Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: a Year in Review

Happy New Years Eve everyone!!!!!

Yavi and I went out to Wachington D.C. for the 40th annual March For Life. We went with a large group from the area. Even though the day of the march was a bit cold it was still amazing to see all of the pro-life people who were there. On the way back the bus that Yavi and I were on had a singing competition and Yavi came in second place! Yavi and I also made it onto the front page of the Catholic News Service (CNS)! I had also gotten rather sick at the beginning of the month. I also went and saw Les Miserables with Yavi and my dearest mother.

Amanda, Yavi and I finally got to meet our friend Maddy, who we had met online throught the Fairy Tale Novel books by Regina Doman and the fan forum! TJ also finished up his basketball games. 

I turned 19. We got a new pope! And for Amanda's birthday we got a surprise visit from our dear friend Elena! Since Amanda's boyfriend came out for a week to visit we went to the zoo, which was something that I hadn't done in a while. While Amanda's boyfriend was still out visiting us we had a bowling party with a bunch of friends for Amanda's birthday :) 

Elena came out and visited us again for a few days at the end of April. I got my first job as a nanny!! Our friend Vicki also came down to visit us for a few days as well, but at the beginning of the month. My siblings and I also put together a Doctor Who short story with pictures included :D

My brother AJ made his fist Holy Communion and my parents celebrated their wedding anniversary. We had a large party to celebrate both events. And on my parents actual anniversary day we went to mass and breakfast and then we went to the zoo and spent the day there. After the zoo we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. A friend of ours also graduated from collage and at her party Amada, Rosalinda, Yavi and I had a small get together with a bunch of girls that we went to a girls camp with :)

Rosalinda and Yavi graduate from 8th grade and high school and TJ got confirmed! Rosy Posie had her birthday and we had a large combined party for the four of them :) Rosalinda and I did a mini photo shoot one day while Yavi, TJ, AJ and Rosy were at the summer intensive for LFPAC. I also got my hair cut, which doesn't happen that often.

Went on a fun week long  family vacation! TJ also, at the time, was the same height as me. I also started this blog and got rid of my old blog. Yavi and I went and saw Monsters University with a friend and got frozen yogurt afterwards. At the end of July Yavi, Rosalinda, my mother and I got to see Regina Doman! since she was up in the area for a homeschool conference that she was selling her books at. While we were on vacation we got to see a very cool water skiing show! 

taken by me
My dearest mum (on the right) took the front cover photo for Rapunzel let down ^^
I did a photo a day challenge which was fun and a challenge! I also knit my first pair of socks!! TJ was finally allowed to read the Fairy Tale Novels. For reading I started reading the Cherry Ames books, since I hadn't ever read them before and Yavi and Amanda said that it was a crime that Rosalinda and I hadn't ever read them. So we borrowed the first few books from my grandma. I also got to hang out with a friend who I hadn't seen since June. I also got my first car!!!!! 

I took a four week photography class at the local community college and it was interesting. One week during one of the classes we were outside during a photography exercise and I saw six deer on campus. I got to go to a chastity talk by Jason Evert with Amanda and a friend of ours. For some reason I was obsessed with listening to Chipmunk-ed versions of different songs for a while as well......

taken by me!!!!!
I discovered that I could fit into TJ's shoes, though they were rather large. Since I like listening to songs for short periods of time I listened to Peter Hollen's amazing Disney Medley, as well as a couple other songs that he did covers of, and We Remain by Christina Aguilera. On the 12th my family lost our grandpa :'( I also figured out how to use a leg warmer pattern that I have used before, on double pointed needles, so there really isn't any sewing involved. I officially signed up for classes at the community college!

taken by me
I did NaNoWriMo and I reached 50,000 words by the end of the month!!!! Amanda and I went to a bridal shower for our friend Elena, it was really nice :) Amanda, Elena and I got to do a bit of thrift store shopping before the bridal shower! Also got to watch the Doctor Who 50th special!!

On the seventh I went and saw Frozen with the siblings and we all enjoyed it. The same day I ruined my car and now I am back to sharing a car with my mother, until I can get a new one. Saw the play that Yavi, TJ, Rosy and AJ were in. Went and saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with the family and I like the first one better. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Monday, December 23, 2013

O Emmánuël

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

O Rex Gentium

O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of them, Thou Corner-stone
that makest both one: come and deliver man, whom Thou didst form out of the dust of the earth.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

O Óriens

O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the light eternal, and Sun of justice: come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Friday, December 20, 2013

O Clavis David

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, Who openest and no man shutteth, Who shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring forth from his prison-house, the captive that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

7 Quick Takes Friday

Exciting News! From now until January 1, 2014, The Goat Milk Soap Shop will be donating the proceeds of all of our sales to the St. Gianna Molla Shrine fund in Yorkville, IL. Our parish is building this national shrine and we want to help. Won't you join us in helping to build this peaceful place of pilgrimage. For more information on the Shrine, go here

Also, take some time to explore our website. Not only will you find the best soap you've ever tried (or smelled), you'll also learn all about the benefits of homemade natural soap.

Say good-bye to dry skin and sticky soaps and hello to great-smelling, moisturizing, all-natural handmade soaps!

As I am sure you have heard me mention in last weeks 7 Quick Takes and in my post on Sunday, I am working on a blanket. The first section is finished and looks very nice and I am working on the second section. Once the second section is finished and they are sewn together I will take a picture of the finished project and share it here :)

Jumping back up to #2 and the topic of soap my mother, sisters and I are still selling soap. And as of right now we are selling Christmas-y smelling soaps and then donating it to the shrine, as mentioned above. Since there is still time to order soap and donate to the Shrine you can hop over to the website and check it out :)
I am pretty much done with all of my Christmas shopping now it all needs to get wrapped before next week. Even though it would be nice to sit in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate and wrapping presents while listening to Christmas music, I know it's not going to happen since there are a lot of us. 

I had this craft idea stored on Pinterest and decided to share it here :) The craft is How to make a TARDIS land in your home! Though I haven't had the chance to make it yet I want to try making it :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

O Radix Jesse

O Root of Jesse, Who standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication: come to deliver us, and tarry not.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

O Adonái

O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

O Sapiéntia

O Wisdom Who camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Knitting Project

In case you missed it in the 7 Quick Takes Friday that I did this past week I mentioned that I am working on a blanket and that I would post pictures when I got the chance to do so and then share them when I did. Yesterday I was able to take several pictures so here they are :) And you can find the pattern that I am following here.

Friday, December 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

My dear friend Jansina release her third book As Fairydust Settles last week! Though I haven't had the chance to read it yet I'm sure it will be as good as her other books (Forgotten Memories and Shrouded Jewels). If you want to buy a copy of the book as an Ebook, paperback, hardcover, and hard cover with dust jacket you can go here for the price information as well as contact information :)
I found this on Pinterest on Monday.

Even though it has been a few weeks since the end of November and NaNo I did manage to reach 50,000 words with one day to spare. Though I am not finished yet with the story I was writing it still needs a bit of work. If I ever get around to finishing it and editing it I will let you all know if I decide that I want to publish it or not.
This is another one of those weeks where I have a hard time coming up with things to write about for my quick takes. So I will have to start thinking of new ideas to do each week instead of posting pictures all the time, though I don't think anyone minds.
Amanda posted this to one of her boards on Pinterest :)

This is another Pinterest find and according to the caption it is the wordless version of the Japanese poster for "Frozen."

As I mentioned a while a go I am knitting a blanket. I started making it back in October and have been slowly working on it. The other day as I was working on it and decided that I wanted to use a different pattern for the blanket. So I found a different one online and it is going a lot faster than the other pattern was. What I have so far looks really nice and I like how it is turning out. You can find the pattern that I am using for the blanket here. When I get the chance I will post a picture or too :)
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kids in Church

My dear sister Rosalinda sent me these in an email last week so I decided to share them here since they are pretty funny :)


3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name.

One particular four-year-old prayed, 'And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'

A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am.'

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.'

Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, 'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied, 'Because people are sleeping.'

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, ' Ryan , you be Jesus !'

A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shorewhere a seagull lay dead in the sand.
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.
'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said, 'Did God throw him back down?'

A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, 'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied.
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said, 'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?' 

Friday, December 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

Since it is now the time to start working on/getting Christmas presents for family and friends I decided to knit something for a relative, so here is a sneak peek at the yarn I am using for it :)

Last week Saturday Amanda and I went to a bridal shower for our friend Elena. It was Downton Abbey themed so it was a tea party with delicious sandwiches, scones, fruit, pumpkin squares and tea. The shower was put on by Elena's fiance's family. Before the shower Elena, Amanda and I were able to do a little bit of thrift store shopping at Plato's Closet and I found a couple pieces.
this is what the tables looked like :)
Amanda and I with Elena :)
I found this on Pinterest and thought that it was a neat hair idea that I want to try at some point.

Sunday was the performances of "The Conversion of Scrooge" (A Christmas Carol with a Catholic twist) with four of my younger siblings were in. Since they had two performances I helped out backstage during the first show doing odd jobs. Then I Was watching the second performance. It very nice and well done and it felt like you were back in the 1800's. This is the only picture,which was taken by my mother who was the photographer for the play, from the play that I am able to share at the moment.

Even though its the weekend this week is the first week in Advent, which means its only a couple more weeks until Christmas.

I saw this on Facebook
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