPop. My mother-in-law order them from QVC I believe and the children (and I) LOVE them. We had them as a Palm Sunday treat yesterday. I’ve posted a video to give you a glipse into a bit of the happiness and chaos when a box of cookies is opened in a family with 12 children/young adults/adults. Enjoy and share.

Excited Children

Books · Catholic Culture

This Week’s Read Aloud

This week we are reading a book by Raymond Arroyo! Yes, EWTN’s favorite news personality wrote a children’s fiction book and boy, is it a good one!

If my voice could hold out I’d read the whole thing in one fell swoop to the kids. There’s excitement, relics, mystery, battles,monsters, everything! Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls has us on the edge of the sofa and all the children, down to the youngest can’t wait to find out what happens next.

We also have in the house the second book in the series which was just recently released. Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders has gotten good reviews from our older children who couldn’t wait for the read aloud time. I’m very adamant that there are NO SPOILERS ALLOWED! I’m as into this book as everyone else!

If you have read either book in the series, let me know what you thought in the comment section. Happy Reading!!!

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Liturgical Year

Laetare Sunday or Mothering Sunday



Laetare Sunday

Laetare Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Lent, and the name Laetare Sunday is taken from the words of the introit, laetare Jerusalem, “rejoice with Jerusalem.” There is a joyful tone at this halfway point in the Lenten season. The vestments are often rose-colored (pink). Traditionally, the Apostles Creed is “handed over” to the catechumens, the last step for those preparing for Baptism.

Laetare Sunday is also called Mothering Sunday, named because a person would visit his “mother church,” another name for the church he grew up in, on this day. This day also became connected with visiting one’s biological mother on Laetare Sunday. Various customs developed on this Sunday, including the baking of “mother cakes.” These cakes are also called “simnel cakes,” and sometimes the fourth Sunday of Lent is called Simnel Sunday.

Science Plans

Science – Energy and Motion Weekly Plans

Week 1:

Main Texts: Seton Science 7 For Young Catholics Chapter 5

Seton Science 3 For Young Catholics Chapter 3

Additional Reading:

Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion

Forces Make Things Move

The Magic School Bus Plays Ball: A Book About Forces

I. Energy of Motion:

  • Potential vs. Kinetic Energy: Very easy experiment and only requires a rubber band and some sidewalk chalk. (Oh Snap! Experiment)

A very cute movie to help students remember the difference between kinetic and potential energy.

  • God as the Prime Mover:

From the Principle in Aristotle’s Physics, “Every movement moves something and moves it with something, either with itself or with something else”we can use these concepts of potential vs. kinetic energy to explain a bit of metaphysics.

In other words, Everything that is Moved must be moved by another. However, there must be Someone who moves but is not moved by anything else. This is referred to the Prime Mover or the First Cause. St Thomas Aquinas wrote: “Therefore, it is necessary to arrive at a First Mover, put in motion by not other; and everyone understands to be God

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion

This website includes some printable pages, and an online tutorial on the Newton’s Laws of Motion

Isaac Newton Coloring Page

A 3 1/2 minute mini-biography on Newton

Newton’s First Law Worksheet

Newton’s Second Law Worksheet

Newton’s Third Law Worksheet

Balloon Powered Lego Car

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Liturgical Year

Feast of the Annunciation ~ Easy Craft

And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. St. Luke 1:26-28, 38

…as death had befallen us through a woman, Life should be born to us through a woman. –
St. Augustine


The feast of this day is called the Annunciation of our Lady, for on this day the angel Gabriel showed to the glorious Virgin Mary the coming of the Blessed Son of God. That is to wit, how he ought to come into the glorious Virgin, and take on her nature and human flesh to save the world. It was reasonable that the angel should come to the glorious Virgin Mary, for like as Eve by the exhorting of the devil gave her consent to commit the sin of disobedience to our perdition, right so by the greeting of the angel Gabriel and by the exhortation, the glorious Virgin Mary gave her consent to his message by obedience, to our salvation. Wherefore, like as the first woman was cause of our damnation, so was the blessed Virgin Mary the beginning of our redemption. When that the angel Gabriel was sent to show the incarnation of our Saviour Jesus Christ, he found her alone, enclosed in her chamber, like as S. Bernard saith, in which the maidens and virgins ought to abide in their houses, without running abroad out openly, and they ought also to flee the words of men, of which their honour and good name might be lessened or hurt.

And the angel said to the glorious Virgin Mary: I salute thee, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. There is not found in Scripture, in any part, a comparable salution. And it was brought from heaven unto the glorious Virgin Mary, who was the first woman that ever in the world offered to God her virginity. And the angel said to her after: Thou shalt be blessed above all other women, for thou shalt escape the malediction that all other women have by childbearing in sin and in sorrow; and thou shalt be mother of God, and shalt abide a pure virgin and clean.

Excerpts from The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine

Easy Annunciation Craft from Catholic Inspired